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Season opening shows were demonstrations of skating to educate the public to the changes in skating. These led to formal skating shows starting about 1940 with the last known show in 1966.

Competitive skaters were given an opportunity to "polish" their skills by participating in annual skating shows. In addition, a portion of the show admission was donated to the skating club to help with travel expenses for skaters participating in competitive meets.

Ruth Bollinger led the "Sewers & Doers" in making and fitting costumes. Members of the Oaks Social Club, volunteers and mothers of skaters made up this elite group.

From 1952 "Swingin' In Rhythm" on left is John Gustafson as the Lullaby of Broadway's Manhattan Playboy.


On right is Joe Juchemich featured as The General in Rhythm Miitaire.




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Lloyd Rich is shown on stilts skates Skating in the Clouds in 1952 "Swingin' In Rhythm"

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Panda Bear Picnic - 1953 "Holiday In Rhythm" show. The lady wearing the full Panda costume (shown upper right) made animal costumes for many of these shows.






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Although he did not play at the Oaks, Nick Viscuso graciously provided the background music.  About Nick
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Ruth's Sketches
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