The Cripple Creek Cloggers continued to be Murfreesboro ambassadors as they performed this past weekend near the Baltic sea in Lituania. Th Appalaschian style dance group, that was created in 1967 by Steve Cates as a 4-H project, had two performances this past Saturday (7/14/2012) and a finale on Sunday at Folklore Festival "Parbeg Laivelis" in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The long flight back to Middle Tennessee began early Monday.
Local residents attending the Baltic tour include: Steve Cates, Director; Oliver Shalibo, Musical Director; along with Cornelia Overton, Dee Brown, Diana Greenleaf, Joe James, Ruth Suzuki, Michael E. Smith, Michael Graves, Scott McCurley, Luis Candelaria, Douglas Willard, Ann Mattox, and Donna Davis.
Next Murfreesboro FolkFest Date Set
Meetings are also being held during this festival between members of the Murfreesboro-based clogging troupe and prospects for participating in International Folkfest during June 9-16, 2013. The 31 year old festival is able to continue primarily because of the travels by Cripple Creek Cloggers each year to festivals in other countries. Visits are being contemplated in the year ahead for Puerto Rico, Austria, and Slovakia.
For more information about becoming a part of the Cripple Creek Cloggers, visit their website www.cripplecreekcloggers.org
. Prior clogging experience is not necessary, and there is extensive training provided at no charge.