AIFD Newsletter
October 30, 2020
zoomThis Friday's AIFD/HIFD Virtual Folk Dance, October 30, 7:30-9:30pm, will be hosted by AIFD.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 847 8053 8417
Password: 393160

Link to dance program and teachers.

If you have any comments on our virtual dances or dance requests, we would love to hear from you! Please email us at


Would you like to request a dance but can't remember the name? Check out the list of dances in AIFD's music library. This list is maintained by Franklin Houston. If you run into any issues with the list, you can email Franklin at

List of other online events compiled by Denise Fynmore.

Future of Hancock Golf Course

The City of Austin agreed to pursue a turnkey redevelopment & concession contract for Hancock Golf Course - which will allow the city to enter into a public-private partnership to improve the site into a modern golf learning center as part of a concession agreement with the City.

Here is the link to the planning document, which includes survey results from a Hancock Neighborhood Association meeting from February, 2020.

PARD had scheduled two meetings to solicit puplic input, on Oct 26 and 29. However, both have been postponed to future dates. When these meetings are scheduled, AIFD will post information in the newsletter, at, and one the AIFD FB page and the AIFD FB Group page.

We consider these meetings important because changes to how the golf course is administered may effect the availability and use of Hancock Rec Center.

We plan to resume dancing at Hancock Rec Center on Fridays, 7pm to closing, when Austin PARD allows gatherings that will fit our population of attendees in number and safety precautions. Austin is currently in Stage 3: avoid gatherings of greater than 10 people.

If you have questions please email the AIFD Board at

Thank you and sometime we will dance again! Craig Roberts,

(Psst .. want to play a round of golf or frisbee golf? Contact

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Halloween and "Día de los Muertos"


AIFD has been a great place to celebrate and dance Halloween style. This Friday we will continue with those traditions, even as we dance socially distanced/Zoomed. We’ll take a break early in the evening to share costumes and laugh, especially so the young and acting young ones can participate!

"Día de los Muertos" Celebration

The tradition of "Día de los Muertos" comes from Mexico and is practiced to this day in Mexico and here in Texas. In this tradition death is not a barrier to having those who we have lost in our daily life. Every year in October one day is devoted to special activities to honor these dead. Family and/or community parties are held, their favorite foods are eaten, many speak of their feats and antics, and visit their graves.

This year we’ve lost three members of our AIFD community, Jasmine Guha-Castle, John Ramage and Frances Danis. We will celebrate by playing some of their favorite dances and saying a few words about how they enriched our lives.

Jasmine Guha-Castle was a new member to the AISD community but her willingness to serve as an assistant programmer, as well as her friendly demeanor and love of folk dance made her seem like a longtime member. Her presence with her daughter at our Friday dances will be greatly missed.

Frances Danis was a longtime member of our community. Her quiet, non-judgmental personality, and love of folk dance and music endeared her to all that met her. Her great love of Hungarian dance was apparent when she performed. She handled her diagnosis and treatment of cancer over the last two and a half years with true grace, fortitude, and good humor. Frances will be missed and remembered dearly by everyone in her wide circle of friends.

John Ramage, as a signer of the original AIFD Articles of Incorporation (1976), helped launch this organization that is an important part of our lives. His love of folk dance and music, which he shared with his family, was apparent when he attended the dance.

Thanks to Rosielee, Franklin and Lisa for guidance and planning for this week's event.

Craig Roberts -

Hancock Conservancy
Hancock Conservancy
The city of Austin is considering changes to Hancock Golf Course, including possible privatization. Details here*.
* This link is to a political advocacy group and is included at the request of several AIFD members. While AIFD cares deeply about the future of Hancock, its bylaws and status as a 501(c)(3) organization prohibited it from endorsing political causes.

Link of the week:
Bulgarian Flash Mob.
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