OFB Harvest House

The Old Farmer’s Ball continues our series of Sunday community dance and music events at the Harvest House Recreational Center in 2019!

All Harvest House events are FREE and open to the public. The Harvest House is located at 205 Kenilworth Road in Asheville.

1st Sundays Callers Collective 6:00-8:00 pm.  The Callers Collective at the Harvest House hosts a gathering for callers on occasional first Sundays of the month from 6-8 pm. Led by caller Beth Molaro, the callers 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 or work on their calling skills, practice new material or just “talk shop” about calling for dances. Check the OFB calendar to see when the Collective meets next.

2nd Sundays Family Dance 3:00-5:00 pm.  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.
More details here.

2nd Sundays Roots Contra! 7:00-9:00 pm.  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! Every 2nd Sunday of the month, Laura Lengnick and Karen Gaughan start warming things up a little before 7 pm with a few couples dances.  From 7 to 9 pm, Diane Silver calls contra dances old and new to the fabulous New England tunes that have inspired generations of dancers.

3rd Sundays Community Waltz 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  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.

4th Sundays Roots Contra Jam! 7 to 9 pm.  Calling all musicians to Asheville’s only traditional New England contra dance jam!  We play mostly traditional fiddle tunes from New England, French Canada, Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia at this gathering devoted to celebrating the art of playing for New England social dance.  Join us if you want to learn some new dance playing tips and play traditional dance tunes for contra, square, circle, and play party dances as well as waltz, hambo, schottis and polka.  Fiddler Laura Lengnick leads this jam, joined by special invited guests from time to time. Beginners are welcome to join us, but this jam is for musicians that can play at dance tempos. Listeners welcome!

Dec
15
Sun
Community Waltz
Dec 15 @ 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.
Dec
22
Sun
Roots Contra JAM!
Dec 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!