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Help Out at Warren Wilson on Thursdays - and Dance for Free!

We always need help setting up, tearing down, and sitting at the door (not all night, of course - we know you're here to dance!).

See how it works, and sign up for a spot!


White Horse Waltz in Black Mountain

A new waltz, the third Wednesday of every month, at White Horse in Black Mountain. See the upcoming dates.


Asheville Open Contra Band

The band is for anyone who either enjoys or wants to enjoy playing contra music. We meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7-9 PM. Please Sign up for information (including where the next jam will be!) by sending an email to:
asheville-contra-band+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

An initial Open Band tune book is now available at: Open Band


Board Meetings

Time and place varies: usually second Wednesdays but not every month. If you are interested in attending a board meeting let us know via the contact sheet and we'll tell you when and where the next one is.


Schedule of OFB and other regional dances

Most Dances are Fragrance Free

Printable Refrigerator Magnet Version

DateDanceBandMusiciansCallerComments
Monday
9/26
Monday Night DanceDancing BearsLew Gelfond: fiddle John Culp: mandolin Mark Langner: guitarBarbara Groh
Thursday
9/29
Old Farmers BallFlying the TuneJune Avincula piano, Lew Gelfond fiddleTBA
Friday
9/30
OFB Advanced DanceCancelled.Cancelled.
Saturday
10/1
Harvest MoonJane Rothfield and Bernie NauJane Rothfield, Bernie NauTamara McGovernContra at River Falls; lesson at 7:30, dance 8-11
Saturday
10/1
JonesboroughSugar HighLaura Light, Julia Weatherford, Judith Muse and Terrell JonesJesse EdgertonBeginners Lesson at 7:00pm-Dance 7:30-10:30pm. Klondike Bars at the break.
Sunday
10/2
OFB English Country DanceLisa Smith, Cathy Arps, Karen GaughanBob ThompsonOur ECD today will be at Lake Logan Episcopal Retreat Center near Canton, NC, heading out I-40 West: http://www.lakelogan.org/ Come early at 1pm to enjoy relaxing by the Lake, taking long walks, or doing whatever you would like to do. Dance from 2:30-5:00. After the dance, we will enjoy a picnic supper together. Bring your own picnic for the meal. Carpooling would be very handy. Earth Fare parking lot is a very convenient place when going out I-40 West. See you there!
Monday
10/3
Monday Night DanceGreat Big Taters DuoJane Rothfield, Bernie NauDave Winston
Wednesday
10/5
Callers CollectiveAsheville Open Contra BandEmily Rainbowface AbelHave you never called a dance before, but always wanted to try? Or are you an experienced caller who wants to try something quite different? Then the Callers Collective is the place to be! Harvest House, Kenilworth Road, Asheville. 7 pm!
Thursday
10/6
Old Farmers BallSpin CycleGretchen Caverly fiddle, Karen Gaughan piano, Nic Coker guitar, fiddleBarbara Groh
Friday
10/7
Harvest MoonSugar HighJared Kirkpatrick, Laura Light, Julia WeatherfordCharley HarveyRIVER FALLS ADVANCED DANCE 8-11; experienced dancers only
Monday
10/10
Monday Night DanceCurious GeorgeLaura Lengnick fiddle, Paul Moore piano, Steve Kemble drumsDiane Silver
Friday
10/14
JonesboroughThe Stringrays, Sassafras Stomp & Toss the PossumMatthew Kenney percussion, Max Newman mandolin, guitar, Rodney Miller fiddle, Stuart Kenney bass, banjoWill Mentor, Beth MolaroMountain Madness 2016, Oct 13-15 $99 register at mountainmadness2016.eventbrite.com
Saturday
10/15
Harvest MoonSpinning WheelKaren Gaughan piano, Nic Coker guitar, fiddleBarbara GrohContra at River Falls; lesson at 7:30, dance 8-11
Monday
10/17
Monday Night DanceSugar HighLaura Light, Julia Weatherford, Paul MooreTom and Myra
Thursday
10/20
Old Farmers BallElixirAnna Patton Clarinet, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins Fiddle, Jesse Readlynn Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Nils Fredland Trombone, Owen Morrison Guitar/Feet
Monday
10/24
Monday Night DanceBuddy SystemJulie Vallimont piano, Noah VanNorstrand Fiddle, Mandolin, FeetBeth Molaro
Thursday
10/27
Old Farmers BallSeaglassAndrew VanNorstrand
Friday
10/28
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
10/28
