A fairly new North Fork tradition is the Winter Ball in February. For the third year in a row, the culmination of weekly winter dance lessons is the glamorous Winter Ball at the Hall. For all of its glitz and glitter, the Winter Ball is funky and in keeping with North Fork lifestyles. Ladies comb through ball gowns in local thrift stores searching for just the right outfit and everyone brings refreshments to share. Debo provides the music which is mostly along the lines of two step, waltz, and swing dance music……sometimes there is line dancing too.
The entire community is invited to this event which starts at 7:00.
Even if you don’t want to dance, it is a great opportunity to visit with neighbors and see what North Forkers have been learning in the winter dance classes.
Weekly dance classes at the Hall are continuing leading up to the Winter Ball on Saturday, February 16. The dance class date fluctuates each weekend so be sure to get on the dance contact list by sending an email to Debo at email@example.com. Every attempt is made to have dance classes on weekends when dancers who work in town will be in the North Fork. You can also check the calendar of events on this website for up-to-date information.
The next dance class is Saturday, January 12 at 6:30. We have added beginning West Coast Swing as a new dance (along with Waltz, Two Step, and East Coast Swing).
A big crowd of dancers met at the Hall last Friday to learn (or review) the basic steps for Waltz and Two Step. Many first-time dancers were there and by the end of the class, everyone could waltz and two step!
Weekly classes will resume on Friday nights in December leading up to the New Year’s Eve Party. Classes will start on Friday, December 7. [Only one week will the class have to shift to Thursday because Christmas Caroling will be happening on Friday night.] Beginners are always welcome!
December Dance Class Dates: December 7 (Friday), December 13 (Thursday), December 21 (Friday), December 28 (Friday).
Smiles, laughter and holiday greetings mingled with delicious aromas Thursday at Sondreson Hall. Steve and Christina Berg along with Mark and Margaret Heaphy graciously hosted the Polebridge community Thanksgiving Dinner attended by more than 100 neighbors and friends. Guests came from all over the Northwest and points beyond to celebrate here in Polebridge.
The hall welcomed us with a harvest themed display of straw bales, pumpkins and cornstalks on the porch and candlelit tables. Beautiful snowflakes fell intermittently throughout the evening adding to the rustic charm.
Dinner was served promptly at 4pm after Mark Heaphy offered thanks for the blessings we enjoy. Three Hutterite turkeys and a ham headlined the menu and North Fork cooks filled every remaining inch of the buffet line with fabulous side dishes, breads and salads. The dessert table boasted many local favorites including Ray Hart’s pecan pie and Joe Novak’s chocolate mousse. Neighbors enjoyed visiting and a chance to catch up with those we hadn’t seen over the summer. We sampled each other’s cooking and made multiple trips to the dessert table.
This annual tradition is a wonderful reminder to stop and be thankful for our community, neighbors and the wonderful valley in which we live. Many thanks Bergs and Heaphy’s and everyone who contributed to create another special North Fork holiday memory.
Here is a message from Janet Leigh… The next Community Float will be Thursday, the 26th of July, from Ford to Polebridge. Meet at Polebridge at 10:00 to shuttle.
The next float, scheduled for August 9 will be cancelled due to both Dick & Kevin having a fire suppression class. If anyone would like to take over for that week, please contact Janet!
Here’s a note from Janet Leigh… The first community float trip of the season will be Wednesday, July 11, from the border to Ford. Meet at Ford at 11:00 to shuttle to the border. Don’t forget your life jackets!
A good time was had by all at this year’s Crazy Hat Square Dance. Here were some of the hat entries.
This year Karen McDonough took home the pie prize.
Then the square dancing began, with Debo Powers doing her usual excellent job of teaching and dancing. With enough people to form four squares and folks left over, it was not only the best square dance of the season but one of the best ever!
The community picnic held at Sondreson Meadows last Tuesday was a great success. It was a nice day, good food, and fun playing beanbag toss and horseshoes. Thank you to Jan and Alice Caldwell for their hard work. Special kudos to Jan for providing a much needed sanitation facility at Sonderson Meadow as pictured here.