Dancing on a Sunday afternoon

By DAN ROBLEE

droblee@mininggazette.com

SOUTH RANGE – The South Range Eagles No. 1122 threw the last big party of the long Fourth of July weekend Sunday, and four generations of Destrampes polkaed on a dance floor packed with folks from as far away as Ewen and Minnesota.

“Every time we come up we go polka dancing,” said April Cluckey of Eyota, Minnesota. “It’s fun, we have a good time.”

April’s nephew Pacha Cluckey was the youngest of those four generations of Destrampes on the floor. Pacha also had another distinction – he shared his birthday with our country, and had just turned 10 on the Fourth of July.

April’s grandfather, Bernie Destrampe, was the family polka patriarch. When he’s not taking the night off for dancing, he performs with the Polka Kings.

Sunday’s band was Jim and Teri, and they packed the floor for a series of polkas mixed with a few line dances and traditional ballroom numbers.

The dances aren’t just for special occasions, they take place every Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and bring in a variety of bands to play waltzes, ballroom, polka and more, said Marie Niemi, one of the organizers.

The majority of dancers are seniors, but there’s a mix of people, Niemi said.