Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Garrett, Indiana

"'Pooh promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred.'
Pooh thought a little.
'How old shall I be then?'

Pooh nodded.
'I promise,' he said." -A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

There is nothing better than spending time with old friends. That is how we feel about the Patricia Krus School of Dance in Garrett, Indiana- "Home of the Railroaders." When we step into the studio there is a warm familiarity to it.

The students are hard-working, which is important with two marathon three-hour classes over the course of two days. We've been focusing on positions and jumps and if you want to know more, visit the Patricia Krus web page which already has pictures up!

Thank you to Alicia Smith, PK's new owner/director for inviting us.

While we're on the subject of Indiana. Indiana has a number of colorful place names. Mt. Healthy in Bartholomew County, Home Place in Hamilton County, Bullocktown in Warrick County (named for a Mr. Bullock), Fickle (named for a Mr. Fickle), Nulltown (for a Mr. Null), Onward in Cass County, Popcorn in Lawrence County, Retreat in Jackson County, Smartsburg in Montgomery County, Solitude in Posey County and Spraytown (named for a Mr. Spray) in Jackson County.

But this is my favorite Indiana Place name story: In Ripley County is a village called Correct. When the first post office was established there in 1881, the post master, William Will, decided to name it Comet after Halley's Comet which was passing by at the time. The problem was that Will had rather poor penmanship. The Post Office Department sent his application back so Will could verify the name. He wrote "correct," and that became the name of the town.

This information came from the book Indiana Place Names by Roland L Baker and Marvin Carmony.

Up In Indiana [Acoustic] - Lyle Lovett & His Large Band