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Next Event: ContraForce

Let the ContraForce be with you! It’s Contra Dance Time in Jonesborough!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. The featured band will be ContraForce from Charleston, SC with Chattanooga’s Vicki Herndon calling. Admission to the dance is $7, HJDS Members $5, Students $5. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught by the caller. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. A workshop for beginning contra dancers will be led by the caller at 7:00pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30pm with a waltz break at 9:00pm where, once again, Klondike Bars will be served to all.

ContraForce’s goal is to bring the rock influence to some folk tunes. This three-piece powerhouse packs the frenzied bowing arm of Andrae Raffield, the Donkey Kong slammin’ palms of drummer and saxophone player Joey Dorwart, 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 local Charleston bands, Anna’s Bananas and Shady Groove, for over fifteen years before deciding to create ContraForce to explore their new and exciting vision for contra dance music. To complete the rockin’ trinity, Jimi “Two Nails” Periano came on board to begin experimenting with “rocking out some fiddle tunes”. This synergy quickly led to a period of this new band writing much of their material. On the side, Joey and Jimi are registered nurses while Andrae is teaching music at a Charleston middle school.

Thus, a new band was born merging traditional contra music with psychedelic, surf rock and metal to create a new force: ContraForce! With these crazy jokers at the wheel, there’s no telling where the dance will end up, but you can be sure that the hall will be filled with happy dancers as was the case when they played for the FOOT BALL in Jonesborough on February 2nd and at Serenity Knoll on August 8th. They were one of the featured bands at the 2014 Moon Dance at Table Rock State Park last weekend.

Thus, a new band was born merging traditional contra music with psychedelic, surf rock and metal to create a new force: ContraForce! With these crazy jokers at the wheel, there’s no telling where the dance will end up, but you can be sure that the hall will be filled with happy dancers.

Vicki Herndon has been a dancer since 1997, when she accidentally came across contra dancing, and has been a dance lover since. She began calling in 2000, and have called all around the southeast. Wedding dances in open fields, and dances with kids are all part of the diversity she represents, and loves.

Vicki is very active part of the Chattanooga dance community. “Keeping my home group growing and strong has become very important to me over the years. Welcoming newcomers, and giving them confidence is my specialty. Dancers must have this to return to your dance and thrive” offers Ms. Herndon.

Being a dance gypsy has led Vicki to be a familiar face at many dance weekends along with her husband, Steve, where her enthusiasm as a caller is just as evident as when she is dancing. “There's not much more than I love to do . . . dance and call”, she adds.

Contra dancing is a traditional form of American folk dance that evolved from the long ways country dances popular in English society centuries ago. Contra dance communities now thrive all over the country. There are websites that can direct you to contra dances in most states. The modern contra dances provide dancers of all ages and experience levels with the opportunity to smile, move, connect, flirt and create an evening of dance nirvana with each other. No previous dance experience is necessary. No fancy footwork is required. If you can walk and count to eight, you can contra dance!

Contra dances are community events. At almost any contra you will find people of all ages and all dance skill levels, from young to old, beginner to expert. Contra dancers form a very open and welcoming group of people. You can come alone or with others since it is a tradition to dance with a variety of partners throughout the night. It is perfectly acceptable for either a man or a woman to ask someone to dance. It’s a great way to make friends with someone they haven’t met before. You will find contra dancing a great way to make new friends.

For more information, please contact event organizer, David Wiley at 423-534-8879, visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org and on FACEBOOK.

Posted by: David Wiley on September 10, 2014

Next Event: September 6, 2014

“Velocipede” Invades Jonesborough for Contra Dance!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A family package allows parents to bring all of their own children for a total of $15. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome! A 30-minute class for beginners will be held at 7:00pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30pm.
At the 9:00pm waltz break, again Klondike Ice Cream Bars, the official frozen treat of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, will be offered to all dancers courtesy of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society.

Performing for this event will be duo, Velocipede, from Maine. The caller will be David Winston from Asheville.

Julia Plumb (fiddle, viola, foot percussion) and Baron Collins-Hill (mandolin, tenor guitar) met at fiddle camp in Maine in 2008. Once they began playing together, the tunes came flooding uncontrollably out of their fingers. They have been playing together ever since. Hailing from Maine, Velocipede plays original and traditional tunes from New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Scandinavia and the British Isles. They play with a tight, close sound staying true to the tunes and bolstering them with driving dance rhythms and sweet harmonies. Julia and Baron are capable of delivering a ripping set of reels for contra dance and will be sure to catch listener’s ears and set toes tapping. For more information, visit www.velocipedemusic.com.

