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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Casey Murray and Molly Jaynes

Maxine is our youngest Local caller with a great pair of young Local musicians: Casey Murray and Molly Jaynes

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Turtle Hill

Caller: David Smuckler
Band: Great Big Yam Potatoes

Our friends in the Golden Link Folk Singing Society are putting on the Turtle Hill Folk Festival, September 12, 13, & 14.
In addition to the great line up of musicians and workshops, there will be a contra dance on Saturday at 4:00 PM. Find out more at the Turtle Hill Festival web site.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joyce Rossbach
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and Eric Anderson

Joyce is visiting after a long absence from Rochester.  You might remember her great repertoire of fun dances, her southern wit, and her buoyant style.  After working as Director of the Augusta Heritage Center for 5 years, she’ll bring fun and surprises to our hall.  A classic combination of traditional music provided by Eileen Nicholson, a fantastic fiddler from Syracuse, and Eric Anderson, an amazing piano player from Seattle.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  The Esteemed Clams

A perfect match with music and caller tonight.  While some callers get caught up in trance-like old time music, Margaret knows and plays the tunes herself, and will call great dances that are perfect for the music.  The Esteemed Clams play lively old-time music with Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo and Fred Filbrich on bass.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Rochester Caller’s Collective
Band:  Tempest!

Come celebrate Peggy’s Birthday with us!

Tempest featuring swinging guitar by Chuck Abell and high-energy fiddling by Tim Ball.  The callers (Sharon Perry, Chuck Abell, Margaret Mathews, Maxine McDonald, and Bob Fabinski) are a local group of callers who meet regularly in the Dempsey living room to try out new dances and practice calling skills.  And tonight, which just happens to be Peggy Dempsey’s birthday, is the perfect evening to celebrate birthdays, dancing, calling, dynamic musicians, and our great community.  Don’t miss this dance!

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   David Eisenstadter
Band:  Montage

Jane Knoeck on keyboards, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin and banjo.  This trio of amazing musicians plays music with a sophisticated French accent:  wacky, unconventional, quirky and energetic, their music is always fun and danceable.  We welcome back David Eisenstadtler who called for us in July.  We truly enjoyed his dances and can’t wait to hear what he brings us this month.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Contranella

Welcome Back to Megan and Charlie Beller with John Wobus!  With style and improvisation, this group brings an excitement to dances not to be missed.  One of our local favorites, Sharon Perry, will be calling tonight.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Fern Bradley
Band:  Serendipity

Serendipity is Molly Jaynes, fiddle, Laurie Williams, flute, and Barb Seppeler, keyboard. Fern Bradley has been part of the mid-Atlantic and New England dance scene for more than 25 years. New dancers and experienced dancers alike appreciate her relaxed teaching style, warm voice, and her knack for choosing dances that are just the right fit for the mix of dancers on the floor.  What could be better than dancing to live music?  Come on out and join us.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg
Band:  Eric Rounds, Mark Henry and Brian Williams

Great local musicians will be on stage tonight with the easy-to-dance-to, wonderful-to-listen-to music.  Tom and Myra are Canadian callers, who specialize in leading dances for all ages and levels of experience. They bring people together on the dance floor with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fun.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins

Band:  Over and Under

Sherry Nevins is coming from Seattle to call for us. Come find out what dances are popular on the Left coast!

Over and Under is a long-time favorite local band.

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