Archives for May 2015

June 2015 Scholars Gild Discussion

The History of Etiquette: Why we do what we do when it comes to the social graces

Tuesday, June 16

Buzz Ware Village Center

7:30 PM

Please join the Scholars Gild at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, June 16, where we will be joined by Ms. Lisa Strong Chase. Lisa will take us on a journey from the early customs of etiquette in the time of Erasmus, through King Louis XIV’s court, where the word etiquette actually originates, and a bit of time will be spent on our first President, George Washington, considered by many to be the father of etiquette and social graces in this country, as he wrote “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior,” when he was a teenager, and how the social graces have changed over time.

While many people believe the social graces are passé and outdated, Lisa will use our journey to remind us that a daily practice of good intentions, kindness, opening doors for other people and showing signs of respect for other people are the basis of a good and decent society; otherwise, we would be hurtling faster into complete societal upheaval and chaos. Through audience interactive exercises, Lisa will open the group it the experience and opportunity for discussion of social graces for today.

Ms. Chase is a native of Tennessee, and grew up in Virginia, where she graduated from Hollins University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, she moved to North Carolina, where she was a public relations professional and free-lance writer, and earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. She spent 15 years working in North Carolina and in Virginia as a development and public relations professional prior to moving to Delaware in 2002.

Building on a curriculum on the importance of etiquette she developed, Lisa became a licensed Junior Cotillion Director through the National League of Junior Cotillions in 2005, and spent the next eight years teaching more than 800 elementary and middle-school aged children manners and the social graces, along with ballroom dance (strictly for middle schoolers). In this capacity, Lisa became an award-winning director through NLJC.

Today, Lisa is the youth coordinator and educator for the Presbyterian Church of Dover; and she works on with non-profits in the areas of capacity building, grant writing, and public relations. In her free time, Lisa enjoys being with her family and friends, cooking, gardening, ballroom dancing, Reiki practice and meditation.

Arden Folk Gild

The Arden Folk Gild welcomes you to join us for a variety of dances including international folk dancing, contra dancing, country line dancing, Israeli dancing, square dancing, waltz.  We meet each Wednesday evening and one Sunday afternoon each month at the Arden Gild Hall in Arden Delaware. There is teaching at all dances.  Each week focuses on a different dance style with a variety of instructors/dance leaders.  Arden Club members pay a reduced fee for all dances.  For more info call (302) 478-7257 or (610) 277-0844.  Follow Arden Folk Gild on Facebook for more updates and photos.

  • Wednesday May 6, 2015 – Israeli Dancing with Sharon Kleban 7:30 – 9:30 pm   $4, $5
  • Wednesday May 13, 2015- Country Line Dancing with Laura Stanton and Steve Pistoia  7:00 – 9:30 pm $4, $6
  • Wednesday May 20, 2015 – Folk and Square Dancing with Bob Witt 7:30 – 9:30pm $4, $5
  • Wednesday May 27, 2015  –  Israeli Dancing with Sharon Kleban 7:30 – 9:30 pm   $4, $5
  • Wednesday June 3, 2015 – Israeli Dancing with Sharon Kleban 7:30 – 9:30 pm   $4, $5
  • Sunday June 7, 2015 – Contra Dancing with music by Tempest, and calling by Mark Hillegonds.  Lesson 1:30-2:00, Dancing 2:00 – 5:00pm,  $9, $10.  Pool and Pizza party following the dance.
  • Wednesday June 10, 2015 –  Folk and Square Dancing with Bob Witt 7:30 – 9:30pm $4, $5
  • Wednesday June 17, 2015 – Folk Dancing with Jenny Brown 7:30 – 9:30 pm   $4, $5
  • Wednesday June 24, 2015 – Israeli Dancing with Sharon Kleban 7:30 – 9:30 pm   $4, $5

Join us again in the fall for more dancing.