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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 for Wednesdays. Check it out: White Horse Waltz


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


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
Saturday
2/28
Harvest MoonSteamShovelDavid White fiddle/banjo, Roger Gold guitarBeth MolaroContra at River Falls: lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Sunday
3/1
OFB English Country DanceLaurie Fisher, Jane Weaver, Karen GaughanAnneMarie Walter
Monday
3/2
Monday Night DanceAsheville Open Jam BandLaura Light and Roger Gold lead the Open BandBeth MolaroCome dance to the orchestral sound of a stage full of musicians. Bring your instrument if you want to play along with us. Bring your calling cards if you want to call a dance or two.
Thursday
3/5
Old Farmers BallWindmillLaurie Fisher fiddle, Steve Trisman fiddleTom Calwell & Myra Hirschberg
Saturday
3/7
JonesboroughDot Dot DashTom Calwell & Myra HirschbergBeginners lesson 7:00pm. Dance 7:30-10:30pm
Saturday
3/7
Harvest MoonKudZooFred Stoll fiddle, bass, Jeff Hersk bass, Nic Coker guitar, fiddle, Pam Stoll fiddleJesse EdgertonContra at River Falls: lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Monday
3/9
Monday Night DanceBoom ChuckLaurie Fisher fiddle, Nic Coker guitar, fiddle, Ric Cooper bassJohn Combs
Thursday
3/12
Old Farmers BallFyrefly FuryGeorge Paul piano, George Paul piano, Loren Oppenheimer Tabla, Loren Oppenheimer Tabla, Rob Zisette Fiddle, Vocal, Percussion, Rob Zisette Fiddle, Vocal, PercussionTamara McGovern
Friday
3/13
Harvest MoonThe StringraysMax Newman mandolin, guitar, Rodney Miller fiddle, Stuart Kenney bass, banjoWill MentorADVANCED DANCE 8-11; experienced dancers only
Friday
3/13
Square Dance RevivalTBABeth Molaro & Ben Nelson
Saturday
3/14
Harvest MoonThe StringraysMax Newman mandolin, guitar, Rodney Miller fiddle, Stuart Kenney bass, banjoWill MentorContra at River Falls: lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Saturday
3/14
Blue Ridge ContraFyrefly FuryGeorge Paul piano, George Paul piano, Loren Oppenheimer Tabla, Loren Oppenheimer Tabla, Rob Zisette Fiddle, Vocal, Percussion, Rob Zisette Fiddle, Vocal, PercussionTerry DoyleLessons begin at 7:30PM and dancing is from 8-10:30PM. We are fortunate to have Terry Doyle back as a caller as she is a crowd favorite! You will be dancing to the music of Fyrefly Fury with Rob Zisette on the fiddle, George Paul on Piano and Loren Oppenhiemer on tablas so there will be a lot of foot stomping going on! They are crazy good and no one wants to leave the floor when they are playing! Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for students. Ask about our Membership program that discounts dances. From time to time we also have special promotions so please visit us on Facebook at Blue Ridge Contra or blueridgecontra@icloud.com. So join the Contra craze and come and bring the family! If you need directions, please visit www.partyplace andeventcenter.com.
Monday
3/16
Monday Night DanceThe StringraysMatthew Kenney percussion, Matthew Kenney percussion, Max Newman mandolin, guitar, Max Newman mandolin, guitar, Rodney Miller fiddle, Rodney Miller fiddle, Stuart Kenney bass, banjo, Stuart Kenney bass, banjoWill Mentor
Thursday
3/19
Old Farmers BallThe StringraysMatthew Kenney percussion, Matthew Kenney percussion, Max Newman mandolin, guitar, Max Newman mandolin, guitar, Rodney Miller fiddle, Rodney Miller fiddle, Stuart Kenney bass, banjo, Stuart Kenney bass, banjoWill Mentor
Friday
3/20
OFB Advanced DanceHoney BadgersBeth Molaro, David Lynch, Volley MckenzieAnneMarie WalterNot recommended for new dancers.
Saturday
3/21
JonesboroughParty of ThreeNick BouletBeginners Lesson 7:00pm. Dance 7:30-10:30pm
Saturday
3/21
Harvest MoonAvant GardnersLaura Light fiddle, Loren Oppenheimer Tabla, Paul Moore pianoEric BlackContra at River Falls: lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Sunday
3/22
OFB English Country DanceAtossa Kramer and FriendsBob ThompsonAn afternoon of English Country Dance, 4-6:30, followed by Irish Set Dance, 7:30. The Morrison Brothers (Jim and Owen,) along with Aaron Olwell, will play for this special evening of Irish Set Dances. If you attend the ECD, then pay only $5 for the Irish Set Dance evening.
Sunday
3/22
Irish Set DancingOwen Morrison, Jim Morrison, Aaron OlwellDance is at 7:30. Price $7. Teaching provided, potluck refreshments. Homewood Center in Asheville. Contact Jonathan Gilbert with any questions. bodystone AT gmail DOT com
Monday
3/23
Monday Night DanceAvant GardnersLaura Light fiddle, Loren Oppenheimer Tabla, Paul Moore pianoEric Black
Thursday
3/26
Old Farmers BallThe Red WelliesBeanie O’Dell fiddle, Vincent Fogarty bouzoukiTBA
Friday
3/27
Harvest MoonContrariansGary Reynolds , John Longwell , Paul Epstein , Will Carter Jesse EdgertonContra at Landmark Hall in Taylors; lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Saturday
3/28
Harvest MoonContrariansGary Reynolds , John Longwell , Paul Epstein , Will Carter Jack MitchellContra at River Falls: lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Monday
