The Northern New Jersey Square Dance Association’s 42nd Annual Mini-Fest will be on November 13th from 1:00-6:30 PM this year. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. If you’d like to attend, please let me know and I’ll get the discounted tickets to you.

The caller lineup features callers I’ve never danced to, so I’m looking forward to swinging to someone new. They include: Jack Pladdys (Ohio), Mark Franks (New Jersey) and Dan Koft (Pennsylvania). There will be three full time halls for Mainstream, Plus and Advanced. They are also offering DBD and fast Mainstream and Plus tips this year. This is a great opportunity to get a lot of floor time and polish your dance skills, especially if you do not travel much to any of the IAGSDC fly-ins.

The location of the Mini-Fest has not been finalized. You can go to the NNJSDA website,, and click on “Mini Festival” in the red box at the center of the page or email for updates. New Jersey Transit offers frequent train service to all the locations being considered and the organizers have graciously offered to pick any of us up from the train station nearest the hall.

There’s great energy when there are hundreds of people dancing together!