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SEJARAH WAPPINGER (6.28.97) Catatan: Ini adalah satu bagian dari apa yang akan, menurut klasifikasi saya, sekitar 240 sejarah kesukuan kompak (kontak dengan 1900). Hal ini terbatas pada 48 negara bagian di A.S. tetapi juga mencakup Negara-negara Pertama dari Kanada dan Meksiko yang memiliki peran penting (Huron. Micmac. Assiniboine, dll.). Konten dan gaya sejarah ini representatif. Proses normal pada saat ini adalah mengedarkan produk yang hampir selesai di antara kelompok sebaya untuk mendapat komentar dan kritik. Pada akhir Sejarah ini Anda akan menemukan tautan ke Bangsa-Bangsa yang disebut dalam Sejarah Wappinger. Dengan menggunakan internet, ini bisa lebih inklusif. Jangan ragu untuk berkomentar atau menyarankan koreksi melalui e-mail. Bekerja bersama kita bisa mengakhiri beberapa kesalahan informasi historis tentang penduduk asli Amerika. Anda akan menemukan ego pada akhir ini menjadi ukuran standar. Terima kasih sudah mampir Saya menantikan komentar Anda. Lee Sultzman. Sisi timur Sungai Hudson antara Bronx dan Rhinebeck membentang timur ke puncak Pegunungan Taconic di perbatasan antara New York dan Connecticut. Kecuali beberapa kelompok kecil, kebanyakan Wappinger telah meninggalkan Lembah Hudson yang lebih rendah pada tahun 1760 dan menetap di Massachusetts barat bersama Mahia di Stockbridge, the Iroquois di New York, atau Delaware di Pennsylvania. Pada tahun 1600 tujuh suku Wappinger mungkin berjumlah sekitar 8.000 di 30 desa. Setelah kontak, laju desak desakan mereka dramatis. Cacar menyerang daerah 1633-35 dan 1692. Dengan 1700 epidemi (termasuk malaria) telah mengurangi suku Hudson yang lebih rendah menjadi 10 persen dari jumlah aslinya. Warfare juga mendapat korban yang serius, dan setidaknya 1.600 Wappinger terbunuh dalam Perang Wappinger (1643-45). Hanya beberapa ratus Wappinger yang tinggal di Lembah Hudson yang lebih rendah setelah tahun 1700, dan hampir semuanya hilang pada tahun 1758. Satu kelompok Wappinger yang masih ada tetap berada di wilayah ini hari ini, Orang Indian Ramapough (Orang Gunung Ramapo) di utara New Jersey. Mereka mungkin adalah keturunan dari campuran Munsee Delaware. Mattabesic Ramapo, dan Pompton (Wappinger yang pindah ke utara New Jersey pada tahun 1660an). Dengan 2.500 anggota, mereka memiliki pengakuan negara namun ditolak status federalnya pada tahun 1993. Arti kutipan dari kuota dan diajukan ke seluruh kelompok tujuh suku terkait, Wappinger pada awalnya adalah nama sebuah sakrani kecil yang terdiri dari tiga desa di sisi timur Hudson di dekat Poughkeepsie. Variasi ejaan adalah: Wappinck, Wapping, Wappingo, dan Wawping. Karena banyak suku Algonquin yang berbicara di sebelah selatan Sungai St. Lawrence (Mahican Wappinger, Delaware, dll.) Memiliki klan serigala, orang Prancis sering menyebut mereka secara kolektif sebagai Loup (bahasa Prancis untuk serigala). Nama lain untuk Wappinger adalah: Indian Highland, Long Reach Indians, Oping (Opine), dan Pompton. Algonquin. Dialek R yang diucapkan oleh Wappinger hampir sama dengan bahasa Mattabesic di Connecticut barat dan suku Metoac di barat dan barat Long Island. Kitchawank (Kitchawong) - utara Westchester County. Desa: Kitchawank, Sackhoe, dan Senasqua Nochpeem - Putnam utara dan Duchess County bagian selatan. Desa: Canopus (Canpopus), Keskistkonk, Nochpeem, dan Pasquasheck Sintsink (Sinsink) - sisi timur Sungai Hudson antara Tarrytown dan Croton. Desa: Kestaubuinck, dan Ossingsing (Sin-Sing) Siwanoy (Sinanoy) - Hellgate timur ke Norwalk, Connecticut. Desa-desa: Cassacuhque, Noroaton (Roatan), Norwauke (Norwalk), Poningo, dan Sioascauk Tankiteke (Pachami, Pachany) - bagian barat yang paling ekstrim di Fairfield County, Connecticut sampai ke bagian timur Duchess dan Putnam County, New York. Desa: Aspetuck, Gunung Misery, Pahquioke, Saugatuck, dan Shippan Wappinger (Waping) - sisi timur Sungai Hudson antara Wappinger Falls dan Poughkeepsie. Desa: Poughkeepsie, dan Waping Wecquaesgeek (Wechquaesgeek, Wiechquaeskeck, Wickquaskeek) - sisi timur Sungai Hudson antara Bronx dan Tarrytown. Desa: Alipkconk, Nappeckamak, Nipinichsen, Rechouwakie, Rechtauck (Rechgawawank, Reckawawana), Wecquaesgeek, dan Wysquaqua Desa Lain: Ridgefield (CT), Saeckkill, dan Sapohanikan Culture Mention kadang-kadang dibuat dari suku Wappinger atau konfederasi, namun dibutuhkan sebuah mayor. Perang dengan Belanda untuk mempersatukan tujuh suku kecil ini menjadi satu kesatuan. Seperti kebanyakan kelompok Algonquin di timur, Wappinger diorganisir menjadi kantung sakral dimana, dalam kebanyakan kasus, wewenang sachem dan dewan (terdiri dari para pemimpin suku) hanya mencakup beberapa desa dan sebagian besar terbatas untuk menyelesaikan masalah dan perselisihan. Konsili dari masing-masing sachems hanya diadakan seperti yang dipersyaratkan oleh masalah umum. Namun, pada masa perang, kepemimpinan diberikan kepada seorang pemimpin perang, yang otoritasnya mutlak selama masa konflik. Tingkat organisasi yang lebih tinggi tidak diperlukan, karena Wappinger umumnya hidup dalam damai dengan sebagian besar tetangga mereka. QuotMostquot digunakan di sini, karena, seperti Metoac tetangga di Long Island, Wappinger memproduksi wampum unggulan yang mereka tukar dengan suku lain. Tampaknya ada beberapa peperangan sebelum kontak karena komoditas berharga ini. Ada juga penggerebekan oleh para budak Eropa selama tahun 1500an. Akibatnya, Wappinger dipaksa untuk melakukan persiapan militer yang lebih ekstensif daripada norma. Selain desa mereka, sebagian besar Wappinger memiliki setidaknya dua kutipan, quot atau benteng, di mana mereka bisa mundur saat diancam. Seperti suku lain di wilayah ini, Wappinger sangat bergantung pada pertanian jagung, kacang-kacangan, squash. Tembakau juga ditanam untuk keperluan seremonial. Diet dilengkapi dengan memancing di musim semi dan musim panas dan berburu selama musim dingin. Wappinger sering memasak daging mereka tanpa mengeluarkan jeroan yang menyulitkan beberapa tamu Belanda mereka untuk menikmati makanannya. Meski begitu, banyak warga Belanda yang diketahui telah menikahi perempuan Wappinger. Desa terdiri dari wigwams dan rumah-rumah panjang berukuran sedang. Sebagai aturan, Wappinger hanya tinggal di desa mereka selama bulan-bulan hangat dan pindah ke istana mereka untuk musim dingin. Sungai Hudson menyediakan transportasi yang mudah untuk sampan mereka. Karena lonjakan pasang surutnya, baik Wappinger dan Mahican menyebutnya Mahicanituk yang berarti quotever flowing river.quot Nama Iroquois-nya adalah Cohatatea, namun Belanda menamainya Maurititius. Baru setelah Inggris menguasai New York pada tahun 1664, ia dikenal sebagai Sungai Hudson. Daerah di sekitar kota New York yang lebih besar pada awalnya diduduki oleh tiga kelompok kesukuan: Wappinger, Munsee dan Unami Delaware, dan Metoac. Karena mereka semua berbicara bahasa yang terkait dan memiliki budaya bersama, tidak pernah ada konsensus mengenai suku mana yang menjadi bagian kelompok itu. Dalam klasifikasi yang digunakan di sini, Wappinger tinggal di sisi timur Hudson bagian bawah, Delaware menduduki sisi barat, dan Manhattan dan Long Island termasuk dalam Metoac. Perbedaan ini tidak akan penting jika bukan karena masalah suku mana yang menjual Pulau Manhattan ke Belanda hanya dengan dua puluh lima dolar. Bahkan penduduk asli Amerika pun tidak yakin dengan hal ini. Delaware biasanya menyalahkan Wappinger. Namun, jika Manhattan membeli, daripada menjual, pulau mereka dengan harga ini, mereka mungkin akan diklaim sebagai keluarga dekat. Untuk tujuan kita, Manhattan - yang berarti quotpeople of the islandquot - adalah Metoac. Sementara dia menjelajahi pantai Amerika Utara untuk Prancis pada tahun 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano menemukan jalan masuk sempit ke pelabuhan New York yang hari ini menyandang namanya. Pertemuannya dengan penduduk asli di mulut Sungai Hudson ramah, tapi sayangnya, dia menentukan pola untuk diikuti dengan mencoba menculik beberapa dari mereka sebelum keberangkatannya. Selama 80 tahun ke depan, kontak quotunofficialquot semacam ini berlanjut saat armada harta karun Spanyol dan bajak laut Inggris melewatinya dengan mengendarai Gulf Stream pulang ke Eropa dari Carribean. Wappinger dan suku-suku pesisir lainnya segera belajar untuk mewaspadai orang-orang air minum yang sedang mendarat di kapal besar untuk menculik mereka dan mencuri makanan mereka. Selain pelecehan ini, kontak Eropa tidak benar-benar dimulai sampai tahun 1609. Mencoba menemukan Passage Northwest yang terkenal di China untuk Perusahaan Hindia Timur Belanda, kapten laut Inggris Henry Hudson menjelajahi pantai New Jersey di utara pendaratan awal di Delaware Bay. Saat berlabuh di Sandy Hook, Hudson dan anak buahnya rupanya mengalami konfrontasi kecil dengan Navasink (Unami Delaware). Meskipun demikian, Hudson terus mendesak dan memasuki mulut Sungai Hudson pada tanggal 9 September. Hudson menjatuhkan jangkar dekat ujung utara Pulau Manhattan dan menurunkan perahu panjangnya untuk menjelajahi daerah tersebut. Anak buahnya sudah gugup dari pertemuan mereka dengan Navasink. Salah satu kapal tersesat di sebuah bank kabut di dekat Hellgate. Ketika kabut berpisah, kru tiba-tiba menemukan diri mereka didekati oleh sekelompok Wappinger yang penasaran di kano, dan pelaut tampaknya dipecat lebih dulu. Sebuah rentetan panah membunuh satu pelaut dan melukai dua lainnya. Untungnya, Wappinger mengundurkan diri, dan orang-orang yang selamat berhasil kembali ke kapal. Meskipun menghadapi permusuhan awal ini, Hudson berhasil menarik delegasi kantung Wappinger di atas kapalnya. Makanan dan minuman disajikan, dan hadiah dipertukarkan, namun pertemuan tetap tidak nyaman, memberi Hudson perasaan bahwa dia tidak mempercayai mereka. Pertanyaannya, tampaknya Wappinger quotdurst tidak mempercayai Hudsonquot, karena dia berusaha menahan dua orang muda mereka. Sebagai pemandu sebelum menaikkan jangkar dan melanjutkan hulu. Setelah jelas Wappinger, orang-orang menjadi lebih ramah setelah mencapai Dataran Tinggi, dan Munsee di dekat Kingston dengan sengaja mematahkan busur dan panah mereka sebagai tanda niat damai mereka. Pada tanggal 18 September, Hudson akhirnya dihentikan oleh air dangkal di desa-desa Mahika di selatan Albany. Mahika tidak hanya ramah tapi bersemangat untuk berdagang. Hudson segera kehabisan barang-barang perdagangan dan, yang penuh dengan muatan bulu berharga, mulai menyusuri sungai pada tanggal 23 September. Dua insiden merusak perjalanan pulang. Di dekat Dataran Tinggi, Munsee naik lagi, tapi selama kunjungan mereka, seorang pejuang ditangkap mencuri dan mencoba melarikan diri dengan jarahannya. Munsee yang lain segera melompat ke laut. Hudson memerintahkan sebuah longboat diturunkan untuk mengambil barang-barang curian itu, tapi salah satu pejuang Munsee di dalam air berusaha membalikkan kapal dan terbunuh. Hudson mengangkat jangkar dan terus berjalan, tapi di seberang Yonkers, dia diserang oleh pejuang Wappinger di kano yang mengejarnya ke hilir sampai akhirnya dia sampai di laut terbuka pada tanggal 4 Oktober. Hudson belum menemukan Passage Northwest, tapi bulu yang dibawanya kembali dari Mahican membawa pedagang Belanda ke Sungai Hudson pada tahun berikutnya. Wappinger di sungai bawah tetap bermusuhan dan memiliki lebih sedikit bulu daripada suku-suku di hulu, jadi Belanda melewati mereka, dan pada tahun 1613 membuka pos perdagangan pertama mereka (Fort Nassau) di Castle Island di selatan Albany. Ini berada di wilayah Mahika, letaknya sangat disayangkan karena rawan banjir. Mungkin lebih buruk lagi, perdagangan bulu memperparah persaingan yang sudah ada sebelumnya antara Mahican dan Mohawk dari Liga Iroquois. Mahican terbukti enggan membiarkan musuh lama mereka berdagang dengan Belanda, dan setelah pertempuran selama empat tahun, perang meletus antara Mohawk dan Mahican selama tahun 1617 yang memaksa Belanda untuk meninggalkan Benteng Nassau. Belanda berhasil mengatur gencatan senjata pada tahun berikutnya, namun karena Mohawk terpaksa membayar biaya untuk menyeberangi wilayah Mahia untuk berdagang, situasinya tetap tegang. Terlibat dalam perang bersama St. Lawrence dengan Algonkin dan Montagnais (sekutu Prancis), Mohawk bertahan karena ini sangat membutuhkan senjata baja yang diperoleh dalam perdagangan dengan Belanda untuk melawan musuh utara mereka. Masalahnya adalah, bagaimanapun, baik Mohawk maupun Mahantan memiliki cukup berang-berang di kampung halaman mereka sendiri untuk memenuhi permintaan Belanda yang sangat besar. Dalam beberapa tahun, sebagian besar berang-berang mereka telah pergi yang memaksa mereka untuk memperluas untuk mencari lebih banyak lagi dengan mengambil wilayah berburu dari suku-suku tetangga. Pada tahun 1615, perambahan ini memulai perang antara Mohawk dan Munsee dan Susquehannock di sepanjang Sungai Susquehanna dan Delaware. Seiring berjalannya waktu, situasinya hanya memburuk. Pada tahun 1624 Belanda membawa 30 keluarga ke New Netherlands dan membangun sebuah pos baru (Fort Orange) di Albany sekarang. Lokasi baru berada di sisi barat Hudson dan, sementara masih di darat yang diklaim oleh Mahican, sebenarnya lebih nyaman bagi Mohawk yang tidak lagi harus menyeberangi sungai untuk berdagang. Ada sedikit keraguan bahwa orang Belanda di Fort Orange lebih bersimpati kepada orang Mahika daripada Mohawk. Atas desakan mereka, Mahia berusaha memotong perdagangan Prancis di St. Lawrence dengan mengatur perdagangan antara Belanda dan Algonkin dan Montagnais. Mohawk telah mengalami penghinaan untuk membayar biaya perdagangan dengan Belanda, namun perdagangan Mahia dengan musuh mereka terlalu banyak. Sebuah perang pecah pada tahun 1624 yang tidak dapat dihentikan oleh Belanda. Pertarungan berlanjut sampai 1628 dan sebelum berakhir, Mahia telah dikalahkan dan dipaksa untuk meninggalkan wilayah mereka di sebelah barat Sungai Hudson. Kecuali tujuh tentara Belanda yang bergabung dalam sebuah partai perang Mahia melawan Mohawk (empat terbunuh), Belanda bersikap netral selama konflik ini dan membiarkan para pesaingnya untuk melawannya di antara mereka sendiri. Peperangan yang panjang memang memaksa mereka untuk mencari tempat lain untuk mendapatkan bulu dan tempat untuk menetap dan bagi Wappinger, memiliki efek yang tidak menguntungkan dari mengalihkan fokus pemukiman Belanda ke hilir ke mulut Sungai Hudson. Ini tidak sepenuhnya tidak disukai. Setelah tahun 1610, Belanda terus memperbaiki hubungan mereka dengan Wappinger, Munsee dan Metoac di ujung bawah sungai, dan sebagai hasilnya, mereka telah mampu memperluas jangkauan perdagangan mereka ke Connecticut, Long Island, dan New Jersey. . Pada 1626 Pieter Minuit, direktur jendral New Netherlands yang baru, membeli Pulau Manhattan dari suku Metoac dengan nama yang sama seharga dua puluh lima dolar barang dagang. Benteng Amsterdam dibangun dengan pemukiman New Amsterdam bagi para petani untuk mengumpulkan makanan bagi garnisunnya. Penyelesaian Belanda segera menyebar di Lembah Hudson yang lebih rendah. Berbeda dengan hubungan persahabatan yang dinikmati orang Belanda dengan orang Mahia, konflik dengan Wappinger dan suku tetangga segera terjadi. Kejadian yang tampaknya tidak penting terjadi pada tahun 1626 ketika seorang Wecquaesgeek mengunjungi Manhattan dirampok dan dibunuh. Keponakan mudanya yang menemaninya berhasil lolos tanpa cedera, yang beberapa tahun kemudian akan memiliki konsekuensi serius bagi Belanda. Koloni Belanda Baru yang didirikan Belanda di Hudson pada dasarnya adalah kota perusahaan. Perusahaan Hindia Barat Belanda telah dibentuk pada tahun 1621 dengan wewenang eksklusif untuk berdagang dan memerintah. Karena hanya ada sedikit peluang ekonomi bagi orang lain dalam pengaturan ini, hanya ada sedikit imigrasi dari Belanda ke Dunia Baru. Upaya untuk meningkatkan permukiman terjadi pada tahun 1629 ketika perusahaan menjual patroli ke orang-orang yang bersedia membayar untuk mendatangkan pemukim. Hanya satu, Van Rensselaer, sukses, dan pada tahun 1635 perusahaan tersebut telah membeli kembali empat dari lima patroli yang telah diberikannya. Imigrasi memang meningkat sampai perusahaan memutuskan pada tahun 1639 untuk melepaskan monopoli dalam perdagangan bulu. Koloni Belanda mulai berdatangan lebih banyak, meski saat itu masih ada kurang dari 750 orang Belanda di New Netherlands pada tahun 1643. Permukiman baru dimulai di Staten Island, di Lembah Hackensack di New Jersey, dan Bronx. Hal yang menakjubkan adalah betapa sedikit orang Belanda yang mampu menciptakan begitu