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Appalachian Square Dance Revival

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


Asheville Open Contra Band

An initial Open Band tune book is now available at: Open Band

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Monthly Board Meetings

Monthly Board Meetings are always open to the public, but they are currently being held at different times and places during the 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
4/21
Monday Night DanceFloorplayAaron Lamb drums, Paul Rosen fiddle, mandolin, accordion, Rya Martin pianoBeth MolaroChange from printed schedule.
Tuesday
4/22
Wilkes Pre-Merlefest ContraEuphoria String BandBob Kogut, Kruger Brothers, Billy Gee & ???? Roberta KogutThere's going to be some great musicians at Merlefest this year, and many of them are friends of Bob Kogut, and who knows who might show up at this dance, but the Kruger Bros will be among them. FREE! Benton Hall, 300 D St. N Wilkesboro 336-838-7529
Wednesday
4/23
Challenging English Country Dancerecorded musicGrigsby Wotton7:30 pm, Training Center: back of Town & Mountain Realty building, 261 Asheland Avenue. $5
Thursday
4/24
Old Farmers BallCranberry RockBeth Molaro banjo uke, David Lynch , Joy Moser , Scott Dixon banjo, Volley Mckenzie Doug Singleton
Friday
4/25
Harvest MoonKudzoo CreeperNic Coker, Fred Stoll, Pam StollAnneMarie WaltersCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Friday
4/25
Square Dance RevivalSnake Den SerenadersJake Owen , Sarah Owen Phil Jamison & Sally Morgan
Saturday
4/26
Down HomeGood & PlentyKaren Gaughan piano, Laura Lengnick fiddleDiane SilverTaylor Ranch, 6-10pm. This Habitat for Humanity event includes cocktail hour, presentation by award-winning Allison Ramsey Architects, BBQ dinner, contra dancing, fire pit, longhorn cattle call, and much more. Click "Down Home" link to the left to purchase tickets.
Monday
4/28
Monday Night DanceEuphoria String BandBob Kogut and friends Rodney Sutton
Thursday
5/1
Old Farmers BallMay DazeKaren Gaughan piano, Martha Edwards , Pam Stoll fiddleBob Green
Friday
5/2
Harvest MoonMay DazeKaren Gaughan piano, Martha Edwards , Pam Stoll fiddleBob GreenAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Saturday
5/3
JonesboroughEric the CatAlan Dillman fiddle, Karen Gaughan piano, Terry Maluk percussion, Wes Maluk guitar, tenor banjo, percussionBeth MolaroBeginners Lesson 7:00pm; dance 7:30-10:30
Saturday
5/3
Harvest MoonWhistlin RufusAnn Whitley , Cindy Olsen , Doug Olsen , Peter Jenkins Doug SingletonInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
5/4
OFB English Country DancePam Stoll, Martha Edwards, Karen GaughanBob Thompson
Monday
5/5
Monday Night DanceFlying the TuneJune Avincula piano, Lew Gelfond fiddleLindsay Morris
Thursday
5/8
Old Farmers BallWild AsparagusAnn Percival piano, guitar, vocals, Becky Tracy fiddle, Corey DiMario bass, David Cantieni flutes, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone, bombard, George Marshall George Marshall
Saturday
5/10
Blue Ridge ContraBlue Ridge RoundersAlan Dillman fiddle, Amy Buckingham , Becky Osteen bass, Bob Buckingham banjo, mandolinJack MitchellCome Contra on Saturday in Saluda! Location is The Party and Event Place in Saluda. Caller is Jack Mitchell who just celebrated 22 years of calling dances! The band is Blue Ridge Rounders with our favorite fiddler Alan Dillman, Becky Osteen on bass, Amy Buckingham also on fiddle and Bob Buckingham on guitar. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 under 18. Our "special" is still in effect: you bring two new dancers and you get in free! Lessons from 7-7:30 and dancing from 7:30-10pm. If you need directions visit www.partyplaceandeventcenter.com See us on FaceBook under Blue Ridge Contra or email us at Blueridgecontra@icloud.com
Monday
5/12
Monday Night DancePerpetual e-MotionEd Howe Fiddle, John Cote GuitarTerry Doyle
Thursday
5/15
Old Farmers BallWarren Wilson Student BandPhil Jamison
Saturday
5/17
Harvest MoonCrooked PineCraig Bannerman, Marion Boatwright, Troy Harrison, Frank McConnellDean SnipesInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Saturday
5/17
JonesboroughDancing BearsJohn Culp mandolin, Lew Gelfond fiddle, Mark Langner guitarBarbara GrohClass for beginners at 7:00pm-dance 7:30-10:30pm
Sunday
5/18
OFB English Country DanceAtossa Kramer and Laurie Fisher AnneMarie Walter
Monday
5/19
Monday Night DanceCrooked PineCraig Bannerman bass, Frank McConnell guitar, hammer dulcimer, Marion Boatwright fiddle, Troy Harrison banjo, mandolinJohn Combs
Thursday
5/22
Old Farmers BallEuphoria String BandBob Kogut , Harris Brothers , Kruger Brothers , Larry Dolamore , Paddy Crouch Laurie FisherThis dance will be held at the Pavilion at Warren Wilson College.
Friday
5/23
Harvest MoonSteamShovelDavid White fiddle/banjo, Roger Gold guitarWarren DoyleCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Friday
5/23
JonesboroughSpring ChickensArt Shuster mandolin, Ben Harvey banjo, Beth Mangum guitar, McLean Bissell bass, Rob Mangum fiddleTe ClawSquare Dance at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll, 542 Bacon Branch Road, Jonesborough. Free camping available. Admission $8, Dance 8-11pm. Part of Contrathon XV Weekend.
