Square Dance Club

Belles and Buoys 

Our Mardi Gras in History

Belles and Buoys Square Dancing and Mardi Gras  

       Jack and Naomi Beddingfield were in the second class that Pete Moore taught for the Belles and Buoys in 1961. When they finished the class they knew they were "hooked" on Square Dancing. They knew they had found something which would provide them a lot of enjoyment and many new friends along the way.

       In 1968, the Belles and Buoys needed money to keep the club operating. At a meeting meeting, Jack suggested they have a Mardi Gras Ball. Club members said, You can't have a Mardi Gras and Square Dance." After quit a bit of pro and con discussion about mixing a Mardi Gras Ball with dancing someone said: " Will not work". Jack replied: " Why can't it work? I'll make it work. I'll do it."

       Jack put his ideas on paper and went to work. As we still do today, he chose a King, Queen, booked a hall, got a court from the others square dance clubs in the area, booked a caller Nelson Watkins from Rowell, NM. Advanced ticket were sold for $3.00 per couple and $3.50 at the door per couple.

       The Ball was such a success that the Belles and Buoys still continues with it today. Jack served as a chairman for the ball for five times, enjoying every minute of the time and work putting it on.

       The Belles and Buoys are so thankful that that Jack had the foresight and determination to make the Mardi Gras and Square Dance go together. Today, the Belles and Buoys are the only square dance club in the United States to have a Mardi Gras Ball, complete with King, Queen and their Court, Combined with square dancing.

       Jack danced until the late 1990s when his health made it impossible for him to do what he loved so much. He passed away January 26, 2005. We know he and Pete Moore are here in their 'dancing spirit" at each of our Mardi Gras Balls. Jack saying "it will works"                                                                                                              

                                           

Past Royalty 

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1970
" Hee Haw"
King Buoy: Murry Brown
Queen Belle: Elouise Ward
1980
"South of the border" 
King Buoy: Thomas Rodney
Queen Belle: Mildred Dickerson
1999
 "Square Dancing By the Shore" 
 King Buoy: Jerry West
Queen  Belle:  Brenda Chapman
2007
"Midnight  Masquerade"
King Buoy: Tom Moss
Queen Belle: Jane Danielson
 
 
 
 
1971
Hearts and Flowers"
King Buoy: David  Guiles Queen Belle: Gwendolyn McDonald
  1981
  "The Old Southern Tradition"
  King Buoy: Pete Moore
Queen Belle: Vivian Drawdy
2000
"Square Dancing into the New Millennium"
King Buoy: Bert Burril
 Queen Belle: Cathy Carver Yates
2008
"Southern Nights"
King Buoy: Chet Yates
Queen Belle: Carol Beinhauer
 
 
 
 
 1972
" Riverboat "
King Buoys:Norman Yandell
Queen Belle: Juanita Starr
1982
" Frontier Days "
King Buoys: John Collun
Queen Belle JoAnn Penton

 2001
"Mardi Gras 2001"
King Buoy: Ron Carver
Queen Belle: Bea Stout
 2009
"A Roman Holiday"
King Buoys: Robert Williams
Queen Belle: Barbara Hickman

 
 
 
 
 1973
"Stairway to the Stars"
King Buoy: James McDonald
Queen Belle: Marietta Goacher
 1983
"South Seas"
King Buoys: Lewis Drawdy
Queen Belle: Irma Johnson
 2002
" Mardi Gras and Magnolias"
King Buoys: George Comstock
Queen Belle:Vennita Manning
 2010
"The Fabulous Fifties"
King Buoys:Jim Ownbey
Queen Belle: Voetress Breazeale

 
 
 
 
                      1974
             "Wagonwheel"

King Buoys:Charles Ludlow
Queen Belle: Nell Knott

 1984
"Meet mr at the Mardi Gras"
King Buoy: Doyle Grant
Queen Belle:Barbara Kouba

 2003
"25th Silver Jubilee"
King Buoy:Robert Manning
Queen Belle:Juanita Glazier
 2011
"Masquerade"
King Buoy: Robert Mixon
Queen Belle:Charlotte Lowery
 
 
 
 
 1975
"The Magic of Las Vegas"
King Buoys: Charles Ward
Queen Belle: June Moore

 1985
"Meet me at the Mardi Gras"
King Buoy: Richard Scott
Queen Belle:Carol Gunter
 2004
"Jazzi'n up Mardi Gras"
King Buoy: John Ford
Queen Belle: Barbara Comstock
 2012
"Under the Stars"
King Buoy: Ron Humphrey
Queen Belle: Laura Rymer
 
 
 
 
 1976
"Stars and Stripes for ever"
King Buoy: Rusty Star
Queen Belle:IrmaHilliard
 1986
"Meet me at the Mardi Gras"
King Buoy: Charlie Johnson
Queen Belle: Mary Scott
 2005
" Magic at Mardi Gras "
King Buoy: Harold Beinhauer
Queen Belle: Mary Taulbee
 2013
"Love is in the air"
King Buoy: Billy Melton
Queen Belle: Bonnie Humphrey
 
1977
A Square Dance's Dream

King Buoy: Joe Dickson, Jr.
Queen Belle:Lillian Rodney

1996
Square Dancers Return to Mardi Gras
King Buoy: Paul Prine
Queen Belle: Sharon Jarrard

                         2006
"Crusin' Into Mardi Gras"
King Buoy: HaroldTaulbee
Queen Belle:VoncileFord
 

2014
"Mardi Gras on the Gulf"
King Buoy: Lloyd Rymer
Queen Belle: Patricia Gilliland Ridge



 
 
 
 
2015
" A night on the Prairie"
King Buoy: Roderick Beecher
Queen Belle: Adela Saucier
2016
"Mardi Gras Rendezvous"
King Buoy: Del Banowetz
Queen Belle: Yvonne Schwartz
2017 
"Gold, Glitz & Glam"
King Buoy: Justin Gartman 
Queen Belle: Melinda Stephens
2018
"Echanted Forest"
King Buoy: ?
Queen Belle ?
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"Mardi Gras Rendezvous"

King Buoy: Del Banowetz

Queen Belle: Yvonne Schwartz

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