Reel Shady with Dean Snipes calling

If you missed going to Feet Retreat for any reason, you’ll be glad to at last get back on the dance floor this Tuesday, September 19 at the Clemmons Civic Club, the place of friendly dancers!  And if you enjoyed Feet Retreat but are now coming off the high, re-energize here at your local dance where new people need you to help them get started and where the dancing is always fun and often hilarious.

We’ll thrill to the sounds of the well known regional band, Reel Shady as they provide their own energetic interpretation of Scottish, Celtic and traditional tunes!  Reel Shady has been providing listeners with this finely detailed, tight sound at venues in the area’s venues for many years, adding fresh new interpretations at each dance!  They blend their many talents, experience and instruments in a way that makes dancing to the music easy and fun.

Also, to add to the evening’s fun, is a caller we all love, Dean Snipes, the original “mighty fine” caller who engages us with his humor and wit as he clearly teaches the lesson and calls the dances. Spontaneous hilarity breaks out at times as Dean corrals we  sometimes inattentive dancers as we socialize and talk. It is humorous when we accidentally mess up during the dance and Dean has to get us back in line. That’s why contra is some much fun – its something we can do and not have to worry about doing right, enjoying  the freedom to make mistakes, knowing that no one cares!

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

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Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

FEET RETREAT DANCE WEEKEND at beautiful Camp Millstone

The fun is beginning soon as 185 people  converge on Camp Millstone to participate in one of the year’s best loved and thrilling dance retreat weekends!

Its  FEET RETREAT!!  September 15-17,  our 36th year!  Please support the continuation of Feet Retreat and Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers by registering and coming to enjoy this extraordinary dance and workshop filled event!  You may Register at the gate or door.
Full plans with meals are no longer available now that meal plans are locked in, but cabin and camping spaces are available!

Eager dancers from around the country have already reserved their place by  registering  for this premium event but we welcome more to join us.  For the price of a hotel that Florida evacuees might pay, you get lodging, exceptional food, fascinating workshops and activities, multiple dances, music by exceptional bands  and leisure time for boating and hiking in a naturalistic setting! Tell your friends you are going and you look forward to seeing them there!

No Irma here, not that a little hurricane would ever dampen the spirits of a dedicated dancer anyway! We can just expect the usual  weather for the event and it is looking good!

Full Weekend Schedule
for those who can only come for part of the weekend activities and want to choose which ones to attend, here is the full schedule for the 3 days of Feet Retreat:

2017 Feet Retreat Event Schedule

Walk-ins for individual dances or workshops will be welcome and you may register in person for partial plans. (without meals)
Download forms and bring with you with cash or check
  Feet Retreat 2017 Registration Forms

 BTW, regrettably  the tee shirt option had to be canceled this year.  We are sorry.  (You will be refunded at FEET RETREAT if you ordered)
However the button team, Mark and Cassidy, will be there to make your FREE button as a memento of all the fun you’re going to have at the weekend!

Our professional Chef, Jay Christmas from Durham NC, returns as master Chef for the weekend. He and his team created amazingly good food to feast on over the weekend last year preparing a delicious menu, again with a vegetarian option (check omnivore or vegetarian on the registration form)

Our sound man this year is Jaime Platt of Dancing Planet Productions, one who provides sound for many of the major dance weekends.

The band members are some of the finest, playing in many of the major dance weekends and in some of the best popular contra dance bands around! It is impossible to imagine the music this caliber of collaborating musicians will make!

Andrew, Anna & Aaron composed of:
Andrew VanNorstrand of Great Bear Trio
Anna Patton of Elixir
Aaron Marcus of Frost and Fire

Buddy System composed of:
Noah VanNorstrand of Great Bear Trio
Julie Vallimont of Nor’easter

Well known callers, Gaye Fifer and Charlotte Crittenden lead most of the contras. They and others help lead workshops and activities.

There are many interesting, useful and fun workshops and activities going on during the weekend so choose your favorites throughout the day.

