Old Farmers Ball

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

COVID-19 Update – March 27, 2020

For the health of our entire community, weekly Thursday night contra dances are suspended by Warren Wilson College, until June 30th, unless COVID-19 restrictions can be lifted safely. Please read the heartfelt message from Liz Brace at WW, included in this post.

Stay safe, stay home, big hugs.Cathy and entire OFB Board.

From Liz: As you may have heard, the college sent students home last week to finish out the semester, online, making for a lot of very sad seniors as commencement has been cancelled, as well. The college has since made the decision to close campus to outside groups through June 30, which, sadly, impacts many of our summer guests and dancers. While they haven’t shut the door completely to events should conditions change. I’ll keep you posted at we move forward.All the best,Liz

OFFICIAL – March 12, 2020: Our weekly Thursday night OFB contra dances are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. Please share this information widely, take care and we will let you know when the dances will resume.

OFFICIAL – March 13, 2020: English Country Dances are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns.

Thanks for your understanding during this challenging time.

All event community calendar: Please check the menu for specific dance events and locations. We list regional dance events as a service to the community. Only those events with an OFB tag are our events and are sponsored by us.

We all want our events to feel safe and welcoming for everyone.  Click here for info on cultural norms, guidelines, and expectations for etiquette and behavior, and complaint procedures

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Magic is waiting for you at CDSS’s summer dance, music, and song camps! Through nine weeks of camp at four camp locations across the U.S., the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) offers a variety of programming for adults and families. Whether you’re a beginning fiddler or a professional bagpiper, a brand-new contra dancer or a seasoned morris squire, there’s a place for you at a CDSS camp week.  Lots of details here, including information on scholarships.  Plan now for a week of joy this summer.

Check out our updated activities for 2020 on the Harvest House page.

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

Mar
22
Sun
OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Mar 22 2020 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 28 2021 @ 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.
Mar
27
Fri
Contra Dance – Landmark Hall
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra Dance - Landmark Hall

CANCELLED!!

Mar
30
Mon
Atlantic Crossing and Brian Hamshar calling at The Monday Night Dance
Mar 30 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Apr
4
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

CANCELED!!

Apr
5
Sun
ECD CANCELLED until further notice.
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Apr
6
Mon
The McKenzies with Ken Gall calling at The Monday Night Dance 7:30-9-45pm
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Apr
13
Mon
Good and Plenty with Diane Silver calling at The Monday Night Dance
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Apr
18
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Apr 18 @ 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
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS Cathy Mason, Craig Edwards, Henry Yoshimura) with BETH MOLARO

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

Apr
19
Sun
ECD CANCELLED until further notice
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Apr
20
Mon
The Boys of Buncombe at The Monday Night Dance
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Apr
24
Fri
Contra Dance – Landmark Hall
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra Dance - Landmark Hall

BOB BUCKINGHAM AND FRED STOLL with TBA

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

Apr
26
Sun
Family Dance
Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 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 more parental support, but are welcome and will have fun. All dances are taught and called, no experience is needed and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an a
dult, but adults can come without a child!! The family dance band is an open band, so if you play contra dance music, come and play! Youngstes who play an instrument are encouraged to give playing a try!

OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Apr 26 2020 @ 4:00 pm – May 2 2021 @ 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.

Community Waltz
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Waltz

A community waltz welcoming both dancers and musicians to participate. We are refining skills together both as dancers and waltz musicians. Music is available.

Apr
27
Mon
Kelsey Wells and Noah Van Norstrand (fiddle, guitar, feet, and fiddle, fiddle, feet) with Kalia Kliban calling at The Monday Night Dance
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
May
2
Sat
WALTZ WORKSHOP!
May 2 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
WALTZ WORKSHOP!

CANCELED!!

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

T.B.A. with T.B.A.

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

May
3
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle/concertina; Linda Schissler, piano.
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle/concertina; Linda Schissler, piano.

3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack from time to time to share at the break; fragrance-free dance.

May
4
Mon
Piper Jones: Frances Cunningham on bouzouki and EJ Jones on flute and bagpipes. with special guest Cailen Campbell and Rodney Sutton calling at The Monay Night Dance
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm