History


REMEMBERING THE 90’S
THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS
OF THE
NORTHERN VIRGINIA SHAG CLUB

Table of Contents

1993 When Dee Met Rick and Liz
1994 1st General Membership Meeting and Kick-Off
1995 Teamwork and Rapid Growth
1996 The Year of NVSC’s First Annual Weekend Party
1997 More Parties and Structured Lessons
1998 Relax into being Here to Stay
1999 Is This a Great Club, or What?

What is Carolina Shag?
Beach Music History
SOS Talk
Articles by Members
How I Found the Northern Virginia Shag Club by Donna Harrington
When I Became a Teenager All Over Again by Larry Camp
Juke Box Cafe by Howard Christie
Twirling by Olivia J. Estep
How I Found the NVSC by David Rodgers
Sometimes...You Just Get Lucky!!! by Jim Dean
There’s a Man Over There by Patricia Parrott
Back in Time by Kathryn Quattrone
A Shoe of a Different Color by Audrey Borja

Acknowledgements

This has been a monumental and time-consuming project: one involving research and checking and double-checking for accuracy. Please forgive all slights, omissions, exclusions and errors.

A heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who lent their time, skill, knowledge and personality to the writing of this document:

AUDREY BORJA, LARRY CAMP, HOWARD CHRISTIE, JIM DEAN, OLIVIA ESTEP, DENNIS GEHLEY, DONNA HARRINGTON, JOAN MCKINNEY, KATHRYN QUATTRONE, DAVID RODGERS, AND GARY & SHARON SALPINI.

Your work is greatly appreciated. It wouldn’t be the same end product without you.

“Thank you” to Dee Bassett and Joan McKinney for supplying many of the photos.

“Thank you” to my beautiful daughter, Becky, for applying her formatting expertise; helping to create a polished, professional document.

Particular thanks go to Janis Grimes for her tireless assistance and support. At times both of us felt that we couldn’t wait to complete the job and be free to move on to new things. Yet, strangely, we both expressed pleasure and enjoyment in the doing of it.

When I thought about this, I realized that it was because we enjoyed our working together that we enjoyed the project. It’s rare indeed, and it feels really good, to work with someone in complete harmony and agreement, both having the same objective. There was no complaining, no push-pull or personal agenda. We both wanted an accurate accounting of people, places and events and to capture, if possible, that indispensable quality we knew to be true of the club – the essence of those early years of joy and struggle, generous heart, teamwork, survival and love of shag and beach music. Janis allowed me full control over the outcome and I felt deep gratitude and appreciation for every suggestion, change, addition, nuance and correction she made. I shall miss our moments of laughter and play in the writing of this document.

- Patricia Parrott

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