September 17-26, 1999 SOS Fall Migration: The club members had a “meeting place” – first, The Barrel and Later The Boulevard Grill. Around 8:30pm, club members would begin their SOS nights together, with members then drifting off to their personal-favorite, later-night dance spots, most often, Ducks and Fat Harold’s.
Eventually, The Boulevard Grill became a popular spot for the NVSC’s afternoon and early-evening dancing. The Grill had hired two of our deejays, Craig Jennings and Larry Jones, for occasional SOS duty. (Sofmetimes billed as “The Shooter Dudes,” Larry and Craig also deejayed for SOS at Ducks and Ducks, Too.) The Grill also was one of the places, Ducks was the other, where NVSC held its SOS “free pour” parties.
On the last Sunday of SOS, NVSC members typically gathered at The Grill’s late-morning Gospel Shag party, where they danced with The Ministers. These “clerics” were a riotous collection of DJs and other Ocean Drive notables who wore long white robes, sang gospel, banged on tambourines and collected money for charity. It was a fine way to say “goodbye” to SOS and each other.
There was another event that held the club together at SOS throughout the 90s – the Friday afternoon drop-in that Valerie Swiger hosted at her beach condo. Val’s regular co-hosts and helpers were Bob Lutz and Larry & Mary Campbell.
IT MUST BE LOVE (Hardway Connection)
On October 8-9, three NVSC couples traveled to Dunn, NC to compete in the annual Club Faces Open Shag Classic, an amateur shag contest to promote competition and camaraderie. Vesta Jones & David Rodgers and Don & Audrey Borja danced in the competition and Heather & Craig Jennings cheered them on. (See write up by A. Borja under Additional Articles below)
The NVSC Christmas Party was on December 11th at Springfield VFW. FREE for members, $5 for non-members.
By December 1999, and particularly during the last 2 years of club growth under President Vesta Jones, the Northern Virginia Shag Club continued to be accepted as one of the best in the ACSC and one that held importance in shaping the future of Carolina Shag. Club membership had grown to almost 400. The Club’s Bylaws had been rewritten to more accurately reflect the current policies and structure of the club. The club won first place in the Ms Fun Monday contest and won first place in two SOS parades, which put trophies in the club and money in the bank account. With Vesta Jones acting as the spark plug for the club’s Company Store volunteerism, the club won money and “top sales” awards on several occasions for successful efforts working in the SOS Company Store.
“Go on Record for Charity” record sales and a successful Shag-a-thon netted about $12,000 for Hospice. We moved the Classic to a new location. We moved the dance club to a new location (Nicks). The number of competitive shaggers expanded to four couples and the number of club deejays increased to five that are ABSCDJ members. The club expanded its dance instruction program to one that is respected and envied throughout the shag community. The club received official, legal, non-profit status from the IRS. And an NVSC plaque went up at Fat Harolds’s and club pavers went down on Main Street of North Myrtle Beach. Way to go, club members!