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   Frederick County Leader, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1999, Frederick, Maryland                               Please send your calendar items in a timely manner to The Frederick News Post, P.O. Box 578, Frederick, Md 21705. Attn.: Calendar of Events. Fax 301-662-8299 or e-mail at: mander- Dance The Alternative Inc., singles dances. Fit, Jan. and 29, 9 p.m. 12-30 a.m at the Knights of Columbus, Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown. Mix 'n mingle, 8-9 p.m. 301-739-4113. Postponed Special New Year's Dance. Walkersville Ballroom Dance Club. Jan. 16 at Walkersville Town Hall Dances every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sat, p.m. Waltz featured. All levels welcome. 301-253-2523 or 695-2633 and enter code 6985. Spaghetti Dinner-Dance, Jan. 16, 8 p.m.-midnight at VFW Post 10076, 111 South Main St., Mount Airy. Dinner, p.m. Music by Orvil Magers, DJ. Dress casual person. Open to all Benefit Dance, Frederick Horseshoe Club, Jan. 16, 9 p.m-midnight. Woodsboro Firehall, north of Walkersville on Md 194, Woodsboro. Music by Kevin Casey of Soundsations. Must be age 21. Adv tickets, single, couple; at the door, each. 301- 898-3316. Bluemont Oldtime Country Dance, Jan. 16, 8 p.m. Beginner's workshop, 7.30 pm Old Bluemont School, Bluemont, Va and 703-777-6306 or reach us at our Web site: www.blue- mont.org. Dance with the Country Western Dance Connection, every Mon., 6-9 p.m. at Green Valley Elementary School, near Md. 75 and 80. Music by Country John, DJ and 301-607-6900 or 301-305-2535 ask for CJ. Frederick County Western Dance Association, dance, new location, every Wed., at the Independent Firehall on Baughmans Lane, Frederick. Doors open, 7 p.m.; open dancmg, 30 p m FCWDA members, others, 301-694-5981 or 898-5505 Gateway Swingers Square Dance Club, every second, fourth and fifth Fn, 8- 10-30 pm Walkersville Town Hall. Caller, Art Lavigne. Square Dance with the Frederick County Promenaders, every first and third Fri, 8-10-30 p.m, Ballenger Community Hall, Feagaville. Mainstream with announced plus tips, lines and rounds 301-663-3364. Frederick Singles, dances held every first third and fifth Sun at Holiday Inn, Md 85, at the FSK Mall, Frederick. 7-10 p.m. Doors open 6.30 p m No denims DJ music Mid-20s and up 301-663-0671 or 831-6747 "Over 30 Singles" and Social Club, meets every Wed and Fri., at the Oldies Music Legends, Hampton Inn, Frederick 8pm -midnight 301-846- 3486 or reach us at our Web site: www Friendly Folks Square Dance Club, dance, every second and fourth Sat, 8- 10-30 pm at Walkersville Town Hall. Primarily Plus dancing with Rounds 301-865-0569 Plus Square Dance with the Yellow Rockers, every first and third Fri, 8-10 p m at Monocacy Elementary School, ihrough June 18, 1999 Caller, Bob Falconi, 301-694-9352 Beginners' Square Dance Lessons, continue at South Can-oil High School, Winfield 410-795-2369. Music Free Concerts in January at Borders Gaithersburg, Jan 8, 10, 15, 16, 22, 24 and 29, times vary. 534 N Frederick Ave. From the Dave Sharp Duo to Michelle Swan Free. 301-921-0991. Kim Reggie Harris and Magpie, Mountain Green Concerts, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. at Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown. Tickets, and 301-790-2800 The Madrigal Feaste by the Frederick Chorale, Jan 9 at 6 p.m, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m, Coblentz Hall, Hood College in Frederick. person Jan. 9, person Jan, 10 301-663-1284 Carillon Recitals at the Mercersburg Academy, continue Jan 10, 17, 24 and 31 from the Barker Tower of the acade- my chapel, 3 p.m Mercersburg, Pa. Free and visitors are welcome to climb the tower to view the bells and chat with the featured carillonneur. 717-328- 2151. Monday Night Jazz with the Chuck Underwood Trio, continues Jan. 11 and p m Borders Gaithersburg, 534 N. Frederick Ave. Free. 301-921-0991. Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series, fine acoustic music concerts, Sat., Jan. p.m. War Memorial Building, 102 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Features Susan Graham White, Randy Barrett and Jennie Avila. Admission, 540-687-6759 or visit our Web site: Continued on Page 4 This is a partial list of entertainment events in and around the Frederick County area. A complete list appears every Friday in The Frederick News-Post BADE a publication of Covering cities, towns and communities throughout Frederick County, Md., and nearby counties. Winter wonders Page 2 Vol. 14 No. 46 Frederick, Maryland 21705 Friday, January 8, 1999 250 Cowboy entertainer lives the part By KAREN GARDNER Assistant Entertainment Editor Ron McGinley can twirl ropes, spin pistols and crack whips with the Kest of 'em. He pans for gold and when he's relaxing, it's often on his horse, Traveler. Mr. McGinley is a Westerner at heart, although he was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and has lived near Frederick more than 30 years. He has performed his Western act before a Frederick Keys game, at a local nursing home, at the opening of a Western wear store and at a Wild West show in New York Now he's doing parties and conven- tions. He can envelop three fads in his twirling rope, and got his picture m The (Baltimore) Sun doing just that trick. "I like to he said "It just takes a little practice. I keep the ropes with me constantly, and practice maybe 10 hours a week in the winter, and 20 hours in the summer On a bitter cold winter day, he demonstrated his technique for about 20 minutes before declaring his hands numb. Then he reminisced about win- ters in Arizona, where he and his wife like to travel at least once a year "Temperatures are about 70 during the day, and it gets down to about freezing at night." Mr. McGinley, 55. drives a tour bus in Washington, D C, for a living, and acts as a tour guide at some of the major tourist sites He fell m love with the West as a child, watching Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Tom Mix on the big screen. "There's something about the he said "You get a different sensation out there. The farther I can see the happier I am." He has ridden horses through Monument Valley, traced the steps of Wyatt Earp at the OK Corral, met the son of Gerommo and stayed in the town of Wickiup, Ariz., which bills itself as "the rattlesnake capital of the world." All of this got him featured on a cable TV show, "Cable in Winchester, Va, last year After the opening credits, Mr McGinley is shown performing his act to music from the old John Wayne classic "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon "I know that the West is not guns Mr McGinley said. Still, he said, "Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp are my favorite heroes I think they were men of courage." Besides watching old movies and vis- iting such Old West landmarks as Old Tucson and the Roy Rogers Museum, Mr. McGinley has read serious biogra- phies of many Western characters, including Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Gen. George A. Custer, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph and Gerommo. "The West was wonby brave men, but brave men killed other brave he said, referring to the Indian massacres It was also more a state of mind than a geographical location, he said. "The West starts right he said. "Lewis and Clark picked up weapons in Harpers Ferry, and gold was discovered in Virginia and Georgia He has panned for gold in such unlikely places as Maine, Staff photos bv Timothv Jacobsen "Cowboy Ron" McGinley twirls two ropes in a mirror image of themselves. He has a whole repertoire of rope tricks, including the handshake and the butterfly. The chaps he's wearing weigh 20 pounds. Flanking Mr. McGinley are posters he's collected advertising early Wild West shows. where he once found 24 flakes. Gold, he said, can be found in 35 states "The West is nothing but a group of frontiers, mining, cattle and he said. Cowboys, with their independent attitude and sense of adventure, added to the image. He's not a cowboy, however. "Cowboy work is hard he said "They work 15-hour days. I like being an entertainer. I like to travel. I like the outdoors, camping and fishing." He also likes to ride He and his wife, Louise, recently bought horses, and he rides whenever he can Traveler, his horse, is not named after the well-known mount of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, however. He's named for Mr. McGinley's love of travel It was five years ago, while riding hors- es near Front Royal, Va., that Mr. McGinley first saw rope tricks performed. He began practicing, and now does tricks including the butterfly and the handshake "I was told by another entertainer that the hardest thing about the butterfly is learning it, and the second hardest thing is learning how to make money while you're doing he said His ropes have weights and counter weights that help in balance. He has three ropes, all made of cotton, which