Old Farmers Ball

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

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

Sep
19
Thu
Deep Valley Drifters with Diane Silver calling
Sep 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Deep Valley Drifters with Diane Silver calling
Ted Ehrhard (fiddle, accordion) Laura Light (fiddle) Paul Moore (keyboard, banjo)
Sep
21
Sat
Jonesborough Contra @ Serenity Knoll
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jonesborough Contra @ Serenity Knoll

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday September 21, 2019 at Serenity Knoll Farm, 542 Bacon Branch Road, Jonesborough, TN 37659.

We welcome back caller Stephanie Marie with local band Unbalanced.

Beginners lesson at 7pm. Dance 7:30-10:30pm

Admission $7, $5 for students and children

Contra – River Falls Lodge
Sep 21 @ 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
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

DEEP VALLEY DRIFTERS (Ted Ehrhard, Laura Light, Paul Moore) with DAVID WINSTON
Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Sep
22
Sun
OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Sep 22 @ 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!
Sep 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!

Sep
23
Mon
Deep Valley Drifters: Ted Erhard on fuddle and accordian, Laura Light on fiddle, and Paul Moore on keys with Diane Silver Calling
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Sep
26
Thu
Speaking in Tunes with Tavi Merrill calling
Sep 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Speaking in Tunes with Tavi Merrill calling

David White (fiddle)
David Heath (guitar)
Rich Pettus (banjo)
Martha Nelson (bass)

Sep
27
Fri
Contra – Landmark Hall
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

FLYING THE TUNE (June Advincula, Lew Gelfond) with BETH MOLARO

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

Contra – Landmark Hall
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

TBA with TBA

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

Sep
30
Mon
Windmill with David “Tavi” Merril calling at The Monday Night Dance
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Oct
3
Thu
Open Band led by Laura Lengnick and Karen Gaughan with Charlotte Crittenden calling
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Oct
5
Sat
Jonesborough Contra & Contra 101 Workshop
Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jonesborough Contra & Contra 101 Workshop

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold an afternoon contra dance workshop for beginners followed by a dance on Saturday October 5, 2019 at Serenity Knoll Farm, 542 Bacon Branch Road, Jonesborough, TN 37659.

The workshop led by caller Warren Doyle will bring the rank beginner all the way to contra dance excitement and skill. This workshop is FREE and open to all. The class will run from 4:00pm-6:00pm. PLease arrive by 3:45pm to check in and be ready on the floor.

The workshop will be followed by an optional Pizza and Salad dinner with a suggested contribution of $5. The staff at Serenity Knoll Cooking school with prepare wood fired pizza and salad from the farm. The dinner starts at 6pm.

The contra dance will follow at 7:30pm with an additional beginners lesson by Warren Doyle. The guest band is Playing with Fyre (Rob and George).

Admission to the dance $7, $5 for full time students and children

All dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free.

Contra – River Falls Lodge
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

THE P, B & J STRING BAND (Jenny Monfore, Brett Riggs, Pan Riggs) with CHARLOTTE CRITTENDEN

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

Oct
6
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Leigh Siler, fiddle; Phoebe Probst, viola; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, piano.
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Leigh Siler, fiddle; Phoebe Probst, viola; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, 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)
Oct 6 @ 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.

Oct
7
Mon
Laura Light and Friends with Charlotte Crttenden calling at The Monday Night Dance
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Oct
10
Thu
Potent Brew with Bob Isaacs calling
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Potent Brew with Bob Isaacs calling

Ben Schreiber (fiddle)
George Paul (piano)
Steve Kemble (percussion)

Oct
11
Fri
Mountain Madness 2019
Oct 11 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm
Mountain Madness 2019

Come to Jonesborough to dance to the Music of Buddy System and Drive Train at Mountain Madness 2019. Dances at the Jonesborough Visitors Center and Serenity Knoll Farm. The callers are Bob Isaacs and Terry Doyle. Please register at mountainmadness2019.eventbrite.com

Oct
12
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

HOT SONATA (BRUCE BLACK, KAREN GAUGHIN, LAURA LENGNICK, ART SHUSTER) with CHARLEY HARVEY

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