The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a picnic, contra dance and late night movie at Serenity Knoll Farm, 542 Bacon Branch Road in Jonesborough, TN on Saturday July 1, 2017.
The event will begin with a potluck dinner starting at 5pm. Then a contra dance will ensue from 7:30-10:30pm with the band “Playing with Fyre” bringing the tunes and Vicki Herndon from Chattanooga doing the calling. Admission $7, HJDS Members and Students $5. There will be a lesson for beginner contra dancers at 7:00pm.
Contra dancing is about fun and connection. Playing with Fyre is a band that brings that same spirit onto the stage…and into their music. Cailen Campbell plays fiddle while George Paul accompanies with piano. Steve Kemble is the percussionist. These three fine musicians have long roots in the contra dance tradition and are experts at providing dynamic, lyrical, driving, and always wonderfully danceable music.
Journeyman pianist and composer, George Paul, performed with the Avant Gardeners, one of the premier contra and swing dance bands in the country. Their music consisted of American hybrid variety tunes, facile improvisations, and a range of performing styles from traditional swing, Celtic and old time.
Cailen Campbell has been thrilling contra dancers all over the southeast and around the country for over a decade. His innovative, highly improvisational, lyrical fiddling has been heard in numerous acclaimed regional dance bands, including The Atomic City Rhythm Rascals, The String Beings, The Rocket Boys, The Gypsy Hicks, in addition to a dynamic duo with renowned Asheville area guitarist and banjo virtuoso David Brown. Campbell recently played with the Greasy Beans on behalf of the North Carolina Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Steve Kemble plays a full drum set and the djembe. Steve also leads up Asheville’s marimba band, Chikomo Marimba, a band rooted in the intricate, interlocking rhythms and melodies of the marimba bands of Zimbabwe’s Shona people.
Vicki Herndon has been a dancer since 1997, when she accidentally came across contra dancing, and has been a dance lover since. She began calling in 2000, and have called all around the southeast. Wedding dances in open fields, and dances with kids are all part of the diversity she represents, and loves.
During the pre-dance/potluck period from 5-7:00pm, dancers can enjoy traditional holiday games such as corn hole toss, Frisbee “closest to the pin”, watermelon seed spitting. Bring food, binoculars, telescope for sky watching and mosquito repellent. Guests are encouraged to hydrate sufficiently due to the heat of the day.
The final event of the evening will be a movie on the big screen in the pavilion. Dancers will pick from “Dirty Dancing”, “Monty Python”, “Singing in the Rain”, “Strictly Ballroom”, “Billy Elliot” and many more.
This event is smoke, alcohol, fragrance and pet free.
For more information, please contact event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879, or follow HJDS on FACEBOOK and the website, www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org.