Activities!
Contra & Squares, Yoga, Singing, Rushfest, Contra Madness, Hiking, Boating, Swimming, Camping
Fun and interesting Workshops!
Waltz, Swing, Musician’s Workshop, English Country Dance, Caller’s Workshop

Camp Millstone is a well-maintained 4-H Camp in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, near the town of Ellerbe, between Pinehurst and Rockingham. It is ideal for a high-energy dance weekend, situated on 320 acres with 14 spacious cabins and lots of room for tent campers. Much of the camp property is wooded, deciduous and long-leaf pine, with a picturesque lake right in the middle. There is a quite large dining hall adjoining a professional kitchen, perfect for community meals. As many of you recall, we happily danced at Camp Sertoma near Winston-Salem for many years, but the state closed that camp in 2013 so we have relocated to Millstone, a top notch facility run by the same director who ran Sertoma for many years. We are very excited to have the opportunity to dance in this excellent facility, and we think you will share our excitement.
in the lovely Sandhills region of North Carolina.

Come out and enjoy it with us, you’ll be glad you did!

The Ones Improper with Cynthia Stewart calling

Don’t just stand around listening to folk music this weekend! Here is your opportunity to experience it in a deeper way through easy to learn community type dancing, something that people have been doing together for hundreds of years. Experience traditional American, French Canadian and Celtic music while learning to contra dance on the fly!  You’ll enjoy the pleasure of being immersed in the high energy music and dance before you know it! So come, be energized, let loose and have some fun interacting in a positive way with others!

Get your Feet Retreat Dance Weekend feet in shape for dancing before that annual extraordinary dance weekend which comes up the following weekend, Sept 15-16! Come to the Guilford Grange in Greensboro on this Saturday, September 9 when we welcome The Ones Improper, which is a 5 to 7 piece band that blends their multiple instruments into an exciting varying soundscape that will please the ear as well as the feet!

The Ones Improper, made up of musical artists from many backgrounds including recording, touring, musical theater, worship, jazz band and others, has been playing at contra dances, English country dances, banquets, and farmer’s market and other events together for several years now.

Long time experienced contra dancer and now, caller, Cynthia Stewart leads the evening’s dancing adventure! Always fun and humble, we always enjoy her calling and dances.

School Construction and PARKING
I believe the parking situation is much improved!

GENERAL INFO
– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $10 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5).
Free Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 11:00 pm

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers wesite:
www.feetretreat.com

Fiddle & Bow Contra Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Location: Guilford Grange Hall. 4909 Guilford School Rd, Greensboro, NC.
*Note – Despite what internet mapping sites may show, Guilford School Rd is NOT accessible from Guilford College Rd.

Directions: Traveling in either direction on I-40, take Exit 213 (Guilford College Rd). At the end of the ramp, turn right and continue about a mile until you cross railroad tracks at West Market Street. In 100 more feet, turn left onto Lindley Rd. Go 4 tenths mi., then turn right onto Guilford School Rd. The Grange is the last building on the right.

 

 

Eileen Regan, Julie Gorka with Emily Abel calling

DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL – this dance will be held at CLEMMONS CIVIC CLUB (instead of Salem College).  If driving a distance to dance, its always a good idea to check for any last minute changes! Yes?
The same  Salem faculty and student discounts will still apply so come on out and dance!
Salem College Contra Collaborators
kicks off the fall season appropriately with an all woman team beginning with a Salem Alumna, Emily Abel,  calling the dances, but remember, the dance will be held at Clemmons Civic Club.  

Emily fell in love with contra dancing while a student at Salem. After attending many dances and going to a few fabulous dance weekends like our own FEET RETREAT,  she was drawn to the art of calling dances, that is, teaching each dance and calling out the moves as people walked patterns to the music. Since graduating she has traveled extensively, calling dances all up and down the east coast while enjoyed the fellowship of other callers, band members and all the many people who just love contra dancing.

At this dance we have two amazing players playing live, high energy music: Eileen Reagan of Big Celtic Fun band and Julie Gorka of Copious Notes!   Big Celtic Fun has played for contra dances and festivals and all kinds of private events, and features driving traditional instrumentals featuring Eileen’s fiddle playing.

Next is Julie Gorka, a musician with a wide range of musical interests. She plays with many local musicians in the Triangle area and in the Washington DC area, including Copious Notes (with Mara Shea).  Julie has a degree in piano performance and will be playing keyboard at this dance. So, expect some great music to contra dance by!

Anyone can contra dance. No partner necessary, no experience necessary. New people join in all the time. We all work together and help one another out as we have fun and try new things.

