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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
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 DanceAtossa Kramer, Jane Weaver, Karen GaughanMyra Hirschberg and Tom Calwell
Monday
11/3
Monday Night DanceThe O'SchravesÁine Schryer O'Gorman , Benoit Schryer Lefebvre , Julie Schryer , Pat O'Gorman , Zachary Schryer Lefebvre John Combs
Thursday
11/6
Old Farmers BallThe O'SchravesÁine Schryer O'Gorman , Benoit Schryer Lefebvre , Julie Schryer , Pat O'Gorman , Zachary Schryer Lefebvre Tom Calwell & Myra Hirschberg
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
11/8
Blue Ridge ContraSpeaking-in-TunesDave Heath Guitar, David White fiddle/banjo, Jeff Hersk bass, Rich Pettus BanjoWarren DoyleLast Blue Ridge Contra dance of the year! Come help us celebrate! Admission is $9 for adults and $5 under 18. Also we need help! If you can volunteer to distribute flyers or cover the desk during the dance please let us know!
Monday
11/10
Monday Night DanceDeux FrancoisBill Dudley guitar, Sarah Mitchell flute, whistle, dumber, hammer dulcimer, feet, w/Tim Cape (fiddle, percussion)JoLaine Jones-Pokomey
Thursday
11/13
Old Farmers BallPete's PosseOliver Scanlon fiddle, mandolin, feet, Pete Sutherland fiddler, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocalsTom Hinds and Janine Smith
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, Paul Moore AnneMarie Walter
Monday
11/17
Monday Night DancePete's PosseOliver Scanlon fiddle, mandolin, feet, Pete Sutherland fiddler, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocalsAdina Gordon
Thursday
11/20
Old Farmers BallSassafras StompAdam Nordell guitar, Johanna Davis fiddleBeth Molaro
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
Monday
11/24
Monday Night DanceContraversialCailen Campbell fiddle, David Brown guitarDavid Winston
Thursday
11/27
Old Farmers BallOpen BandCommunity Band with Laurie Fisher and Nic Coker--Charlie Harvey Open band, open caller. Come play and call a dance or two!
Friday
11/28
Harvest MoonWindmillLaurie Fisher , Steve Trisman fiddleBarbara GrohCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Monday
12/1
Monday Night DanceBarstersDoug Sharkey , James Johnson , Lee Gregory , Parrish Ellis , Rob Mangum fiddleTerry Doyle
Thursday
12/4
Old Farmers BallToss the PossumLaura Zisette (keyboard); Rob Zisette (Fiddle, Vocal, PercussionCharley Harvey
Saturday
12/6
Harvest MoonCurious GeorgeSteve Kemble, Laura Legnick, Paul MooreKristin SiebertInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
12/7
OFB English Country DanceGeorge & LInda Schissler, Atossa KramerBob Thompson
Monday
12/8
Monday Night DanceMultiple BandsMultiple MusiciansThe Annual Benefit Waltz. Lots of great musicians playing waltzes all night long. Dress relentlessly elegant, bring some potluck snacks, contribute some money for the benefit fund, and enjoy a very special Asheville dance/music event.
Thursday
12/11
Old Farmers BallHot SonataArt Shuster mandolin, Karen Gaughan piano, Laura Lengnick fiddleValerie Helbert
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
Monday
12/15
Monday Night DanceJane Rothfield & Barb KirchnerBarb Kirchner , Jane Rothfield fiddleBev Bernbaum
Thursday
12/18
Old Farmers BallJamie Laval & Roger GoldJamie Laval fiddle, Roger Gold guitarCharlotte Crittenden
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 WalterWinter Solstice Dance. Elegant attire, if you desire! Spread the word, and bring all your friends and neighbors!
Monday
12/22
Monday Night DanceFree AssociationBill Porter , Bob Kirkman , Steven Carlberg Andrea Nettleton
Thursday
12/25
Old Farmers BallEric the CatAlan Dillman fiddle, Karen Gaughan piano, Terry Maluk percussion, Wes Maluk guitar, tenor banjo, percussionLindsay Morris
Monday
12/29
Monday Night DanceIndian SummerAustin Murray guitar, Taya Ricker fiddleLauren Kriel
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.


Old Farmer's Ball
PO Box 2852
Weaverville, NC 28787

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