Ol' One Eye

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 in Review

One Eyed Parrot Dance Club

Where do I start?

2013 was by any measure, the most successful year in the 8 year History of the One Eyed Parrot dance club. Here’s a brief summary…

We rang in January breaking all attendance records for our Friday nights lessons. The need for addition dance space and venues caused us to start seeking additional places to dance.


  • In March we begin offering an 8 week Beginners Line dance session in Otis & weekly intermediate line lessons in Palmer.
  • In April we began weekly beginner’s lessons Line & partner lessons in Granby.
  • In November we were asked by the folks at the Southwick legion to start offering beginner line and Partner dances in Southwick. The first night at this location broke all previous attendance records for club lessons



Besides our normal dance lessons, here are some (But not all) of the events we sponsored or took part in

  • Country Dance Night in Russell
  • Country Dance Weekend at East Hill Farm - March
  • Mishnock Barn Rhode Trip
  • Hampton Beach Rhode Trip
  • KOC Western Night
  • Cooks Orchard
  • Mishnock and Friends Dance Weekend
  • Martha’s Vineyard Rhode Trip
  • Country Dance Weekend at East Hill Farm – December


Created / Firmly Established New Traditions

  • Prime Rib Tuesdays in Granby



  • Redesigned the Website
  • Redesigned Event Calendars
  • Customized the website for Mobile Devices
  •  Established a Dedicated Club Phone Number
  • Promoted all Events via Facebook

 Challenges Overcome

  • The single biggest challenge we overcame in 2013 was the Fire at the Chicopee AMVETS. The fact that we branched out to other venues allowed the club continue offering lessons and dancing at other locations from April straight through to September when the AMVETS reopened after summer break.


Club Membership

This is by far the single most rewarding club metric.


The club has in the past year has more than doubled in membership. The long time friendships that we have been fortunate to establish and maintain over the past 8 years and new friendships that we as a group have cultivated in 2013 are by far the most satisfying of all achievements. It’s those friendships and the efforts of all our friends that keep the club, fun relevant and growing.


I’ve said it oft before, and I need to say it again… You Guys Rock!


Many Many Thanks for an AWESOME 2013 and wishing everyone an even MORE AWESOME 2014!!


Happy NewYear!   Enjoy a 2013 Picture Slideshow Here….