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August 6, 2011

Area social club to celebrate 20th anniversary Sunday

By Mark Boshnack

Staff Writer

A group that has helped people get together for 20 years will be holding a celebration of its own Sunday, an officer said.

Members of the Tri-County Dance and Social Club, formerly known as the Tri-County Singles Club, will take to the dance floor as usual 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Chestnut Street in Oneonta. They meet there every Sunday. Admission is $4 for members and $5 for non-members.

There will be a cake to celebrate the milestone, said secretary-treasurer Sandra Curry, and members will be going out to dinner before.

The dance is open to anyone 18 and older. Many of the more than 110 members are 60 and older, she said.

The name was changed about a month ago to better fit the group's bylaws, as members got married or found partners. That is where she found her significant other, after she joined about five years ago.

"It's a lot of fun," Curry, 73, said about the club. The weekly dances include either a band or DJ.

It meets a need, providing a good social event for a lot of people, she said.

"You make lots of friends. There's a lot of camaraderie," she said.

Neal Northrup, 81, of Walton, has been a regular at the club for 16 years, though he met his wife at a similar group that meets every Wednesday in Sidney about six years ago.

While members knew that people either married or single were welcome, "now everyone knows that," with the name change, he said.

"It's really enjoyable," he said. Married or single, "we always enjoy meeting new people."

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