Square Dancing and Alligators – Cocoa Beach 5/6/2011

The gator that did not get away! - yrcg


Lone Cabbage Restaurant- yrcg

What do alligators have to do with square dancing you ask? Well Rod & I went to a dance down Friday night down Cocoa Beach Florida that was planned out by Judy Frye who is the raid chairman for the Space Trackers Square Dance Club. Now Judy is a very talented lady that is able to get dancers from around the state to flock down to the Lone Cabbage Restaurant which is located on the Saint Johns River in Cocoa Beach Florida once every two years. Judy is the banner chairman for the Space Trackers Square Dance Club. This years dance was called the “Open Mike Genius” dance for callers; professional or torture callers.

Rod  & I rode down with Gene and Marty McCollough and Jerry and Margaret Barron. We got there early so as not to swamp the kitchen as they cook everything to order. They have a great selection of fresh fish and gator or the menu. If you ever get a chance to get down into the Cocoa Beach area you should give them a try. Sorry I forgot to take some pictures of the food, we were hungry and ate everything before I thought about it!

Marty and I played tourist for a while taking pictures of the wildlife and searching for the gators that were out in the river.

Jerry and Margaret on the lookout for gators- yrcg


Marty taking picture of egret - yrcg


Now this big gator got away- I took picture with larger zoom lens - yrcg


View of the river late afternoon - yrcg


This egret was watching the gators - yrcg

After all the dancers arrived and had their fill of good food we headed to the back of the restaurant to the outdoor screen porch area and set out to dance the night away. Judy Frye also had some of the dancers perform relay races, dangle dances and some small skits in between dances.

Judy letting callers know what she has planned - yrcg

Julia getting ready for the stage - yrcgGene introducing next caller - yrcg


Rod calling during his hash tip - yrcg

There was a great turnout with 31 square dancers including callers in attendance and there was always at least two squares dancing thru the night. Rod, Gene and Julia each called a tip and they did great. There were also four other callers from the southern area of Florida as well.

The dancers working off their dinner - yrcgRod took picture of me during the apple relay - yrcg


Sunset on the river - yrcg


The dance ended on a high note before 10:00 PM so the restaurant crew could go home and some of the dancers have already started asking when Judy would be planning the next special dance down to the Lone Cabbage Restaurant.

Thanks for a great time - yrcg

For all those who could not make it to this dance, you missed some great food and fun and maybe we will see you in a square at the next one. Until next time here’s a “yellowrock” from me to you.

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