The Come 'N Take It Squares began in late 1981 when a few local school teachers, including the Superintendent and his wife, joined together with several hardbadgers who had relocated into the Gonzales area. The main objective of the teachers was fun and exercise. Soon a square dance club was formed. Bill Overt served as the first caller. Keeping a dance club alive in a rural area was very difficult. The tenacious spirit of only four to six couples kept the club going through many years of struggle. From the original group, three of the hardbadgers remain active in our club. Over the years the numbers change, presently our membership stands at 30 dancers.
Our club dances in historic Gonzales, approximately 60 miles east of San Antonio. Gonzales annually celebrates "Come 'N Take It Days" on the first weekend in October. Festivities, Food and Fun abound. The Come 'N Take It Squares enters a float in the Saturday morning parade and sponsors a free outdoor dance on the town square in the evening(6:00 - 7:30 p.m.) Gonzales has numerous R V parks and other tourist accommodations. For information contact the Chamber of Commerce at (830)672-6532.
Our club may be small in numbers, but we are all enthusiastic dancers who
thoroughly enjoy our activities. We work diligently at keeping our club "alive
and well" by regularly participating in dance exhibitions in nursing homes,
churches and neighboring town celebrations. We aim to promote a positive
image to the community.
The Come "N" Take It Squares offers fun filled evenings of dance on most Mondays nights at the First Presbyterian Church, 414 St. Louis St., Gonzales, Texas.
Currently, our club officers are:
Callers: Chris Crisler (2nd and 4th Mondays), 830-624-0690
guest callers (1st and 3rd Mondays)
President: Rey & Mary Louise Veselka, (830) 672-3224
Vice President: Calvin & Ruby Buesing
Secretary / Treasurer: Paula Hemby