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Lake City Contra/Old Time Country Dance

Every Thursday at
Lake City Community Center

12531 - 28th Ave NE

8:00pm till 11:00pm,
Free introductory "dance skills" workshop every week at 7:30pm
Admission $9 (students & seniors $7, kids & first-time contradancers free).

Please respect the health needs of many dancers and come fragrance-free.
For more information call 206-525-0932.

Here are some helpful hints and guidelines

The Lake City Farmers Market is open for the season (June 12 thru Oct 2) until 7 pm on part of 28th Ave NE, south of the Lake City Community Center and north of NE 125th St. Access the community center's parking lot from NE 127th St; other parking is available nearby.
Come early and enjoy a picnic dinner in the park (between the community center and the library) - or in the hall if it rains!

Schedule of bands and callers:


July 31- no dance (hall is unavailable)

SAT AUG 2- SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT CONTRA DANCE following the Lake City Community Center's Salmon Bake! "Hot Cider" (Evan & Elise Snoey and Kelly Morgan – brother, sister & mom on fiddles, piano, & guitar, PLUS RuthMabel Boyntz on bass) pours out scrumptious tunes with tasty genetically-matched harmonies.   Joe Micheals shares the calling with Sherry Nevins to double your fun! Salmon dinners will be served until 6 pm; the Kiddie Parade is at 6, and the Grand Parade goes from 7 to about 8:30 pm on Lake City Way NE, from NE 130th St to NE 123rd St.

Aug 7-"Toad Mountain Ramblers" (Mike Schway, Dave Nerad, & Clyde Curley on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, & guitar) jumps down from Bellingham with music as refreshing as a splash in a cool northern lake! Versatile caller Suzanne Girardot keeps us hopping.

Aug 14-Ultra-high energy and excitement prevail when Ryan McKasson & Scotty Leach team up on fiery fiddle & pulsating piano! Baltimore MD caller Greg Frock fans the flames.

Aug 21-"The Contra Quartet" (Jesse Partridge on fiddle, Steve Cifka on cello, Julie Bennett on percussion, & Jay Finkelstein on guitar - Olympia) offers an intoxicating whirl of beautiful melodies and compelling rhythms. Alluring caller Lindsey Dono stirs it up just right!

Aug 28-Get way deep in the contra groove with "Perpetual e-Motion" (Ed Howe & John Cote' – Maine – fiddle, guitar, electronics)   Ace caller Will Mentor (VT) turns the fun meter all the way up!

Sept 4-"The Electrodes" (Joe Bowbeer, Marcy Kubbs & Joe Micheals on 5-string electric violin, acoustic guitar, & piano) are sure to charge you up for a rousing good time!   Michael Karcher calls stimulating and satisfying dances.

Sept 11-Audrey Knuth & Larry Unger - Boston MA – fiddle & guitar ; Marlin Prowell (Bellingham) caller

Sept 18-"Groovemongers" trio (Rebecca McCallum, CW Abbott, & Jane Knoeck – Rochester NY – fiddle, mandolin, accordion, piano) ; Eric Curl caller

Sept 25-Laurie Andres & WB Reid - fiddle, accordion, guitar, banjo, piano; Colin Hume (England) caller

Oct 2-"End Effects" (Marni Rachmiel, Andrew Foster, Anita Anderson, & Natalie Stephens (sax, flute, fiddle, trombone, piano); caller TBA

Oct 9-"Joyride" (George Penk, Erik Weberg, Sue Songer, Jeff Kerssen-Griep – Portland - fiddle, flute, harmonica, bombarde, piano, guitar, percussion); Noah Grunzweig caller

Oct 16-"Pete's Posse" (Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Tristan Henderson - Vermont - fiddle, mandolin, guitar) is a multi-generational powerhouse trad-roots string trio based in northwestern VT’s Champlain Valley. Mary Wesley (VT) caller

Oct 23-"Coracree" (Jane Rothfield, Sarah Gowan, Bill Quern, Allan Carr - NY - fiddle, guitar, foot percussion, banjo, mandolin, melodeon, harmonica, bass)   Seth Tepfer (Atlanta GA) caller

Oct 30-Eva Reich (Seattle) & Jeff Kerssen-Griep (Portland) - fiddle & guitar

Nov 6-Ryan McKasson, Claude Ginsburg, & Dave Bartley (fiddles, mandolin, guitar, cittern, cajon); Woody Lane (Roseburg, OR) caller & foot percussion

Nov 13-"Great Bear Trio" (Andrew, Noah, & Kim VanNorstrand – upstate NY – fiddle, guitar, piano); George Marshall (W MA) caller

Nov 20-"Ari & Mia" (Ariel & Mia Friedman - Boston, MA) fiddle & cello

Please read footprints for a brief history of this dance series.

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Last modified 07/30/14.