What can we say: we met each other dancing, and started dancing with Apple Chill shortly after we were married in 1974—just in time for the very first performance of the group as the Apple Chill Cloggers. We’re still dancing, though we stopped performing regularly with ACC when we moved to California in 1989. We’ve managed to join the group, though, for some more European tours and local events like the Eno Festival when we can arrange family visits back to North Carolina at the proper time. We hope those days are not over!

Here’s a picture of us in November, 2005, dancing at the Hollo ja Martta international folkdance festival in Lahti, Finland. Yep, just the two of us! Now, though, we’re mostly dancing Swedish and Norwegian folk dances plus a bit of ballroom dancing. The clogging in California just isn’t Apple Chill.

Looking at the other alumni reports, it’s interesting how many of us have become musicians since our ACC days. I (Jeanne) am part of the crowd. I have gotten thoroughly addicted to fiddling, playing Swedish and Norwegian music on regular fiddle and Norwegian music on the hardanger fiddle. Maybe when I retire, I’ll have time to learn some old-time! Henry confines his music playing to the CD.

Professionally, Henry does computer systems work for a community college district. He likes it, but is looking forward to retiring in a few years. Jeanne is an independent management consultant (www.sawyerpartnership.com) and is teaching part-time in the College of Business at San Jose State University.

We’d love to hear from other cloggers, old and new, so email us and if you’re coming to California, come see us! We live in San Jose—the guest room is ready, as is the hot tub.

Jeanne and Henry Sawyer
December 2005