Old Farmers Ball

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

Save the Date – New Year’s Eve – themes this year:  Decorations- “It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn”. Costumes- “Birds of a Feather”. It’s techno after Midnight !! Only $25 for a great night of fun! Buy Now

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Why become an OFB member?

  • Save $$:  Costs only $5.00 for the entire year and you save $1 on admission at each dance, including our Thursday night contra dance, as well as the Sunday English Country Dances.  It’s free money after only 5 dances.  You could even spend it on an OFB t-shirt. 
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Would you like to play or call at the Old Farmers Ball? Email Booking

Dec
5
Thu
Warren Wilson student band with Phil Jamison calling
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Dec
7
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

THE SUGAR BEES (Roger Gold, Laura Light, Julia Weatherford) with BARBARA GROH

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

Dec
8
Sun
Family Dance
Dec 8 @ 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!
Dec 8 @ 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.

Dec
9
Mon
The Dancing Bears with Barbara Groh calling at The Monday Night Dance
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Dec
12
Thu
Sugar High with Tamara McGovern calling
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sugar High with Tamara McGovern calling

Laura Light (fiddle)
Julia Weatherford (cello)
Paul Moore (keyboard)

Dec
15
Sun
ECD Festive End-of-Year Dance. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Leigh Siler, violin; Phoebe Propst, viola.
Dec 15 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Festive End-of-Year Dance. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Leigh Siler, violin; Phoebe Propst, viola.

Join us for our year-end Festive Dance celebrating another year of very fine English Country Dancing. We will begin the afternoon with waltzing beginning at 3:30. There will be no Beginners’ Session today, but beginners are welcome, as always.
3:30pm-4:00pm, Waltz

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
Dec 15 @ 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.

Dec
16
Mon
Annual Holiday Benefit Waltz at The Monday Night Dance
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Dec
19
Thu
Goosebone Prophets with Bob Green calling
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Goosebone Prophets with Bob Green calling

Laura Lengnick (fiddle)
Nic Coker (guitar)
Art Shuster (mandolin)

Dec
22
Sun
Roots Contra JAM!
Dec 22 @ 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!

Dec
23
Mon
(Tentative) The Crickets: Laura Light and Jared Kirkpatrick with Stephanie Marie calling at The Monday Night Dance
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Dec
26
Thu
Redbud Ramblers with AnneMarie Walter calling
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Redbud Ramblers with AnneMarie Walter calling

David White (fiddle)
Wes Maluk (banjo)

Dec
30
Mon
Monday Night Dance
Dec 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Dec
31
Tue
New Year’s Eve Dance – DaRo Street with Beth Molaro calling @ Bryson Gym
Dec 31 2019 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2020 @ 1:00 am
New Year’s Eve Dance – DaRo Street with Beth Molaro calling @ Bryson Gym

Decorations – It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn
Costumes – Birds of a Feather

Lots of snacks

David DiGiuseppe (accordion)
Roger Gold (guitar)
Steve Kemble (percussion)

Techno Contra after midnight !!! Jesse Edgerton calling with sound by Ethan Hummel

Jan
2
Thu
Open Band led by Laura Lengnick and Karen Gaughan with Diane Silver calling
Jan 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jan
4
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jan 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

TBA with TBA

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

Jan
9
Thu
Windmill with AnneMarie Walter calling
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Windmill with AnneMarie Walter calling

Steve Trisman (fiddle)
Laurie Fisher (keyboard)

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

JWALK (Jared Kirkpatrick, Jakob Raitzyk) with BETH MOLARO

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

Jan
16
Thu
Happy Feet with Beth Molaro calling
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Happy Feet with Beth Molaro calling

Kelsey Wells (fiddle)
George Paul (keyboard)