Author: James R Babcock

Learn to Square Dance!


Looking for an evening of fun and socializing? Join us for an introduction to square dancing. No partner, experience, special clothing, or dance skill required. If you can walk, you can dance!

Our club, Times Squares, is offering three open houses this winter, on Jan 25, Jan 29, and Feb 05. Come to any or all! You’ll learn the basic moves at any of the sessions, and a few additional moves at each of the three.

Friendly experienced dancers will be there to help out, and we have a fun and talented caller/teacher lined up for the evening. A great time is guaranteed!

If you like it, you’ll have the opportunity to join our beginner’s level classes starting February 12. Classes will run every Tuesday night from 6:30 – 9:30 through May to get you up to Mainstream level. Then you can dance with any square dance club in the world!

Come see why we say “Square Dancing is Friendship set to Music!”

Times Squares is New York’s only LGBTQ* square dance club. We welcome people of all genders and orientations. You don’t have to be LGBTQ* to join — just friendly!

Cost: $10 at the door
Where & When: PS 3, 490 Hudson Street (between Grove and Christopher Street)

  • Fri, Jan 25 7-9pm with Pat Push
  • Tue, Jan 29 7-9pm with Howard Richman
  • Tue, Feb 5 7-9pm with Howard Richman

Virginia Thaler in Square Dance Heaven

Our darling Gina was fatally struck by a car while crossing a street in Millburn, NJ on Monday night (26 Nov.) Our thoughts are with her husband Steve and their family.
Visitation for Virginia (Gina) Thaler is Monday December 3 at the Daniel Schaefer Funeral Home from 10:00 AM to Noon. There will be a private graveside service later in the day. Schaefer Funeral Home is located at 4123 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232. We will also be lighting a candle in her memory at class/night Tuesday December 4 at PS3.
Here, she is pictured with a smile and her mango juice at her graduation in May.  While she was growing in confidence with the Mainstream level, she always maintained a positive attitude, and an almost perfect attendance. record. We will miss her gentleness.

Remembering “Curlique” Pauline Plummer

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Pauline Jeanette Plummer, Thursday, August 23 at 10:45pm, after a valiant fight against cancer. Our condolences to her family and friends. She was a long time member of Times Squares, since 1988, and was responsible for the P.O.R. Boutique (Peel Off and Recycle) fundraiser for our Peel the Pumpkin fly-in for many years. She will be greatly missed, not only for her warmth and personality, but her divine outfits which she made herself. “Curlique”, dance up a storm, and rest in peace. Funeral details: Wake: Fri Sep 7 4-8pm Funeral: Sat Sep 8 9am viewing ; 10 am funeral Repast to follow.
Location: First United Methodist Church 227 E Lincoln Ave, Mount Vernon, New York 10552
Mass Transit Directions: Board a New Haven bound train, stopping at Mount Vernon East. From there it is an 11 minute walk (0.6 mile) : walk along Elm Ave, turn left onto Rich Ave for five blocks, then right onto E Lincoln Ave. Check Google Maps for more directions.

