Bellcate School hosted our 1st Annual Fancy Barn Dance on Tuesday July 17th at the Whitcomb House in Jericho Vermont. A big shout out to Marie Whitcomb for donating the use of her beautiful barn for our event! So, where to start? This was not just some ordinary dance. This was a Fancy Barn Dance with so many magical, moving parts. For many months our dance committee (Kara Kitchen Glodgett, Jac Treanor, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Lisa Johnston and Jody Mashtere) planned and planned to put together an event that would meet the needs and interests of our diverse community.

The word got around early at Bellcate School and by Tuesday there was a buzz of excitement in the air. For over a week teachers, students, parents and friends of all were planning their schedules to attend the Fancy Dance. The turnout was AMAZING! By around 5pm dance goers dressed in their country finest began to roll in. They were met by our volunteer traffic controllers who did a fantastic job getting everyone in the lot safely. From the parking lot pasture our guests were shuttled to the dance by a tractor drawn hay wagon. How fun it was to watch everyone arrive in country fashion.

Our guests filtered in one by one and were in awe of the beautifully decorated space. Lights, camera, action! DJ Jeff was in the house sponsored by Super Sounds setting the stage for an evening of great music, laughter and fun. And did I mention the food? (Finger sandwiches, fruit kabobs, veggie cups and more.) A big thank you to Mackenzie meats, Cabot Cheese and Chapels Florist for their donations! The Seltzer Bar was a cool hit offering student created, healthy specialty drinks named after staff—Belly up, Horse Treanor, and Springer Zinger! Students and their families were encouraged to get a professional photo under the arbor facilitated by longtime friend of Bellcate and professional photographer/videographer, Jordon Royer. Once again Jordon, you are the best!

After the initial settling inn, the evening really started to heat up. A packed dance floor hosted a number of group dances to include the Dougie, electric slide, cotton eyed joe, the limbo, a conga line and so much more. On the end of the barn our guests could retreat to games of corn hole and hula hooping for a break in the dance action. It was a night to remember. The following are a few quotes from our guests who left with a gift bag and a heart full of positive memories…

“Bellcate dances are the best kind of dances. Staff, students and guests alike kept the dance floor packed and full of laughter all night long. I stood back and watched a few times and realized that our dream for the Fancy Barn Dance had come true!” Jac Treanor, Bellcate School Events Director.

“We had such a good time; my only regret was not getting there sooner. Bellcate events are always so much fun and I can’t wait for next year,” Louisa Davis, Bellcate Parent.

“My gram danced with me. I didn’t even have to ask. She loved the song and just came out. She is always showing up for me.” Jay, Bellcate Student.