FEET RETREAT @ Camp Millstone, Ellerbe, NC

WILD ASPARAGUS AND CONTRAFORCE!!

ContraForce is the energized psychedelic folk project : best friends, Andrae, Joey, Jimi, and Karin . Based out of Charleston.

Biography:
ContraForce has one goal, and that is to rock the heck out of some folk tunes. This four-piece powerhouse packs the frenzied bowing arm of Andrae Raffield, the Donkey Kong slammin’ palms of drummer and saxophone player Joey Dorwart, The ethereal vocals of Karin McQuade, and the acoustic and electric guitar onslaught of Jimi “Two Nails” Periano, into a hurricane of wild, energetic, kick-in-the-mouth contra music that will leave you gasping for breath and begging for more.
Andrae and Joey were old hands at the contra band scene, having vetted themselves in Anna’s Bananas, Shady Groove, and other arrangements for over fifteen years before they decided to strike out on their own to explore their new and exciting vision for contra music. But they knew that they needed one more member to complete the rockin’ trinity, and after months coaxing Jimi Two Nails, they began experimenting with “rocking out some fiddle tunes”—which quickly escalated to writing the bulk of their own material. Thus, a new band was born, merging traditional contra music with psychedelia, surf rock, and metal to create a new, exciting force: ContraForce. With these crazy jokers at the wheel, there’s no telling where the dance will end up, but you can be sure it’ll be a place filled with that happy, tired sweat we all crave.
Wild Asparagus is a five-person band from Western Massachusetts. Drawing upon music from New England, the British Isles, and Canada, as well as classical sources, Wild Asparagus takes an original approach to the traditional dance music of our folk heritage. Using their unique blend of instruments, creativity, and skills, they offer a sensitive and powerful performance. Since 1984, Wild Asparagus has been highly successful in bringing their music to dances and concerts throughout the United States.The heartbeat of Wild Asparagus is Ann Percival on piano, guitar, and vocals. Ann’s playing is highly inventive while still maintaining an irresistible rhythm.  David Cantieni, a wood-wind wizard, pours forth lively melodies and liquid harmonies on his flutes, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard.  Becky Tracy‘s masterful fiddling is that rare combination of energy and George Marshall, originator and producer of Tropical Dance Vacation, is a full-time musician, caller and dance teacher, touring nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation..  George Marshall is an accomplished English concertina player and also provides driving rhythms on bodhran and bones. They will play with a bass player  Mark Murphy.

 

Callers GEORGE MARSHALL AND GAYE FIFER!!

George Marshall, originator and producer of Tropical Dance Vacation, is a full-time musician, caller and dance teacher, touring nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation. George provides excellent instruction and calling for New England style contras.

Gaye Fifer (Pittsburgh, PA) hasn’t stopped dancing since she found contras in 1979. Introduced to the community in St. Louis, she has found dancing wherever she goes. Gaye learned to call contras in Charlottesville, VA and has been traveling to call and dance for the past 25 years. After 15 years of dancing, she finally realized that someone had to be doing work to make the dances happen. She began serving on her local dance committee, organizing her local dance weekend, serving on the CDSS Board and leading workshops for other organizers. Gaye is also a passionate teacher and dancer of waltz, having led workshops with her partner, Wayne, at numerous dance weekends around the country. She participated in a course at Pinewoods several years ago to learn how to call English Country dances and now includes that in her repertoire of offerings. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. where she retired from a 30 year elementary school teaching career.

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)

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

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!!!

 

Contra Dance Clemmons – Countercurrent – Caller TBA

Countercurrent Brian Lindsay and Alex Sturbaum.

Countercurrent is a powerhouse acoustic duo based in Seattle WA, featuring fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, and foot percussion.

Alex Sturbaum and Brian Lindsay display a musical fluency that comes from a decade of playing together at contra dances, concert halls, jam sessions, festivals, bars, and living rooms all across the continent. When dancers and listeners experience the blend of lyrical melodies, groovy chords, thumping percussion, and vocal harmonies all simultaneously, the reaction is usually “How does so much music come from just two people?!”

General Info:

No partner necessary! No experience necessary!

– If you can walk, you can contra dance

– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:00pm

– 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

 

Dance 7:30-10pm with short break in middle

Free Lesson 7-7:30pm

 

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

 

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.

 

Contra Dance Clemmons – Kingfisher – Caller Jack Mitchell

KingfisherJeff Kaufmann and Cecilia Vacanti.

This band is based out of Boston, MA.

www.kingfisherband.com

 

Caller Jack Mitchell.

 

General Info:

No partner necessary! No experience necessary!

– If you can walk, you can contra dance

– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:00pm

– 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

Dance 7:30-10pm with short break in middle

Free Lesson 7-7:30pm

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

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.

 

Contra Dance Salem College – Redbud Ramblers Caller TBA

Redbud Ramblers David White and Wes Maluk.

General Into:

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary

– If you can walk, you can contra dance

– If new, join in the fun lesson at 5:30pm

– 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

Salem students and faculty $3
General admission $10  (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6  (Members $5)
FREE Lesson 5:30 – 6:00pm

Dance 6 – 9 pm with short break in middle

Salem College Dance Location:
Bryant Hall

790 E. Salem Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

I40 Business through Winston -Salem is closed.

Here are directions from the 4 points of the compass:

From the East on I40 after passing Greensboro:

Keep left to take I-40 W (regular I40) toward Statesville/Winston-Salem, then 12.82 miles and follow the directions below.

From the East or West on I40 
(regular, not business)
Merge onto John Gold Memorial Expwy/US-52 N/US-311 N/NC-8 N via EXIT 193B toward Mount Airy.
Then 1.36 miles and follow the directions below.

From the South or North on Hwy 52:
Take the Research Pkwy exit, EXIT 108B
Then 0.23 miles
Merge onto Research Pkwy via the ramp on the left.
Then 0.47 miles
Turn left at the second light onto City Yard Dr.
(If you reach Rams Dr., you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far)
Then 0.19 miles
Enter next roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto E Salem Ave.
Then 0.42 miles to 790 E Salem Ave. (there is no number sign but turn right through the gate)

Go through the gate and proceed straight past the athletic fields/tennis courts.
Park in the gravel lot on the right.
Walk straight towards the buildings and up the sidewalk.
Turn right at the end and go in the door, turn left down the hall.
At the end of the hall turn right into the gym
Pay your admission and enjoy the dance!

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com (or .org)

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

Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

 

 

Contra Dance Clemmons – Down The Hall and Caller George Segebade

Down The HallBob Kogut on fiddle,  Christa Krüger on bass, Suzanne Williams on flute and Denise Baxter-Yoder on Keyboard.

Down The Hall is a band from Lenoir and Hickory, NC, playing fun, energetic dance music on flute, fiddle and keyboard. Their specialty is music for Contra Dance. They also play Celtic, Western Swing, Bluegrass and Old Time music.

Our caller will be no other than George Segebade who always has lots of fun dances for us.
We are starting this dance a little earlier!! Lesson now at 7pm. Dance starts at 7:30!!
 
General Info:
 
No partner necessary! No experience necessary!
 
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:00pm
– 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
 
Dance 7:30-10:00pm with short break in middle
Free Lesson 7-7:30pmpm
 
General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)
 
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.