Thursday, September 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Baton

Just seeing a photo of a baton makes me nostalgic for twirling.  That's what we called it in the south when I was growing up:  twirling.  I took lessons during my elementary school years and loved it, practiced at home in the backyard.  We didn't have majorettes at my small high school;  if we had I am sure I would have wanted to continue twirling into my teens.  As it is, batons make me remember long summer days, listening to my transistor radio and twirling in the backyard. 
(Vintage Majorette Valentine from Birdhouse Books)

Did you love baton when you were growing up?   I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.

12 comments:

Carol L. said...

Oh the memories. I too took twirling during my elementary school years. I loved it. I was forever twirling as I walked through our house, in our yard & honestly, wherever & whenever I could :) Thanks for bringing back a great time in my life..
Carol L
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Mary Huckaby said...

I never learned how to twirl, but I thought it looked so cool! I used to march around my backyard with my baton held high and pretended I was twirling. lol

Ariel Wilson said...

I never did, but my mom did drum corps and that's what she focused on! She still visits competitions for fun.

Mistle said...

I had a baton when I was younger. I loved doing all kinds of tricks with it. I was never good at it by any means but it was always fun!

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks for the comments! Glad to know that some of my blog friends fondly remember batons and twirling, too.

Unknown said...

No never had the option to twirl, but always admired the skills. Love a trip down memory lane.

Anonymous said...

I twirled competitively during the 60’s and 70’s...great fun...hard work. Also twirled for my high school and college... not sure how it faded...

Birdhouse Books said...

Neat about twirling competitively! Baton was so much fun and I can imagine what a great time competitions must have been.

Lisa said...

I love baton twirling I am 46 and I still have them from my teens!! I used to love the competitions the best and meeting people from other troups

Birdhouse Books said...

Lisa, that is neat! I never twirled competitively but that sounds like so much fun! - Trish

Diane said...

Oh, yes. Baton twirling was in my blood. My mother was the head majorette at her high school, so when she found a place where twirling lessons were given, she signed my sister and me up. I still have my baton and every once in a while, I’ll get it out and do a few pinwheels. I have to admit, though, that catching a baton I have tossed is not always possible anymore. Now, when I see a parade, I look to see if there are twirlers. Nothing makes me happier than to see a majorette marching along and doing all kinds of tricks with her baton, but they are few and far between. Flag twirling seems to have taken baton twirlers place, not to mention dance teams. My older daughter throw the flag in her high school band, but it didn’t give me the thrill that a majorette does.

Birdhouse Books said...

Diane, how neat that you and your Mom both twirled! And I agree with you about flag twirlers. I hadn't thought of it but you are absolutely right - far more of them than traditional majorettes in parades these days. - Trish