Posted by: David Wiley on September 1, 2014

Next Event: Contrathon Weekend

Here is the update information for Contrathon events:

August 30:

10:30am-11:00am Flashmob contra dance at the Jonesborough Farmers Market. Lunch to follow at the new Black Oliver Restaurant, 125 E. Jackson in Jonesborough

7:00pm-07:30pm Beginners lesson for contra dance

7:30pm-10:30pm Contrarians with Christi Bothwell & Clinton Ross (Jonesborough Visitors Center) $7, HJDS Members & Students $5

11:00pm-01:00am RUSHFEST with Emily Rush at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll (DJ'd pop music to contra dance calling) $3 suggested
542 Bacon Branch Road. Look for contra dance signs

August 31: Contrathon XVI

Jonesborough Visitors Center-Emily Rush & Emily Abel calling
11:00am-01:30pm Fyrefly
02:00pm-02:30pm Break
02:30pm-04:30pm Contrarians


Serenity Knoll-Emily Rush & Emily Abel calling

04:30pm-06:00pm Couples dancing to recorded music
06:00pm-08:00pm Fyrefly
08:30pm-11:00pm Contrarians

Registration for all events still open. $15 for half day (11:00-4:30 or 6:00-11:00) $30 for all day, students $12/$20.

If you are coming to Contrathon, please send in registration asap or let me know for sure you are coming!

Form available at www.hjdsevents.com

Camping is free at Serenity Knoll
The swimming pool at Dragon Hatchery is open on Sat and Sun.

Questions and registration updates: 423-534-8879

Posted by: David Wiley on August 26, 2014

Next Event: August 16, 2014

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a dance on Saturday August 16, 2014 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street at 7:00pm featuring the Asheville band “Boom Chuck” with Diane Silver calling the dance. Admission is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A class for newcomer contra dances will run from 7:00-7:30pm. The dance will go from 7:30-10:30pm.

Posted by: David Wiley on August 12, 2014

Next Event: Summer Harvest Potluck & Dance

Summer Harvest Potluck & Contra Dance in Jonesborough
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present the Annual Summer Harvest Potluck Dinner & Contra Dance on Saturday August 2, 2014. The potluck dinner and contra dance will be held at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street beginning at 6:00 pm. Class for beginning contra dancers will follow at 7:00 pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 pm with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm. Coming to Jonesborough to perform for the dance will be Spinning Wheel from Asheville. Calling for the dance will be Nick Boulet from Winston-Salem. During the dinner hour, guests can also waltz to recorded music.

The Summer Harvest Potluck Dinner will begin at 6:00pm. Nothing brings people together like a potluck, and nothing gets them talking together like the subject of food. Just watch as the buffet table fills up with salads, casseroles, pastas and desserts and you’ll see for yourself. “We are building a community through traditional music and dance. We hope to get our dancers chatting happily, exchanging recipes and telling the story behind each recipe,” adds Wiley. Food talk at a potluck can teach us a lot about each other and the world around us. Prizes will be given to the most creative and mouthwatering dishes. If you are not a home gardener, support your local Farmer’s Market including the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8 am until noon in the parking area next to the Court House on Main Street.

Spinning Wheel unites two friends who have played for contra dances in the area for many years. The band consist Karen Gaughan on keyboard and Nic Coker on fiddle. Coker also plays for Boom Chuck which performed at a recent Jonesborough contra dance. Karen plays keyboard for a number of very popular contra dance bands including Eric The Cat, Hot Sonata, Good and Plenty and May Daze.

Nick Boulet is a singer and song writer whose acoustic sound, powerful lyrics, and eclectic mix of guitar and percussion celebrates the joy and simple complexities of life. At the same time, Nick is an avid contra dancer and dance caller who spent many years in the Knoxville area but now calls Greensboro his home.
Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance, join the potluck dinner or just to listen. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. As always, our dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. Families with their own children are all admitted for only $15 as a package.

For further information call event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.

Posted by: David Wiley on August 1, 2014

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