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CHARMS—Nancy Connor and Harriette Meriwether, Pittsburgh Charms president.

CHARMS—Nancy Connor and Harriette Meriwether, Pittsburgh Charms president.

One of the most popular modes of dancing is line dancing and for six years in a row, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Charms Inc. have held their Annual Soul Line Dance Luncheon.

On May 9, at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg, the Charms, friends and a few Charmers enjoyed a tasty lunch and an afternoon of line dancing with line dance instructor extraordinaire Stella Hopewell, who made the steps easy to follow.

Latoya Carter and her 80-year-old aunt, Lexine Dent, even joined the group. It appeared that Dent was showing her young niece what to do.

During the luncheon, two ladies recognized each other from many years ago. Thirty years ago Josie Wright and Leegrace Jones went to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania together. They had not seen each other since that time and they ran into each other at the luncheon. They have vowed to stay in touch.

Music was provided by Alonzo-Big Daddy Entertainment.

LaVera Edwards Hord organized the Charms in 1950 and the majority of the group was new brides and young mothers because they generally gathered late in the evening; they called themselves the Midnighters.

They became the Squaws in the ’60s and were a very popular social group. In 1997, they officially became the Charms.

There are more than a dozen chapters of the Charms in the United States. The proceeds of the luncheon are used to recognize the dedication of community service organizations.



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