Remembrances from our members: “For all of those who cared about Pauline and cared for Pauline. For those who danced with Pauline and paid attention to Pauline. For all those who made a fuss over Pauline and told her she was beautiful (and she was). For all of those who understood the high standards that Pauline had for dress and style. For all of those who stood behind her while she performed. God bless you all because you gave her what she needed and what she earned. Love. Respect. Friendship. Community. A special shout out to Gabriel Rivas-Brito, who always brought out the best in Pauline.” — David Kampel “Pauline loved a party. Invite her, and she was there — always looking glam with beautifully coiffed hair, perfectly made-up, dressed to the nines. She had a standard that she always kept to. Some years ago I hosted a party for friends of mine who were visiting from Australia. The food came from Zabars. Pauline approved. The food was served on disposable plates along with disposable glasses and eating utensils. Pauline did not approve. With a look of disappointment at my faux pas, Pauline went into the kitchen and helped herself to a china plate, a crystal glass, and a silver fork. She helped herself to some of the food, poured herself a glass of champagne (Veuve Cliquot, which she brought to the party already chilled) then took herself over to the most comfortable seat. Pauline was back where she belonged. Her standards were met. The party could now begin!” — Edward Sherman “As Honky Tonk Queen Mum, I knew Pauline for many years. She was always available for absolutely anything. She was big, brash and impossible to embarrass. I’ve noticed some people reminiscing about her performance of Push De Button, which was a song I recommended to her after her magnificent Let’s Get This Party Started. She loved it and I loved watching her perform it. It is hard to believe that all of that love, energy and enthusiasm is gone … and way too soon.” — Bob Young “She was always fun to be with and could put a smile on my face without any effort (and often lipstick, too).” — Bob Fitterman “Pauline’s smiling face and warm hello made every event she attended always MORE enjoyable. As you all might remember, my mother, Emily, joined Times Squares dancing for several years. You all embraced her so lovingly into the TS family. But as you can imagine, sometimes it was intimidating for her, and not just because of the speed at which we used to dance. The year the convention was in Las Vegas, my mother was considering joining us. Even I was concerned about her being comfortable. Who knows, she might accidentally wander into the moonshine tip! Pauline overheard me expressing my concern, and she assured me that she would not only share a room with my mother, but that she would also keep my mother safe. And true to her word, she took my mother under her wing, and they both had a fantastic time, throughout the convention. This might have been one of the last really fun activities my mother enjoyed, before her Alzheimer’s started to affect her. Whenever I told my mother about TS events, she always asked about Pauline. I know we will all miss Pauline very much. ” — Mark Doyaga “Leslie and I remember Pauline for her friendship, generosity and enthusiasm in everything she did, she was a wonderful ambassador for the Times Squares. We will greatly miss her at the square dance conventions, her pride in leading us in the grand march, our early morning gatherings for early bird convention registration, participating in her fabulous convention performances and costume preparations for Peel the Pumpkin. “Get the party started” was truly her theme song.” — Daniel Savitt “As a veteran square dancer, I wish to express the loss I feel for the passing of Pauline Plummer. She was loved by many, many square dance club members. Words that come to mind that I feel would accurately describe her would be: warm, loving, abundant and cheerful amongst other traits. She always greeted everyone with a cheerful smile and hugs. A warm greeting for all was just so natural for Pauline. We will all miss her very much.” — Mario Pecunia
Some remembrances from Facebook: “She was a wonderful kind person. May she dance for eternity with the angels.” — Heidi Auerbacher “My heart goes out to her family, both by birth and by IAGSDC, Bob Young especially. Curlique will never be forgotten. She was loved by all, was always a pleasure to have in a square and on the Fun Badge Tour, and was a never ending source of enthusiasm and love. We will miss her terribly. Pauline: give ‘em hell in Heaven!” — Ett McAtee “She had such a bubbly personality everytime I had the pleasure of seeing her & dancing with her in a square. I’m going to miss that!” — Ann Balint Rothfuss “She was my inspiration when helping Erick Blakely (Mz Freeda) & directed Gary Dougan & I to coordinate a local charity for her fundraising number in PS. Such a joy to work with and dance with. She taught me all the other stuff during a Convention was meaningless…just have fun…let it go. Thank you Mz Curlicue for all of your joy & inspiration. See you on the dance floor in another realm.” — Jim Francis “Oh no. This so sad to hear. Pauline brightened every room she came in and brightened the day of everyone she talked to. We share in the heartbreak of Times Squares members.” — Steve Johnson “Pauline was such a lady of grace AND camp! She befriended me on the Atlanta FBT and I always looked forward to her smile and rolling laugh. Let us carry the best of her with us each day, each dance.” — Rahn Anderson
Pauline, you VIBRANT woman : poem by Jennifer Cherry Dearest Pauline, you VIBRANT woman, you lift us up. With your contagious smile and joyful soul, you lift us up. Your effervescent laughter that fills the room, you lift us up. Through your free-spirited dance, ‘Curlicue’, you lift us up. Inspired by your impeccable style and artistic flair, you lift us up. Always offering a helping hand because you care, you lift us up. And when we’re faced with challenge, sadness, or pain, you lift us up. With these seven verses we’ve only just begun, but the Lord recognized his masterpiece was done. So as heaven’s gates open to welcome you in, And their caller shouts “Square up”, we’ll see you grin. We rejoice in the memories that we will treasure, and the lesson to live each moment, for good measure. Know that you have forever changed our lives, touched our hearts, enhanced our minds, your youthful energy turned back time. With acts of kindness, selflessness, imparting wisdom along the way, exuding confidence and resilience through your strong faith. Pauline, you VIBRANT woman, the bells do chime, Now let US lift YOU up this final time.

New Hours and Location Agree with Summer Dancers

Weekly dance instruction is good for the spirit. But what’s a dancer to do when classes are over? Keep dancing, of course! And so, our semi-monthly summer dances have begun, with a change in venue and time. For four Tuesdays, we are dancing on the 6th floor conference room of the Lenox Health Greenwich Village medical facility. Folks are making the best of the carpeting, kicking up their heels and kicking off their shoes if necessary. Betsy Gotta called on Jun 12, and Howard Richman called for our Rainbow Pride club night on the 26th.

Howard Richman, our own Rhinestone Caller.

We are starting, and finishing, 30 minutes earlier, which also makes for happy dancers. 7:00-9:00pm seems just the right time for getting enough dancing in without folks trickling out.  We hope the momentum continues throughout the summer. If you haven’t danced with us this summer, your next chance is July 17 when Don Moger from Montreal will be calling. Be there AND be square.

Dancing at Lenox