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The Peachtree Reel

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THE PEACHTREE REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Jimmie Hill RSCDS Atlanta Branch Celebrating 40 Years

1- 8 1s+2s set, 1s cast as 2s dance up and face out; 1s+2s turn on side (Men LH, Ladies RH) to end in line of 4 across, 2s facing down, 1s nearer hands joined between 2s facing up
9-16 1s+2s set, 1s+2s turn ¾ (Men LH, Ladies RH), 1s cross down (no hands) to below 3s; 1s+3s turn (1M+3L LH, 1L+3M RH), 1s end in 2nd place opposite sides. 2(1)3
17-24 1s cross RH, cast to right round 3rd corner while 2s+3s set and cross RH; 1s cross LH up/down and cast to left round 1st corner (position) to 2nd place opposite sides while 2s+3s set up/down and change places LH on sides. (3)(1)(2)
25-32 1s pass LSh to dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners (3rd corner position), pass LSh and dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners (4th corner position). 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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This dance, The Peachtree Reel, was devised by Jimmie Hill of Edinburgh, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the RSCDS Atlanta Branch and was published in "Celebrating 40 Years of Dancing Memories".

Around Atlanta, many places are named after peaches. Their names are attributed to Peachtree Creek, a major stream in Atlanta which flows almost due west into the Chattahoochee River just south of Vinings.

Peachtree Creek's name is said to go back to the Cherokee tribe who inhabited the Cherokee village of Pakanahuili. Pakanahuili was translated into English as "standing peach tree", probably wrongly, since there were no known peachtrees near this village at the time.

It should probably have been translated to "standing pitch tree" since Pitch trees are native to this area and Peach trees are not. The Cherokee used pitch pine wood in canoe construction, for decorative carvings and probably medicinally.

Peachtree Creek - Information Video

Standing pitch trees
Pitch Pine Trees

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