banyak masalah dengan tetangga asli Amerika mereka. Belanda biasanya mengambil kesulitan untuk membeli tanah yang mereka tempati, namun dalam banyak kasus, mereka mengeringkan prosesnya dengan brendi dan kecurangan. Pieter Minuit yang mumpuni diganti sebagai direktur jenderal pada tahun 1631, dan penerusnya tidak selalu mampu. Masalah serius dimulai pada tahun 1639 setelah pengangkatan Direktur Kieft, orang yang agresif tapi bodoh cenderung bersikap kasar terhadap hak-hak penduduk. Kieft tiba tepat setelah orang Inggris menghancurkan Pequot (Pequot War, 1637), dan permukiman Inggris telah menyebar ke pantai Connecticut barat hingga beberapa mil dari Benteng Amsterdam. Pada saat yang sama, orang-orang Swedia telah mendirikan diri mereka di Sungai Delaware yang lebih rendah di atas tanah yang diklaim oleh orang Belanda. Setelah bertugas, Kieft mengatur nada dengan mengirim sekoci bersenjata untuk menuntut upeti jagung dan wampum dari Tappan (Unami Delaware) di New Jersey. Tappan membayar tapi marah karena penyalahgunaan ini. Salah satu sumber iritasi adalah bahwa petani Belanda membiarkan sapi dan babi mereka berkeliaran bebas di hutan yang sering mengakibatkan serbuan ladang jagung kesukuan. Hal ini tidak hanya menyebabkan pembalasan segera terhadap hewan yang menyinggung, namun penduduk asli belum memahami konsep kepemilikan tanah domestik oleh orang Eropa, dan seekor babi berkeliaran di hutan sering dipandang sebagai daging di atas meja. Setelah beberapa ekor babi dicuri di perkebunan De Vries di Staten Island pada tahun 1640, Kieft mengirim 100 orang untuk menghukum Raritan (Unami Delaware) yang dianggap bertanggung jawab. Belanda membunuh beberapa dari mereka, mengambil satu kepala tahanan, dan memotong-motong mayat orang lain. Pembalasan Raritan di dalam kapal perang quotPig Warquot membunuh empat pekerja De Vries dan membakar lahan pertaniannya. Kieft kemudian memerintahkan perang pemusnahan melawan Raritan dan menawarkan hadiah sepuluh depa wampum untuk setiap kepala Raritan dibawa ke Benteng Amsterdam. Sebagian besar suku menolak untuk berpartisipasi, dan hanya beberapa prajurit Metoac dari Long Island yang menemukan kapak untuk Belanda. Catatan menunjukkan bahwa Kieft menerima satu-satunya kepala untuk masalahnya. Ketegangan yang tumbuh bisa berakhir di sana. Sayangnya, keponakan Wecquaesgeek, menurut cara bangsanya, memilih saat ini untuk membalas dendam atas pembunuhan pamannya dengan membunuh orang Belanda yang tidak berperasaan dengan kapaknya sendiri. Tidak memahami tradisi asli dari sebuah hutang darah, Kieft menuntut Wecquaesgeek menyerahkan pembunuhnya, tapi ini ditolak. Pada bulan Maret, 1642 Kieft mengirim ekspedisi hukuman 80 orang di bawah Ensign Hendrick Van Dyke untuk menyerang desa Wecquaesgeek di Yonkers. Untungnya, Van Dyke dan anak buahnya tersesat. Wecquaesgeek, bagaimanapun, segera mengetahui upaya untuk menyerang mereka dan, yang menjadi khawatir, segera menandatangani sebuah perdamaian dengan Belanda. Namun, saat ini keponakannya telah menemukan tempat berlindung dengan suku lain, dan Belanda tidak pernah menyentuh mereka. Situasi serupa berkembang setelah beberapa orang Belanda mendapat anak dari sebuah jeratan Hackensack (Unami Delaware) mabuk dan merampas mantel berang-berangnya. Dalam apa yang disebut perang quotWhiskey, dia membalas dengan menembak seorang Belanda dan kemudian melarikan diri ke Tankiteke. Kieft mengajukan permintaannya yang biasa agar Hackensack menyerahkannya. Untuk bagian mereka, Hackensack bersedia untuk menyelesaikan sesuatu dengan pembayaran wampum untuk mengutip orang mati, tapi sakramalnya tidak mau pergi ke Benteng Amsterdam karena takut Kieft yang sulit ditangkap akan membawa mereka tersandera. Musim panas itu, kantung Narragansett Miontonimo dari Rhode Island, di perusahaan 100 pejuangnya, mengunjungi kedua suku Metoac di Long Island dan Wappinger dan Mahican di Lembah Hudson untuk merekrut sekutu untuk perang yang dia rencanakan melawan rivalnya Mohegan. Di Connecticut Sementara perang antarpulau di koloni Inggris seharusnya tidak mempedulikan, ketegangan yang semakin meningkat membuat Kieft dan Belanda hampir paranoid, dan mereka mulai percaya bahwa sebuah pemberontakan sedang direncanakan melawan diri mereka sendiri dan bahasa Inggris. Namun, bukan Narragansett yang akan menyentuh tong bubuk di Hudson bagian bawah. Sebagai gantinya, itu adalah sekutu paling andal dari Belanda - Mahican dan Mohawk. Perdamaian yang mengakhiri perang antara Mohawk dan Mahican pada tahun 1628 juga mengikat mereka bersama sebagai sekutu melawan Algonkin, Montagnais, dan Huron yang telah mendorong Iroquois dari Sungai St. Lawrence pada tahun 1610. Iroquois tidak pernah menerima kekalahan mereka, dan Setelah penangkapan Inggris di Quebec pada tahun 1629 mengganggu perdagangan Prancis, Mohawk memanfaatkan kesempatan untuk merebut kembali Lembah St. Lawrence bagian atas. Pada saat Quebec dikembalikan ke Prancis oleh Perjanjian St. Germaine en Laye pada tahun 1632, sekutu asli mereka mundur dan Mohawk hampir mengendalikan rute perdagangan kritis melalui Lembah Sungai Ottawa ke Great Lakes Barat. Sebelum ini, semua orang Eropa sangat enggan menjual senjata api kepada penduduk asli Amerika. Pisau baja dan kapak memberi keuntungan cukup bagi rekan dagang mereka atas musuh mereka. Namun, ketika orang Prancis mendapatkan kembali Quebec pada tahun 1632, situasinya cukup nekat sehingga mereka berusaha memulihkan keseimbangan militer sebelumnya dengan menyediakan sejumlah kecil senjata api dan amunisi ke sekutu mereka. Hasilnya adalah perlombaan senjata dan eskalasi besar di tingkat kekerasan dalam perang intertribal. Pedagang Belanda membalas dengan senjata mereka sendiri untuk Iroquois, dan orang-orang yang terlambat mengikuti perdagangan bulu, orang Inggris dan Swedia, berusaha untuk memberi kompensasi dengan menjual lebih banyak lagi. Namun, penjualan senjata baru ini bahkan tidak, dan suku-suku yang diperdagangkan dengan orang Eropa tiba-tiba memperoleh keuntungan luar biasa atas tetangga mereka. Mitra dagang Prancis di Ontario menggunakan senjata api mereka untuk merebut wilayah berburu dari Fox. Sauk. Dan Mascouten di Michigan yang hanya memiliki senjata tradisional. Disparitasnya hanya memburuk. Pada tahun 1640 pedagang Inggris di sepanjang Sungai Connecticut, yang melanggar undang-undang yang ada, mencoba untuk menarik Mohawk menjauh dari Belanda dengan menawarkan senjata api. Dengan semua pembatasan ini berakhir, dan Belanda menanggapi dengan menjual senjata Iroquois sebanyak dan sebanyak amunisi yang mereka inginkan. Mereka juga menawarkan senjata yang sama kepada Mahican, yang merupakan sekutu Iroquois. Untuk alasan yang jelas, Belanda tidak memberikan senjata api kepada suku-suku di dekat permukiman mereka di Hudson yang lebih rendah. Merasakan kelemahan mereka, penolakan ini menambah kebencian yang meningkat pada Wappinger, Munsee, Unami, dan Metoac. Untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak senjata, Mohawk dan Mahantan membutuhkan lebih banyak wilayah perburuan dan berburu. Hal ini terutama berlaku untuk Mahican, karena mereka dipaksa ke timur Hudson dengan kekalahan mereka pada tahun 1628. mereka memperluas utara, timur dan selatan, arah terakhir sebagian besar dengan mengorbankan Wappinger. Mohawk melakukan hal yang sama pada Munsee di sebelah barat sungai. Bulu pun menjadi langka namun Belanda juga menerima wampum sebagai pembayaran. Terletak di pedalaman, baik Mahican maupun Mohawk tidak memiliki akses ke ini, tapi Wappinger dan suku sungai rendah lainnya melakukannya. Solusinya adalah agar Mohawk meminta upeti di wampum dari Munsee sementara Mahikan mengejar Wappinger. Selama musim dingin tahun 1642-43, 80 prajurit Mahians bersenjata berat datang ke desa Wecquaesgeek untuk menuntut upeti. Dalam huru-hara yang diikuti, Mahican membunuh 17 Wecquaesgeek dan menangkap banyak wanita dan anak-anak mereka. Wecquaesgeek melarikan diri dari selatan ke tempat yang mereka anggap keamanan pemukiman Belanda di Manhattan. Mereka tinggal di dekatnya selama dua minggu sebelum pindah melintasi sungai ke desa Tappan dan Hackensack di Pavonia (Jersey City). Kelompok lain menetap dengan Tappan di Corlears Hook. Seperti yang disebutkan, Belanda di New Amsterdam sudah khawatir tentang sebuah pemberontakan, dan beberapa insiden kemudian tampaknya mengkonfirmasi kecurigaan ini. Mengabaikan saran dari dewannya, Kieft memutuskan untuk memusnahkan Wecquaesgeek dan memberi contoh pada daftar quotwildenquot lainnya (pria liar) di sekitarnya. Dalam apa yang kemudian dikenal sebagai Pembantaian Pavonia, dia memerintahkan sebuah serangan mendadak yang akan dilakukan pada malam tanggal 23 Februari 1643. Maryn Andriansen dikirim dengan sekelompok milisi ke Corlears Hook, sementara Sersan Rodolf dan tentaranya dari Benteng Amsterdam berada Menyerang desa di Pavonia. Perintah Kiefts adalah membunuh semua prajurit dan membawa tahanan wanita dan anak-anak (berharga sebagai budak). Hanya Andriansen yang mengikuti petunjuk ini. Rodolf dan anak buahnya hanya membantai setiap Wecquaesgeek di desa tidur di Pavonia tanpa memperhatikan usia atau jenis kelamin. Pembunuhan oleh orang Belanda quotChristiansquot ini terutama brutal yang melibatkan bayi yang di-hack sampai mati dalam pelukan, penyiksaan, dan mutilasi ibu mereka. Ketika serangan dimulai, beberapa Wecquaesgeek melakukan kesalahan dengan melarikan diri ke Benteng Amsterdam. Mereka dibunuh dengan darah dingin di luar gerbang dan tubuh mereka dilempar ke Hudson. De Vries, yang telah pindah ke dekat desa Tappan di Corlears Point dan tampaknya tidak menimbulkan kebencian setelah perkebunannya di Staten Island telah dihancurkan oleh Raritan, menyelamatkan beberapa Wecquaesgeek yang datang kepadanya untuk perlindungan dengan mengatakan agar mereka bersembunyi di hutan. Secara keseluruhan, Andriansen membunuh 31 orang namun membawa 30 tahanan kembali ke nasib yang tidak pasti di Benteng Amsterdam. Rodolf membunuh Wecquaesgeek dan tidak membawa narapidana. Pasukannya dilaporkan membawa kepala korban mereka yang terpenggal kembali ke benteng dan bermain boling dengan mereka. Mempersiapkan kemungkinan pengepungan, Kieft lebih lanjut meradang situasi dengan merebut jagung dari Metoac di Long Island dan membunuh tiga prajurit Canarsee dalam prosesnya. Kieft mengharapkan beberapa pembalasan tapi jelas meremehkan tingkat perasaan buruk di antara suku-suku di wilayah tersebut melawan Belanda. Ketika berita tentang pembantaian menyebar, Wappinger lainnya menggerebek peternakan dan permukiman Belanda yang terpencil. Perang dengan cepat menyebar mencakup pejuang dari hampir 20 suku yang berbeda: Tappan, Hackensack, Haverstraw, Navasink dan Raritan di New Jersey Wecquaesgeek, Sintsink, Kitchawank, Nochpeem, Siwanoy, Tankiteke, dan Wappinger di utara dan Canarsee, Manhattan, Rockaway, Matinecock , Merrick, Secatoag, dan Massapequa di Long Island. Kieft memiliki pemberontakannya - Wappinger War (Gubernur Kiefts War 1643-45), tapi itu jauh lebih besar dari apapun yang dia perkirakan. Belanda segera terdorong masuk Benteng Amsterdam. Kelompok kecil yang dikirim bahkan tidak jauh di luar untuk mengumpulkan kayu bakar selalu dalam bahaya serangan. Secercah harapan datang di musim semi. Meskipun Metoac masih mencela Belanda sebagai pembunuh dan pencuri barang dagangan, maka De Vries dapat meyakinkan makelar mereka untuk bertemu dengan Kieft dan menegosiasikan sebuah kedamaian. Setelah sebuah perjanjian ditandatangani, utusan dikirim ke Tappan dan Hackensack, dan untuk sementara waktu, tampaknya permusuhan akan berakhir pada saat ini. Namun, ini tidak terjadi. Didesak oleh kantung Tankiteke Pacham untuk menghancurkan Belanda, Wappinger dan sekutu mereka melanjutkan perang yang jatuh. Setelah bertahun-tahun melakukan pelecehan, kata-kata Pachams menemukan telinga mau mendengarkan. Ini dimulai dengan serangan Wappinger terhadap kapal-kapal Belanda di dekat Poughkeepsie yang diikuti oleh penggerebekan mengenai apa yang tersisa dari pemukiman Belanda yang terpencil. Di antara korban adalah Anne Hutchinson, seorang pembangkang agama yang dikeluarkan dari Massachusetts pada tahun 1634 bersama Roger Williams. Setelah menetap di dekat Portsmouth, Rhode Island selama beberapa tahun, dia memiliki waktu yang tepat untuk memilih pindah ke New Amsterdam pada tahun 1642. Dia dan seluruh keluarganya (cucu perempuan ditangkap) terbunuh dalam serangan Siwanoy pada tahun 1643 Dengan hanya 250 orang yang membela lebih dari 1.500 prajurit yang dipimpin oleh kepala perang Siwanoy, Mayane, Belanda dalam bahaya terbebani. Saat perang menyebar, Belanda dipukul oleh suku-suku yang belum mereka temui atau dengan siapa selalu ada hubungan persahabatan dan perdagangan. Sejak Belanda berperang dengan Spanyol saat ini, Kieft tidak bisa berharap banyak bantuan dari Eropa. Terlepas dari kekurangannya yang lain, Kieft cukup banyak akal. Dia pertama kali menegosiasikan sebuah perjanjian persahabatan dan aliansi di Fort Orange dengan Mohawk dan Mahican. Meskipun Mohawk dan Mahican tidak melakukan intervensi secara langsung, ancaman yang mereka lakukan hanyalah cukup untuk mencegah perang menyebar lebih jauh. Kieft kemudian menawarkan 25.000 gulden kepada koloni Inggris di Connecticut untuk 150 orang untuk membantu menghentikan pemberontakan tersebut. Tidak ada keberatan untuk ini. Orang Inggris sudah marah dengan kematian Anne Hutchinson dan koloni Inggris lainnya di New Netherlands dan khawatir dengan kedekatan pertempuran dengan permukiman Inggris baru di Stamford, Bridgeport, dan New Haven. Kapten John Underhill mengorganisir dua perusahaan relawan (120 pria) dengan pramuka Mohegan dan bergabung dalam pertarungan pada tahun 1644. Di bawah bukit memiliki reputasi baik di seluruh New England karena orang-orang Indian yang berunding dengan baik. Seorang pria yang sangat religius, dia memiliki konsep yang tidak biasa mengenai Tugas Kristen, yang diilustrasikan dengan penjelasan terakhirnya bahwa quotScripture menguraikan wanita dan anak-anak harus binasa dengan orang tua mereka. Kami memiliki cukup terang dari firman Tuhan untuk prosesi kami.quot Upaya gabungan pertama oleh Belanda dan Inggris sebagian besar tidak efektif. Sebuah ekspedisi yang dikirim untuk membersihkan Pulau Staten hanya menemukan desa-desa yang ditinggalkan. Namun, jagung yang dibawa kembali ke Benteng Amsterdam sangat disambut baik karena Belanda kehabisan makanan. Ekspedisi kedua melawan kastil Wecquaesgeek memiliki hasil yang sama, dan serangan Inggris terhadap desa dan benteng Siwanoy di dekat Stamford dan Greenwich hanya membunuh beberapa pejuang dan menangkap beberapa orang tua, wanita, dan anak-anak. Hasil yang lebih mengejutkan terjadi ketika Underhill bergabung dengan Belanda untuk membuang sampah ke desa-desa Metoac di ujung barat Long Island. 