Calendar

Jul
18
Thu
Ceili Dance (not a contra dance) with Swannanoa Gathering staff musicians and Siobhan Butler calling
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Ceili Dance (not a contra dance) with Swannanoa Gathering 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

TBA with TBA

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

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 Luanne Stiles & John Lam, Leaders; Julia Hartman, fiddle; George Schissler, concertina; Karen Gaughan, piano.
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Luanne Stiles & John Lam, Leaders; 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
Jul
25
Thu
Mountain Square Dance (not a contra dance) with Swannanoa Gathering staff musicians and Phil Jamison calling
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mountain Square Dance (not a contra dance) with Swannanoa Gathering staff musicians and Phil Jamison calling

Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week

Jul
26
Fri
Contra – Landmark Hall
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

BOB BUCKINGHAM & FRED STOLL with KYLE JOHNSTON

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

Jul
28
Sun
OFB Board meeting @ Harvest House
Jul 28 @ 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!
Jul 28 @ 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!

Jul
29
Mon
Monday Night Dance
Jul 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Aug
1
Thu
Open Band led by Laurie Fisher and Nic Coker with Barbara Groh calling
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Aug
3
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

BOYS OF BUNCOMBE (Steve Burnside, Jeff Hersk, Steve Trisman) with ANNEMARIE WALTER

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

Aug
4
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Meredith Doster, flute; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, piano.
Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music:  Meredith Doster, flute; 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)
Aug 4 @ 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.

Aug
5
Mon
Spinning Wheel: Karen Gaughan on keys, Art Schuster on Mandolin, and Nic Coker on guitar at The Monday Night Dance
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Aug
8
Thu
Playing with Fyre with Charlotte Crittenden calling
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Playing with Fyre with Charlotte Crittenden calling

George Paul (piano)
Rob Zisette (fiddle)
David DiGiuseppe (accordion)
Steve Kimble (percussion)

Aug
11
Sun
Family Dance
Aug 11 @ 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!
Aug 11 @ 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.

Aug
12
Mon
Monday Night Dance
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm