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‘Happy’ revelers dance at Maple Museum


CROGHAN — On Main Street, the birds were chirping, the sun was shining, people broke out into dance and everyone was “Happy.”

Locals gathered on the front lawn of the American Maple Museum at noon Saturday to perform a choreographed version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” The “flash mob” was arranged in connection with Croghan’s inaugural Spring Break.

“It was supposed to be a happy day and it’s a happy thing,” said Deidre Hylen, whose two children danced. “Flash mobs are awesome and we don’t ever get anything like that around here. It’s a nice spring break for everybody.”

“I thought it was really good,” said daughter Madeline M., 8. She and her younger brother, Dane J., 6, earlier attended a rehearsal to learn the moves. Madeline and her brother were among six children who danced.

Julie A. Lyndaker and Dawn Ashline, both of Croghan, organized the event and flash mob. Ms. Ashline estimated 30 to 40 people took part in the event while many others watched from the sidewalk.

“I thought the kids would have a blast dancing,” said Dane Hylen. “I saw Julie was putting this together and had planned a practice yesterday, so I piled (the children) into the car and said, ‘We’re going to dance practice.’”

“It would have been nice if we could have gotten more of them, but people are shy,” Ms. Ashline admitted.

“We had about five people at rehearsal last night and today we had people we didn’t expect to join in,” Ms. Lyndaker said.

The group originally wanted to have Main Street traffic blocked off for about four minutes while they performed. But after some public concern, the group was redirected to the American Maple Museum.

“Next year we will have a dance in the street,” Ms. Lyndaker said. “We will have permission.”

Croghan’s Spring Break came about after Ms. Lyndaker and Ms. Ashline agreed they needed something festive to cap the long winter.

The rest of the event featured vendors and musicians including Taylor Dziekan, Brandon Deem and Good Golly. Pending support from the community, the two organizers said, they may repeat the event next year.

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