120 Canarsee, Massapequa, Merrick terbunuh dan, menghangatkan pekerjaan mereka, tentara tersebut mengeksekusi tujuh tahanan mereka dengan cara yang biasanya diperuntukkan bagi deskripsi terburuk tentang kekejaman yang disebabkan oleh pejuang pribumi. Namun, tindakan paling brutal terjadi pada malam hari oleh orang Inggris dan Belanda di benteng Siwanoy dan Tankiteke dekat Greenwich Connecticut pada bulan Februari. Antara 500 dan 700 Wappinger terbunuh dalam pembantaian ini, jumlah yang sama persis dengan pembantaian Pequot yang lebih terkenal di Mystic, Connecticut oleh orang Inggris pada tahun 1637. Sekali lagi, ada kekejaman, mutilasi, dan penyiksaan yang tak terkatakan, namun hal itu membawa Perang berakhir. Pada bulan April 1645 Sintsink, Wecquaesgeek, Nochpeem, dan Wappinger sachems menampilkan diri di Benteng Amsterdam dan meminta perdamaian. Ini tidak segera dikabulkan, karena Metoac masih berperang dengan Belanda. Matinecock akhirnya berhasil mengatur gencatan senjata yang juga diberikan kepada Tappan dan Hackensack di New Jersey. Melalui mediasi Mahican dan Mohawk dan Mahican, sebuah perjanjian damai terakhir ditandatangani dengan Kieft dan Belanda di Fort Orange pada bulan Agustus 1645. Pada saat ini, lebih dari 1.600 Wappinger dan sekutunya telah terbunuh. Sebagai kondisi kedamaian, Mohawk dan Mahican tidak hanya menguasai Wappinger, tapi juga Metoac di ujung barat Long Island. Annual tribute was to be paid in wampum, so without losing a single warrior, the Mahican and Mohawk benefited enormously from the war they had provoked between the Wappinger and Dutch. After the war, some groups of Wappinger crossed over to northern New Jersey and settled among the Unami and Munsee where they became known as the Pompton. Others were absorbed outright by the Mahican (not always voluntarily). The Mahican used the remaining Wappinger as enforcers to collect the wampum tribute due them from the Metoac. Failure to pay brought Wappinger raids on the Metoac villages which the Dutch made no effort to prevent. For the most part, the Wappinger who remained on the lower Hudson tried to avoid further conflict with the Dutch, and in 1649 the Wecquaesgeek surrendered their claims to lands on the north end of Manhattan. However, just below the surface, resentment continued to smolder fueled by the illegal brandy readily available at Fort Amsterdam. Another source of irritation was the Dutch support of the Mohawk after 1651 in their war against the Susquehannock and Munsee. This was tolerated while the Swedes on the lower Delaware River were able to supply guns to Munsee and Susquehannock, but the Dutch capture of New Sweden in 1655 ended this and forced the Susquehannock and Munsee to ask the Mohawk for peace. That year, the Wappinger got into their final major confrontation with the Dutch. In September, a Dutch farmer on Manhattan named Van Dyck shot and killed a Wappinger woman when he caught her quotborrowingquot a peach from a tree in his garden. This brought canoes with more than 200 Wappinger warriors down the Hudson to Manhattan to kill Van Dyke. They eventually found and put an arrow into him (he was only wounded), but while tearing up the island looking for him, they got into a fight with burgher guards (Dutch militia). The warriors retired across the river to lick their wounds and raise hell by burning Dutch farms at Pavonia, Hoboken, and Staten Island. At least 50 Dutch were killed in the fighting - Peach War (1655). Meanwhile, the Metoac had grown increasingly angry that the Dutch permitted the Wappinger to attack them whenever they failed to pay the tribute due the Mahican and by 1658 were planning to kill all of the Dutch on Long Island (and also the English settlers on the island if they dared to intervene). Despite a recent Anglo-Dutch War (1652-54), the English colonists warned Governor Peter Stuyvesant who brought in troops to put down the revolt. After ransoming the 50 Dutch prisoners held by the Metoac, Stuyvesant promised to halt the Wappinger attacks. Following the Wappinger War, Dutch settlement in New Netherlands increased from 2,000 in 1648 to more than 10,000 by 1660. Beginning in 1652, it had spread north into the Munsee country in the Esopus Valley near present-day Kingston. During 1659 this erupted in a serious conflict known as the Esopus Wars (1659-64). The Wappinger certainly had enough of their own grievances against the Dutch, but few, if any of them, were involved in the fighting on on opposite side of the Hudson. However, a Wappinger sachem was able to arrange a prisoner exchange in November, 1663. To defeat the Esopus, the Dutch ultimately were forced to call in the Mohawk. Although the Dutch made peace with the Esopus in May of 1664, the slaughter did not finally end until 1675 with the Munsee defeated and subject to the Iroquois. In September, 1664 a British fleet captured New Amsterdam, and the important role of the Dutch in North America ended. Despite this, few of the Dutch settlers left the area. A steady influx of English colonists began to arrive with the first Puritans from Connecticut settling at Newark, New Jersey in 1666. Few were willing to settle up the river and challenge the Iroquois, so most of the new settlement moved onto the Wappinger and Munsee lands along the lower Hudson. Rather than treaty, lands were surrendered mostly through private contracts of sale with payment in trade goods. In some cases land was taken without any attempt at payment. In 1677 the Esopus sold their remaining lands to newly-arrived French Huguenots and moved west with the permission of their Iroquois masters to the Wyoming Valley. East of the Hudson, the Wappinger sold more than 100,000 acres between 1683 and 1685. While a few families stubbornly clung to their river homeland, most began to move north to the Mahican villages along the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts or settled with the 1,000 New England Algonquin refugees who had settled at Schaghticoke after the King Phillips War (1675-76). The quotmelting awayquot of the Wappinger population on the lower Hudson is a perfect example of what happened to most of the eastern tribes when confronted with the quotadvance of civilization.quot The blame cannot easily be attributed to any single reason. Although illegal, alcohol contributed to social disintegration and greased the wheels of a series of suspicious land sales to whites which usually left the Wappinger with little beyond the clothes on their backs. Epidemic accelerated the process by killing off both the old and young (smallpox in the Hudson Valley during 1636, 1656, and 1692 followed by malaria after 1700) leading to a lack of experienced leadership and a loss of any hope for the future. Warfare also contributed to the decline. When the Mohawk were dispersed in 1693 by French attacks on their homeland during the King Williams War (1689-96), the British attempted to compensate by recruiting Mahican, Munsee, and Wappinger warriors to help defend New York. Fully two-thirds of the Wappinger and Mahican warriors who volunteered never returned and gave their lives defending the interests of the colonists who were taking their land. The Wappinger disappeared but did not cease to exist. However, there was no massive migration which would be easy to trace where they went. As their lands and numbers dwindled, small groups of extended families left the Hudson Valley and moved elsewhere. As mentioned, many went north and settled at Schaghticoke on the upper Hudson or in the Mahican villages near Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Others moved to northern New Jersey and were absorbed by the Unami and Munsee Delaware. By the 1730s, only a few hundred remained in the lower Hudson Valley. Living in small bands, they posed no threat to their white neighbors, and through the influence of Christian missionaries were adjusting to their new circumstances. Missionaries not only exposed traders who were illegally selling alcohol to the natives but also provided legal advice which kept many natives from being cheated. Rather than supporting these efforts, many whites resented the missionaries interference with quotnature taking its course.quot This was especially true of the Moravians who in 1740 established a mission at Shekomeko (Pine Plains, New York) for the Wappinger and Mahican still living along the river. In the meantime, the King Georges War (1744-48) broke out between Britain and France. The Iroquois, except the Mohawk, chose to remain neutral. The Wappinger and Mahican made a similar decision, but French allies from Canada raided settlements in Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Hudson Valley north of Albany. Warned of impending attacks on the lower river, the colonists massacred several peaceful Munsee families near Walden, New York during the fall of 1745. The Munsee and Wappinger immediately left the area and remained in Pennsylvania until 1746. That year, a French army of 960 men under Philippe de Vaudreuil captured Fort Massachusetts on the Hoosic River which exposed the entire Hudson Valley to attack. Apologies were quickly sent explaining that the incident at Walden the year before was a terrible mistake, and the Wappinger and Mahican suddenly found they were welcome in the Hudson Valley to defend it against the French. No invasion came except for a battle near Schenectady in 1748. The good feelings lasted until the outbreak of the French and Indian War (1755-63). In August, 1755 Abenaki raiders from St. Francois (Quebec) grabbed the last New England refugees at Schaghticoke and took them back to Canada and the French alliance. The Mahican, Munsee and Wappinger families there probably went with them. Their sudden departure cast suspicion on the loyalty of all natives still living along the Hudson. In December, the Munsee and Wappinger families living along the Hudson were ordered to leave the backcountry and move closer to white settlements for their own quotprotection.quot On March 2nd, 1756, a group of white vigilantes led by William Slaughter (appropriate name) killed nine peaceful Munsee. Remembering 1746, the 300 remaining Munsee and Wappinger fled north to the Iroquois. A total of 196 Wappinger and Munsee moved in among among the Mohawk and Oneida in 1756 others settled near the Moravian missions for the Mahican and Delaware at Freidenshutten and Gnadenhutten in Pennsylvania and the remainder with the Mahican at Stockbridge. None would ever return to their homeland. During the summer of 1757, frontier settlements in Orange and Duchess Counties, New York and northern New Jersey were attacked by Munsee warriors still angry about being cheated out of their lands near Minisink. The following year, New York responded by confiscating all of the remaining native lands in the Hudson Valley. Whites immediately moved into the abandoned lands, and when the Moravian missionaries protested, they were arrested as French agents and banished from New York. The Munsee and Delaware raids were not prompted by any desire to help the French, but to avenge themselves against the British for being cheated out the their lands. Realizing this, William Johnson, the British Indian Commissioner, convened a conference at Easton, Pennsylvania in 1758. Hostilities ended for the most part after Pennsylvania relinquished its claim to Ohio and New Jersey agreed to pay the claims of the Delaware and Munsee within its borders. Besides the Munsee, Delaware, and Iroquois, the Wappinger also signed this treaty. By 176O there were 300 Mahican, Munsee, and Wappinger living with the Oneida in upstate New York. They served with distinction as scouts for Sir William Johnson and the British for the remainder of the war. However, their demands that the St. Francois (French allies) compensate them for the warriors they had lost delayed peace with the Abenaki until 1762. After violence and riots in reaction to the Pontiac Rebellion (1763), the Moravian closed their missions in Pennsylvania. The Wappinger families living nearby joined the general migration west to Ohio where they were most likely absorbed by the Delaware. Many of those with the Iroquois settled at Chenango and were adopted by the Nanticoke, themselves refuges from English settlement in Maryland. The Nanticoke supported the Mohawk and British during the American Revolution and in 1783 were forced to relocate to southern Ontario. Some of their descendants can still be found there among the Delaware of the Thames and Munsee-Delaware First Nations. The last major group of Wappinger settled in western Massachusetts with the Mahican at Stockbridge. Because of the missionary efforts of John Sargeant, the Mahican at Stockbridge were largely Christian, and through association, many Wappinger also converted. Besides acquiring a new religion, they also learned something about the British legal system. Both the Wappinger and Mahican were still angry about their lands in Duchess and Putnam counties which had been confiscated by New York in 1758. However, when they tried to forcibly expel the white squatters, troops were brought in to prevent bloodshed. Daniel Nimham, the last great Wappinger sachem, travelled to England to plead his peoples case. After receiving a favorable hearing, he returned to America in 1762 and filed suit in the New York courts to reclaim land taken without compensation. The idea of Native Americans demanding justice in an English court stunned the colonists of New York, but they recovered with numerous motions intended to delay a decision. The proceedings were finally interrupted by the start of the American Revolution. As the war started, the Mahican and Wappinger, now virtually the same tribe, joined the Iroquois as neutrals. However, after attending a meeting in Boston in April, 1774, Captain Hendrick Aupamut of the Stockbridge agreed to support the Americans. Ninhams Wappinger followed suit. Few white American families can match the patriotic credentials of the Wappinger and Mahican from Stockbridge. They fought at Bunker Hill (1774), White Plains (1776), Saratoga (1777), and Barren Hill (1778). Daniel Nimham was killed at the battle of Kingsbridge (near Yonkers NY) in August, 1778. The Stockbridge and Wappinger lost over 40 warriors in this battle. In all, half of the Mahican and Wappinger men of military age were killed fighting for the American cause in the Revolutionary War. The new nations gratitude for their sacrifice was brief. They were not allowed to become citizens after the war. By 1786 the last groups of the Stockbridge (and Wappinger had been forced to leave Massachusetts and resettle with the Oneida in upstate New York. For similar reasons, the Brotherton Indians from Connecticut and Long Island joined them at Oneida during the next few years. During the years which followed, the Oneida, Brotherton, and Stockbridge slowly lost their lands to speculators and the State of New York. In 1822 they relocated to a reservation established for the Oneida near Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1856 a separate reservation was created for the Stockbridge, Brotherton, and Munsee on lands purchased from the Menominee by the United States. First Nations referred to in this Wappinger History: Algonkin Delaware Fox Huron Iroquois Mahican Mascouten Mattabesic Metoac Montagnais Sauk Susquehannock Comments concerning this history would be appreciated. Direct same to Lee Sultzman. Please provide an opinion as to this articlesite.J7: The July 7th Truth Campaign Latest J7 news. 161010 . J 7 launch the dedicated new J7: 77 Inquests Blog for latest Inquests news and analysis. 071010 . J7 publish our Submissions to the 7 July Inquests, a series of documents compiled following Lady Justice Halletts decision to accept submissions suggesting questions and lines of inquiry for the Inquests. 100810 . A new film 77: Seeds of Deconstruction has been released that places 77 in its wider historical and political context, and examines some of the many unanswered questions that still surround 7 July 2005. 011109 . 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Six months after initial contact, the BBC revealed the documentary was part of BBC2s risible Conspiracy Files series. On learning this, J7 declined to participate. Find out why in the full J7 response to the BBC. 160807 . Channel 4 News Darshna Soni blogs about the need for a 77 public inquiry and asks how independent or public such an inquiry would be under the Inquiries Act 2005, a piece of legislation that puts the government in control of independent inquiries - 77 and the public inquiry dilemma. formerly titled, quotWhy its time for a public inquiry into 77quot 040607 . July 7th Truth Campaign interviewed on Channel 4 News as a new survey shows 59 of Muslims dont believe the government has told the whole truth about 77. Watch Darshna Sonis original report, Survey: government hasnt told truth about 77 . read viewer comments on the piece that show its not just Muslims who dont believe we have been told the truth. See also Darshna Sonis follow-up blog and 77 The Conspiracy Theories which explains some of the many errors and anomalies in the official story. 010507 . Transcript of Imran Khans statement on behalf of the 5 men convicted in the Operation Crevice trial. given at the end of the trial on 300407, which includes a statement by J7 on the renewed calls for a public inquiry into the events of 77 070307 . J7 publish a new article by Professor David MacGregor, July 7th as Machiavellian State Terror an article in which the events of 77 are given historical context and examined as potential acts of, Machiavellian state terror, spectacular violence perpetrated against the state by elements of the state itself . 240207 . Brand new J7 article Capitalising on Terror - Who is really destroying our freedoms - A look at how 77 has been used as the justification for the imposition of Draconian laws that criminalise everyone. 