By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Glittering dresses twirled around the dance floor as square dancers spun in and out of each other’s arms Sunday night celebrating the Norman Silver Spur’s 65th Anniversary.
The club held its annual square dance at All Saint’s Catholic School, kicking things off at 7 p.m. Sunday. It is the second oldest club in Oklahoma and “we’re still kicking it,” said Joyce Stout, president of the club, with her husband Bill.
“It was established in 1948 with just news getting about town,” said long-time member Eloise Adams. “The town was very small then and it was the place to be Saturday night.”
Adams isn’t the oldest member in the club though, that honor goes to Jack McHughes, who began taking lessons with the Silver Spurs in 1956.
“He still dances just as good, I mean you would not believe it,” Stout said.
On Sunday night he did just that, leading women who wove in and out of the square he was dancing in.
“It’s a good hobby; we’ve enjoyed it,” McHughes said. “If you’ve never done it, you’re missing something.”
Everyone had smiles on their faces as a caller sang and called out which way to step next. Families even sat and watched as their mothers and fathers or grandmothers and grandfathers twirled and glided, sometimes gracefully and sometimes bumping into each other with a laugh.
“There’s a lot of food, it’s fun exercise, you burn 1,000 calories an hour and you have fun,” Stout said. “And lots of laughing and smiling.”
There’s a lot of fellowship and there are irreplaceable friendships that come along with being a part of the club as well, she said.
Photos and memorabilia were set up honoring those friends and members of the club who have passed away. There were also several large photo albums filled with pictures and information about the club over the years.
During their break halfway through the night, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame square dancers performed for the group.
“It’s an honor to have them here,” Stout said.
The next thing on the Silver Spur’s list is to make arrangements to begin free lessons in January at the Irving Recreation Center in southeast Norman.