Everybody's Day designed for playing and dancing

August 29, 2005|by KAREN HANNA


Ray Shegogue was in his 20s when Doris Day first sang "Sentimental Journey."

Dozens of people, including Shegogue and his wife, boogied to music, including the 1940s standard and other swing-era favorites Sunday in Cascade. Hundreds of music lovers, classic car enthusiasts and families looking for a good time turned out for Everybody's Day at Pen Mar Park.

For Ray and Wauneta Shegogue, of Winchester, Va., age doesn't mean a thing, as long as they've got that swing. After 58 years of marriage, the couple still loves dancing, Ray Shegogue said.

"You got to do it. That's what keeps you young. We're only 85," Shegogue said.

Men in bold zoot suits and saddle shoes twirled their partners on the dance floor beneath the pavilion as For Dancers Only Orchestra performed songs such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."


The music carried across the park, where it blended with the tinny notes of carousel organ recordings.

Ken Adams, 72, of Chambersburg, Pa., has been making miniature carousels since 1989. Adams, who brought a model measuring about 27 inches across and weighing about 80 pounds, was one of several members of Miniature Carousel Builders Inc. who showed their work Sunday.

Dollhouse people rode hand-painted ceramic horses 'round and 'round as Adams talked about his creation. Building a miniature carousel might take him 1,000 to 1,500 hours, Adams said.

He painted almost all of the horses, but he has no favorite.

"One thing I do like, and that's this goat," Adams said, pointing to one whimsical animal in the herd of horses going up and down.

Harry Biller of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., wasn't even born when his toy first hit the road. The 1931 Ford Model A lined up with other antique automobiles along a path cutting through the park.

"When I was a kid, I never had any money, no toys, so when you started to get a little older, started to get a little money, you started to get some toys, right?" Biller said.

Though the car is more than 70 years old, Biller said he isn't afraid to drive it on the road. He's not planning to refinish its scratched burgundy and black paint job.

"I just like to run it. If I redid it, then I'd have to put it on a trailer because I'd be afraid somebody would hit it ... I don't need a trailer queen," Biller said.

Standing with her husband underneath a tree, Faye Byers, of State Line, Pa., watched as the dancers spun around, sweat pouring from beneath black hats and staining shirts.

Byers said "bad knees" have made dancing a memory. She said she misses the dance floor.

"Yes. Yes, I do 'cause I used to dance a lot ... your twist, your shimmy and all that," Byers said.

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