Old Farmers Ball

These cows are smiling for a reason – Come dance with us!

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May
26
Sun
Roots Contra JAM!
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra JAM!
Every 4th Sunday come out to the Harvest House for Asheville’s only traditional dance music jam hosted by contra dance fiddler Laura Lengnick. Share some of your favorite tunes and learn some new ones at this gathering devoted to celebrating the art of playing the traditional dance music of New England, French Canada, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Beginners are welcome, but this jam is for musicians that can play at dance tempos. Listeners are welcome to join us!
May
27
Mon
MND w/ The Franklin Rattlers: Owen Grooms/Banjo & Alex Ball on fiddle playing Old Time and other styles with Margaret Matthews calling
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
May
30
Thu
Gold-n-Light with Open Calling led by Diane Silver
May 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Gold-n-Light with Open Calling led by Diane Silver

Laura Light (fiddle), Roger Gold (guitar)

Jun
1
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

Linda Hunt, Laura Lengnick & Holley Ross with MARGARET MATHEWS

Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Jun
2
Sun
ECD Venue Change. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, piano.
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Venue Change. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, piano.

Today we are dancing at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St., Asheville, 28801. The Entrance to the Fellowship Hall faces Evelyn Alley. Parking is on Charlotte St. and also across the street from the church on Evelyn Place.
3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Callers Collective (Occasional 1st Sundays)
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Callers Collective (Occasional 1st Sundays)

NO MEETINGS THIS SUMMER – SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!
The Callers Collective hosts a gathering for callers on occasional first Sundays of the month from 6-8 pm. Led by caller Beth Molaro, the collective provides opportunities and guidance for experienced and developing dance callers to share resources and practice together. We welcome anyone who would like to learn to call, work on their calling skills, practice new material or just “talk shop” about calling for dances.

Jun
3
Mon
Stollen Gold
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jun
6
Thu
Open Band led by Laura Light and Roger Gold with Tim Klein calling
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jun
9
Sun
Family Dance
Jun 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Family Dance

A community dance especially aimed at families with school-aged children. Circles, mixers, long-ways, squares, singing-and-clapping games, and other set dances, carefully chosen considering the motor skills and social development of children ages 6-12. (Younger kids may need a little more parental support, but will still have fun).

All dances are taught and called; no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but adults do NOT need to be accompanied by a child. It’s great fun to dance with children and watch the wonder unfold.

Also, the Family Dance is open band, so if you play contra dance music, come on out. We encourage youngsters who play an instrument to give it a try as well. Energetic, wholesome, high quality, home-made entertainment.

Roots Contra!
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra!

Roots is the OFB’s monthly dance celebrating the New England roots of contra dancing. What’s different about Roots? Think small, sweet dance hall, traditional acoustic dance music, and a house band and caller that know how to make contra dance magic by keeping it close to the floor! Laura Lengnick and Karen Gaughan start warming things up a little before 7 pm with a few couples dances and then Diane Silver calls contra dances old and new to the fabulous New England tunes that have inspired generations of dancers. This dance is free of charge.

Jun
10
Mon
Spinning Wheel
Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jun
13
Thu
The Nettles with Kelsey Hartman calling
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Nettles with Kelsey Hartman calling

Laura Brophy (fiddle), Kevin Johnsrude (guitar), Michael Proctor (bass), Ness Smith-Savedoff (percussion)

Jun
15
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

THE NETTLES (Laura Brophy, Kevin Johnsrude, and Michael Proctor) with KELSEY HARTMAN

Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Jun
16
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Chelsea Henley, piano.
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Chelsea Henley, piano.

3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Community Waltz
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Waltz

Come dance with friends and work on your waltz moves. Or, come play waltz tunes with the open waltz band. We are refining skills as both waltzers and musicians. All levels are welcome. Enjoy learning from each other in an informal setting. Live music as available; recorded music as needed. Doors open at 6:45 for the band to gather. Led by Suzanne Hosch.

Jun
17
Mon
Jack Mitchell calling at The Monday Night Dance
Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jun
20
Thu
Boom Chuck with Tamara McGovern calling
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Boom Chuck with Tamara McGovern calling

Laurie Fisher (fiddle), Nic Coker (guitar)

Jun
23
Sun
Roots Contra JAM!
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra JAM!

Every 4th Sunday come out to the Harvest House for Asheville’s only traditional dance music jam hosted by contra dance fiddler Laura Lengnick. Share some of your favorite tunes and learn some new ones at this gathering devoted to celebrating the art of playing the traditional dance music of New England, French Canada, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Beginners are welcome, but this jam is for musicians that can play at dance tempos. Listeners are welcome to join us!

Jun
24
Mon
The Gaslight Tinkers with Charlotte Crittenden at The Monday Night Dance
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jun
27
Thu
SteamShovel with Beth Molaro calling
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
SteamShovel with Beth Molaro calling

David White (fiddle), Roger Gold (guitar)