Rutherford County's Cripple Creek Cloggers just returned from a festival in England. It was the 39th Annual International Music Festival in Alnwick, England. Founder Steve Cates and the Rutherford County troupe performed at historic sites and hosted a workshop for youth.
Participating foreign countries, including Senegal, Sicily, Taiwan, Poland, Romania, and the U.S.,along with several English troupes, will carry flags and banners and meet those assembled.
Several times during their visit, there were numerous presentations in and around Alnwick Castle, the second largest castle in England. It is still used as a home ( second only to Buckingham Palace).
During their stay the local group spoke with other countries that might be interesting in performing at Murfreesboro's International Folkfest, slated for June 7-14, 2015.
The next local meeting of Cripple Creek Cloggers will be on Tuesday, Sept. 2
, at 7 p.m.
at 220 E. Vine St., in Murfreesboro. Any interested persons are invited to come to participate. There is no charge for attending, teaching, or joining. For more information, contact Steve Cates, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 615 896 3559
. Currently dancers participate not only from Rutherford County, but from Cannon County, Robertson County, Davidson County, DeKalb County, and Bedford County.
The cloggers participating in this tour with Cates, who founded the group in 1967, are Caleb Allen, Susan Mellentine, Ann Mattox, Doug Willard, Michael Graves, Blake Arnold, Dawn Arnold, Donna Davis, and Michael E. Smith.