Club Night

Where: Freedom's Chapel, 961 Getwell, Memphis, TN, 38111

For questions or more information: cottonpickinsquares@yahoo.com


Events

OutFlix, Memphis
Sep 8-15, 2017

Cotton Pickin Squares is Proud and Pleased, once again, to be sponsoring a film at the Memphis 2017 OutFlix Film Festival this year. The festival runs from Sept 8 thru 14

Pinson Mounds
Late Oct 2017

At the end of October, the Cotton Pickin Squares members will be taking to the woods. It is time our annual cabin-camping trip to Pinson Mounds State Archaeologic Park .
This is lite camping, cabin-ing really. Bring a bed-roll, because we stay in the archaeologists bunk houses and use their kitchen and dishwasher.
Hikes, Chille-cook, and a treasure-hunt are among the weekend's events

Recent Events

Birthday Bash for Patsy

For her 80th birthday, Patsy Mainous shared her slice of Mile High Pie at New Orleans Ponchartrain Hotel withs even of her CPS friends . The group traveled south to spend April 18 to 22 in her childhood city.

OutFlix, Memphis
Sep 7-11, 2016

Cotton Pickin' Squares is helping to sponsor the 2016 OutFlix Film Festival in Sepember. The festival is showing 21 GLBTQ films, documentaries, or shorts.
The movie we are sponsoring is Saturday the 10th, at 10:30 am - Clambake

Pinson Mounds
Oct 28-30, 2016

Cotton Pickin' Squares will be camping again this year at Pinson Mounds State Archaeologic Park .
This is lite camping, cabin-ing really. Bring a bed-roll, because we stay in the archaeologists bunk houses and use their kitchen and dishwasher.
Hikes, Chille-cook, and a treasure-hunt are among the weekend's events

Escape Memphis
Aug 13, 2016

Club members will be going to Escape The Room, Memphis at 12:00 on Saturday. As a team, will we be able to solve the puzzles about Memphis history and landmarks, and unlock the door within the 1-hour time limit?

Memorial Dance for
Gary Prince
May 2, 2016

Our hearts are heavy from the loss of Gary Prince, long time dancer and Treasurer for Cotton Pickin' Squares , in January of this year. In honor of him, we invite you to a potluck and square dance
At Freedom's Chapel on Getwell in Memphis At 7pm , May 2, 2016

   

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Meet Our Caller!

   Justin Russell's passion for calling and teaching square dancing began as a teenager attending his very first Caller School in 2003. In 2006, Memphis Magazine did a spread on then teenager Justin. Click here to read the article.

   Justin spent that summer in Denver calling for the Colorado Rocky Mountain Dancers, an exhibition group in the Lloyd Shaw style. He stills performs with the group when possible. During this time, he also learned a lot about the history and traditions of this increasingly popular activity.

   Justin has attended nine National Square Dance Conventions (NSDC) and four CALLERLAB Conventions, calling in over twenty states. In addition to calling for Cotton Pickin' Squares in Memphis, he calls for Top Spinners in Eads and Pistols & Petticoats in Bartlett. Justin's calling style is a blend traditional & modern dancing.

   In 2008, Tony Oxendine and Jerry Story asked him to record for Royal Records. In October 2008, Justin went to Oak Valley Studio in Nashville to record "Free Ride" with the award winning engineer Kevin McManus. His first singing call was nominated for the Bob Osgood "Singing Call of the Year" Award in 2011. Justin has also recorded at The Grove at Hope Presbyterian Church in Memphis. In 2012, Bob Elling approached him to record a couple songs on Riverboat Records.

   He graduated from the University of Memphis in May 2011 with a degree in political science with a minor in Sociology. Justin currently works full-time for Regions bank and travels whenever possible.

Click here to find contact information and more about Justin.