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Register now for Splashdance! It’s Asheville’s all-volunteer dance weekend, Aug 23-25. Swim, dance, play tunes and get silly with your friends. On a lake, yet!

Larks and Ravens – what is this? in each pair of dancers, the Lark in on the Left, the Raven is on the Right.

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

Jun
24
Mon
The Gaslight Tinkers with Charlotte Crittenden at The Monday Night Dance
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jun
27
Thu
SteamShovel with Beth Molaro calling
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
SteamShovel with Beth Molaro calling

David White (fiddle), Roger Gold (guitar)

Jun
28
Fri
Contra – Landmark Hall
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

CHRIS LIAKOS & CLINTON ROSS with JONATHAN JANZEN

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

Jun
30
Sun
OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Jun 30 @ 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.

Jul
1
Mon
The Boys of Buncombe at The Monday Night Dance
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jul
4
Thu
Barn Dance (plus after hours Swing Dance) with SG Staff Musicians and Beth Molaro calling
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Barn Dance (plus after hours Swing Dance) with SG Staff Musicians and Beth Molaro calling

Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle/Banjo/Mando Week

Barn Dance – an evening of celebration with squares and contras. Music provided by three separate bands of SG staff musicians.

There will also be an after hours swing dance starting at 11 pm. Anyone who has paid for the regular dance is welcome to stay for the swing dance.

Jul
6
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jul 6 @ 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
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

BOOMCHUCK (Nic Coker, Laurie Fisher) with TAMARA McGOVERN

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

Jul
7
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Linda Schissler, pian.
Jul 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Linda Schissler, pian.

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)
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Callers Collective (Occasional 1st Sundays)

NO MEETINGS THIS SUMMER – SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!
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.

Jul
8
Mon
Spinning Wheel Karen Gaughan on keys, Laura Legnick on fiddle, and Nic Coker on guitar at The Monday Night Dance
Jul 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jul
11
Thu
The Long Pond Rounders with Quena Crain calling
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Long Pond Rounders with Quena Crain calling

Jonah Sidman (fiddle)
Corey Walters (flute, mandolin)
Michael Friedman (piano)
Ness Smith-Savedoff (percussion)

Jul
14
Sun
Family Dance
Jul 14 @ 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!
Jul 14 @ 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.

Jul
15
Mon
Monday Night Dance
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Jul
18
Thu
Ceili Dance with SG staff musicians and Siobhan Butler calling
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Ceili Dance with SG staff musicians and Siobhan Butler calling

Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week

Jul
20
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

AMY & BOB BUCKINGHAM with CHARLOTTE CRITTENDEN

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

Jul
21
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Julia Hartman, fiddle; George Schissler, concertina; Karen Gaughan, piano.
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Julia Hartman, fiddle; George Schissler, concertina; 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.

Community Waltz
Jul 21 @ 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.

Jul
22
Mon
Monday Night Dance
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm