Old Farmers Ball

Splashdance Registration is now open!

Asheville’s laid-back, end-of-summer, all-volunteer, overly-hyphenated, contra-dance week-end.  Grab your spot now! 


All event community calendar: Please check menu for specific dance events and locations

No cash? No problem! – We are beta testing a Square reader for the Thursday dance!

Check out our new activities on the Harvest House page.

Jun
22
Fri
Summer Soiree 2018 @ Bryson Gym
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 24 @ 4:00 pm

Featuring Wild Asparagus with caller George Marshall
with the incomparable Toss the Possum
Details to follow – Ashevillecontra.com and Friends of Summer Soiree on Facebook

Jun
24
Sun
Roots Contra JAM!
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra JAM!

NEW START TIME! Every 4th Sunday Laura Lengnick and Nic Coker lead Asheville’s only traditional New England social dance musicians jam!  SLOW JAM from 6 to 7, then DANCE TEMPO JAM from 7 to 9.  Join us to have some fun playing traditional fiddle tunes “close to the floor” at this gathering devoted to the art of playing for social dance.  We’ll explore the traditional dance music of New England through a diversity of dance forms, including set dances – triplets, contra, square, circle, English country, and play party – and partner dances such as waltz, hambo, schottis and polka. Listeners and dancers welcome!  Special invited guests will share dance playing tips and teach a favorite tune from time to time. 

Jun
25
Mon
SteamShovel with Tamara McGovern calling
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jun
28
Thu
ContraForce with calling by Chuck Abell
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jul
1
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Nora Garver, fiddle; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Karen Gaughan, piano.
Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Nora Garver, fiddle; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Karen Gaughan, 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 to share from time to time; fragrance-free dance.

Jul
2
Mon
Monday Night Dance with Chuck Abell calling
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jul
3
Tue
Community Appalachian River Dance
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Appalachian River Dance

Come dance with us on the island in downtown Marshall, NC – Square Dances, Circle Dances, Contra Dances, Waltzing! All dances are taught! All are welcome! Live music abounds! We celebrate community and children are welcome. Just downstream of Asheville on the French Broad River! $5

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Jul
5
Thu
Boom Chuck
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jul
7
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

TBA with TBA

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

Jul
8
Sun
Family Dance
Jul 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Family Dance @ Asheville | North Carolina | United States

A community dance especially aimed at families with children under ten years old. 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 4-10.

All dances are taught and called; no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome (pre-teens, as well as adults, who aren’t yet too cool might still enjoy it!) Children must be accompanied by an adult. Energetic, wholesome, high quality, home-made entertainment. Diane Silver leads the calling, an open band plays the tunes.

Roots Contra!
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra!

Come on out to the Harvest House to experience New England contra dancing as a traditional dance form. Dance contra chestnuts, northern and southern squares, circles, quadrilles, and triplets as well as newer contra dances to traditional contra dance music played close to the floor. Diane Silver leads the dancing, with music by Laura Lengnick, Karen Gaughan, and invited guests.

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.
Join: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/oldfarmersball.com/roots?hceid=cm9vdHNAb2xkZmFybWVyc2JhbGwuY29t.2lalt6gqfel133hk7ni5lkj7r7&hs=121

Jul
9
Mon
Monday Night Dance
Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jul
12
Thu
Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jul
15
Sun
ECD Venue Change. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music, Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; George Schissler, concertina
Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Venue Change. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music, Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; George Schissler, concertina

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 to share from time to time; fragrance-free dance.

OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Members are always welcome to observe at OFB Board meetings.
Please check the calendar before coming, as we may not meet every month.

Community Waltz
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Waltz

Come dance with friends and work on your waltz moves. All levels are welcome. Enjoy learning from each other in an informal setting. Live music as available (come play with an open band); recorded music as needed. Led by Suzanne Hosch.

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.
Join: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/oldfarmersball.com/roots?hceid=cm9vdHNAb2xkZmFybWVyc2JhbGwuY29t.2cuve4454fa1j2t7jqsnth6n9f&hs=121

OFB Community Waltz @ Harvest House
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Come dance with friends and work on your waltz moves. All levels are welcome. Enjoy learning from each other in an informal setting. Live music as available (or come play waltzes with an open band); recorded music as needed. Led by Suzanne Hosch.

Donations of money and snacks are welcome!

Jul
16
Mon
Monday Night Dance
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jul
19
Thu
Swannanoa Gathering Old-Time Week
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jul
21
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

TBA with TBA

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