When I got there, Kelly and Loren, 2 rookie dancers on the squad that season, had just gotten set up with a table and chairs underneath a pop-up tent to keep the hot sun from beating down on them too much. With community events like these, their duties were pretty light and the 3 of us wound up sitting there talking for much of their two hour shift except when festival-goers happened by asking for an autograph or a photo. About halfway through, their contact who had helped organize the festival grabbed a chair and joined us in our conversations.
|Kelly and Loren with some young fans|
|Kelly and Loren with Chautauqua Lake behind them|
From the Bandettes comes a photo from before the March game against Toronto. The Bandettes were signing their new posters. The 2015 squad had a large number of impressive rookies including these two ladies. Brittany took some time to start a family to join the pro ranks while Melanie seemed to be this year's quiet one. Now that's not a bad thing by any means. A couple other Bandettes who started out quiet are LB and Mandy, and quiet isn't how we'll think of them when all is said and done. Hopefully the lovely Melanie returns for 2016 and we can see her come out of her shell in a similar way.
|Brittany and Melanie|