Peel the Pumpkin 2017 is coming soon! Are you ready?

Hotel Room Reservation. If you haven’t reserved a hotel room, please do it quickly as rooms at our advertised rate can run out quickly. Also make sure that you let the hotel know that you are reserving as part of the Times Squares’ block of rooms. If attendees do not reserve enough rooms in our block we will be assessed a surcharge.

Volunteers are needed to help the fly-in run smoothly. Help is needed to Set Up at the beginning and Tear Down at the end. Also, we still need people who can spare an hour or two to help with the basket sales and the 50-50 sales.

We’re trying to make the dance experience as enjoyable for everyone as possible, so we’ve created two jobs – Host/Hostess and Caller Liaison. If dancers have any problems when the Registration Desk is unmanned, they can talk to a host or hostess and be directed to the proper person to answer their question. The same is true for the Caller Liaison. This is the person the callers can go to if they have any problems during the fly-in. If all goes as smoothly as planned the hosts and liaisons will have nothing to do. If you’d like to volunteer please send Warren an email at

Call for Baskets. Last year we had an extraordinary display of color and finery, beauty and utility, fun, froth, sentiment and practicality. Now you have another opportunity to build a basket and go over the top with your creativity and imagination.

So, what could you put in your basket? How about:

• Sweets, coffees, chocolates, edible undies, personal items for your nightstand drawer, visual distractions for your television? 

• Books, a magazine subscription, crossword puzzles, games, DVDs? 

• A set of teacups, a teapot, perhaps some tea and cookies? 

• Gift certificates, coupons for services (foot rubs, dog walking, cat sitting, window washing, personal shopping, a Get Out of Jail Free card), theatre tickets? 

• Autographed memorabilia like a signed baseball or cap from one of the World Series? 

• Specialty beers, red wine, white wine, single malt scotch, Dom Perignon or maybe just a six pack of Coors? 

• Picture frames, artwork, photography, or a 2018 wall calendar?

Think of what you would like to find in your basket or what a friend would like, and put it all together! And go ahead – add the frills, the beads, the spangles, the glitter, ribbon, lace, bells, bows, dangles and sashes you want! Go for it – go wild!

As always, the thoughtfulness of those who donate their time, energy and money in creating baskets for Peel the Pumpkin is truly appreciated. The money raised is significant and offsets the expenses for the dance space, callers’ fees, and so much more. 


T-Shirt Display. Over the year’s our club has printed some amazing T-shirts. During the fly-in this year we are planning to display as many of them as we can. We already have some from all the way back to the IAGSDC Convention hosted in New York City in 1984! If you never throw anything away, and have one you can loan us, please snap a picture of it and send it to Warren  at and he’ll get back to you. Thanks for loaning Times Squares the shirt off your back!

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.

Display your Bulging Basket at Peel the Pumpkin 2017

Peel the Pumpkin 2017 is right around the corner, and you know what that means…..

It’s time to proudly display your BULGING Basket !

Remember, this year our club is looking to surpass last year’s sophisticated basket collection. This is not the time to empty your closets of old clothing and used items. This is the year to razzle and dazzle the basket bidders.

Please bring your FABULOUS new items arranged in a basket to the Basket room at the beautiful Hotel Woodbridge at the annual Peel the Pumpkin.

Lovely, svelte, “Basket Mavens” will accept your baskets on Friday, 10/27 from 1pm to 5pm, and from 8pm to 10pm, and on Saturday morning from 10am to noon.


Also, If you can write up a descriptive list of the contents of your baskets, we can attach it so we make sure all the lovely contents get noticed and appreciated.  And if you feel creative, make up a fun name for your basket.

Q: But “Basket Mavens” – What if I can’t bring my completed basket to the hotel?
A: If you’re not actually coming to PTP, or if you can’t transport your basket yourself, bring it to PS 3 on club night Tuesday 10/17 or 10/24 or Thursday 10/19. We’ll take it from there.

Q: But “Basket Mavens” – What do I do? I have a great collection of new items, but I don’t have a basket to put them in?
A: “Basket Mavens” will accept your new items and will put them into a basket for you!

Q: Cellophane and ribbons too?
A: Of course, that’s what “Basket Mavens” do. Besides, who has cellophane in a NYC apartment?

Q: I’ll bring my bulging basket to the hotel, but I’m not arriving until Saturday.
A: Bring it along. We’ll accept it until noon. If you’re bringing your basket on Saturday, make sure it is completely wrapped and ready for display.

Q: “Basket Mavens” – I have no imagination. Do you have any ideas?
A: Of course – we’re “Basket Mavens”! How about a basket filled with coffee or tea products? Chocolate and Cookies, or Gourmet foods. Liquor is always appreciated (by us anyway). Anyone would love a Bath-sket, filled with lotions, potions, bubble bath and a rubber ducky. Maybe some fresh baked cookies, brownies, or delicious Lemon Squares?  How about a dog and/or cat basket filled with new toys and treats? Also if you have a “special” skill, you could offer a service certificate. Perhaps an apartment cleaning, or accounting, or organizing someones closet.

Just be sure to make it nice, make it fun, and don’t show up with a basketcase of a basket! But remember dear reader, our first choice is for you to bring a completed, wrapped, desirable collection to the hotel on Friday.
Come on dancers, be creative and make Times Square’s baskets bulge! Looking forward to seeing you all on the dance floor.

With love,
The Basket Mavens


Alain Buzzard hosts a new Plus Class


Given his colorful socks and outlandish costumes, I’ve always wondered what Alain Buzzard’s apartment looks like.  I finally got a chance to see it when he invited me to help angel the new Plus dancers whom he’s teaching in his home. Energy is high and everyone is laughing and having a good time, as Kim Norland and I help ready the new dancers to dance full Plus at our upcoming fly-in. We took this photo with everyone holding up an item from Alain’s “apartment of curiosities” at the end of our first session.

Heartfelt thanks to Alain for offering to teach the group as well as provide a space for us to dance.

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.

Fan-tastic White Party

So nice to see so many club members and visitors from Northern New Jersey and beyond at our White Party.  Five squares of dancers, which included three squares of Advanced dancers, had a great time dancing to Dayle Hodge’s upbeat tunes and always enjoyable choreography. White fan decorations, white clothes and white food all embraced the theme. George Voorhis posted this wonderful video on our club’s Facebook page.

Michael DiBella’s share of the 50-50 was $130. Maybe we should change his nickname from “Ping” to “Ka-ching!”