must be special-ordered. One is 15 feet long, one is 30 feet long and one is 55 feet long Each is looped at one end, and the edge of the loop helps to determine the kind of twirling that can be done One of his ropes has a "slow burner" loop, which gives better control A string of wax thread is sewn through the rope with pliers. His guns are the shiny, metal firearms that one imagines a cowboy wearing in his holster They won't be used in any gun- fights, however He keeps them unloaded. Occasionally, he's asked to perform with blanks He's also called upon to crack a whip, which explodes in a noise loud enough to break the sound barrier Learning that wasn't easy, he said "Wear goggles when you're learning, and make sure nobody's behind you." he said Besides entertainment. Mr McGinley. has published a magazine of short stones, called Rest of the West, and a novel. "From Nowhere The plot follows a typi- cal Western scenano It centers on a gun- man, a woman rancher and an orphaned boy, and their attempts to succeed at ranch life in Arizona "Writing those was a way to pay for a trip across the country." he said It worked. "I broke he said. He plans a sequel to the magazine and a new novel in the next year "If you know the start and finish of a story, everything else is he said What's going on in the Frederick Area Senior Fellowship activities The following activities will be held Jan. 11-15 at the Frederick Senior Fellowship Center, 520 N. Market St.: Monday, Jan ll Exercise, 11 a.m.; Table games. Farkle, p m No art class until March. Tuesday, Jan. 12 Strength exercise, 11 am.; "Only Food p.m. Wednesday, Jan 13 Strength Exercise class, 9 a.m.; exercise, 11 a.m.; Brown Bag Pharmacy, 10 a.m.-noon, Movie Matinee, "Odd Couple, Part II, p.m. p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 Strength exercise, 11 a.m.; "Dental speaker, Dr. Michele Wear, p.m.; quilting, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 Strength exercise, 11 a.m.; Musical Fun, a.m.; Canasta, p.m.; shopping, 1 p.m. Center hours are Monday-Friday, a.m -5 p.m., with lunch at noon and din- ner at 4 p.m Saturday, 10 a m -2 p.m., with lunch at noon; and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. with lunch at 1 p.m. For more information, call 301-694- 1048. Meal reservations and cancella- tions are required 24 hours in advance. January Bloodmobile schedule Monday, Jan 7 p.m. Frederick Moose Lodge, 828 E. Patrick Street, Frederick. Monday, Jan. 11, Noon 6 p.m. Holiday Inn Francis Scott Key, Ballroom A, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick. Thursday, Jan. 14, 4 8 p.m. Libertytown Vol. Fire Department 12027 South Street, Libertytown. Monday, Jan. 8 p.m. Frederick Jaycees at FSK Mall, First Floor, Center Court. Monday, Jan. a.m. 5 p.m. St. John's Catholic Church, 114 E. Second Street, Frederick. Thursday, Jan. a.m. 2 p.m. F M National Bank, 110 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick. Friday, Jan, 22, 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Jefferson School, 2940 Point of Rocks. Friday, Jan. a.m. 4 p.ra. Life Technology Co., 7335 Executive Way, Frederick Saturday, Jan 23, 8 am Noon Frederick Area Community Drive, 182 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick Tuesday, Jan. 26, l 7 p m American Legion FSK Post 11, 1450 Taney Ave., Frederick. Tuesday, Jan 26, a.m p.m. County of Frederick at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 35 East Church Street, Frederick. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Mount SL Mary's College, Emmitsburg. Thursday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m 7 p.m Brunswick CV at American Legion Steadman 96, 18 S Maple Ave., Brunswick. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m. 8 p.n. St. Timothy Catholic Church, 8651 Biggs Ford Road, Walkersville. Call 1-800-448-3256 to make an appointment so the best possible service is provided Schedule is subject to change. Please call 1-800-272-0024 to con firm hours, location, etc. Libertytown Rec. Council sign-ups The Libertytown Recreation Council has scheduled its spring registrations for girls Softball, ages 6-18; baseball, ages 5-13 and soccer, ages 6- 14. Registrations will be held at the Liberty Elementary School cafeteria on Continued on Page 3 This is a partial list of community events in and around the Frederick County area A complete list appears every Monday and Thursday in The Frederick News-Post SPAFFIll   

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