Harvest MoonSeaglassRachel Bell, Eileen Nicholson, Andrew VanNorstrandJennie WakefieldContra at Landmark Hall (156 Landmark Dr, Taylors, SC); lesson at 7:30, dance 8-11
Saturday
10/29
Harvest MoonJoyful NoiseCailen Campbell, Steve Kimbel, George PaulRob HarperMONSTER MASH! Wear your Halloween finest to this special dance. Potluck at 6:30 - bring a dish to share! Dance 8-12, costume parade and prizes at the break. Dance $10.
Saturday
10/29
JonesboroughSeaglassAndrew VanNorstrand, Rachel Bell, Eileen NicholsonBeth MolaroSpecial Halloween Costume Contra at ETSU.
Sunday
10/30
OFB English Country DanceGeorge Schissler, Fiddle & Concertina; Suzanne Hosch, Flute; Linda Schissler, PianoTom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg
Monday
10/31
Monday Night DanceSeaglassRachel Bell, Eileen Nicholson, Andrew VanNorstrandBarbara GrohPlease Note Special Time! This Halloween Dance will be from 6PM-8:30PM. There is another event afterwards at the Grey Eagle. Please help to spread the word. COSTUMES are optional, but ENCOURAGED. Come on out and celebrate early with us. Then Haunt the town.
Friday
11/4
Harvest MoonContrariansGary Reynolds , John Longwell , Paul Epstein , Will Carter Tom Calwell and Myra HirschbergRIVER FALLS ADVANCED DANCE 8-11; experienced dancers only
Saturday
11/5
Harvest MoonBig Celtic FunDrew Pilant percussion, Eileen Regan fiddle, Tim Smith flute, tin whistle, piano, english concertinaJesse EdgertonContra at River Falls; lesson at 7:30, dance 8-11
Saturday
11/5
JonesboroughThe StuffNic Coker, Gretchen CaverlyNick BouletBeginners Lesson at 7:00pm, dance 7:30-10:30pm, Klondike Bars at the break
Sunday
11/13
OFB English Country DanceOpen Band - ECD BenefitOpen Mic led by AnneMarie Walter
Friday
11/18
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Saturday
11/19
JonesboroughContraforceAndrae Raffield , Jimi Peirano , Joey Dorwart Emily AbelBeginners Lesson at 7:00pm, Dance 7:30-10:30pm, Klondike Bars and Waltz at 9:00pm.
Saturday
11/19
Harvest MoonSkeeziksAlan Dillman, Wes Maluk, Terry Maluk, Joel McConnellDavid WinstonContra at River Falls; lesson at 7:30, dance 8-11
Sunday
11/20
OFB English Country DanceLaura Lengnick, Fiddle; Atossa Kramer, Clarinet; Paul Moore, PianoBob Thompson
Friday
11/25
Harvest MoonWindmillLaurie Fisher fiddle, Steve Trisman fiddleDiane SilverContra at Landmark Hall (156 Landmark Dr, Taylors, SC); lesson at 7:30, dance 8-11
Saturday
11/26
Sandy Mush Contra Dance + DinnerCailen Campbell & The Pond BrothersCailen Campbell fiddleJesse EdgertonSandy Mush Community Center, 90 School Road off of Big Sandy Mush Road in Big Sandy Mush. 6:30 homemade soup & chili dinner / 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lesson / 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Family Friendly Dance. Contras and Squares. Dinner $5, dance $7. Cakewalks with local cakes, farm products and crafts as prizes.
Friday
12/2
Harvest MoonThe StuffGretchen Caverly, Nic CokerTBARIVER FALLS ADVANCED DANCE 8-11; experienced dancers only
Saturday
12/3
JonesboroughS.A.L.Suzi Gott, Art Shuster, Laurie FisherGeorge SegebadeBeginners Lesson at 7:00pm, Dance 7:30-10:30pm, waltz & Klondike Bar Break at 9:00
Saturday
12/3
Harvest MoonUnusual SuspectsBob Buckingham banjo, mandolin, Bobby Scott guitar , Chris Liakos fiddleTBAContra at River Falls; lesson at 7:30, dance 8-11
Sunday
12/4
OFB English Country DanceGeorge Schissler, Fiddle & Concertina; Suzanne Hosch, Flute; Linda Schissler, PianoAnneMarie Walter
Saturday
12/10
Harvest MoonSteamShovelDavid White fiddle/banjo, Roger Gold guitarTBAContra at River Falls; lesson at 7:30, dance 8-11
Sunday
12/11
OFB English Country DanceCathy Arps, Fiddle; Lisa Smith, Flute; Atossa Kramer, PianoBob ThompsonCome out and join us for our festive End-Of-Year Celebration of another very fine year of English Country Dancing! Wear your finest bling and glitter! Dance fancy!
Friday
12/16
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Saturday
12/17
JonesboroughCrooked PineCraig Bannerman bass, Frank McConnell guitar, hammer dulcimer, Marion Boatwright fiddle, Troy Harrison banjo, mandolinDavid WinstonBeginners Lesson at 7:00pm, Dance 7:30-10:30pm. Waltz & Klondike Bar Break at 9:00pm


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