Lose Weight, Travel the World, Have Fun!

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Here the local Cripple Creek Cloggers enjoy France.


The New Year could bring you a way to lose weight, travel the world and have fun! Cripple Creek Clogger's Founder and Director Steve Cates said, "Our first teaching session will be at 4:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon, January 14, 2018 at the Smyrna Senior Citizens Center, 100 Raikes Street. 100 Everyone's are invited to attend this FREE event."

The folk-dance troupe is in it's fifty-first year of keeping alive old-time Appalachian square dance traditions. Current members come from Rutherford, Cannon, Warren, Davidson, Dickson, and Bedford counties.


Cates noted, "It began as a 4-H Share-the-Fun activity at Kittrell School in 1967. The dancers continue to perform, as well as teach. They represented the U.S. in the International Folk Festival in Zagreb, Croatia in July, 2017, accompanied by Sarah & The Romans, a traditional bluegrass band headquartered near the festival site."

The Cripple Creek Cloggers are currently considering invitations for travel this year to festivals in Finland, Serbia, Bosnia, Nepal, India, Turkey, Georgia, Mexico, Macedonia, Greece,Peru, ltaly, and other sites around the world.


In addition to traveling, the cloggers will host their 36th International FolkFest here in Murfreesboro June 10-17, 2018. They will be joined at the local attraction by Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny, a well-known Bedford County bluegrass band.
Cates announced, "Already folk troupes from Sweden and Mexico are coming to Murfreesboro this summer, plus one more as-yet-unannounced country to be represented.
The Murfreesboro based annual event is coordinated by the International Folkloric Society Planning Council. Dancers from around the world come to Middle Tennessee and share their culture to communities around Murfreesboro. The event concludes from 8:30 Saturday morning, June 16th, until12:30 that afternoon with free shows the east side of the Rutherford County Courthouse through a special invitation from Mayor Ernest Burgess. Then at 6:00 that evening, the dance troupes head to Jay Gregory's famous Bell Buckle Banquet Hall for their farewell show.
For more information about Cripple Creek Cloggers or International Folkfest, visit their websites, www.cripplecreekcloggers.org and www.mboro-international-folkfest.org, or contact Steve Cates, director, at 615-896-3559 or e-mail appdancer@aol.com.
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