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Cyndi Palmer: If at first you don’t try, then success cannot follow

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

A wise person once said to never be afraid to try something new ” “Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

I’ve always been one to try most anything new, once, and this weekend at Cooper Creek Square’s hoedown turned out to be no exception. I didn’t say I wasn’t afraid ” it takes a lot to get me up on a dance floor unless it’s crowded and no one will notice my spasms.

Actually, my moves could probably be described as more like a cross between Seinfeld’s Elaine and the reggae romps of Bob Marley, but a wise woman once suggested that to be comfortable dancing in front of a crowd one simply could close their eyes and pretend to be in a room alone. It works, to an extent.

While looking for amateur dance partners, Never Summer Squares dancer Jerry held out his hand to me and I took it. I was able to stop beating myself up about not knowing what to do and ultimately looking silly, and actually had a good time.

As reluctant as I was at first, I got up in front of a bunch of strangers and square danced for the first time. With the Never Summer Square dancers partnering off with newbies, the calls, to traditional and mainstream tunes (loved Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line”) were easy to follow. Although not something I think I would do on a regular basis, I encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it to check out their regular classes here in Grand County and see if it’s for you.

Another thing that has occasionally kept me from going out to enjoy myself is the lack of company. With girlfriends married and having babies, and a sister whose life can be (and usually is) as colorful as her skirts, I’ve found myself dealing with some abandonment issues.

The last thing I want to do is walk into a place and not know a soul and I’ve found, with a little courage, a simple “hello” to someone I’ve never met before can cure that quickly. As out-of-towners milled around the shops and courtyard at Cooper Creek Square, I looked around for a friendly face and found one in “Dutch.”

Appropriately named as he was from the Nederlands, my new friend has been a long-time volunteer for the YMCA of the Rockies. He and I sat together and enjoyed the bluegrass band that played after the dance lessons. Afterward, he drove off on his motorcycle and I drove away pleased that I had not only learned something new, but met at least two new friends that day.

In other news, the lineup has been set for the first-ever teen High Altitude Battle of the Bands, scheduled for Aug. 30 in Hideaway Park. The event is being hosted by this newspaper, the Grand County Blues Society and the Fraser Valley/Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. The lineup of the event includes six teen bands who will compete for the title of Best Band Above 7,000 Feet.

Those chosen are: Yes We’re Open of Silverthorne, Remnants of a Riddle of Edwards and Eagle, The Neighborhood Heroes of Granby and Fraser, The Runaways of Winter Park, Fat Amber of Granby, and A Sight Unseen of Summit County. The headliner (not competing) will be The Runnin’ Wild Band.

Food for thought: “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions ” could have, might have and should have.” – Unattributed.

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