060207 . J7 publishes the London Bombings Dossier - an extensive portfolio of research by David Minahan, former National President of the MSF (Amicus ) Union. J7 Incident Analysis: Kings Cross Russell Square BBC News changes their web site and reports Piccadilly Line Explosion by SECOND SET of double doors The reason that the centre of the explosion was changed on the BBC web site from the FIRST SET of double doors on the first carriage to the SECOND SET of double doors would appear to be due to an eye-witness account of where she was standing at the time of the incident. The eye-witness maintains she was close to the FIRST set of double doors although, curiously, the same eye-witness has also stated that she was not aware a bomb had exploded in her carriage, or even on her train. Despite this, the eye-witness claimed the explosion could not have occurred at the location stated by the Metropolitan Police and news reports. The following account is taken from her BBC diary after hearing the news about where the blast location: The rolling BBC and ITV news started saying the bomb at Kings Cross was on the first carriage by the double doors going towards Russell Square - near where I had been standing. When the blast went off I fell to the left into a heap of people, by the left-hand set of doors. It was too dark to see what was smashed. We escaped through the drivers cab and walked to Russell Square but the news said most people escaped out the back and walked to Kings Cross. When I started hearing the bomb was in my carriage . I flipped. I started pacing about. I phoned the BBC to ask them where they got this information from, then I phoned the anti-terrorist hotline and gave a more detailed witness statement. She then goes on to recount her interview with the anti-terrorist officers: After a detailed anti-terrorism staff interview I found out some stuff I needed to share. The Kings Cross bomb was placed at the end of the first carriage . not the first set of doors on the front carriage as reported on the news. The Tube tunnel was very narrow here and the train was very crowded, which was why most of the people were killed and hurt at the back of carriage one and front of carriage two . Strange indeed that this was not just erroneous news reporting but information from official sources such as the Metropolitan Police and reputable media organisations like the BBC, and that both official sources and the media were stating that the standing area by the first set of double doors was the site of the explosion. Whether any passengers were killed or badly injured in the front of carriage two is disputed by the evidence we have researched. The eye-witness from the first carriage who hadnt been aware that a bomb had exploded in her carriage reinforces and supports Ray Wrights account that both both he and the train driver initially assessed that the explosion was due to a mechanical or electrical incident: Tube driver tells of bomb chaos A Tube relief driver who should have been sitting in the bombed Kings Cross carriage has described the panic and disbelief during the rescue effort. Ray Wright should have ridden near the suicide bomber in the front carriage, but it was so packed he sat in the front cab with his colleague. quotThere was an explosion, the lights went, the cab door, we believe, blew in and smoke came in,quot he told BBC London. quotAnd the screaming, thats what we remember more than anything else.quot Piccadilly Line driver Mr Wright would usually have been sitting in the carriage where Germaine Lindsay, 19, is believed to have carried out the most deadly of the four attacks on 7 July - killing himself and 26 others. But he told how he sat up front with his colleague because the carriage was packed to capacity that morning. quotWe call it crush conditions, you couldnt have got any more passengers on that train,quot he said. quotWe got about a train and a halfs length into the tunnel, everything seemed okay, when all of a sudden there was an almighty explosion and I remember everything happening at once.quot Back in the passenger carriage, he described a quotsea of blackened faces in a state of total panic.quot quotWe were screaming, above the shouting, for everyone to calm down, that we were okay at the front and we were going to get people off.quot He said as they got people off the train, he and the driver still thought it was a mechanical or electrical fault. It was only when the first police arrived he was told other bombs had gone off on two other Tube trains and one on a bus. While a local hotel brought blankets to the booking hall at Russell Square, Mr Wright watched as doctors tried to resuscitate passengers - quotit was evident that there were limbs missing,quot he said. quotIts not something you anticipate seeing when you come into work, but I think by then the emergency services were there and they were in control. quotI think at the same point we were still standing in total disbelief that this was really happening. The fact that two train drivers, after rescuing passengers from a carriage that we are told a bomb went off in, believe that this explosion was the result of an electrical or mechanical fault is consistent with many accounts from the other affected underground trains that morning. Ray Wrights description of the first police arriving and telling him that bombs had gone off on a bus could not have occurred until 9.47 at the very earliest. The initial cause identified for these explosions, power surges on the underground, are examined in detail here . If the explosion did occur on train 331 at the rear of the first carriage why did Andy Hayman. CBE, Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations, the officer in charge of anti-terrorist operations who was knighted in 2006, tell a press conference on 8 th July 2005 : Probably the more complex scene of the four is the explosion on the underground train between Kings Cross and Russell Square. The device was in the first carriage, in the standing area by the first set of double doors . Ill come back to that scene in a minute. Ive divided it up into a couple of categories. Firstly, its the forensic opportunities that will be present in these four scenes. They are very challenging scenes. Our people are working under the most extreme circumstances. And when I describe the scene in Russell Square, its yet to be the case for us to get near the carriage . Theres the threat of the tunnel being unsafe and, of course, given the passage of time, we will be expecting things such as vermin and other dangerous substances to be in the air. And so those kind of challenges complicate what we need to now do. Mr Hayman is reported as knowing instinctively that these were explosions caused by bombs when he heard curious news reports of power surges. News coverage of power surges were not broadcast until 9.16 at the earliest: On Thursday July 7, Andy Hayman woke at 5am, travelled from home to central London and went for his daily run in St Jamess Park, a few streets from New Scotland Yard. A few hours later he was behind his desk on the fifth floor when he first heard that something was wrong. There were curious news reports of power surges affecting Londons underground network. Without having to be told, Mr Hayman, the assistant commissioner who is in overall charge of Scotland Yards anti-terrorist operations, knew instinctively that this was the inevitable terrorist attack that the Metropolitan police had been preparing for and warning of since September 11 . and now he would find out whether the force was up to the job. quotI thought wed better start preparing for the worst,quot Mr Hayman said. quotIts now come to fruition. Normality will never be the same .quot An hour later . as he was being whisked to Whitehall for a meeting of Cobra - the governments crisis command committee - news came through that a bus had blown up . and the scale of the atrocity became clear. It appears that Hayman was not the only person with such prescient abilities, according to Hansard, at a forensics science conference that was taking place on July 7th: Last summer, I journeyed to Lincoln to speak about the issue at a conference of forensic practitioners. The meeting took place on the day of the London bombings, and the people there knew immediately that it was not an electrical fault that caused the disastrous events that occurred one after the other . It was interesting that some of them disappeared because they had to help out with the analysis of the situation. Even Tim OToole. Managing Director of London Underground could only claim: quotFollowing initial reports, we had one team concentrating on getting emergency resources to the sites and getting further reports, and we split another part of management to think about what we would be doing later, four hours and 24 hours later, because at that time of course, shortly after the bomb exploded on the bus we knew we were dealing with crime scenes .quot This written submission from the Network Control Centre operator to the GLA Review Committee also confirms that the explosion on the bus acted almost as official confirmation of terrorist attacks: The next thing was a report of smoke coming from a Piccadilly Line tunnel at Kingrsquos Cross and this resulted in more calls to the emergency services. The power supply people at Leicester Square confirmed that they had lost one of their major supply routes and were preparing an alternative feed, thus it looked in part that things were similar to the major power failure 2 yearsrsquo ago (albeit now caused by a train severing HT cables and with more serious consequences). The NCC, therefore, issued the ldquoNetwork Power Failurerdquo blanket message for trains to await traction current recharge, and itrsquos galling to see how in the media and on the internet the ldquopower surgerdquo theory is being described as an MI5 or Government cover-up put out to avoid panic. Although confirmation that these were terrorist acts had not yet been received, the Information Desk Operator and myself between us rung all London area Train Operating Companies (TOC) to explain the current LU-status and suggested to each TOC that they might wish to review their own security arrangements. Senior managers began arriving in the NCC and the lsquoGold Controlrsquo function was established in an adjacent room. Once the bus bombing had been confirmed it proved out worst fears . though by this time the evacuation of the entire system had already commenced. Buses were being withdrawn from Zone 1 and National Rail trains terminating short of the capital. The carriage number As noted previously, all of the details regarding the original report of this explosion changed over time, this would also appear to include the carriage number of the affected carriage. Tim OToole claimed the train number was changed due to matching the unique carriage number allocated to each train. Which carriage number is not known for definite as there are at least three possible candidates. The Piccadilly Line train, as advised by Clive Feather. consisted of the following vehicles: quot 166-566-366-417-617-217 . and the first carriage of that train - the carriage that was bombed - was carriage 166 .quot In an article about the first firefighters that arrived on the scene of the Piccadilly Line incident at 10.00, Blue Watch relive the bomb hell inside carriage 346A. carriage 346A is referred to eleven times, if you include the title of the article. In an Evening Standard article printed on 11105, (only a cached copy exists) . carriage 346A is again used to refer to the affected carriage of this train. Yet carriage 346A does not feature in Clive Feathers train line-up. The impossible carriage: Piccadilly Line 346A A note on Piccadilly Line 1973 Tube Stock car numbering. Each car has four axles labelled A, B, C, D. Each car has an A end and a D end. The couplings at the A end are different from the couplings at the D end. Cars can only couple A to D. Three cars couple to form a half train. For example, 146-546-346. 146 is the A car of the half train. 346 is the D car. A full train would be: 146-546-346-4xx-6xx-2xx. 346 would be the third or fourth carriage from the front, depending on which way the train was going. Which train does the physical set 166-566-366-417-617-217 belong to The Tubeprune informs me that: quotUnit 166-566-366 was severly damaged, 366 is probably the only possible survivor but it has no other cars to work with at this time.quot Since the explosion in 311 was near the rear of the first carriage and also damaged the second carriage, there is a strong presumption that 166 belonged to train 311, the train near Russell Square. 346A is impossible and 346D cannot be the first or second carriage. Why are there two newspaper reports claiming that an explosion occurred in carriage 346A J7 have submitted a FOI request to ascertain precisely which train the mythical carriage 346A belonged to: Could you please supply the following information in regard to the events on the London Underground on July 7th 2005: 1. What were the numbers of all the carriages damaged on each train by these explosions 2. Have these carriages been repaired and put back in service 3. Which train and train number would have had a carriage 346A that morning. If it was not one of the affected trains I would still like this information By 10th July, the time of the explosion, the direction of the train, the train number and the position of the centre of the explosion have all been changed from those originally reported. The one fact that doesnt change is that this explosion takes place on the floor of the train. Update . A response from TfL was received in August 2007 with a list of all the affected carriages. The response also included a categorical statement that, quotThere is not a carriage 346Aquot. Our ref: 2516450 Thank you for your information access request where youve asked for information about - The numbers of all the carriages damaged on each train by these explosions. whether there is a carriage 346A and if so which train and number would this carriage have belonged to on that morning, whether it was one of the affected trains or not. Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and I can confirm that we do hold the information you require. On July 7 at 08:50 hours, three bombs exploded on three Tube trains as follows: Circle line train number 204 (six carriages) heading eastbound from Liverpool Street station to Aldgate station Circle line train number 216 (six carriages) travelling westbound heading from Edgware Road station to Paddington station and Piccadilly line train number 331 (six carriages) travelling from Kings Cross St Pancras to Russell Square westbound. A fourth train, a Hammersmith and City line train sustained damage while passing train 216 at the time of the Edgware Road blast. The carriages in which the bombs exploded (166, 6713 and 6505) have been scrapped and disposed of securely due to the damage caused. A further 17 carriages were affected by the blasts at Aldgate, Edgware Road and Kings Cross the carriage numbers were 5558, 6558, 6523, 5523, 5505, 5593, 6593, 5713, 6548, 5548, 6732, 5732, 366, 566, 217, 417, and 617. There is not a carriage 346A . Fola Olafare Performance Manager Customer Service Centre Additional information, and questions about how Channel 4 managed to make a documentary, The Miracle of Carriage 346. broadcast on the third anniversary of 77, can be found on the J7 blog. The suicide-bomber theory gestates The idea that these attacks were carried out by suicide-bombers was first suggested by journalists rather than the police. Furthermore, during the early stages of the investigation the police are at pains to make the point that as the explosions occurred on the floor of the trains there is no reason to assume that they were detonated manually. Andy Hayman at a Press Conference on 8th July 2005, said: At this stage, we do believe, however, that each device that was put onto the tube trains was likely to be on the floor of the carriage. Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan police, was countering journalists who were posing the question of whether these were suicide-bombs, at the same press conference : BLAIR . No . as I said earlier on, Ian, there is absolutely nothing to suggest this was a suicide bomb . There is nothing to suggest that. We cant rule it out. It may have been that. But it may also have been a bomb that was left on a seat. It may also be a bomb that went off in transit. These things are still open to the investigation. And I think the continuous reference to suicide bombing is unhelpful, because its completely unproven . QUESTION . Just following on from that, and I have a second question. But just following on that, is it the working assumption at the moment that those on the Tubes were devices which were left They werent with an individual when they went off, or can you not know BLAIR . I just dont think we can answer this question. As Andy has already said is it looks like the ones on the Tube were on the floor. So that may give you some idea, but thats. QUESTION: So, you have no clues as to whether they were in the control of individuals BLAIR: We do not at this stage, no. The fact that the explosions all occurred on the floor of the trains within seconds of leaving stations, indicated they were detonated by timing devices rather than manually, a point being picked up by many newspapers as the suicide-bomber theory begins to wane: Information which has come out since indicates that a group of terrorists, possibly no more than one for each of the four explosions, could have arrived at Kings Cross Underground station and planted bombs on three trains heading away from the station. The police are not ruling out the possibility of a suicide mission, but their latest evidence is that in each case the device was placed on the floor of the train. That heightens the possibility that the bombers simply stepped off as the doors closed, and may have been back on the street when the bombs exploded within 50 seconds of each other. Police believe that a team of at least four bombers using commercial high explosives with sophisticated timing devices mounted last weeks attacks in London, and fear they might strike again. The details are the first to emerge from the massive investigation into the attack. They are based on a detailed examination of the timings of the explosions and early forensic analysis of the four blast scenes. Police would not comment on claims by US officials that timers had been discovered. The fact that all the blasts ripped apart trains and a bus that had travelled though a tight area of the city, around Kings Cross, has also prompted speculation that a small cell - and possibly a lone bomber - may have been to blame. A single terrorist would have been able to place bombs on both of the Circle line trains and, by doubling back or by alighting and walking to stations just a few hundred yards apart, place a third bomb on the Piccadilly line train. He or she could then have boarded the No 30 bus, where the final device exploded 56 minutes after the first tube blast. The Guardian article also notes: In the City, as elsewhere in London, people were waiting anxiously for more information so they could assess whether more carnage was possible. After the explosions battered the financial markets and sent sterling sliding against the dollar, an analyst at one London bank said: quotIt would make a difference if we knew for sure that these were suicide bombers, rather than an active cell on the loose.quot The money markets must have been reassured when these attacks were eventually blamed on suicide-bombers. Examining the events in London on July 7th, it is worth posing the question: who really benefited from these attacks and especially the notion of suicide-bombers as it certainly wasnt Islam or Muslims. Precisely how Lindsay not seated in a carriage at crush capacity manages to both put his rucksack onto the carriage floor and then detonate it is difficult to fathom. The scene at Kings Cross, where Lindsay is alleged to have boarded this train, and the train itself as described by an eye-witness: All Kings Cross trains were running late. I let 2 overcrowded trains go before boarding one at 8.40am. I had arrived at Finsbury Park at 8.30am. Normally there is a train every minute, but they were coming every 3 or 4 minutes. Therefore you had three times as many people attempting to board the trains as normal. So after waiting ten minutes I gave up and got onto the overcrowded train at 8.40am. And stood by the pole in the centre by the first set of double doors. More people heaved on at each stop. Arsenal, Holloway Road, Caledonian Road, the train was now completely rammed. At Kings Cross the platform was 5 or 6 people deep. People surged onto the train. We could not believe that they were even trying to get on . but if you were at the front of a heaving platform you were pretty much shoved on by the crowd. Anyway, on they all squeezed. Including Germaine Lindsay. And 30 seconds later he detonated his bomb. Anyone who has ever boarded a train this packed knows they will at best be squeezed up against the door and unlikely to be able to work their way through the other passengers, particularly Lindsay, described as a big, powerfully built man, not fat but muscular . Yet this is what we are to believe Lindsay managed to do. He somehow then managed to place a large rucksack, which according to the Home Office report CCTV shows are large and full onto the floor of the train and manually detonate it, presumably by bending down to reach into it and pull a cord. The method of detonation. which was initially thought to be by a timing device, rather than the mobile phones used to trigger the bombs in Madrid (which would not work in a deep tunnel such as the Piccadilly Line), has never been officially stated. The Home Office report, whilst not specifying either the type of explosive used nor the method of detonation, makes attempts to dismiss the notion that remote detonation was likely, whilst not explaining how the devices were detonated nor specifying if timing devices could have been used, preferring to make the case for self-detonating devices: There is no evidence at the bomb sites of remote detonation, nor of any material at the bomb factory which would suggest that they intended to construct remote detonators. The fact that Hussain seems to have bought a battery that morning may provide further indication that they were using self-detonating devices . Source . p12, Official Home Office Report Eye-Witness Accounts Both the BBC and the eye-witness diary extract describe damage and casualties in the 2nd carriage of this train, yet two eye-witness accounts from passengers who were standing in the 2nd carriage next to the adjoining door with the 1st carriage, do not report serious casualties or damage in this carriage: Im very surprised that there were so many deaths claimed at the Kings Cross explosion. I was standing at the front of the second carriage and apart from a couple of voices that were screaming and praying, there were no cries for help that indicated serious injury or even death. Especially as many as 21 or more as reported. People were in a state of shock but remained calm. Is there any information on how they died or how the explosion could have killed them Mandy Yu, London A J7 researcher asked Steve Lovegrove a passenger in the 2nd carriage standing at the adjoining door to the 1st carriage, whether he saw injuries or damage in the 2nd carriage: no, I was the only person injured in the 2nd carriage . The damage was concentrated in the rear third of the 1st carriage. This is all in my account even if it isnt clear. The 2nd carriage was damaged though as the end of it took the force of the blast coming from carriage 1. I cant account for what anyone else saw, I can only say what I saw from my point of view. But again if you read my account you will know there was a body lying in the junction by the third carriage badly maimed by the train . So there was at least one fatality further back up the tunnel. This has been reported by other people so I can mention it. Despite the tunnel being very narrow, the junction that Steve describes seeing a body in is the crossover tunnel which runs between the westbound and eastbound tracks. and through which many of the passengers from the middle carriages of the train evacuated back to the eastbound platform at Kings Cross as can be seen in this image: Perhaps the body lying in the junction by the 3rd carriage that Steve describes seeing was a passenger who had been thrown out of the 1st carriage This seems unlikely as Steve describes lots of things happened at the same time, there was a massive metallic bang behind me which sounded like wersquod hit a train at top speed, we stopped instantly . A similarly unaccountable sighting of a body, this time in front of the train as a policeman approaches from Kings Cross: They had been walking south along the track for about five minutes when they saw the torso of a man, with no legs or arms, lying on the track in front of the mangled train. quotIf you hadnt looked hard,quot Asquith says, quotyou might not have noticed it was a person at all.quot Bodies being seen some distance behind or in front of trains also occurs in accounts of the Edgware Road and Liverpool Street explosions. Within 2 minutes of the explosion Steve vividly and powerfully paints a scene of silence and darkness from inside the 1st carriage: People were asking anyone with a phone to try and get a signal, I got mine out, even though it was useless, it was 8.52. We were trying to calm everyone down, eventually our carriage went quiet. The carriages behind were panicking, the one in front was silent, our carriage was eerily calm. I couldnrsquot see anything through the carriage door which hit me, it was pitch black . it wasnt there any more. I peered in through the window, I thought it was just the blackness of the dark which meant I couldnrsquot see the full carriage, no, many of them were dead and dying only feet in front of me yet I couldnlsquot see it . I could see a man standing against the left hand rear of carriage one, my friend Mark was shining his phone through the window, trying to talk to him and the few people we could see, he never answered, he never moved for half an hour. Either he was deafened by the blast, in shock or unconscious. We were asking if they were ok through the door, and if we could get out that way, no answer. They were deaf, unconscious, dead, or on their way to Russell Square on foot. Course I didnrsquot realise this, there was no reason for us to believe a bomb exploded the other side of that door. . After about 10 minutes we had heard nothing and it was getting really hot down there . The buzzer on the intercom would go off every few minutes and everyone would shout for silence, we would ask for silence from the first carriage, even though it was silent in there . But the speaker would only crackle, and no message came through. After every failed message, people panicked again. Every few minutes a womanrsquos screams would come from the first carriage, and people would try to calm her from our carriage . I will never forget them. There were heavy bangs coming from both ends of the train, I thought the tunnel was collapsing, people were actually breaking out of the train. Mark tried to force the door behind us open to get the people out, he told them to stand back so he could kick it through, but couldnrsquot, it was buckled and swollen in towards us and jammed shut, the top half was blown through and scattered on the floor. It was so dark it was impossible to see what was happening in there, I could see part of the roof hanging down, which prevented us going through the window. Mark was still talking to the people the other side of the door, holding a womanrsquos hand through the door and reassuring them. A massive rush of air came through the tunnel as another train was coming down the tunnel and someone screamed out that it would hit us, I waited for the crash, I considered grabbing a man next to me, but it just faded away, They must have been clearing the tunnel to get us out After about half an hour people started to move down from in front of us, as I got to the end of my carriage I looked back and 5 injured people walked out of the carriage behind (the front one), then nobody else. We walked down through our carriage, as I did the tube manager from Kings Cross came past us, I walked into the 3rd carriage, the first doors and windows were broken as the train had hit and rubbed the tunnel wall. I got out the 3rd side doors of the 3rd carriage onto the track and down a side tunnel as we had stopped on a lsquoYrsquo junction. I looked back at the train, it was forced against the wall, and the sides were scraped. I recall seeing a form on the floor, I later realized this was a dead body. . I phoned my University tutor to let him know we had been in a crash and would be late. It was now 9.40, I had been trapped underground in the smoke for 35 minutes . I waited in the ticket room on the floor to go to hospital. I phoned home and let my parents know I was ok, and I had been in a train crash. Eventually I was led outside, I was one of the last who could walk to leave Kings Cross, by this time it was about 10.15, outside Kings Cross resembled some sort of war zone, no public, no traffic, endless screeching of sirens and police holding the traffic at all junctions onto the road. Here I saw one of the worst things, a man in a suit, his back covered in lumps of other peoples flesh and sheets of burnt skin, Only now did I realize how bad the situation was. I asked a cop what had happened and he said one word: ldquobombsrdquo. Why didnt Steve or Mark hear Ray Wright and Tom Nairn who rdquo. were screaming, above the shouting, for everyone to calm down, that we were okay at the front and we were going to get people offquot. Why didnt he hear anything from Tom Nairn who stayed with his train and passengers for 40 minutes Or Gary Stevens who also claims to have stayed with the train for 40 minutes How did Ian Wade (referred to earlier) and who claims to have travelled in the 2nd carriage, evacuate within 15 minutes, yet Steve claims he waits for at least 35 Ian Wades wife, Evelyn, gives a very different account of her experiences to the one recounted by her husband on the John Gaunt radio show, in an interview with the Independent although she also waited just 15 minutes to be rescued: Evelyne Wade was in the carriage next to where she believed the bomb went off. Trembling and ashen-faced, she was amazed she had survived. quotWe heard a big blast. The lights went out, and I thought I was going to die. Everyone was saying it was a fire and I thought we werent going to get out alive,quot she said. quotWe didnt move for 15 minutes and in that time, people were screaming, crying and banging on the windows, trying to get out. In the carriage next door, people were very injured and I saw a lot of blood on people.quot Mrs Wade, 30, an estate agent from Oak Wood, said that when the train first juddered to a halt, she thought that it was just a continuation of delays that had already dogged her journey to work as an estate agent in Knightsbridge. But she soon realised it was more . quotWe walked down the tunnel in the dark and there were a lot of injured people, and someone was dead. There was one big man who had lost all his clothes. There was someone else alive with no legs, we heard. quotThere were lots of people in bandages and pads. We couldnt see very well because there was dust everywhere and people were panicking and covered in soot.quot Were these accounts perhaps from a different train, the one heard by Steve Lovegrove: ldquo. A massive rush of air came through the tunnel as another train was coming down the tunnel and someone screamed out that it would hit us, I waited for the crash. rdquo Or by BBC reporter Jacqui Head. ldquoBut then it sounded like another train had come up behind us and the carriage filled with smoke again and people became really, really frightenedrdquo. Or by Weaselbitch who blogged her account: ldquoAt one point it sounded like there was another train coming up behind us. There wasnrsquot, but Irsquove still no idea what that noise actually wasrdquo. Another explanation for the two-train numbers and the evacuation within 15 minutes to Kings Cross could possibly be a north-bound train: As the northbound tube carrying Zeyned Basci approaches Kings Cross there is a huge bang and shards of glass are sprayed on to passengers . quotThere was blood everywhere,quot she will remember later. quotPeople were screaming and panicking. It was pitch black and then there was smoke. I thought I was going to burn alive.quot Through the smoke she sees a woman lying on the floor unconscious, her face gouged and bloody. A man is beside her, writhing with agony. There is light, somehow, from a torch, and as it scans