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.

Jul
19
Thu
Swannanoa Gathering Old-Time Week
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Swannanoa Gathering Old-Time Week

Special Event! An Old time mountain square dance with Phil Jamison calling and Swannanoa Gathering staff musicians playing. Come see what your grandparents experienced! This is not a contra dance.

Jul
21
Sat
Jonesborough Contra Dance @ Serenity Knoll Farm
Jul 21 all-day
Jonesborough Contra Dance @ Serenity Knoll Farm

Contra dance at Serenity Knoll Farm

Guest Band: Contra Ceili Lite
Guest Caller: Jesse Edgerton

Beginners Lesson at 7:00pm

Dance 7:30-10:30pm

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!

Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

PLAYING WITH FYRE (Steve Kimble, George Paul, Rob Zisette) with ANNEMARIE WALTER

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

Jul
22
Sun
OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Jul 22 @ 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.

Roots Contra JAM!
Jul 22 @ 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. 

Jul
23
Mon
Redbud Ramblers with Beth Molaro calling
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Redbud Ramblers with Beth Molaro calling

Redbud Ramblers are David White and Wes Maluk.

Jul
26
Thu
Gaslight Tinkers with calling by Alexandra Deis-Lauby
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Contra – Landmark Hall
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

TBA with TBA

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

Contra Dance, Landmark Hall
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra Dance, Landmark Hall

NIC COKER & LAURA LIGHT with TAMARA McGOVERN
Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Jul
30
Mon
Boys of Buncombe with Clinton Ross
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Aug
2
Thu
Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Week
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Week

Barn Dance! Come enjoy a mixture of squares and contras. Diane Silver calling and Swannanoa Gathering staff musicians playing.

Aug
4
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Aug 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

GOTHAM CARNIVAL (Joe Depaolo, Dominique Gagne, Julia Hartman, Jean Monroe) with DIANE SILVER

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

Aug
5
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music, Gotham Carnival (Julia Hartman, fiddle; Bonnie Insull, flute & foot percussion; Jean Monroe, piano) http://www.musicgalas.com/
Aug 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music, Gotham Carnival (Julia Hartman, fiddle; Bonnie Insull, flute & foot percussion; Jean Monroe, piano) http://www.musicgalas.com/

We welcome the band, Gotham Carnival, as they travel through on tour. http://www.musicgalas.com/
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.

Aug
6
Mon
Gravity Wave with Dave Winston
Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Aug
9
Thu
Gotham Carnival (Joe De Paolo, Dominique Gagne, Julia Hartman, Jean Monroe)
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Gotham Carnival (Joe De Paolo, Dominique Gagne, Julia Hartman, Jean Monroe)

Joe De Paolo, percussion
Dominique Gagne, flute
Julia Hartman, fiddle
Jean Monroe, piano

www.MusicGalas.com

Aug
12
Sun
Family Dance
Aug 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Family Dance

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.

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.
Join: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/oldfarmersball.com/roots?hceid=cm9vdHNAb2xkZmFybWVyc2JhbGwuY29t.7j0r87kuo26olv120621vkddv4&hs=121

Roots Contra!
Aug 12 @ 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

Aug
13
Mon
Good and Plenty with Jesse Edgerton calling
Aug 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Aug
16
Thu
Contra Ceili
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm