GODS

Nov 15: Goosebumps with Alice Milmoe -- 7 pm at MLK Ctr.

Alice Milmoe

Different band, time and place!

From historic St. Augustine, Goosebumps, a Morse family labor of love, play their roots-inspired tunes to warm a cool November evening. Mom and the boys are a-tunin the strings for a night to remember.

Alice Milmoe, hopes to present dance figures with a difference. Or different figures. She'll keep you movin' too.

The Goosebumps are Matthew Morse, fiddle; Aaron Morse, fiddle and mandolin; Seth Morse, guitar; Dawn Morse, bass.

October 18: 'Wind that Shakes the Barley' with caller Hilton Baxter

Hilton Baxter

Autumn winds a-blowin thru the fields unleash rhythm with melodies that follow in natural harmony. Echoing, amplifying and multiplying nature's cadence, Wind that Shakes the Barley, with the unique melody of hammered dulcimer will enchant dancers this October dance.

Our caller, Hilton Baxter, having called for touring bands such as Great Bear Trio brings his easy-going style to Gainesville. A long-time caller from upstate NY, he "will get everyone moving to the music quickly and with confidence".

September 7: Contra Yazoo Kickstarts - John Rogers calling

Yazoo Kickstarts

Git your Yazoo out and Kickstart some fine Fall dancing and great music. Yup, music-ing fer us, are the Yazoo Kickstarts with Mike Stapleton on fiddle, Bill Paine - mandolin & guitar, Marietta Massey - banjo, David Massey - fiddle & piano.

Our caller, John Rogers, usually booking talent in Cocoa and Melbourne, steps out in front of the spotlight this Sunday. John is an "almost FL native who mis-spent his youth not dancing...until he came upon a group that called out instructions." A rousing Gainesville welcome to John.

August 16: The Gadabouts with caller Stan Prince

The Gadabouts

The Gadabouts are dropping in for an evening of "percussive, foot-tappin', yes ma'am, shake your booty good time" Contra Dancing! Get your fix of old time music gone amok interspersed with zesty and beautiful cajun waltzes.

Calling for the gadabouts is Stan Prince, whose believes that "dancers are there to dance to the music and not to listen to the caller once they’ve learned the dance". He has been calling for ten years and dancing a whole lot longer.

July 19 Whistlin' Rufus and Doug Singleton

Whistlin' Rufus

The dance delight continues with Atlanta quartet Whistlin Rufus and their "fast, energetic, interesting dance music". Having played for years around the Southeast and Midwest, this is a return engagement for our dance. Do not miss the opportunity to get your Contra on, in air-conditioned comfort on a sprung dance floor.

Calling for Whistlin Rufus is Doug Singleton, a long time caller and active in the Atlanta Contra community.

Whistlin Rufus is: Ann Whitley on fiddle, Doug Olsen, mandolin, Cindy Olsen, bass and Matt Levine, guitar.

June 21, 2014 GODS dance:

Susie Rudder calls to music by the Roads Scholars

* June 21:. Join us Saturday, June 21 for an appearance of the Road Scholars, a four
person ensemble of musicians that will be both familiar and new. Composed
of musicians from the Gadabouts, who wowed the June 1 dance, Gumbo Limbo
(Cajun spice, maybe? ), the Fishcamp Cutups and the Yazoo Kickstarts, their
tunes will be sure to please.

May 4th 2014: Just Twistin' Hay with caller Richard Hopkins

Just Twistin' Hay

This Sunday, May 4, come dance to tunes played by Just Twistin' Hay from
central Florida, and dances called by Richard Hopkins who's driving in from
Tallahassee! The dance begins at 4:00 at the Thelma Boltin Center (516 NE
2nd. Ave.), and there is an introductory workshop for new dancers at 3:30.
Admission is $8, $5 for students. Childcare is provided. Bring a snack to
share and a cup or water bottle to reduce waste. See you there!

April 11-14 Wild Asparagus 5th Annual Florida Tour

Wild Asparagus Florida Tour 2014

Nationally acclaimed contradance band Wild Asparagus plays Gainesville Saturday April 12 from 8-11 with an introductory lesson at 7:30.

With George Marshall calling, Wild Asparagus has "rocked" dance floors across the US and Canada with their original, high-energy music based on traditional tunes from the British Isles and New England. They are one of the most popular contra dance bands in the country.

October 19 - "Whistlin' Thieves" and Richard Hopkins

Richard Hopkins of Tallahassee will be calling the dances to the music of "Whistlin' Thieves", 8pm, October 19 at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave. Introductory workshop for beginning dancers starts at 7:30pm and is highly recommended! Experienced dancers, be there early to partner with those newcomers and help them have the time of their lives!

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