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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Consummate Dance Caller

Mr. Bob Dalsemer -The Consummate Dance Caller

Bob leads our group to the Mountain Folk Festival in Berea KY each year-maybe you remember his explanation about the festival (if not go here to read it). Every year we tease Bob about being his biggest fans. This year a new comer to our dance group told Bob “I didn’t know you were so cool. You call the dances, you sing, you play the accordion, and you even have an Ipad.” I chimed in with “He plays the fiddle, the piano, and the banjo too!”  Yep, I’ve known Bob since I was a kid and he really is super cool and I really am one of his biggest fans.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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  • Reply
    Jim Casada
    April 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Tipper–A good caller is a gift, and obviously Bob is gifted. That being duly noted, I am torn between praising you, teasing you, and tweaking you. Why?
    Well, you done up and used one of what Thad DeHart, my 9th grade English teacher, liked to call “ten-dollar words.” I’m referring, of course, to the word consummate in your blog title for today. It’s singularly apt, but take care, or first thing you know you’ll be bogged down in a literary quagmire which finds you functioning as a virtuoso of variegated verbal vagabondizing:)
    Turning from the silly to the sublime, yesterday and today have given me a sho’ ’nuff bounty from nature’s rich larder. It comes in the form of the better part of two pecks of morel mushrooms. I love to hunt ’em, but eating ’em is even better. I’m not quite as jealous of Don and his big bait of ramps as I was three days ago, and Miss Ann has promised her special morel soup for supper. If only I could have a pone of cornbread with it, but I know better since I need to lose weight and she just got a banner report from the doctor who praised her for doing lots of the right things (none of which, alas, involve consumption of cornbread).
    Jim Casada

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    April 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I’m glad you got the cloggin’
    performance on video and will be
    sharing it with us soon. That guy
    must be really talented to do all
    that stuff. I went to school with
    some girls that went to Berea after their graduation, never knew
    what happened to them. Once a group of Berea College girls came
    to our school and sang, they were
    really good…Ken

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    April 4, 2011 at 11:13 am

    ooooooooooh, i can’t wait to see the performance!

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    Mike McLain
    April 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I just found out a couple of weeks ago that my Alabama grandmother went to Berea to go to school to become a school teacher. She must not have taught for long, though, because she was born in 1902 and her first child, my mother, was born in December of 1923.
    On my list is a visit to Berea. I have heard of the school most of my life.

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    April 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

    What a talented guy!! This certainly sounds like a super fun event. Berea is not that far away from us, and a nice little town!
    I know you’re having fun!!

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    Miss Cindy
    April 4, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I’ve met Bob and he seemed like a nice guy but I didn’t know he was so talented!
    I’m looking forward to more details about your trip.

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    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Some people are so multi-talented. How fortunate that he shares his talents with so many people. 🙂

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