Swing City Update
- This week's entertainment
- A look at some of the responses about Swing City
- Advice on getting to Swing City (it's EASY!)
Last week we had a fantastic vibe going with the Racky
Thomas band! I'm glad to see that more and more people
are slowly finding their way back to Swing City each
week. We have about 100 people of all ages in the house
and growing. Please come if you haven't in a while,
and please a few bring friends! Newbies welcome. The
more the merrier! Check out dancing in the photo
This Friday: we welcome back Peter
Hostage Situation, a hard driving favorite of Swing
City. More about the band, and tracks to preview can
be found here.
Additionally, we welcome back the Chicago Style Steppers
of Boston for their second night in the Annex. Last
month a small contingent joined us and it was a really
great time! It is a genuinely nice group of enthusiasts.
If you're a seasoned dancer, come learn some new steps
downstairs in the Chicago Stepin' lesson, concurrent
with Alex and Megan's beginning Swing lesson upstairs.
Lessons are an hour and are free with admission. No
parter needed, come and meet some people!
(Note: ...that we're unfortunately
closed Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving, and Dec. 5 for a private
party, so join us for your "Swing fix" this
Friday before the break!)
Comments on our recent requests for feedback:
We got a lot of great comments and suggestions from
people in regard to improving Swing City. One thing
was somewhat common: a lot of people simply haven't
come out to Swing City recently, some folks even dating
back to the move to Newton (!).
Thus, a brief Swing City FAQ or sorts:
- MYTH: Swing City
is far away and hard to get to.
It's not! On the map it looks far for the people coming
from the 'burbs, but if you made it to Newton, the Somerville
location takes literally only 5 minutes longer to reach
from Newton Corner/Mass Pike than the MacKenzie Center.
It's easy highway driving all the way, and just three
blocks from the highway exit. Getting to Swing City
probably exen takes less time than going through various
traffic lights to the past and present Watertown/Cambridge
spots. Coming from Rt. 2 via Alewife is obviously local
roads, but its not bad once you have it down.
- Call to action:
Swing City Needs You! Many people
haven't made it out to the new place yet. Now is the
time! Given the economy and all the competition, it
is YOU, the grass-roots past and present Swing City
patrons, who are going to determine the future success.
The old Huron Ave venue has been demolished, and the
West Cambridge Youth Center is likely not going to host
the old dances again at this point. Some people just
don't know why they haven't made it yet. Come join the
party! Swing City is a great community and a lot
of people would really like to have you there! Also,
Swing City is definitely a great, yet inexpensive night
- What's up with
the smokiness? Resolved!
we have succeeded upstairs in sealing
out the smoke from the basement members' lounge, and
made good progress in the Annex too. It is much
better and will continue to seal off the few remaining
More on the feedback we've received forthcoming. If
you have your own comments to share, we'd love to hear
them. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you this Friday!
on behalf of all of our entertainers and staff
Getting to Swing City: Quite a few
people have griped about finding the City Club. I ask
them how they got there, and they all say, "I used
my GPS". AH! NO WONDER! Trust me, it's REALLY EASY
if you just follow our
directions. We're just off the higway. GPS will
take you on the scenic "shortcut"
through Cambridge and Somerville if you're coming from
the Pike for example, because it thinks its shorter
distance. It is, as the crow flies (by a 2-3 miles),
but you have to go though Cambridge traffic light hell.
Take my word--take the highway route!
Thus, for those people coming from south and western
'burbs, just take Mass Pike to I-93 North, take exit
28, make a left, left again at the second light, and
park in the huge lot. From the Newton Corner exit it's
maybe 10-15 minutes max.
The new place is the Somerville City Club, at 20 Innerbelt
Road, Somerville (map).
It's adjacent to the Holiday Inn near Sullivan Square,
directly off I-93 and 3 blocks from the Orange Line. There
are also a bunch of convenient buses that come through,
ample parking, our "Annex", and of course...
a FULL BAR. For those that drove to the Greek Church from
I-93, you probably went right past it on Washington St.
In fact it's only a little over a mile away from the Greek
Church location and a few miles down the highway from