the scene she gets flashes of the horror that is happening. Basci is covered in other peoples blood. The carriage is filling with thick, black, choking smoke. It is hard to breathe. quotDont panic,quot says the driver, coming out of his cab into the carriage. But the passengers are not listening. They are screaming. The driver opens his own door and tells them to come through, and step down into the tunnel. The power in the tracks must have been switched off. There are hands in the gloom, helping men and women out and down. Basci is terrified. quotI thought we were all going to die.quot Another account of a passenger on a train pulling into Kings Cross: Another person to be caught in the drama was barristers clerk, Chris Lowry, 17 from north London, was on a tube pulling into Kings Cross when an explosion ripped through the station, killing 21 people. He said: quotI was reading my paper when I heard a bang. I dont know if I jumped up or fell forward, but I ended up out of my seat. quotAll the lights were off except for one in the distance. Dust started to fill the carriage and I could barely see a thing. Everyone was calm in our carriage but further up I could hear women screaming and men shouting. As the dust thickened, I put my jacket in front of my face. quotI was terrified. I didnt know what was going on and had no idea if help was going to come. I checked my body to see if I was injured. I started to have a rising sense of panic. Someone walked through the carriage and said: quotdont worry, theres not a fire, dont panic. Were going to get everyone out. They told us to pass the message on because they couldnt get far down the carriage. When we came out I realised just how serious this was. People had hair burnt off and had deep cuts. I got out of a door that had been taken off but some had to smash windows to get out . We were still in the tunnel when we got out. We had to walk on the tracks to the station. All the time we were being told not to worry. quotOnce Id got out of the train I realised how lucky Id been there was blood everywhere. At the ticket machine at Kings Cross people were lying around being treated by paramedics. There was blood everywhere.quot Or perhaps like Hamish MacDonald who works for Channel 4 News, there is confusion over which train was actually affected, as his north-bound Northern Line train was evacuated before it reached the platform at Kings Cross: Our north-bound northern line train halted just outside of King Cross station after skipping the four previous stops. We were evacuated out of the drivers door . only to be met by hundreds of bloody, burnt and distraught passengers streaming off the Picadilly line train which had just been attacked. The passengers we met, spoke of a loud blast, a flash of light and a smoke filled carriage. Most thought it was an electrical fault or a crash, but emerging from Kings Cross station, where the drizzle had subsided momentarily, it became apparent that this was something more. This eye-witness account talks of the derailment described by Steve Lovegrove: At ten to nine, southbound on the Piccadilly line between Kings Cross and Russell Square, my train was derailed . Obviously a derailment is rather scary but we hadnt heard anything about terrorism or anything like that at the time. There was a flash and a bang (not a big one, I doubt the train I was on was the one that took the direct hit of a bomb) and the train stopped surprisingly quickly. Smoke was everywhere so we were a little concerned about fire but it soon became clear that there was none so we just stayed put and waited for someone to tell us what to do No one in my carriage panicked which is quite surprising as the smoke was really thick and nasty, everyone was breathing through shirts and tissues. We were stuck on the train for about 25 minutes before an official came and told us what was going on, and we evacuated quite calmly. I dont know what happened up at the front of the train though. Many of the casualties at both Edgware Road but especially Liverpool StreetAldgate describe electrocution, as does Ian in his account of this blast: Ian I remember thinking that Ive never been on such a packed train. The next thing I remember was reading a paper and then getting a sharp feeling of electrocution, like I imagine anyone who has been struck by lightning gets . I was knocked unconscious either during or after the electrocution and I maybe came round about 10 minutes afterwards. Last week I had a go and I did the journey I did that day. I went through the tunnel where it happened and to Russell Square where I lay injured for two or three hours waiting for an ambulance to arrive . The one thing its done is show the best of humanity and the worst of humanity on that day. What springs to mind is not the worst of humanity because anyone who straps explosive to themselves to blow people up is a murderer. By October surely even Ian knows that Germaine Lindsay did not strap explosives to himself and blow himself up, although that is the accepted modus operandi of a suicide-bomber. Gracia Hormigos also describes being electrocuted: quotWe were only a few minutes out of Kings Cross when this thing happened,quot said Gracia Hormigos, 58, a housekeeper from Tottenham, north London, who was on her way to work. quotMy whole body was shaking. I felt like I was being electrocuted. The guy next to me lost his leg. I could see the bone. I was trying to help him, trying to keep him awake. Richard South describes the explosion as resembling a loud power surge. John Sandy describes the train coming to a sudden halt and the explosion happening sometime after 09.00, whilst PC Bryan recalls his arrival at Russell Square : quotAs soon as I got into the booking hall there were five or six people that had managed to get up into the booking hall that looked like they had been involved in an explosion. Their clothes were shredded. They all had blackened faces, hair standing on end and none of them knew that they had been involved in an explosion . A few people thought they had been electrocuted. quot These survivors must be from the first carriage as these are the only ones to evacuate to Russell Square. It is well worth noting that the majority of the injured from all three trains, apart from those that received wounds from flying glass and debris, mainly received injuries to their lower limbs, which indicates that whatever happened, actually happened on, at, or under the floor of the train. Many eye-witness and survivor accounts from the 1st carriage also describe seeing a bright orange light that George in his testimony to the GLA Review Committee describes here: lsquoThe Tube was moving. The doors were shut we started to pull into the tunnel. It was approximately 12-15 seconds hellip This almighty bang. I said, ldquoWhat the effing hellrsquos thatrdquo In this millisecond, from the time that went, there was this bright, orange light opposite . and Irsquom facing the double doors, with my back to the doors on the platform side. In that millisecond, it went from a bright orange to nothing . What the hell was that Of course, audibly I hear a lot ndash screaming, praying. We now know that 25 people around me were just outright killed another 25 people were seriously injured. My first reaction was ndash I knew where I was in relation to the carriage, and I knew I was on the first carriage ndash I thought, ldquoWe have hit a trainrdquo. My first thought was, ldquoWe have hit a train the driver is deadrdquo. I canrsquot see anything . Itrsquos pandemonium there is black smoke pouring in and Irsquom having a hell of a job to breathe anyway. Irsquom thinking, in all these seconds, ldquoThis isnrsquot good. This isnrsquot good, because, if this is followed by fire, or more dense smoke, yoursquore not getting out of this, Georgerdquo. I had literally written myself off I felt this is where it ends. ldquoYoursquore not getting out of thisrdquo. I couldnrsquot see. I had never experienced anything like that before. I canrsquot talk for other carriages but, in the first carriage, you could see nothingrsquo. George, survivor of the Kingrsquos CrossRussell Square explosion Not all passengers from the 1st carriage appear to have evacuated to Russell Square, as early accounts have Rob Raines being let out of the front carriage by the train driver and evacuating towards Kings Cross within 15 minutes, the same length of time as Ian amp Evelyn Wade have previously been quoted as stating they were on the train. Are these descriptions of different trains Rob Raimes was in the busy front carriage . quotThe lights suddenly went out and there was a crescendo of noise,quot he said. quotSmoke had got in and was everywhere. My first instinct was that we had something on the track. quot We were in there for about 10 to 15 minutes until the driver let us out and we walked to the platform. It was a complete shock. One minute you are travelling to work as usual and then I thought I was going to die.quot Mr Raimes, 44, a lawyer from Finsbury Park, north London, stayed for nearly two hours after he reached the platform at Kings Cross . helping others who had escaped the blast. quotIt was very distressing for me and I saw people who were badly injured. I didnt see any fatalities but I saw some who had lost part of their limbs and cut-glass injuries. There were quite a lot of people who helped, including passers-by.quot There is little doubt that many passengers, such as Mr Raines, reacted with humanity and courage on the day. Perhaps strangest of all are some of the interviews and photo-ops from Russell Square which appeared on TV and in the press. One particularly iconic image is that of grey-suit man (name unknown), who is pictured lying on the ground in Brunswick Square some distance from Russell Square and is then seen being escorted back towards the station . This is filmed some 2 hours after the explosion, when surely a man with his injuries should at least be receiving treatment either in hospital or the triage centre that had been set up by staff from Great Ormond St Hospital. Grey-suit man being supported as he walks away from Russell Square station by the two men who pick him up in Brunswick Square and then escort him back up towards the station. The same two women after having been interviewed are then escorted back up Bernard Street towards Russell Square station, the scene of their trauma Could these have been some of the survivors that the BTP claimed were in their HQs in Tavistock Place by 9.09, described later in the emergency service response. Or could some of these casualties and walking-wounded be part of a live exercise, such as the Visor Consultant exercise that Peter Power was running and of which he said: ldquoat half-past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for, er, over, a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning , so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing upright rdquo Advice on conducting live exercises suggests the inclusion of walking wounded and casualties to add to the realism, and is recommended to companies testing their emergency plans by the London Resilience website : Live exercises . Live exercises range from a small scale test of one component of the response, like evacuation, through to a full scale test of the whole organisation to an incident. Live exercises provide the best means of confirming the satisfactory operation of emergency communications, and the use of casualties can add to the realism . Live exercises provide the only means for fully testing the crucial arrangements for handling the media The BBC web site even cites Roland Murphy of London Underground claiming of a similar rehearsal exercise at Bank station, quot All participants are unaware of the disaster until the exercise starts, so they treat it as real as possible .quot Emergency exercise on Underground Last Updated: Sunday, 12 June, 2005, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK Londons emergency services are being called into action for a training exercise on the underground. The live emergency exercise will take place at Tower Hill Tube station on the District Line on Sunday. The station is already closed due to major track replacement work between Whitechapel and Earls Court. Roland Murphy, from London Underground, said good safety procedures are in place quotbut we can always build and improve upon them.quot He added: quot All participants are unaware of the disaster until the exercise starts, so they treat it as real as possible .quot London Underground is legally required to hold an emergency exercise on the network every year. A police cordon will be erected around the station and Trinity Square, Savage Gardens, Wakefield Gardens and Coopers Row will be closed for most of the day In a BBC News report following the exercise Linda Smith of the Fire Brigades Union told BBC London of the controlled conditions under which the exercise was carried out: quot The cadets used as victims had been fully briefed and of course ordinary members of the public wouldnt have known what was going on . quot she said. quotIt was done on a Sunday, the area was cordoned off, there were no members of the public allowed even on the footpaths around the area. Were some of the torsos seen around the trains and these casualties reportedly seen in the Kings Cross area actually from the sites themselves or perhaps dummies used as part a live terror rehearsal exercise Piano removal man Rob Deller, 26, was working in Argyle Street, close to Kingrsquos Cross station. He said: quotWe saw four burned bodies pulled out onto the street near the post office. They were lined up on the pavement and then put in an ambulance. One womanrsquos body was covered in a red blanket but you could still see her face. I thought that wasnrsquot very dignified and couldnrsquot believe they just left her face for all to see.quot Besides the Visor Consultants exercise that day, another curious coincidence is that of a meeting of senior Network Rail staff at the Russell Hotel, just adjoining Russell Square tube station: There was also at the time a meeting of senior Network Rail staff in the Russell Hotel, yards from the Tavistock Square and Russell Square tube station, and, donning their emergency jackets, they were quickly able to help out at the two nearby scenes of bombings, Kingrsquos Cross and Tavistock Square. Even more coincidentally, the London Ambulance Service were meeting at their headquarters to discuss a previously held simulation of quot four terrorist bombs going off at once across London .quot Some coincidence of events indeed: 9.10 Today it is the turn of Julia Dent, chief executive of the South West Strategic Health Authority, to be quotgold leadquot, the person in charge of the response of the National Health Service to any major disaster. By an extraordinary coincidence, all the experts who formulate such plans are together in a meeting at the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service - and they are discussing an exercise they ran three months ago that involved simulating four terrorist bombs going off at once across London . There is also the possibility that Benjamin Netanyahu, who was staying in a Bloomsbury Hotel, possibly the Russell Hotel next door to Russell Square station, and who was warned in advance not to leave his hotel to travel to another site of an explosion. would be a more likely target of a politically motivated terrorist attack rather than innocent civilians on the tube. That Netanyahu or the Tel Aviv stock exchange conference were the real targets of these attacks was dismissed by Israeli officials. Another Israeli link in the Russell Square area is referred to by ex-Mossad chief Efram Halevi. appointed to the board of UK risk management company Quest in March 2005, a company whose Chairman is Sir John Stevens, in his chilling article published on July 7th 2005 Rules of Conflict for a World War : One historical irony: I doubt whether the planners knew that one of the target areas, that in Russell Square, was within a stones throw of a building that served as the first headquarters of the World Zionist Organization that preceded the State of Israel. It was at 77 Great Russell Street that Dr. Chaim Weizmann, a renowned chemist, presided over the effort that culminated in the issuing of the Balfour Declaration, the first international recognition of the right of the Jewish