Old Farmers Ball

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

It’s Halloween on the 31st – Come dressed up!

Save the Date – New Year’s Eve – themes this year:  Decorations – “It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn”. Costumes – “Birds of a Feather”.

Join/Renew your OFB Membership for 2020 during our September membership campaign 

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. 
  • Voting: You will be eligible to vote at the annual meeting plus enjoy tasty food and drink and lively conversation at this community event.
  • Board: Serve on the OFB Board and shape the future of our dance.
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Larks and Ravens – what is this? in each pair of dancers, the Lark in on the Left, the Raven is on the Right.

Check out our new activities on the Harvest House page.

Would you like to play or call at the Old Farmers Ball? Email Booking

Oct
24
Thu
Crooked Pine Band with Warren Doyle calling
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Crooked Pine Band with Warren Doyle calling
Marion Boatwright (fiddle) Frank McConnell (guitar) Troy Harrison (banjo) Craig Bannerman (bass)
Oct
25
Fri
Contra – Landmark Hall
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

TBA with TBA

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

Contra – Landmark Hall
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

HEY FOR FOUR (Lucy Allen, Marshall Goers, Fred Stoll, Pam Stoll) with JENNIE WAKEFIELD

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

Oct
26
Sat
MONSTER MASH
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 am
MONSTER MASH

Cailen Campbell and George Paul with Tamara McGovern

Wear your Halloween finest to this special dance: potluck at 6:30 – bring a dish to share! dance 8-12 – costume parade and prizes at the break. Dance $10

Oct
27
Sun
OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Oct 27 @ 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!
Oct 27 @ 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!

Oct
28
Mon
Boom Chuck with Jesse Edgerton calling at The Monday Night Halloween Dance and Costume Party
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Oct
31
Thu
Asheville Community Band – Front Porchestra led by Laura Light with Open Calling led by Diane Silver (costumes encouraged)
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Asheville Community Band - Front Porchestra led by Laura Light with Open Calling led by Diane Silver (costumes encouraged)

Happy Halloween! Costumes are welcomed and encouraged!

Come Dance to Asheville’s Community Band – Front Porchestra with Open Calling led by Diane Silver. Front Porchestra is led by Laura Light and rehearses on Wednesday evenings. They welcome all musicians to join them any time.

Nov
2
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Nov 2 @ 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
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

CONTRAFORCE (Joey Dorwart, Karin McQuade, Jimi Peirano, Andrae Raffield) with DIANE SILVER

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

Nov
3
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Nora Garver, fiddle; Julia Weatherford, cello; Karen Gaughan, piano.
Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Nora Garver, fiddle; Julia Weatherford, cello; Karen Gaughan, piano.

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)
Nov 3 @ 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. Led by caller Beth Molaro, 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.

Nov
4
Mon
George Paul and Cailen Campbell with Terry Doyle calling at The Monday Night Dance
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Nov
7
Thu
Old Reliables with Beth Molaro calling
Nov 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Old Reliables with Beth Molaro calling

Emily Schaad (fiddle)
Jenny Monfore (fiddle)
Larry Unger (guitar, banjo)
Meredith McIntosh (bass)

Nov
10
Sun
Family Dance
Nov 10 @ 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!
Nov 10 @ 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.

Nov
11
Mon
Larry Unger and Jenny Monfore at The Monday Night Dance
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Nov
14
Thu
Spinning Wheel with Jesse Edgerton calling
Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Spinning Wheel with Jesse Edgerton calling

Nic Coker (fiddle)
Karen Gaughan (keyboard)
Art Shuster (mandolin)

Nov
16
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

THE OLD RELIABLES (Jenny Monfore & Larry Unger) with REBECCA VICKERS

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

Nov
17
Sun
ECD Myra Hirschberg & Tom Calwell, Leaders; Music: Tossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Leigh Siler, violin; Phoebe Propst, viola.
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Myra Hirschberg & Tom Calwell, Leaders; Music: Tossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Leigh Siler, violin; Phoebe Propst, viola.

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.