3/30
Monday Night DanceAtlantic CrossingPeter Macfarlane fiddle, low whistle, vocals, Peter Macfarlane fiddle, low whistle, vocals, Rick Klein guitar, vocals, Rick Klein guitar, vocals, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocals, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocals, Viveka Fox fiddle, Viveka Fox fiddleDiane Silver
Thursday
4/2
Old Farmers BallAtlantic CrossingPeter Macfarlane fiddle, low whistle, vocals, Peter Macfarlane fiddle, low whistle, vocals, Rick Klein guitar, vocals, Rick Klein guitar, vocals, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocals, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocals, Viveka Fox fiddle, Viveka Fox fiddleDiane Silver
Saturday
4/4
Harvest MoonDancing BearsJohn Culp mandolin, Lew Gelfond fiddle, Mark Langner guitarBarbara GrohContra at River Falls: lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Saturday
4/4
JonesboroughAtlantic CrossingPeter Macfarlane fiddle, low whistle, vocals, Peter Macfarlane fiddle, low whistle, vocals, Rick Klein guitar, vocals, Rick Klein guitar, vocals, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocals, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocals, Viveka Fox fiddle, Viveka Fox fiddleDiane SilverClass for beginners 7:00pm, dance 7:30-10:30pm
Monday
4/6
Monday Night DanceRaccoon RockersJohn Herrmann fiddle, banjo, Leo Grissell fiddle, Meredith McIntosh piano, bass, guitar, Nokosee Fields fiddle, Ryan Nickerson guitarAnneMarie Walter
Friday
4/10
Harvest MoonTBAFLYING THE TUNE (Jue Advincula, Lew Gelfond)Vicki HerndonADVANCED DANCE 8-11; experienced dancers only
Saturday
4/11
Harvest MoonThe Redbud RamblersWes Maluk, David WhiteTBAContra at River Falls: lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Monday
4/13
Monday Night DanceEric the CatAlan Dillman fiddle, Karen Gaughan piano, Terry Maluk percussion, Wes Maluk guitar, tenor banjo, percussionCharlotte Crittenden
Friday
4/17
OFB Advanced DanceWindmillLaurie Fisher, Steve TrishmanDiane SilverNot recommended for new dancers.
Saturday
4/18
Harvest MoonTBACHARLOTTE CRITTENDENContra at River Falls: lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Saturday
4/18
JonesboroughWindmillLaurie Fisher fiddle, Steve Trisman fiddleDavid WinstonClass for beginners at 7:00pm, Dance 7:30-10:30pm
Sunday
4/19
OFB English Country DanceJovial BeggarsLaurie Fisher, Nic Coker, Esther Holsen, Michael Garner, Karen GaughanAnneMarie Walter
Monday
4/20
Monday Night DanceCurious GeorgeLaura Lengnick fiddle, Paul Moore piano, Steve Kemble drumsDavid Winston
Thursday
4/23
Old Farmers BallOpen BandDennis Merritt bassOpen Mic
Friday
4/24
Harvest MoonGOOD & PLENTY (Karen Gaughin, Laura Legnick, Terry Maluk)TBAContra at Landmark Hall (Taylors): lesson at 7:30; dance 8-11
Saturday
4/25
OFB English Country DanceOwen Cauley, Violin; Atossa Kramer. PianoBob ThompsonENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE SPRING EVENING BALL. 7:30-10:30 pm. St. Mary's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 337 Charlotte Street. Period attire will be admired but not required. $12 at the door. No partner necessary. Elegant refreshments served at the break while the Ashgrove Garland Team performs the Maypole Dance.
Monday
4/27
Monday Night DanceDancing BearsJohn Culp mandolin, Lew Gelfond fiddle, Mark Langner guitarBarbara Groh
Thursday
4/30
Old Farmers BallBoom ChuckLaurie Fisher fiddle, Nic Coker guitar, fiddle, Ric Cooper bassDoug Singleton
Friday
5/1
Harvest MoonTBATBAADVANCED DANCE 8-11; experienced dancers only
Saturday
5/2
JonesboroughHot SonataArt Shuster mandolin, Karen Gaughan piano, Laura Lengnick fiddleCharley HarveyClass for beginners 7:00pm, Dance 7:30-10:30pm
Saturday
5/16
JonesboroughCurious GeorgeLaura Lengnick fiddle, Paul Moore piano, Steve Kemble drumsDean SnipesClass for beginners 7:00pm, Dance 7:30-10:30pm
Saturday
5/23
JonesboroughPete's PosseOliver Scanlon fiddle, mandolin, feet, Pete Sutherland fiddler, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocalsDiane Silver & Susan MichaelsClass for beginners 7:00pm, Dance 7:30-10:30pm
Sunday
5/24
JonesboroughPete's Posse & Toss the PossumOliver Scanlon fiddle, mandolin, feet, Pete Sutherland fiddler, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocalsDiane Silver & Susan MichaelsContrathon XVII in the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll. Advance registration recommended. See www.eventbrite.com
Friday
5/29
OFB Advanced DanceCurious GeorgeLaura Lengnick, Paul Moore, Steve KembleCharlotte ChrittendenNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
9/18
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
10/30
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
11/20
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
12/18
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.


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Weaverville, NC 28787

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