people to a national home in what was then still a part of the Ottoman Empire. Another hotel very close to Russell Square which may have had Netanyahu as a guest is the Imperial Hotel in Bloomsbury where the first draft of the Balfour Agreement was written on July 17 th 1917 . Emergency Service Response Amongst some of the extraordinary stories of the day are those that tell of more than just cock-up and confusion, as this account from the Fire Brigade stationed at Euston a couple of minutes from both Russell Square and Kings Cross shows: For others responding to the explosions, though, the confusion persisted much longer . At Euston fire station, the call came through at the most awkward time possible: 9.01, a minute after the nationwide shift change from Wednesdays overnight Red Watch to Thursdays daytime Blue Watch. Euston station is only a third of a mile down Euston Road from Kings Cross . but the first call sent them in exactly the wrong direction. Responding to a report of quotsmoke issuing at Euston Square,quot two engines sped south-west, away from Kings Cross, arriving at Euston Square station to find underground staff closing it up. There was no smoke. quotWe were in a bit of a blind spot,quot says one firefighter who was involved. ( The London Fire Brigade would not facilitate access to its frontline staff for this article, and firefighters said they feared disciplinary action if they were identified in the press .) The crews returned to the fire station. Minutes later, they were summoned to Euston Square again, this time to respond to quota firequot. They arrived to discover other engines parked up and awaiting further instructions . quotA lot of people were coming up the road, saying thered been a big bang on the tube,quot the firefighter recalls. quotWed heard of an incident at Aldgate, but we werent sure whether this was part of that.quot While they were waiting, the bus bomb went off. Finally, the Euston crews were ordered to Kings Cross, arriving shortly before 10 oclock . to find other firefighters already coordinating the rescue effort. Another anomaly and not referred to by the GLA in their final report is this account by Andy Trotter, Deputy Chief Constable, British Transport Police: I was in the British Transport Police HQ in Tavistock Square when the first information came through at 9am. I immediately dispatched senior officers to the scene, then watched, horrified, as the tale unfolded in front of us. Within minutes, the casualties from Russell Squar e tube began arriving at our HQ . When the bus exploded, the whole building started rocking and debris began falling all around us. My first thought was to put extra security on our front door because the terrorists could try to gain access to the building by coming in with the injured. My children began texting me but I couldnt make a personal call to my wife until late afternoon: I didnt have a second to spare. Through an FOI request to the BTP. J7 were informed that the casualties were brought to the BTP HQ from Russell Square due to the cordons that were erected in the area. This seems very unlikely, given the long delay in emergency services arriving at Russell Square and the fact that the underground was not suspended until 09.16 and that buses continued to run even after 09.47 when the number 30 bus explosion occurred: In respect of your request I can supply the following information. Nine person were brought to the British Transport Police HQ and were either suffering from shock andor very minor injuries which did not require hospital attention. If they had required hospital treatment that would have been arranged. They were brought to BTPrsquos HQ as it was a secure location, bearing in mind that very quickly the whole area was cordoned off, making it very difficult for anybody to leave the area, particularly as all bus and underground services had been suspended. The first casualty brought to BTPrsquos HQ was from the Piccadilly Line train. The casualties started to arrive at BTP HQ about 20 minutes after the first reports, at approximately 0909hrs . Quite how survivors from the Piccadilly line train, if it was train 331, could have made it to the BTPs HQ in Tavistock Place by 9.09, when the first survivors to emerge from the first carriage claim that it took at least 25 minutes to be evacuated added to which they had to walk along the track, emerging at Russell Square by 9.20 at the earliest: ldquo After about 20 to 30 minutes we started to leave the train .rdquo 2.51 The train between Kingrsquos Cross and Russell Square was left completely isolated by the explosion. There were very few 999 calls reporting the explosion mobile phones do not operate underground. Radio communication from the train had been disabled. Nobody on the train could communicate with the world outside without leaving and walking down the tunnel to a station platform. 2.52 The Metropolitan Police Service was first alerted to an incident at Kingrsquos Cross at 8.56 am, on the basis of CCTV footage of the station. 2.53 The London Fire Brigade received its first 999 call, reporting smoke issuing from a tunnel at Kingrsquos Cross, at 9.02 am. At 9.04 am, a lsquosplit attendancersquo was mobilised, with three fire engines sent to Euston Square and one to Kingrsquos Cross. Fire engines arrived at Euston Square (which turned out not to be one of the sites where passengers were emerging from tunnels) at 9.07 and 9.11 am. The first fire engine arrived at Kingrsquos Cross station at 9.13 am . At 9.19 am, and again at 9.36 am, further fire engines were requested to Kingrsquos Cross. There is no information to show when these further appliances arrived. 2.54 The first 999 London Ambulance Service call reporting an incident at Kingrsquos Cross was received at 9.04 am. A London Ambulance Service Fast Response Unit arrived at Kingrsquos Cross at 9.14 am, followed by the first ambulance at 9.19 am. A major incident was declared at Kingrsquos Cross by the Metropolitan Police Service at 9.15 am and then by the London Ambulance Service at 9.21 am. 2.55 It is unclear precisely when the London Fire Brigade became aware that there had been an explosion at Kingrsquos Cross . However, we do know that the ability of the London Fire Brigade to establish what had happened at Kingrsquos Cross was hampered by the fact that hand-held radios did not work effectively between the platform and a control position at the top of the escalator, nor between the top of the escalator and outside the station. The Fire Brigade therefore had to use runners ndash individuals running up and down escalators ndash to communicate from below ground to the surface. 2.56 No Fire Rescue Unit was deployed to Kingrsquos Cross in the initial stages of the response. 2.57 Communications problems made it difficult for the emergency and transport services to establish what had happened to the passengers emerging from the tunnel at Kingrsquos Cross station. The scene outside Russell Square station, Bernard Street, Bloomsbury. The Russell Hotel is on the right of the picture. 2.58 The explosion on the Piccadilly Line train took place in the first carriage, at the Russell Square end of the train. It was via Russell Square station that the seriously injured were brought to ground level as the rescue effort got underway. 2.59 The first 999 ambulance call reporting an incident at Russell Square was not received until 9.18 am, 25 minutes after the explosion. Passengers began appearing at the platform, having been led from the train by one of the two drivers in the driverrsquos cab. The London Ambulance Service despatched a Fast Response Unit at 9.24 am, which arrived at Russell Square station at 9.30 am. A major incident was finally declared at Russell Square by the London Ambulance Service at 9.38 am, 45 minutes after the explosion . At that point, the Ambulance Service Professional Standards Officer at the scene was reporting 6-15 fatalities and 50 casualties. This was a full 20 minutes after the British Transport Police received reports of loss of life and limbs. 2.60 We cannot glean from the information provided to us by the Metropolitan Police Service at what time they were aware of the incident at Russell Square, as their records treat Kingrsquos Cross and Russell Square as the same incident. 2.61 From the information provided to us by the London Fire Brigade, it would appear that no fire engines were sent to Russell Square at any point during the first hour following the explosions. 2.62 The initial deployment of ambulances and fire engines to Russell Square was much slower than at the other sites, and it took longer to establish what had happened. The first 999 call was not received until 25 minutes after the explosion, and a major incident was not declared until 9.38 am. 2.63 There was no automatic deployment of the emergency services to Russell Square upon discovery of the train at the Kingrsquos Cross end of the tunnel. Had this happened, ambulances and other emergency services personnel might have arrived at the scene earlier. The London Fire Brigade did order a lsquosplit attendancersquo, but to a station which turned out not to have been affected (Euston Square). 2.64 In the absence of the Fire Brigade at Russell Square, the task of making the scene safe for other emergency services, and evacuating the injured at Russell Square, was instead carried out by the London Underground Emergency Response Unit who, along with the two drivers, evacuated passengers from the first carriage and removed the seriously injured up to the station concourse at ground level. The Emergency Response Unit is a small and little-known unit which is responsible for responding rapidly to incidents on the Tube, such as suicides, derailments, and passenger emergencies. On 7 July the unit attended each scene and played a crucial role in the emergency response. They are experts in dealing with emergencies on and around trains, and have specialist equipment for supporting tunnels, dismantling trains, and helping to rescue people from damaged trains. The unit is regularly deployed to respond to people on the tracks, as well as other emergencies. The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) that attended at Russell Square in the absence of the Fire Brigade, is run by Tube Lines along with the Piccadilly Line. The ERU trains with the military in how to deal with terrorist attacks. An interview with one of the ERU team on this BBC London news coverage starts at approx 05.03: Ex Royal Greenjackets platoon Sergeant, Joe Moore, was with his team on a training day. But they were bleeped too. They commandeered an unmarked vehicle and got to their base in Acton. There they saw News 24, and realised what was really happening . Joe Moore and the rest of the ERU men on duty were sent to all three bomb sites, providing expert technical backup to the rescue teams. Using their heavy lifting gear, and cutting equipment ndash they were able to get the ambulance and fire teams in to areas the bomb damage had cut off. Surely the Emergency Rescue Unit would not have discovered what was going on via news reports, especially given that their role, as indicated by the title of the Emergency Rescue Unit, is rescuing people from emergencies and, further, that the first news reports did not hit the airwaves until half an hour after the time of the first reported incident. The Greater London Authority 7 July Review Committee final report states: 3.40 At Russell Square, the scene was finally cleared when the last patient was removed, almost three hours after the explosion . So far as we can tell from the limited records that were kept by the London Ambulance Service . and from the accounts we have heard from survivors of the explosion who were brought out of the tunnel to Russell Square station, the medical response relied heavily upon voluntary assistance from doctors and nurses from nearby hospitals . There was a shortage of ambulances until after 11 am . and delays in deploying the appropriate equipment, personnel, and vehicles to the scene. 3.41 The information given to us by the London Ambulance Service shows repeated instances of London Ambulance Service officers requesting more ambulances, supplies and equipment and receiving no response. The British Transport Police reported that there were at least 200 casualties at 9.18 am . A Fast Response Unit arrived at the scene 12 minutes later, at 9.30 am. At 9.38 am a London Ambulance Service Professional Standards Officer declared a major incident - reporting 50 casualties and six to 15 fatalities - and stated that there was only one ambulance at the scene . along with the Fast Response Unit. 3.42 At 9.40 am . the Metropolitan Police Service requested the London Ambulance Service to lsquosend every unit that you have gotrsquo. At 9.48 am, one ambulance was despatched from University College Hospital. At 10.02 am . a request was made for five ambulances and a bus. At 10.13 am, the manager at the scene reported that there were 40-50 walking wounded and 100 stretcher cases still in the tunnel. There was still only one ambulance on the scene at that point. 3.43 At 10.22 am an equipment vehicle was requested. At 10.27 am, the manager at the scene requested an estimated time of arrival of the ambulances that had been requested. There was no reply from Central Ambulance Control. At 10.42 am, the manager made a further report to Central Ambulance Control, and again requested an estimated time of arrival of the equipment. At 11.10 am, there were still only three ambulances at the scene, and a further ten were still needed. Finally, at 12.12 pm, the scene was clear of casualties. 3.44 The response of the London Ambulance Service at Russell Square can be partly explained by the general communications problems the service experienced across London on 7 July. These problems were exacerbated at Russell Square because of its proximity to Tavistock Square, where the bomb was detonated on the No. 30 bus. For some time after the bus explosion, ambulances destined for both sites were being directed to the same muster point on a road nearby. This was not realised until after 11am. Until that point, ambulances called to Russell Square were being diverted to Tavistock Square ndash a much more visible and immediately apparent emergency. Eventually, a system of runners was set up between the two scenes, and ambulances were redirected to Russell Square to take casualties to hospital. Amongst the confusion of the day, come conflicting accounts of who precisely were the first emergency service personnel to enter the stricken carriages. According to Inspector Stephen Mingay. awarded an MBE in 2006. who approached the train from Kings Cross and we can assume was one of the two policemen seen by those in the end carriages: Inspector Stephen Mingay was the first police officer to reach the blast-hit Tube train at Kings Cross underground when the bombers struck on 7 July. He was standing at the entrance to the Piccadilly Line when he felt an explosion beneath his feet. quotI literally felt the explosion through the ground,quot he said after receiving an award for his quotoutstanding actionsquot. He was one of 96 British Transport Police officers praised for their rescue work after the bombings. A few moments after the blast, he saw quotsoot-stainedquot passengers making their way out. He described seeing a quotbig wall of smokequot coming up from the tunnel as he ran towards the track with a colleague. After turning back to call 999, he returned and walked along the track for 100 metres until he reached the train. quotThere were a lot of scared people in the back of that train,quot he said. quotSome people were so scared I had to lift them off the train. quotWe did not know there had been simultaneous attacks, we were unaware of the other bombs going off.quot After aiding the walking wounded, he eventually reached the carriage where the bomb had detonated. quotWhat I saw in that carriage - no amount of training could prepare you for that,quot he said. quotI called for quiet and identified myself and what I was going to do for them to go back so as I could get the specialist help they needed.quot The 46-year-old said leaving the wounded to get help was one of the hardest decisions he had faced in his career. Although it went against his instinct, he believes his actions quotenabled a more co-ordinated rescue and probably saved more livesquot. He was