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Learn how to square dance at the annual Gaston Livery Barn Dance

May 3, 2014

By Maayan Schechter, Aiken Standard, S.C.

May 04--Save the date for the third annual Gaston Livery Stable Barn Dance.

On Saturday, May 17, from 6 to 10 p.m., attendees can square dance, chow down and listen to good music at the Gaston Livery Stable, located at 1315 Richland Ave. E.

Coleen Reed, president of the Gaston Livery Stable, said from great music to great dancing, the public should be out of their seats the entire night.

"We're going to have a professional square dance caller and even a demonstration from the Southland Express Cloggers," Reed said. "We're going to have really nice music to dance to by the members of Phat Chance, and we will even have a silent auction."

Ticket prices are $25 per person, and advance tickets can be purchased from the Aiken County Historical Museum, located at 433 Newberry St.

A cash bar will be available, as well as food provided by Fatz Cafe.

The Barn was built back in 1893, and was the only remaining barn in South Carolina with a carriage lift, according to the Barn's website. In the last few years, the Barn was threatened by potential demolition, but is now a historical landmark in Aiken, as of Oct. 22, 2012.

Usually the annual Barn Dance is held inside, however, this time Reed said she was ready for a whole new experience.

"This time it's going to be out on the field," Reed said. "Once I found out you can square dance in the grass, I said, 'That's cool, let's do it.'"

Attendees can park for free at Allstate Towing & Recovering. Other sponsors include Kendrick Paint and Body, Pipe Works and Howell Printing Company.

For more information, call Reed at 803-648-4123 or visit

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.


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