History

SANDHILLS SHAG CLUB

EST. FEBRUARY 28, 1990

On a cool Sunday afternoon, Feb. 28, 1990, a group of Shaggers and friends met and became known as Sandhills Shag Club. Our first “home” was Hugo’s in downtown Rockingham, NC. Kebo Davis, our DJ for the day, nominated Hector Phifer to be our first President. The vote was unanimous. It was during Hector’s early Presidency that SSC was accepted in ACSC/SOS.

Right away Hector had big dreams for our newly formed shag club. For the next 20+ years, SSC hosted our annual party known as “Boogie & Bogey in the Pines” in Southern Pines. Hector along with devoted members worked diligently to make this party a success. It was always held the last full weekend in July. Members and guests that stretched from Georgia to West Virginia considered it the “party of the year”. Dancing, food, door prizes and silent auctions filled the party rooms. Saturday afternoons were fun in the sun around the pool with free beverages and always grilled hot dogs with all the trimmings. Sometimes we had celebrity guests that made appearances singing and doing what they did best – entertaining. Amy Winehouse, James Brown and our own Vickie Skinner to mention a few. Gene Sistare and Ray Scott were our longest running DJs and the really enhanced the pool parties. One Saturday night, Kiss showed up and really blew our minds! Martha Campbell, Patty Barnes, Vickie Skinner and Trey Campbell (as Kiss himself) were not even recognized by our guests. They looked so authentic and preformed the skit identically to the real Kiss. It was an awesome surprise! Sam & Lisa West had free shag lessons on Saturday mornings while diehard golfers hit the greens. The pool parties were such a hit that before long, the golfers gave up the greens. Shaggers still share great memories at SOS and other shag events.

Sandhills Shag Club has successfully hosted several cancer benefits, 2 yard sales, supported flood victims, Hospice, Hamlet Seaboard Festivals, needy families at Christmas times, Human Society, St. Jude, Council on Aging, Shoes for Kids, Home Health Services, Viet Nam Veteran’s of America in Rockingham Chapter 1022, supplied refreshments for Hamlet Seaboard Shag contests that Sam & Lisa West hosted at the Ballroom in Hamlet, supported benefits hosted by other shag clubs, participated in shag contests at other shag clubs, 2 local parades, SOS Parade at NMB and HOFF (Hall of Fame Foundation). Several years ago our Line Dance team competed in a dance at NMB. Some of our club members volunteered to sell SOS cards at SOS in support of ACSC/SOS. Sandhills Shag Club members have sold beach towels, t-shirts, cozies, window decals and license plates in support of our club. Two of our members have been recipients of SOS ICON award. This is the most prestigious award a shagger can receive. Those two SSC members are Hector Phifer and Joan Gibson.

We have had several meeting places for business & dancing during our existence: Hugo’s, Rockingham Bowling Center, the home of Hector & Carolyn Phifer and Richmond Pines Country Club.