HISTORY OF THE FIRESIDERS
The Firesiders Square Dance Club was started in September 1972 at the suggestion of Horace and Betty Uphams. The previous ten years it was a caller owned and run club called "The Upham's Firesiders". Uphams Hall on Kingston Lake in New Hampshire provided an enviable atmosphere to dance and socialize from 1972 to 1974. Windows overlooking Kingston Lake provided cool breezes in the summer. The fieldstone back to back fireplace with a 6-foot high mantle warmed the dancers during the winter months. Beamed ceilings and hardwood floors added to the ambience and comfort of the dancers.
The Club colors have remained black, red and white but the costume has changed over the years. The original was handmade.
The memorable event from the years on the lake was the Hot Dog Dances. Always a sellout where dancers roasted their dogs on sticks over the open fireplaces.
In 1994 when the Uphams moved, the Firesiders were forced to find a new home and caller, Paul Cote and the Kingston Town Hall in New Hampshire temporarily filled the void.
Presently the Firesiders Square Dance Club is located at the Atkinson Community Center under the guidance of Darrell Sprague. The Uphams and Lake may be gone but the wonderful friendships live on.