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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
Monday
7/21
Monday Night DanceHoney BadgersBeth Molaro banjo uke, David Lynch , Volley Mckenzie Sharon Perry
Thursday
7/24
Old Farmers BallSwannanoa Gathering Old Time Week staffPhil JamesonOld Time Mountain Square Dance
Friday
7/25
Harvest MoonGood & PlentyKaren Gaughan piano, Laura Lengnick fiddleChuck AbellCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11 Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Monday
7/28
Monday Night DanceBoys of BuncombeSteve Burnside guitar, Steve Trisman fiddle, Tall Paul Leech bassMichael Hamilton
Thursday
7/31
Old Farmers BallThe Gaslight TinkersDave Noonan , Garrett Sawyer , Peter Siegel , Zoe Darrow David Winstoncontra dance
Saturday
8/2
JonesboroughSpinning WheelKaren Gaughan piano, Nic Coker fiddleNick BouletClass for beginners at 7:00pm, dance 7:30-10:30pm
Saturday
8/2
Harvest MoonThe Gaslight TinkersDave Noonan , Garrett Sawyer , Peter Siegel , Zoe Darrow Rob HarperInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
8/3
OFB English Country DanceAtossa Kramer, Jane Weaver, Karen GaughanBob Thompson
Monday
8/4
Monday Night DanceJamie Laval & Roger GoldJamie Laval fiddle, Roger Gold guitarDiane Silver
Thursday
8/7
Old Farmers BallSwannanoa Gathering StaffMichael IsmeroBarn Dance - a mix of contras and squares
Friday
8/8
Harvest MoonThe Ivory BoysDavid DiGiuseppe , George Paul piano, Jim Roberts Janet ShepherdAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Saturday
8/9
Harvest MoonBoom ChuckLaurie Fisher , Nic Coker guitar, Ric Cooper bassBarbara GrohInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Monday
8/11
Monday Night DanceCeladorDavid Hayes guitar, Gretchen Caverly fiddleWarren Doyle
Thursday
8/14
Old Farmers BallBoom ChuckLaurie Fisher , Nic Coker guitar, Ric Cooper bassBeth Molarocontra dance
Friday
8/15
Greenville English Country Dance7:00-9:30, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 200 E Main St, Taylors, SC 29687
Saturday
8/16
JonesboroughBoom ChuckLaurie Fisher , Nic Coker guitar, Ric Cooper bassDiane SilverClass for beginners at 7:00pm, dance 7:30-10:30pm
Sunday
8/17
OFB English Country DanceLaurie Fisher, Nic Coker, Esther Holsen, Michael Garner, Karen GaughanAnneMarie Walter
Monday
8/18
Monday Night DanceEuphoria String BandBob Kogut , Kruger BrothersBeth Molaro
Thursday
8/21
Old Farmers BallBareKnuckle QuartetConnell Sanderson highland bagpipe, irish flute, penny whistle, David Polechko guitar, tenor banjo, fiddle, Laurie Fisher , Taylor Johnson bass, tablas
Friday
8/22
Harvest MoonThe Piedmont Mule ChasersAndy Brooks , Barb Massey , Becky Stovall , Don Massey Terry DoyleCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Monday
8/25
Monday Night DanceGold and LightLaura Light fiddle, Roger Gold guitarGregory Frock
Thursday
8/28
Old Farmers BallOpen BandDennis Merritt bassDiane SilverOpen Band led by Laura Lengnick and Karen Gaughan
Saturday
8/30
JonesboroughContrariansGary Reynolds , John Longwell , Paul Epstein , Will Carter Clinton Ross & Christi BothwellContrathon XVI Warm Up! at Jonesborough Visitors Center. RUSHFEST 11pm-1am at Serenity Knoll called by Emily Rush!
Saturday
8/30
Harvest MoonHot SonataArt Shuster mandolin, Karen Gaughan piano, Laura Lengnick fiddleAnneMarie WalterInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
8/31
JonesboroughContrariansAndy Park , John Longwell , Paul Epstein , Will Carter Emily Rush & Emily AbelContrathon XVI 12-hour dance 11:00am-11:00pm. Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll
Friday
9/5
Harvest MoonThe Stingrays and ContraforceRodney Miller, Max Newman, Stuart Kenney, Same Bartlett, Mark Hellenberg; Joey Dowart, Jimi Periano, Andrae RaffieldSteve Zakon-Anderson and Janet ShepherdMoonDance!! Table Rock State Park, pre-registration required at http://moondance2014.whindo.com/. Dancing Sep 5th-7th!
Sunday
9/7
OFB English Country DanceGeorge & Linda Schissler Bob Thompson
Friday
9/12
Harvest MoonVelocipedeBaron Collins-Hill mandolin, guitar, Julia Plumb fiddleDiane SilverAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Friday
9/19
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Saturday
9/20
Harvest MoonSkeeziksAlan Dillman, Joel McConnell, Terry Maluk, Wes MalukCharlotte CrittendenInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
9/21
OFB English Country DancePam Stoll, Nic Coker, Karen GaughanAnneMarie Walter
Friday
9/26
Harvest MoonAvant GardnersGeorge Paul piano, Laura Light fiddle, Loren Oppenheimer TablaCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Saturday
9/27
Harvest MoonAvant GardnersGeorge Paul piano, Laura Light fiddle, Loren Oppenheimer TablaInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Friday
10/3
Harvest MoonFree AssociationSteven Carlberg, Bob Kirkman, Bill PorterAndrea NettletonAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Saturday
10/4
Harvest MoonBareKnuckle QuartetLaurie Fisher, Taz Johnson, David Polechko, Connell SandersonInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Sunday
10/5
OFB English Country DancePaul Moore, George Schissler, Atossa KramerBob Thompson
Saturday
10/11
Harvest MoonDead Sea SquirrelsCathy Mason fiddle, Craig Edwards fiddle, banjo, mandolin and vocals, Henry Yoshimura guitarBrian HamsharInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Friday
10/24
Harvest MoonCity 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!
Sunday
10/26
OFB English Country DanceJulia Weatherford and Karen GaughanMyra Hirschberg and Tom Calwell
Friday
10/31
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Friday
11/7
Harvest MoonCeladorDavid Hayes guitar, Gretchen Caverly fiddleAdvanced Dance, Experienced Dancers Only - Not for Beginners or New Dancers. Dance: 8-11.
Saturday
11/8
Harvest MoonThe O'SchravesPat O'Gorman, Julie Schryer, Benoit Schryer Lefebvre, Zachary Schryer Lefebvre, Áine Schryer O’GormanTom Calwell & Myra HirschbergInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Saturday
11/15
Harvest MoonPete's PosseOliver Scanlon fiddle, mandolin, feet, Pete Sutherland fiddler, Tristan Henderson mandolin, banjo, foot percussion, vocalsSusan MarcusInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Friday
11/21
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Saturday
11/22
Harvest MoonInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
Friday
11/28
Harvest MoonWindmillLaurie Fisher , Steve Trisman fiddleCity Dance. Instruction Period: 7:30; Dance 8-11. Location: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors SC 29687
Saturday
12/6
Harvest MoonInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11
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
Friday
12/19
OFB Advanced DanceNot recommended for new dancers.
Saturday
12/20
Harvest MoonInstruction Period: 7:30, highly recommended for new dancers; Dance 8-11


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