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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

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 or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.

Posted by: David Wiley on August 1, 2014

Next Event: Jonesborough Days "Day of Dance"

Contra Dancing!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present the 2014 "Day of Dance" Program on Saturday S July 5th.

The featured band will be “Celador" from Asheville which is David Hayes on Guitar and Gretchen
Caverly on Fiddle

Dean Snipes, Connie Carringer and Scott Baxla calling and teaching.



Saturday July 5th
12:00pm-02:00pm Waltz Workshop with Scott Baxla
02:00pm-03:00pm Waltz with Celador
03:00pm-06:00pm Contra Dance with Celador
06:00pm-07:00pm Dinner Break
07:00pm-10:00pm Contra Dance with Celador
10:00pm-10:30pm Fireworks

NO Advance Registration Required!
Admission: Waltz Workshop & Waltz $5 for all
Saturday Afternoon Contra $7, $5 Full Time Students
Saturday Evening Contra $7, $5 Full Time Students

For more information, please visit us at
Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK
Questions/Directions: 423-534-8879

Posted by: David Wiley on June 24, 2014

Next Event: June 11, 2014


Wednesday June 11, 2014
Place: Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll, 542 Bacon Branch Road Jonesborough
Band: Maivish (Adam Broome & Jaige Trudel)
Caller: George Marshall

Potluck Dinner starting 6pm
Beginners Lesson at 7pm
Dance 7:30-10:30pm
$7 for all comers

Posted by: David Wiley on June 7, 2014

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