Salem students and faculty are privileged to get into the dance for only  $3 !
Regular admission is now $9 while other students 23 and under come in for $6
Members enjoy a discounted admission of $8 and member students $5

– No partner necessary, no experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance 
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– “Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares!”
– Treat one another with care and respect

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Location:
Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

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Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

ICE CREAME SOCIAL 6:30 -Tune Rider-Dean Snipes Calling

First a word from our sponsor: “Note the new rates below which began in July”

Ice Cream Social!! Our 3rd and final dance in August will be the delicious annual tradition of the summer Grange dances!

We will converge on the Guilford Grange at Greensboro with ice chests and ice cream makers full of our favorite cool cow confections at 6:30pm to enjoy together. Obviously we all don’t need to bring some in order to have plenty but if you’d like to, please do. A few toppings you bring will crown our efforts with tasty additions.

This is a great time to bring guests who have never danced at any of our dances before or, maybe have never even contra danced at all, because they can get into this particular dance for FREE! The Treasurer said so and I believe him!

After an hour of fine fellowship over frozen food we’ll find ourselves on the floor doing the beginners lesson at 7:30. At 8 everyone will find random partners and begin dancing to the music of the fantastic band, Tunerider! These two expert contra dance musicians have got some really great tune sets that will propel us into dancing paradise!

Having the well known “mighty fine” dance caller, Dean Snipes, from the Charlotte area up to teach and call each dance from his collection, with style and humor, will make the evening even more special and enjoyable! Yep going to be a mighty fine evening all around!

School Construction and PARKING
Because the school is under construction we suggest some people park on the curb along Lea Ray Drive. Leaving the Grange, turn right on Lindley Road then immediate left on Lea Ray, a residential street. Please do not block driveways or fire hydrants, etc. No parking at the nearby church please.
Also, to park at The Grange, follow special instructions on signs. And, you can park in the old school parking lot down on the right which is farthest from the Grange.

GENERAL INFO
– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $10 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5).
Free Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 11:00 pm

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers
www.feetretreat.com

Fiddle & Bow Contra Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Location: Guilford Grange Hall. 4909 Guilford School Rd, Greensboro, NC.
*Note – Despite what internet mapping sites may show, Guilford School Rd is NOT accessible from Guilford College Rd.

Directions: Traveling in either direction on I-40, take Exit 213 (Guilford College Rd). At the end of the ramp, turn right and continue about a mile until you cross railroad tracks at West Market Street. In 100 more feet, turn left onto Lindley Rd. Go 4 tenths mi., then turn right onto Guilford School Rd. The Grange is the last building on the right.

 

 

 

High Country Rollers, Stephanie Marie of Charlotte Calling

NOTE THE CHANGED ADMISSION RATES (below) THAT BEGAN JULY 1
and the changed schedule which is somewhat variable on Tuesdays.
www.FeetRetreat.com for schedule and details.

We had such a great time last Tuesday with 3 lines of dancers of all sizes, ages and abilities making it a funtastic evening! Ready to do it again? You can, when on Tuesday, August 15 at Clemmons we have a band that is new to us, the High Country Rollers! We eagerly anticipate dancing to the music of this four piece band!

Let me introduce the band coming this Tuesday, August 15::
Kilby Spencer is from Crumpler NC and has been playing old-time music on fiddle for most of his life.
Kelley Breiding, a NC native an award-winning banjo player, propels the band’s sound with her rhythmic clawhammer style banjo.
Rick Davidson, from Lewisville NC, is a multi-instrumental award-winning string band musician.
Joanne Davidson, from Lewisville NC, is an accomplished upright bass and guitar player.

Someone who is familiar to us will come from Charlotte. The capable and kind Stephanie Marie will be the caller for the evening bringing her favorite dances with lots of fun for us all!

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares.
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time!

Our new rates do more towards covering the cost of the great bands and callers!
General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

COOKOUT before Ricochet with Brian Hamshar Calling – from VA

Special Event – 5:30 pm COOKOUT/POTLUCK  BEFORE THE DANCE!
The Clemmons dance will have their very own cookout on August 8 at 5:30 for all dancers and their friends!

The RSVP for meat has closed BUT,  bring a potluck side item and enjoy the other potluck items with us! We will feast and fellowship from 5:30 – 7 then have a newcomer lesson at 7:30 and dance at 8

All people who have never danced at any of our dances before will get FREE admission to this dance! So, bring your non-dancing friends or dancers from other communities to enjoy this with us!

