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.
  • Be in the know: Have OFB information delivered conveniently to your email doorstep in our newsletter.
  • It’s the cool thing to do. Buy Now

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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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

Jan
25
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge
COUNTERCURRENT (Brian Lindsay, Alex Sturbaum) with JENNIE WAKEFIELD Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!
Jan
26
Sun
Family Dance
Jan 26 @ 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 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
Jan 26 @ 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.

Community Waltz
Jan 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.

Jan
27
Mon
Countercurrent with David Winston calling at The Monday Night Dance
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 28 @ 9:45 pm
Jan
30
Thu
Gold-n-Light with Jesse Edgerton leading open calling
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Gold-n-Light with Jesse Edgerton leading open calling

Roger Gold (guitar)
Laura Light (fiddle)

Feb
1
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

Nic Coker, Haakon Oyen, Art Shuster with DIANE SILVER

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

Feb
2
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Leigh Siler, violin.
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Leigh Siler, violin.

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.

Feb
3
Mon
The Ruglifters: Leo Shannon-fiddle (WW student), John Herrmann-banjo and Meredith McIntosh-guitar at The Monday Night Dance
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Feb
6
Thu
Hot Coffee Breakdown with Doug Singleton calling
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hot Coffee Breakdown with Doug Singleton calling

Tom Cunningham (fiddle)
Kate Sanders (piano)
Luis deLeon (percussion)

Feb
7
Fri
ECD Midwinter Dance Weekend
Feb 7 – Feb 9 all-day
ECD Midwinter Dance Weekend

The Fourth Annual English Country Dance Weekend is happening Feb. 7 – Feb. 9, 2020! Check the website for all the details. Registration is almost full, so get on board now!

Joanna Reiner Wilkinson, Weekend Leader.
Foxfire, Music (Daron Douglass, fiddle; Karen Alexrod, piano.)

Feb
8
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

HOT COFFEE BREAKDOWN (Tom Cunningham, Luis DeLeon, Kate Sanders) with DOUG SINGLETON

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

Contra – River Falls Lodge
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

TBA with TBA

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

Feb
9
Sun
English Country Dance music session
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
English Country Dance music session

All instruments and skill levels are welcome to come play tunes. We’ll be learning some popular tunes from the Elizabethan period to Jane Austen times to modern times. Let’s share our resources and skills and have fun learning these beautiful tunes. Please bring ECD music if you have it. If not we can share. Led by Linda Hunt.

Feb
10
Mon
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Feb
13
Thu
Asheville Front Porchestra led by Laura Light with Myra Hirschberg and Tom Caldwell calling
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Asheville Front Porchestra led by Laura Light with Myra Hirschberg and Tom Caldwell calling

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

Feb
15
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

BIG EYED RABBIT (Marion Boatwright, Briggs Hamilton, Barb Massey, Don Massey) with JACK MITCHELL

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

Feb
16
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: The Collier’s Cousins (Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Leigh Siler, violin; Phoebe Probst, viola.
Feb 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: The Collier's Cousins (Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Leigh Siler, violin; Phoebe Probst, 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.

Feb
17
Mon
Laura Light and Friends at The Monday Night Dance
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Feb
20
Thu
Lagomorph Quartet with David Winston calling
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Lagomorph Quartet with David Winston calling

Eli Howells (fiddle)
Alan Best (mandolin)
Kiah Wells (guitar)
Aosha Wells (bass)