One big reunion
"Two right turns to the wall...one canter...dip back," sang out the caller, a member of the Braids and Braves club, as the dancers surged into a two-step.
They circled in patterns across the park's basketball court, the women dressed in skirts made puffy with layers of petticoats and wide-sleeved blouses, and their partners sporting jeans and western shirts.
While the colorful dancing attracted a steady stream of onlookers, most participants were waiting in line for hotcakes. The queue backed up because a propane tank ran dry and it took 45 minutes to remedy the problem.
"I spent all week stressing about not having enough food," said club member Linda Vollman, "and I didn't even think to worry about the propane we'd need to cook it with."
The day was saved by Amity farmer Phil Olsen, who donated a tank from his place.
As soon as the new tank was hooked up, the Women's Club volunteers turned back to stirring batter, cracking eggs and slapping slices of ham on the grill.
Visibly cheered by the prospect of a hot breakfast after all, people at the front were soon accepting paper plates stacked with thick pancakes.
When volunteer Brian Smart loaded ham onto Leona Wood's plate, he thanked her for her patience. She smiled and shook it off. "Don't you worry," she said.
Wood looks forward to visiting every year with her husband, who graduated from Amity High and looks forward to meeting old classmates.
Over by the sturdy plastic tables, set out on the grass under umbrellas, the Amity High class of 1954 held an official reunion. Other guests wandered in and out of the conversation circle, greeting old friends.
"It's always a treat to see people you don't talk to the rest of the year," Wood said, perusing the groups of people gathered in the park. "It's like one big reunion."