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Do you have a Times Squares T-Shirt that we can display at Peel the Pumpkin?

At the last Independence Squares fly-in I noticed a display of t-shirts from the beginning of their club to the present. It was great to see how the designs have changed over the years. It would be great if we could do the same thing for Peel the Pumpkin this year. I looked through my closet, and I have the two t-shirts pictured here (I tend to discard those I can no longer fit into. It’s depressing and I have limited closet space).

If you have a t-shirt that you’d like to have displayed for that weekend, please let me know. You can send a photo or a description to I promise to treat them gently and return them to you in the same condition that you loaned them.

Times Squares Board Minutes for August 2017

We are slightly behind where we were last year for Peel the Pumpkin registrations. It’s not too early to register and ask your friends to join us for this wonderful event. The board has approved a plan to host Peel the Pumpkin 2018. More information as it becomes available. Thanks to those who have volunteered to organize Peel the Pumpkin 2018.

Alain Buzzard is conducting a Plus Class this fall. If you are interested in taking the class, please let him know.

It’s not too early to think about running for the board. All seven members are up for re-election this year. Contact Alex Reeder or Lester Strong if you are interested.

Click here to read the minutes.

Long time dancer, Harold Gabel, has passed away.

Memorial Service announced: The service will be 11:30, Tuesday at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel at 630 Amsterdam. The burial will follow at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY. The phone number is 516-328-1300.


A good friend and square dancer since 1991, Harold Gabel, passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. We will miss him sorely.

Joe Regan Jr. shared this memory on Facebook. “Just learned that my square dance friend Harold Gabel died today. He had prostate cancer and was having many chemo and radiation treatments. He looked terrible the last time I saw him. He was such a good person and had a great relationship with Larry Phillips in DC after his partner the Episcopal Bishop died while he was at the Gathering some summers ago. We shared rooms at many fly-ins and conventions. He came to my Beth Israel events for cardiac rehab. He is a great loss.”

Harold’s neice, Rona Wynter shared her feelings also. “I was so lucky to have this wonderful strong man in my life for so long. Honestly I never met anyone that was so positive. He fought for years and always smiled and was more concerned and interested in what was going on in my life then his problems. Uncle Harold will be missed by so many. He lived a full life. That’s just the kind of guy he was. And if he’s reading Facebook, Uncle Harold we will miss you so much. It will be sad not hearing your voice anymore.”

We will post information regarding memorial services as we receive them.

Paul Berna, We Will Miss You

UPDATE: There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Dancers over 40 Inc., PO Box 2103, New York, NY 10101. See notice from the Harlem Valley News below.

Paul Berna, who joined Times Squares in 1990, passed away recently. He will be truly missed.

Barbara Joyce Lesko shared a wonderful memory online: “REST IN PEACE dear Paul Berna. WHEN we met in square dancing and you told me your email was WASADANCER i said but you are a (square) dancer – that was before i knew Paul had been a talented dancer on Broadway … WASLOVEDBYALL”

There is also this picture from Facebook and Paul’s comment: How many people do you know to have had their hand up Barbara Eden’s leg while digging her high heel into his shoulder? No, I’m not a perv, just giving her the support she needed. Opening of new Madison Square Garden 1968.




Harlem Valley News

July, 29, 2017

Pine Plains – Paul Harris Berna, 80, a nine year resident of Pine Plains, NY formerly of Copake and New York City died peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at his home in Pine Plains. Mr. Berna was a professional dancer and hairstylist in New York City for many years prior to his retirement.

Born November 14, 1936 in Chicago, IL he was the son of the late Victor W. and Margaret L. Groen Berna. He attended and graduated high school in Chicago and was a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute.

Paul is survived by his sister, Carolyn Williams Glomb, a niece, Dawn Nevel; dear friends, Anne and Steve Whitehouse of Copake, Anne Veteran of Millerton, Heather Thomson of North Egremont and his companion Dylan Ftera of Pine Plains and New York City and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by four siblings.


Want More of Sandie?

Did you have enough of dancing with Sandie Bryant in Palm Springs? Here is another opportunity to dance with her in Philadelphia. Independence Squares is hosting a dance with Sandie on Sunday, July 23rd. Get another fix of Sandie in air-conditioned comfort at the Ethical Society Building.