Saturday
5/24
Randall Glen ContrafestBoom Chuck, Good & Plenty, Dancing BearsLotsDiane Silver & Barbara GrohMountain music & Contra dancing in a mountain meadow! Hayrides, farm tours, & family fun! Cornhole Tournament! Barbecue & Good Farmhouse Foods too!
1:00 Boom Chuck; 3:30 Good & Plenty; 7:00 Dancing Bears
$15 at the door, $10 in advance,
Randall Glen; 96 Randall Cove Rd.; Leicester NC 28748.
See Randall Glen Website for details.
Saturday
5/24
JonesboroughBareKnuckle QuartetConnell Sanderson highland bagpipe, irish flute, penny whistle, David Polechko guitar, tenor banjo, fiddle, Laurie Fisher , Taylor Johnson bass, tablasJack Mitchell & Lauren Peckman Class for beginners 7:00pm, Dance 7:30-10:30pm. Part of Contrathon XV Weekend.
Sunday
5/25
JonesboroughBareKnuckle Quartet & SkeeziksConnell Sanderson highland bagpipe, irish flute, penny whistle, David Polechko guitar, tenor banjo, fiddle, Laurie Fisher , Thomas Spence double bass, guitar, tenor banjoJack Mitchell & Lauren PeckmanContrathon XV, Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll, 11am-11pm
Monday
5/26
Monday Night DanceBoom ChuckLaurie Fisher , Nic Coker guitar, Ric Cooper bassAnneMarie Walter
Thursday
5/29
Old Farmers BallCoffee ZombiesBob Douglas guitar, percussion, Dianna Davis piano, Tom Cunningham fiddleDarlene Underwood
Saturday
5/31
Harvest MoonCoffee ZombiesBob Douglas guitar, percussion, Dianna Davis piano, Tom Cunningham fiddleDarlene UnderwoodInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
6/1
OFB English Country DancePaul Moore and Atossa KramerBob Thompson
Sunday
6/1
JonesboroughCoffee ZombiesBob Douglas guitar, percussion, Dianna Davis piano, Tom Cunningham fiddleDarlene UnderwoodSpecial Sunday afternoon dance at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll, 2:00-5:00pm, $7 all comers.
Monday
6/2
Monday Night DanceCoffee ZombiesBob Douglas guitar, percussion, Dianna Davis piano, Tom Cunningham fiddleDarlene Underwood
Thursday
6/5
Old Farmers BallLarry Unger and friendsLarry Unger guitarBeth Molaro
Saturday
6/7
Harvest MoonCeladorDavid Hayes guitar, Gretchen Caverly fiddleDavid WinstonInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Saturday
6/7
Harvest MoonCeladorDavid Hayes guitar, Gretchen Caverly fiddleDavid WinstonInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
6/8
Harvest MoonMaivishAdam Broome guitar, Jaige Trudel fiddleGeorge MarshallWaltz: 1:30; Contra Dance: 2:00-5:00
Monday
6/9
Monday Night DanceExpressoJeff Baker fiddle, Paul Moore piano, Steve Kemble drumsTavi Merrill
Thursday
6/12
Old Farmers BallMaivishAdam Broome guitar, Jaige Trudel fiddleGeorge Marshall
Saturday
6/14
Blue Ridge ContraInexplicabilliesDavid White fiddle/banjo, Joel McConnell mandolin, tenor banjo, Wes Maluk guitar, tenor banjo, percussionLindsay MorrisCome Contra on the Saturday in Saluda! Location is The Party and Event Place in Saluda. Our caller is Lindsay Morris who has as much fun as the dancers. Band is the Inexplicabillies with David White on fiddle and banjo, Joel McConnell on banjo and mandolin, Wes Maluk on guitar and banjo. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 under 18. Our "special" is still in effect: you bring two new dancers and you get in free! Lessons from 7-7:30 and dancing from 7:30-10pm. If you need directions visit www.partyplaceandeventcenter.com See us on FaceBook under Blue Ridge Contra or email us at Blueridgecontra@icloud.com. Dances are always the second Saturday of the month so mark your calendars!
Sunday
6/15
OFB English Country DanceGeorge & Linda SchisslerAnneMarie Walter
Monday
6/16
Monday Night DanceMean LidsBen Smith Fiddle, banjo, Matt Turino Guitar, fiddle, foot percussion, Miriam Larson Flute, jaw-harp, singingDiane Silver
Thursday
6/19
Old Farmers BallEntwynedJohn Paolillo mandola, bouzouki, and mandocello, Twy Bethard fiddle and foot percussionKen Gall
Friday
6/20
Harvest MoonAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Saturday
6/21
Harvest MoonEntwynedJohn Paolillo mandola, bouzouki, and mandocello, Twy Bethard fiddle and foot percussionKen GallInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Monday
6/23
Monday Night DanceContraversialCailen Campbell fiddle, David Brown guitarBeth Molaro
Thursday
6/26
Old Farmers BallInexplicabilliesDavid White fiddle/banjo, Joel McConnell mandolin, tenor banjo, Wes Maluk guitar, tenor banjo, percussionLindsay Morris
Friday
6/27
Harvest MoonContraforceAndrae Raffield , Jimi Peirano , Joey Dorwart City Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Saturday
6/28
Harvest MoonContraforceAndrae Raffield , Jimi Peirano , Joey Dorwart Instruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Monday
6/30
Monday Night DanceDancing BearsJohn Culp mandolin, Lew Gelfond fiddle, Mark Langner guitarBarbara Groh
Friday
9/19
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
10/31
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
11/21
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
12/19
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.


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

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