Fall Challenge Weekend 2005-2011

2/3 C-1, 1/3 C-2 (with star tips)

Squares: John Marshall and Clark Baker (MA)

Rounds: Roy & Janet Williams (MA)

The final weekend took place September 30, October 1-2, 2011

Lake Shore Farm
Northwood, NH

5 Dance sessions
6 Meals
2 Nights Lodging
1 Wooden Dance Floor
$180 per person, double occupancy

+++ Discount available for MIT undergraduates +++

+++ Financial aid available +++

General Information

After 7 years, the Fall Challenge weekend is no longer. Partly because we lost our favorite venue and partly because Clark got a full-time job. This page remains as a reminder of what was. Thanks to Ben, John Sybalsky, Sandie, and John Marshall and all the Tech Squares challenge dancers who supported it for what was too short a time.

This is a private weekend for Tech Squares challenge dancers and invited friends (talk to Clark if you want someone invited).

The weekend features Friday and Saturday evening dances and a Sunday morning dance. The floor level is C1 with every third tip C2. There will be star tips at each level after the evening dances. In addition there are mini-sessions during the day on Saturday covering a wide range of dance activities most of which are accessible to C1 dancers.

In order to provide a great dance experience for everyone, attendees should be able to dance full C1, at speed, including the use of concepts. Any Tech dancers who have just learned C1 should strive to have at least 5 dances under their belt before attending the weekend. This will ensure that they have internalized the calls, are able to dance them smoothly in real-time, and are ready for uncommon positioning and more challenging applications of the concepts.

The festivities start Friday with the dinner buffet from 6:30 to 8:00 and run through the end of lunch at 1:30 PM on Sunday. You are welcome to arrive anytime on Friday, or stay later on Sunday. Friday afternoon is available for puzzle and board games, along with drill or practice dancing sessions.

The Saturday morning and afternoon activities will be scheduled based on my ideas and your suggestions. In the past we have done:

There will also be a reasonable amount of free time (this is a lie). This should allow more time for games, going for a walk, sleeping, socializing, etc.

While this is a singles weekend, please obtain a partner before joining your square. Casual attire for all daytime sessions. Optional dress-up for evening sessions.

Lake Shore Farm hosts square dance weekends and offers meals, dance hall, and lodging in one facility. Included are lodging for three days and two nights, six home-cooked meals (buffet dinner Friday, and family style meals for Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch), snacks after the evening dances, coffee and tea available all the time, a wooden dance floor, and a recreation room with a ping pong table, a pool table, and extra tables for puzzles and board and card games. It is a non-smoking weekend. Most rooms in the inn have their own bathroom; a few share a bathroom. Some have two double beds and some have a double bed and a twin bed.

Will Lake Shore be open: For the past few years, Lake Shore has had some financial challenges. Harry and I believe that the weekend will happen. However, there is a chance that it might get cancelled at the last minute. If you decide to attend the weekend, you must be aware that this could happen. If the weekend does not happen, I will refund all your money except for $5 which will go toward reimbursing John's plane fare. If you need more information to make a decision, please speak with me.

Financial aid: If you can provide or need financial aid, please read our policy. This system has worked well and allows everyone who is interested to attend.

What next: Print out an application and follow the instructions. Your first deadline is Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

You will receive an e-mail a week before the weekend with directions and last minute reminders.

Clark Baker
426 Marsh St.
Belmont, MA 02478-1109


Year Caller Caller(s) Attendees Rooms
2005 Clark Baker Ben Rubright 38 24
2006 Clark Baker John Sybalsky 46 27
2007 Clark Baker John Sybalsky 47 27
2008 Clark Baker John Sybalsky 53 31
2009 Clark Baker Sandie Bryant 59 35
2010 Clark Baker Sandie Bryant 57 34
2011 Clark Baker John Marshall 48 32

Revised: $Date: 2011/06/02 14:54:19 $