The band, Ricochet returns! Lets all return as well and catch the fun together! This popular band from Virginia again brings us rollicking and driving melodies, drawn chiefly from the Cape Breton, Quebecois, New England and southern Old Time traditions. Walter’s original tunes are another highlight of the repertoire. The band delivers a sound that’s full and rich.

Professional DJ and dance caller, Brian Hamshar, from Virginia shares his love of contra dance with us. Get to know Brian at: www.brianhamshar.com

– No partner necessary
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– “Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares!”
– Treat one another with care and respect, 🙂

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Reel Shady with Nick Boulet Calling

NOTE THE CHANGED ADMISSION RATES AS OF JULY 1

Thrill to the sounds of this well known regional band as they provide their own energetic interpretation of Scottish, Celtic and traditional tunes!
Reel Shady has been providing listeners with this finely detailed, tight sound at venues in the area for many years, adding fresh new interpretations at each dance!

Our kind, friendly and funny caller will be Nick Boulet, who also happens to be your hard working Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers President!
Give him your thanks when you get a chance! You’ll have a great time dancing to his selection of dances.

– No partner necessary
If new at this,  join in the fun lesson at 7:30 🙂
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– “Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares!”
– Treat one another with care and respect, 🙂

Our new rate schedule!
General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Stuff with Eileen Thorsos calling

Check out PARKING below!

Hey, the new rates have started in this month! Luckily I have become an official member of our beloved non-profit organization, Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers so I will enjoy the same low rates that I am used to! Whew! You too can breathe a sigh of relief and help support traditional dancing in the area – become a member today! Or pay to become a member Saturday night and instantly begin receiving your discount! Now that’s a deal!

On Saturday, July 15 , we hold the 2nd of 3 dances this month. Welcome the always energetic, The Stuff, from the higher altitudes. Nic and Gretchen, the stuff of The Stuff, will carry you to the high altitudes of contra dancing during the 3 hour dance evening with their fine interpretation of the many tunes in their repertoire.

Caller Elleen Thorsos, from the Triangle, meets the band half-way bringing fun, friendliness and favorite dances to the evening. Eileen is popular on the dance circuit and at dance weekends, you’ll like her!

PARKING – Good luck with that! No, actually, it is the same as last time. For those who enjoy reading manuals continue reading. For those who are more visual, skip to the drawing.
Because the school is under construction we suggest some people park on the curb along Lea Ray Drive. Leaving the Grange, turn right on Lindley Road then immediate left on Lea Ray, a residential street. Please do not block driveways or fire hydrants, etc. No parking at the nearby church please.
Also, to park at The Grange, follow special instructions on signs.
PARKING DRAWING

GENERAL INFO
– No partner necessary
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into
– If you can bring exact change its even easier for us but if not, don’t worry
Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– “Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares!”
– Treat one another with care and respect, 🙂

NEW RATES:
General admission $10 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5).
Free Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 11:00 pm

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers
www.feetretreat.com

Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers FB page
Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers FB group

Fiddle & Bow Contra Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Location: Guilford Grange Hall. 4909 Guilford School Rd, Greensboro, NC.
*Note – Despite what internet mapping sites may show, Guilford School Rd is NOT accessible from Guilford College Rd.

Directions: Traveling in either direction on I-40, take Exit 213 (Guilford College Rd). At the end of the ramp, turn right and continue about a mile until you cross railroad tracks at West Market Street. In 100 more feet, turn left onto Lindley Rd. Go 4 tenths mi., then turn right onto Guilford School Rd. The Grange is the last building on the right.

 

George Paul and Nic Coker with George Segebade Calling

Hey, the new rates are in affect starting in this month! Luckily I have become an official member of our beloved non-profit organization, Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers so I will enjoy the same low rates that I am used to! Whew! You too can breathe a sigh of relief – become a member today!

Our hot band kicking off the month of July is composed of two expert musicians – George Paul and Nic Coker – whom you’ve tremendously enjoyed in other well known bands. So, combined, you get double the fun with new synergy thrown in! Can’t wait for this!

Our caller will be George Segebade! Yes, the George Segebade who is always booking these great bands for us, organizing our yearly extraordinary FEET RETREAT dance weekend and calling wonderful dances throughout the region and beyond!

– No partner necessary
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– “Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares!”
– Treat one another with care and respect, 🙂

THE NEW RATES will now commence, helping to make our dances…err…a little less non-profitable, which is a good thing for any organization!
General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.feetretreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.