Time to lay your HOE down!!
When I was a little girl, my grandparents lived on a farm. It wasn't a working farm per se--my grandfather was retired as a civil engineer, and the farm was his relaxation. He did have a corn field, with a mule and a plow, and he hired someone to plow the field. He had a couple of pigs, and some wonderful goats, and a few laying hens that lived in his barn.
That barn was a fascination to me. Usually the cars were parked there, along with the animals, but about once a year, everything would get cleaned out, and my grandparents would have a barndance for all their friends. They had some fiddlers, and a caller, and the entire barn was decorated with crepe paper.
This is NOT our barn!
I was pretty little--maybe four years old--the last time they had a barndance. My grandfather died the following year, when I was five. But I will never forget that last big barndance, because the caller called a HOEDOWN.
Many people think that a hoedown is a party, but it is actually a kind of dance competition at the barndance. The dance is fast--usually 2/4 time--and is related to a jig, or a reel (many times The Virginia Reel was used for the competition), or a clog dance. Each dancer tries to outdance the last. The caller uses "patter call," which is a call that is spoken or chanted, rather than sung.
I will always remember that last barndance at my grandparents' farm, and the wonderful hoedowns that I witnessed that night! Now head on over to Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday and read some of the other lessons the students have prepared for Jenny's class!