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Historic schoolhouse to host dances this summer

Jo Semotan remembers having dances and community events at the Moonhill Schoolhouse when she was growing up in North Routt. Her is a photo from her 10th birthday party and Moonhill friends
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What: Covered Dish Supper and Dance

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23

Where: Moonhill Schoolhouse Community Center, 50710 Routt County Road 129

Will take place every fourth Saturday of the month throughout the summer.

— Last summer, Trenia Sanford remembers watching three generations of a family dancing together at the Moonhill Schoolhouse. It was a sight she hadn’t seen since she was a little girl.

“It was like watching new breath being sent in; it was wonderful,” she said reminiscing about the event that took place at the historic landmark in North Routt, built in 1913 as a one-room schoolhouse.

This year, she hopes to continue the momentum of revitalizing the schoolhouse as a community center by adding a few more events.



On the fourth Saturday of the month during the summer, the schoolhouse will host a covered dish supper and dance with the first event planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Dancing will begin at 7:30 p.m. with instructors who will teach the two-step, the cowboy cha, cha, cha and the Virginia Reel. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish such as a casserole or dessert to share.

Other events include a Tiny Tots Dance class offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday starting June 1. The class will be open to girls and boys ages 3 to 5.



For adults, Sanford will be teaching a beginner and intermediate Zumba class on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. starting June 3. In addition, local yoga instructor Samantha Nimock will teach a yoga class every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

“There are a lot of people living there now all the way up the Elk River and up along Gulch River with 35-acre homes, and many of those people don’t really know each other,” said Jo Semotan, Sanford’s mother who graduated from the eighth grade at the Moonhill Schoolhouse.

According to Semotan, it’s a challenge to create a community of people in an area where distance creates a disconnect. Which is why, Semotan said, there is a need for additional events this summer.

“When you live that far out, community is really important,” Semotan said. “I’m really excited about bringing it back. It’s alive and has this feeling about it. It’s a great place where people can come together and get to know each other.”

To find more information about events at the Moonhill Schoolhouse Community Center, visit https://www.facebook.com/moonhillschoolhouse?fref=ts.

New Moonhill Schoolhouse events for the summer of 2015:

  • Tiny Tots Dance class at 5:30 p.m. Mondays starting June 1
  • Yoga class led by Samantha Nimock at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. starting June 2
  • Beginner and intermediate Zumba class at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 3

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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