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Next Event: Contra Dance Saturday Dec 6th

Contra Dance in Jonesborough Honoring Charley Harvey!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a Contra Dance on Saturday December 6, 2014 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Class for beginning contra dancers starts at 7:00 pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 pm with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm. Guest performers include “Toss the Possum” band from Blacksburg, VA, and a group of all-stars that include Barbara Groh, Lindsay Morris, Terry Doyle and Diane Silver.

The evening dance includes a tribute to caller Charley Harvey. Harvey began dancing in Berea Kentucky over twenty five years ago. He has called dances far and wide, teaching American Folk dance in Denmark and leading local dances and dance weekends throughout the eastern US.

Harvey began as an English Country Dancer, went on to become a member of Berea College Country Dancers. In 1992 he helped found the Berea Kentucky dance series "Oh Contraire!" and began calling dances regularly shortly after that. He has served as a workshop leader (Waltz, Swing, Hambo, Salty Dog Rag to name a few) at various Contra Dance Weekends throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West.

Widely regarded as an exciting and enthusiastic dance caller and sometime Washboard impresario, Harvey has worked with highly regarded bands such as Giant Robot Dance, Notorious, Hotpoint Stringband, Crowfoot, Footloose, The Avant Gardeners, Atlantic Crossing, Euphor and The Berea Castoffs. A prolific dance composer, Harvey will be honored by the assembled callers who will be calling his dances all evening.


The name Toss the Possum was inspired by a possum who found itself trapped under a spare dresser drawer in the garage of the Zisette family. This family band originally consisted of Chas on bass, Jane on flute, Rob on fiddle and Laura (mom) on keyboard.
Nowadays, Rob and Laura carry on as the kids grew up and moved away.

Rob Zisette, age 23, is the fiddler for Toss the Possum. After playing violin for a year and a half, he entered the fiddle contest sponsored by the Festival of the American West at age 10. He won first prize and has been fiddling ever since. Rob also likes to compose and was a percussionist in high school, but now attends Virginia Tech majoring in physics and math.

Laura (mom) taught Piano at Utah State University until she moved to Virginia. In Utah she played with Barnstorm and Leaping Lulu. Now she’s hanging on for the ride with Toss the Possum and has teamed up with Rob to compose over 50 original waltz tunes.

Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance or just to listen. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. As always, our dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for students.

Posted by: David Wiley on November 26, 2014

Next Event: Contra Dance & Food Drive

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance and food drive on Saturday November 15, 2014 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street.

There will be a "Meet and Greet the Posse" potluck dinner from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Bring a covered dish or dessert to share. Let's show some Jonesborough hospitality for our friends Tristan, Pete and Oliver from Vermont.

Performing for the dance is Pete's Posse from Vermont.. The dance will be called by Diane Silver from Asheville, NC.

The event will focus on the collection of non-perishable food stuffs for the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association Food Bank.

Beginners lesson at 7:00pm. Dance from 7:30-10:30 with waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm

Posted by: David Wiley on November 2, 2014

Next Event: Oct 25th Halloween Costum Contra

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold the Halloween Costume Contra Dance on Saturday Oct 25th at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street.

Featured Band: Bare Knuckle Quartet
Featured Caller: Lindsay Morris

Beginners Lesson 7:00pm
Dance 7:30-10:30pm

Costume contest 9:00pm Prizes for winners

Posted by: David Wiley on October 15, 2014

Mountain Madness 2014

Mountain Madness Visitors Center Visitors Center Workshop Serenity Knoll Serenity Knoll Workshop
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday
4:00pm-6:00pm Early Bird Contra Nils Fredland w/Rob , Noah, Laura Z

6:30pm-7:30pm Waltz w/Toss the Possum

8:00pm-9:50pm Maivish w/Will Mentor
10:00pm-11:45pm Nor'easter w/Tom Hinds


Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday
8:00-9:00am Alexander Technique for Dancers w/Jaige Trudel
9:00-9.45am Spin & Catch (Open Position Flourishes) Morning sing w/Nils
10:00am-10:45am Never Let Me Go (Closed Position Flourishes) Contra w/Maivish & Tom Hinds
11:00am-12:00pm Singing Squares with Nils & Nor'easter "
12:00pm-01:30pm Lunch (BYOF)  Lunch (BYOF)  Lunch (BYOF) Lunch (BYOF) 
Mountain Madness Visitors Center Visitors Center Workshop Serenity Knoll Serenity Knoll Workshop
Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday
1:30pm-2:30pm Clogging & Flatfooting w/Matthew Contra w/Nor'easter & Will Mentor Callers Workshop w/Tom Hinds (inside)
2.45pm-4:00pm Give & Take w/Adam & Jaige "
04:00pm-5:00pm Hi Tea (Root Beer Tasting)
5:00pm-6:30pm Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break
6:15pm-7:00pm Waltz w/Toss the Possum

7:30pm-8:50pm Nor'easter w/Tom Hinds
9:00pm-10:30pm Maivish w/Will Mentor

11:00pm-Till Buddy System (Techno) Noah VanNorstrand & Julie Vallimont


Sunday Sunday
9:00am-10:00am Morning Sing w/Nils
9:15am-10:15am Waltz with Toss the Possum
10:30am-12:30pm Maivish w/Tom Hinds
12:45pm-03:00pm Nor'easter w/Will Mentor

Posted by: David Wiley on October 10, 2014

Cancelled & Rescheduled

The Concert & Contra Dance scheduled for Saturday Oct 4th at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll has been CANCELLED.

The contra dance has been rescheduled for Sunday afternoon Oct 5th from 2:00-5:00pm. Lesson at 1:30pm

Hope to see you there!

Thanks,

David Wiley
423-534-8879

Posted by: David Wiley on October 2, 2014

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