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It’s Hip To Be Square, Sat Night in Nyack

by Diane Serratore

Saturday night is going to be a good time for a great cause — as well as a chance to hoot and holler and spin your partner. Think of it as a do-si-DO something to help us feed Rockland’s hungry kids.

Hip2BeSquare2015The Rockland Alliance for Health and People to People are teaming up for “Hip to Be Square,” a special event at the Nyack Center on Sat March 28 from 7-10p.

It’s more than just a square dance for a great cause. There will also horse-shoe contests, games, refreshments and more. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased by online at can be purchased online at

You don’t have to know how to square dance. You don’t even have to square dance if you don’t want to. You just need to care about helping feed Rockland’s hungry kids.

Hip to be Square will feature a genuine square-dance caller and lots of hooting and hollering. Even better, Nyack resident John Patrick Schutz will be making a special appearance. A member of Actors Equity Union, Schutz is a musical theater and cabaret performer, event host, voiceover performer, choreographer and director as well as a licensed real estate salesperson at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

And what’s a square dance without food? Brian Holbach from Rockland Roots, Rockland’s only food truck, will be providing the grub.

Sparkill resident Richard Skipper will serve as the Hip to be Square master of ceremonies. Skipper is an actor, entertainer, producer and public relations expert who, in the course of his career, has interviewed Broadway performers including Tommy Tune, Debbie Reynolds, Morgan Freeman and more.

The partnership between People to People and the Rockland Alliance for Health will work to identify ways to bring health care information to at-risk population.

Rockland Alliance for Health is a fairly new Rockland County non-profit and began as an offshoot of the Health Department. They offer small grants to other non-profits or organizations to make sustainable health initiatives like community gardens.

Funds raised by Hip to be Square will support “It’s In The Bag,” a People to People program that provides weekend food packages to children from low-income families that participate in after-school programs at The Nyack Center and The Haverstraw Center. These children benefit from school breakfast and lunch programs during the week. But what happens on the weekends? Well, People to People makes sure that “It’s In The Bag.”

Diane Serratore is the Executive Director of People to People. Tickets for Hip to be Square can be purchased online or at For more information, email Diane Serratore at or call 845-623-4913.

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