Old Farmers Ball

These cows are smiling for a reason – Come dance with us!

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Apr
22
Mon
Corn In The Mornin w/David Winston calling @ The Monday Night Dance
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Apr
25
Thu
Warren Wilson Student band with Phil Jamison calling
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Apr
26
Fri
Contra – Landmark Hall
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

AMY & BOB BUCKINGHAM with JOYCE ROSSBACH

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

Apr
28
Sun
OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Apr 28 @ 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!
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra JAM!

Every 4th Sunday come out to the Harvest House for Asheville’s only traditional dance music jam hosted by contra dance fiddler Laura Lengnick. Share some of your favorite tunes and learn some new ones at this gathering devoted to celebrating the art of playing the traditional dance music of New England, French Canada, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Beginners are welcome, but this jam is for musicians that can play at dance tempos. Listeners are welcome to join us!

Apr
29
Mon
George Paul and Cailen Campbell with Terry Doyle calling @ MND
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
May
2
Thu
Playing with Fyre with Terry Doyle calling
May 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Playing with Fyre with Terry Doyle calling

George Paul (keyboard), Rob Zisette (fiddle)

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

AUDREY KNUTH & LARRY UNGER with JACQUI GRENNAN

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

May
5
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Jovial Beggars: Laurie Fisher, Nic Coker, Michael Garner, Esther Holsen, Karen Gaughan
May 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Jovial Beggars: Laurie Fisher, Nic Coker, Michael Garner, Esther Holsen, Karen Gaughan

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

Callers Collective (Occasional 1st Sundays)
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Callers Collective (Occasional 1st Sundays)

The Callers Collective hosts a gathering for callers on occasional first Sundays of the month from 6-8 pm. This month’s leader is Diane Silver. The collective provides opportunities and guidance for experienced and developing dance callers to share resources and practice together. We welcome anyone who would like to learn to call, work on their calling skills, practice new material or just “talk shop” about calling for dances.

May
6
Mon
Audrey Knuth and Larry Unger with Jacqui Grennan calling
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
May
9
Thu
Free Raisins with Beth Molaro calling
May 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Free Raisins with Beth Molaro calling

Audrey Knuth (fiddle), Jeff Kaufman (mandolin, brass, feet), Amy Englesberg (piano, accordion)

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

A community dance especially aimed at families with school-aged children. 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 6-12. (Younger kids may need a little more parental support, but will still have fun).

All dances are taught and called; no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but adults do NOT need to be accompanied by a child. It’s great fun to dance with children and watch the wonder unfold.

Also, the Family Dance is open band, so if you play contra dance music, come on out. We encourage youngsters who play an instrument to give it a try as well. Energetic, wholesome, high quality, home-made entertainment.

Roots Contra!
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra!

Roots is the OFB’s monthly dance celebrating the New England roots of contra dancing. What’s different about Roots? Think small, sweet dance hall, traditional acoustic dance music, and a house band and caller that know how to make contra dance magic by keeping it close to the floor! Laura Lengnick and Karen Gaughan start warming things up a little before 7 pm with a few couples dances and then Diane Silver calls contra dances old and new to the fabulous New England tunes that have inspired generations of dancers. This dance is free of charge.

May
13
Mon
Noah Van Norstrand woth Amy Englesberg(of the Free Rasins) with Beth Molaro calling @ The Monday Night Dance
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
May
16
Thu
Redbud Ramblers with AnneMarie Walter calling
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Redbud Ramblers with AnneMarie Walter calling

David White (fiddle), Wes Maluk (banjo)

May
18
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

WHISTLIN RUFUS (Peter Jenkins, Cindy Olsen, Doug Olsen, Ann Whitley Singleton) with DOUG SINGLETON

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

May
19
Sun
ECD Venue Change. AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle & concertina; Michael Garner, fiddle; Esther Holsen, recorder; Linda Schissler, piano.
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Venue Change. AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle & concertina; Michael Garner, fiddle; Esther Holsen, recorder; Linda Schissler, piano.

Today we are dancing at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St. Asheville, 28801. The Entrance to the Fellowship Hall faces Evelyn Alley. Parking is on Charlotte St. and also on Evelyn Place across the street from the church.
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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Community Waltz
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Waltz

Come dance with friends and work on your waltz moves. Or, come play waltz tunes with the open waltz band. We are refining skills as both waltzers and musicians. All levels are welcome. Enjoy learning from each other in an informal setting. Live music as available; recorded music as needed. Doors open at 6:45 for the band to gather. Led by Suzanne Hosch.

May
20
Mon
Holly Ross Band with Terry Doyle calling @ The Monday Night Dance
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm