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Help Out - 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!


Appalachian Square Dance Revival

Square dancing is here in Asheville. Check it out: Toyboat Square Dance


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


Monthly Board Meetings

Next Board Meeting is Aug 13th, 7:30 PM. Monthly Board Meetings are always open to the public, 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
9/29
Monday Night DanceCranberry RockBeth Molaro banjo uke, David Lynch , Joy Moser , Scott Dixon banjo, Volley Mckenzie Terry Doyle
Thursday
10/2
Old Farmers BallOpen BandDennis Merritt bassCharlotte CrittendenDavid White and Roger Gold leading
Friday
10/3
Harvest MoonFree AssociationSteven Carlberg, Bob Kirkman, Bill PorterAndrea NettletonAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Saturday
10/4
Harvest MoonBareKnuckle QuartetLaurie Fisher, Taz Johnson, David Polechko, Connell SandersonBeth MolaroInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Saturday
10/4
JonesboroughGold and LightLaura Light fiddle, Roger Gold guitarSusan MichaelsPotluck Dinner 5:30pm with marimba concert 5:30-7:00pm. Beginners at 7:00pm. Contra 7:30-10:30pm
Sunday
10/5
OFB English Country DancePaul Moore, George Schissler, Atossa KramerAnneMarie Walter
Monday
10/6
Monday Night DanceBoom ChuckLaurie Fisher , Nic Coker guitar, fiddle, Ric Cooper bassSusan Michaels
Thursday
10/9
Old Farmers BallDead Sea SquirrelsCathy Mason fiddle, Craig Edwards fiddle, banjo, mandolin and vocals, Henry Yoshimura guitar
Friday
10/10
JonesboroughMaivish, Nor'easter, Toss the Possum, the Buddy SystemAdam Broome, Jaige Trudel, Max Newman, Julie Vallimont, Cedar Stanistreet, Rob Zisette, Laura Zisette, Noah VanNorstrand, Nils Fredland Will Mentor, Tom Hinds, Nils FredlandMountain Madness Dance Weekend. Maivish, Nor'easter, Toss the Possum, Buddy System (techno)Jonesborough Visitors Center and Serenity Knoll Oct 10-12. Register online www.eventbrite.com. Session tickets available first come first serve
Saturday
10/11
Harvest MoonDead Sea SquirrelsCathy Mason fiddle, Craig Edwards fiddle, banjo, mandolin and vocals, Henry Yoshimura guitarBrian HamsharInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Saturday
10/11
JonesboroughMaivish, Nor'easter, Toss the Possum, the Buddy SystemAdam Broome, Jaige Trudel, Max Newman, Julie Vallimont, Cedar Stanistreet, Rob Zisette, Laura Zisette, Noah VanNorstrand, Nils Fredland Will Mentor, Tom Hinds, Nils FredlandMountain Madness Dance Weekend
Saturday
10/11
Blue Ridge ContraJamie Laval & Roger GoldJamie Laval fiddle, Roger Gold guitarCharlotte CrittendenCome join us Saturday October 11th for our Halloween Contra Dance. Best costumes wins free admission to a future dance. For more info see us on FaceBook at Blue Ridge Contra!
Sunday
10/12
OFB English Country DanceGeorge & Linda Schissler, Michael Garner, Esther Holsen Bob Thompson
Sunday
10/12
JonesboroughMaivish, Nor'easter, Toss the Possum, the Buddy SystemAdam Broome, Jaige Trudel, Max Newman, Julie Vallimont, Cedar Stanistreet, Rob Zisette, Laura Zisette, Noah VanNorstrand, Nils Fredland Will Mentor, Tom Hinds, Nils FredlandMountain Madness Dance Weekend
Monday
10/13
Monday Night DanceStoll N GoldFred Stoll fiddle, bass, Pam Stoll fiddle, Roger Gold guitarBrian Hamshar
Thursday
10/16
Old Farmers BallSyncopathsAshley Broder mandolin, Christa Burch bodhran, vocals, Jeff Spero piano, Ryan McKasson fiddleDiane Silver
Monday
10/20
