May 8: Jasmine


From Denise:

The City of Austin has begun to open up parks and outdoor activities. Please be safe and use masks and social distancing to protect yourself and others.

Denise FynmoreOur AIFD Board elections will take place this week. Please return your ballot promptly; we will announce the results of the election in next week’s Newsletter.

There continues to be LOTS of online folk dancing and other dancing available on ZOOM, Facebook and YouTube. Check our Facebook page to see new events as they are added. AIFD’s first ZOOM dance last Friday was awesome!! We had great dance leaders, great dances, and LOTS of people.

Jasmine Guha-Castle.
Jasmine Guha Castle

We are sad to announce that on Monday, April 27, Jasmine Guha-Castle lost her long running battle against cancer. Jasmine grew up in Oxford, England, which is also where she met her husband, George. They moved to Austin several years ago. Jasmine and her daughter, Soraya (now 17), attended Texas Camp many times, and Soraya also accompanied Jasmine folk dancing nights at Hancock Center.

In addition to dancing, Jasmine enjoyed swimming at Barton Springs, walking dogs at animal shelters, and volunteering for the Miracle Foundation. She served as the AIFD secretary twice and often was the assistant DJ at AIFD. Jasmine had a warm heart for dogs and other animals, always having at least two at home. If you would like to make a donation in Jasmine’s memory please consider organizations that care for animals.

For more information, including details of this week’s AIFD Board Elections, check out this week’s AIFD newsletter.