Retirement in The Villages, FL
Christmas on The Square
Dancing as usual on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Some other differences, though.
Many restaurants and other businesses closed early on Christmas Eve and are closed for Christmas Day, but not the squares in The Villages, Florida.
Live music and dancing as usual
There were a few differences. The band played two Christmas dance songs in the first set.
The audience was not as large, only about 200 in the first hour. That’s less than a third for the Blake Guyre Band, who usually attracts seven to eight hundred at the Spanish Springs town square (the square seats 500, others bring their own chairs or stand).
It was colder than normal, 63 degrees, so I wore my jacket and sweater. I discarded the jacket after the music started. At least I wore long pants. Some wore their coats and short pants. My wife made a special, heavy-duty skirt for colder weather and wore that.
One group of about 20 brought tables, food, and had their own party. A few joined the dancers later.
We were the only dancers for the first three songs. Really odd. No line dancers. A few more people joined us later, but not the usual crowd. The floor easily accommodates about 200 dancers.
Two young girls, about 7 and 8, were watching us from the first row. I couldn’t tell by the way the older one was smiling whether she thought we were funny or cute. Shortly before the break, she was up dancing with her father.
The younger one, though, found a partner near her own age! Surprising in a retirement community. They danced, using some sophisticated spins and twirls, for nearly half of the set. I am sure that they never met each other until after the band started playing.
The girls had figured this out:
You can be on the dance floor
Feel really stupid
Have lots of fun -or-
Sit and watch the dance floor
BE really stupid
Have much less fun.
As we left for dinner, I stopped and thanked the two girls for joining us on the dance floor. Maybe we will see them again tonight.
Finally, the Conductor, a normal(?) member of the audience, showed up much later than usual, almost an hour late.
P.S. The square was full on Christmas Day.
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