Monday Night DanceInexplicabilliesDavid White fiddle/banjo, Joel McConnell mandolin, tenor banjo, Wes Maluk guitar, tenor banjo, percussionTom Calwell & Myra Hirschberg
Thursday
10/23
Old Farmers BallCurious GeorgeLaura Lengnick fiddle, Paul Moore piano, Steve Kemble drumsDave Eisenstadter
Friday
10/24
Harvest MoonHey for FourLucy Allen, Marshall Goers, Fred Stoll, Pam StollCallers CollectiveCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Saturday
10/25
Harvest MoonStoll N Gold and The InexplicabilliesRoger Gold, Fred Stoll, Pam Stoll; Wes Maluk, Joel McConnell, David WhiteCharlotte Crittenden and Jessie EdgertonMONSTER MASH!!! Afternoon dance from 3-6; potluck at 6:60 (bring a dish to share); costume dance from 8-12 with a costume parade and prizes at the break. Cost for the whole day just $15!
Monday
10/27
Monday Night DanceCurious GeorgeLaura Lengnick fiddle, Paul Moore piano, Steve Kemble drumsDave Eisenstadter
Thursday
10/30
Old Farmers BallContraversialCailen Campbell fiddle, David Brown guitarLindsay Morris
Friday
10/31
OFB Advanced DanceLaura Light & Roger GoldAnneMarie WalterNot recommended for new dancers.
Sunday
11/2
OFB English Country DanceTBA Myra Hirschberg and Tom Calwell
Friday
11/7
Harvest MoonCeladorDavid Hayes guitar, Gretchen Caverly fiddleTamara McGovernAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Saturday
11/8
Harvest MoonThe O'SchravesÁine Schryer O'Gorman , Benoit Schryer Lefebvre , Julie Schryer , Pat O'Gorman , Zachary Schryer Lefebvre Tom Calwell & Myra Hirschberg
Saturday
11/15
Harvest MoonRed WelliesVincent Fogarty, Andi Hearn, Davey Matthias, Beanie O'DellSusan MarcusInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
11/16
OFB English Country DanceJulia Weatherford, Karen Gaughan AnneMarie Walter
Friday
11/21
OFB Advanced DanceContraforceJoey Dorwart, Andrae Raffield, Jimi PeiranoBeth MolaroNot recommended for new dancers.
Saturday
11/22
Harvest MoonContraforceJoey Dowart, Jimi Periano, Andrae RaffieldJeremy ChildInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Friday
11/28
Harvest MoonWindmillLaurie Fisher , Steve Trisman fiddleCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Saturday
12/6
Harvest MoonCurious GeorgeSteve Kemble, Laura Legnick, Paul MooreInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
12/7
OFB English Country DanceGeorge & LInda Schissler, Atossa KramerBob Thompson
Friday
12/12
Harvest MoonThe IncorigiblesBarb Kirchner , Jane Rothfield fiddleBev BernbaumAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Saturday
12/13
Harvest MoonThe IncorigiblesBarb Kirchner , Jane Rothfield fiddleBev BernbaumInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Friday
12/19
OFB Advanced DanceJamie Laval & Roger GoldCharlotte ChrittendenNot recommended for new dancers.
Sunday
12/21
OFB English Country DanceMara Shea of the Elftones; Atossa Kramer, Berea CollegeAnneMarie WalterCome on out to the Holiday Festive English Country Dance, Dec. 21st. Lots of "BLING" will be admired, but not required. Directions and other info on the OFB website/ECD page. Don't miss it!
Wednesday
12/31
New Year's Eve DancePerpetual e-MotionEd Howe Fiddle, John Cote GuitarLisa GreenleafHollywood Theme. 7:00-8 waltzing, 8-12:30 contra dancing!
Friday
1/16
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
2/20
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
3/20
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
4/17
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
5/29
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.


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