commended for evacuating quotlarge numbers of passengers from the bomb-damaged train amidst horrific conditionsquot. Yet this report of Firefighter Aaron Roche claims that he was the first person to enter the carriage from Kings Cross after the bomb went off, albeit carriage 346A - which cannot exist as the first carriage on a Piccadilly Line train, rather than carriage 166: He was firefighter Aaron Roche, the first person to enter carriage 346A of the 8.51am Piccadilly Line service from Kings Cross after the 7 July bombs went off. It had just turned 10am when Roche began striding along the dark tunnel towards the stranded train. No one had a clue what had caused its sudden breakdown. Roche had begun to fear the worst, though, as he came across a bedraggled string of passengers, their blackened, bleeding faces almost invisible in the choking clouds of smoke. The train itself, though, seemed in better shape. Structurally, it seemed fine, its windows smashed by fire extinguishers hurled by commuters desperate to escape. Inside it was a different story. Passengers lay sprawled in each carriage . some nursing wounds, others simply too shocked to move. At either end of 346A, bodies lay three to four feet deep. In its centre, though, the floor was clear . On closer inspection, Roche discovered a metallic crater . the point where suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay had detonated his rucksack of explosives. The dust was still thick it was hard to see to the other end of the carriage. At this stage it was difficult to gauge the number of casualties because all skin tissues were grey with dust. It was very dark. Slowly, I began to make out body parts - the legs and arms of people. Limbs that I couldnt tell which body they belonged to. At first, Roche deduced that everyone in 346A must be dead. Then he saw the elderly woman. She was yards from where the imposing frame of 19-year-old Lindsay had settled as he counted down the moments before detonating his explosives. She was staring back at me. I can remember the whites of her eyes so clearly because the rest of her was just covered in dust, Roche said. Then from behind came a low moan. Roche turned disbelievingly. It was coming from beneath a mound of corpses. There was a sea of bodies and body parts at either end of the carriage . If you looked hard enough, you could see bodies shifting and twitching underneath piles of bodies. Roche called out to two colleagues who had followed him and together they began dragging off the corpses from those still breathing. In the minutes that followed, they remember hearing the soft accent of a Geordie man offering his gratitude as they freed his foot trapped from beneath a seat. Blue Watch dragged six people alive from carriage 346A . some with miraculously minor injuries. The elderly woman sustained only a sore ankle. The last survivor pulled from the carriage was Garri Holness from Streatham, south London, found lying on the blood-soaked floor among dead passengers. Scarred all over from the blast, Holness already knew he had lost part of his left leg. Interestingly, no firefighters were honoured for their part in the rescue when these were being dished out in the New Years Honours list. British Transport Police officers Steve Bryan and Aaron Debnam whose book One Morning in July - The Man Who Was First on the Scene Tells His Story - claim also to be the first emergency workers to rescue survivors from this carriage, entering the train from Russell Square. Aaron Debnam also took the last survivor from the carriage, but this time it wasnt Garri Holness. but the truly courageous and extraordinary Gill Hicks. . the two British Transport Police officers, PCs Steve Bryan and Aaron Debnam, who rescued her from the wrecked station . Why Gill in the crtitical state she was in, was not taken up in the lift, considering all the earlier walking-wounded had exited this way, is not explained. Barely alive, she was brought from the train wreckage up the 145 emergency steps at Russell Square tube by six policemen. There were no stretchers, so they carried her in a blanket . It was stiflingly hot. quotStay with us, stay with us,quot they told her, as she rolled in and out of consciousness. At street level, it was chaos - gridlock, a shortage of medical supplies and no ambulances because they had been called to bomb victims at the three other sites. She was laid out in the ticket hall where her body temperature began to drop. Another bomb was expected and there were orders to evacuate the scene . but the nurse who was massaging her heart refused to abandon her . A volunteer ambulance crew from the fringes of Essex did not know the way to any London hospital except St Thomass, so that is where they took her. Her heart stopped again as they were going over Westminster Bridge. She had to be resuscitated for more than 15 minutes in A amp E. Why exactly another bomb was expected in Gill Hicks account is not clear. Of little importance, but for accuracy, according to Wiki there are 177 steps at Russell Square not 145 and 3 lifts: Russell Square station has three lifts but no escalators. The platforms can also be reached by a spiral staircase with 177 steps, although signs in the station indicate that there are 175 steps. Another first on the scene was a senior paramedic, David Whitmore. who makes the point that the injured were brought up from the train in these lifts. This again demands that the question be re-asked: Why was Gill Hicks carried up so many stairs in a blanket in a critical condition if others were being brought out by lift David Whitmore, a senior paramedic and clinical adviser at the London Ambulance Service, was among the first emergency crews to arrive on the scene at the Russell Square end of the tunnel . A veteran of the Victoria Station, Harrods and Hyde Park terror bombings in the 1980s and 1990s, he said the scene that greeted him this week was the worst he has ever encountered in his career. Whitmore said those working underground over the next few days faced an quotincredibly difficult taskquot. He added: quotIt is a very deep station and very cramped. There was a lot of dust with people lying and sitting all over the place. People were wandering around looking utterly dazed. quotAs I moved on to the platform there was a big wall of smoke just hanging in the air. It made it very difficult to find people. We had to use the lifts to bring people up. quotThe train itself was totally mangled and there was extensive damage to the tunnel walls, but the integrity of the Tube has held. quotIn the back of everyones minds will be the fear of the tunnel caving in, but we just have to try not to think about it and concentrate on the job.quot Garri Holness describes a woman called Alison who is also referred to in the Evening Standard article which mentions carriage 346A. quotAnd all of a sudden I saw flashlights coming from the drivers side. The ambulance and the police came in. And they took everybody out, bit by bit. And me and Alison was the last two to leave . Alison Macarthy, in carriage 346A with Garri, claims to have tied a tourniquet around the legs of Gill Hicks to stem the flow of blood: Garri Holness, whose left leg was amputated below the knee, said he owes his life to Ms Macarthy, whom he calls quotmy guardian angelquot. He added: quotShe was full of shrapnel and yet she helped all of us. I wouldnt be alive today if it wasnt for her.quot Ms Macarthy, 30, was standing two to three feet from Jermaine Lindsay when he detonated the bomb in his rucksack. The explosion tore a hole the size of a tennis ball in the back of her right knee, exposing the tendon. But she picked herself up off the carriage floor and began tending other passengers. She took off her jacket and tied the arm tight just below Mr Holnesss left knee. Doctors have said that action alone stemmed the loss of blood and saved his life. She then worked her way across the carriage to Gill Hicks, 37, who had lost both legs. Ms Macarthy took the womans scarf and used it as a tourniquet . Ms Hicks had lost 75 per cent of her blood and her heart stopped twice on the way to hospital. Ms Macarthys actions almost certainly saved her life as well. She returned to Mr Holness, who by now was slumped in a seat, and kept him from slipping out of consciousness. Yet Gill seems very certain that she tied her scarf around her legs herself and she makes no mention of Alison Macarthy in any of her accounts of that day: It was, it, apart from this being a normal day, it was sort of once again abnormal in the sense that I was wearing a scarf and I dont normally wear scarves, and Im certainly counting my blessings that I had a scarf on that morning, and so I took my scarf off and it was a sort of chiffony material, which is quite hard to tear actually. So I was sort of sitting there on this bench seat, and of course all this feels like its happening in a very long period of time, but it must sort of be minutes that youre reacting in this way, and I ripped my scarf in half and applied almost, well, tied them as tourniquets around both legs to try and make some attempt at stopping the amount of blood that I was losing. By 11.00 Garri is in transit to the Royal Free Hospital whereas Gill is still being rescued, after which she is taken to St Thomas Hospital, a 2.5 mile journey across a grid locked London. This account has Glenn McMunn, also awarded an MBE in 2006. of the BTP being one of the first on to the train where Gill is rescued, but there is no mention of Garri in his report, nor of the fireman that Gary Stevens claimed was the first person to arrive at the train: Arriving at Russell Square, he found a couple of dozen soot-coated people in the small area in front of and behind the barriers. Down at the Piccadilly Line platform, he came across the driver, clearly distressed, who explained that a bomb had gone off on his train and that there were still many severely injured people on board. With McMunn, by this time, were two transport police, several Metropolitan officers and four paramedics . Would they, he asked, be happy to go down the tunnel and see what they could do to help McMunn recalls approaching the train. With the power shut down, they had to use torches to illuminate the three quarters-of-a-mile walk down the tunnel. The smoke thickened into a fog as they got closer, making it difficult to breathe. quotIt was quite eerie and there was one gentleman on the left hand side of the train who had had half his leg blown off. A paramedic attended to him and I went onto the train with the other three paramedics and one officer. In my own mind I had thought, Right, Im just going to go on with the paramedics. I didnt want the other officers on because I wanted to assess the situation first just in case there might be secondary devices and I just wanted to see what this bomb had done to the integrity of the tunnel. Would it be safe under there quot Inside, in the dark, he almost tripped over one man. quotI wasnt sure whether he was alive or dead although he turned out to be alive.quot There was a huge ragged hole in the top of the train and the doors had been buckled and virtually blown out and bodies were piled on top of each other. Is it possible that Gill Hicks was the last survivor to be evacuated from a different train to Garri Holness Whether there were more explosions than are admitted in the official version is examined extensively in the London Bombings Dossier compiled by David Minahan. Steve Mingay and Aaron Roche both claimed to be the first to enter the stricken carriage from Kings Cross, yet Inspector Ray Shields of the BTP also makes this claim: For the emergency services, the work was only beginning. For veteran police Inspector Ray Shields the mayhem was all too familiar. He had travelled early down to Kings Cross from his home in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. He had also been there in 1987, when the fire in the underground concourse killed 31 commuters. Now, 18 years on, as a senior British Transport Inspector, horror was unravelling once again. Shields and his fellow officers dashed down to the track the moment the explosion was heard and began trying to haul out the passengers trapped within the tunnel . The scene was chaotic. Only passengers on the Kings Cross side of the blast could be hauled out: the vast majority were trapped behind the blast site which had blocked the tunnel entirely. The police on the Kings Cross side saw the worst of the damage . Sergeant Steve Betts . one of the British Transport police officers first to reach the scene . gave a harrowing account of the mayhem. quotI am not very good at enclosed spaces at the best of times and we had to climb over bodies and body parts to try and help people. I found a man and his leg had been blown off below the knee. There was another body next to him. There was also what I thought was a pile of clothes but as I passed to try and get to the man, it moaned and asked me for help. It was a woman. She had all her limbs blown off. I think she died on the concourse,quot he said. Human endurance was being tested to the limit. The description of the police on the Kings Cross side of the tunnel seeing the worst of the damage is a bizarre statement, considering that the mass of casualties were in the Russell Square end of the train. Another of the first people into the carriage is Sergeant Steve Betts : At Kings Cross, the torches of transport police probe the smoky darkness. The train is 150 metres out of the station, around a corner in a deep and very tight tunnel. As the first rescuers approach, a few walking wounded stagger towards them. Sergeant Steve Betts hears somebody cry out for help, but he cant see who. He calls out, but there is no response. There is only about six inches of space on either side of the train, so the force of the blast has been contained and pushed back on to the passengers. Inside the first carriage, Betts sees quotpeople with limbs missing, huge open wounds with their organs showingquot and he hears people quotcrying out and moaning and asking for helpquot. Its like the end of the world, he thinks. But then he thinks, quotDo your jobquot. He climbs over dead bodies, trying to work out who is still alive, and finds a man who has lost his leg below the knee. To reach him, the policeman has to get past a pile of clothes. As he tries to do that, the pile of clothes moans for help. It is a woman. All her limbs had been blown off. It was, he says, as though someone had poured black paint over shop dummies, cut them up and filled the train with their parts. The woman he found who lost all her limbs has died on the station concourse. This report also contradicts Aaron Roche as being the first person into the train from Kings Cross unless of course there was more than one train or some of these reports are descriptions of a live exercise that day, and is the only report that doesnt describe the thick black smoke: A divisional commander with London Fire Brigade, he was at Kings Cross when the first bomb went off and climbed down into the tunnel to help bring out the 21 bodies. The effect of a blast is like a thunder clap or a very loud firework and that can numb your thoughts for a while. We knew that the difficulty we were going to have was managing people and getting them to the surface. Getting people out of the train was difficult, it was a matter of getting them out by hand or torchlight but it was difficult to even see them: there wasnt smoke as such but a very, very fine dust which really reduced visibility. It was pretty chaotic at first, as you would expect. There were blast injuries and a lot of people were traumatised. 1500 Metropolitan Police and 75 British Transport Police officers were in Scotland policing the G8 on 7th July, which might account for the use of trainee police officers at the scene in Russell Square. They tell of thick smoke rather than the fine dust described by Terence Adams: A TEAM of rookie Camden police officers were among those commended this week for bravery during the July 7 bombings. The seven trainee police constables had been working just five weeks when they were called to pull passengers from the wreckage of the Piccadilly Line train. After getting the call at Hampstead police station, officers fought through thick smoke and the fear of a secondary bomb explosion to tend to the injured at Russell Square Station. PC Claire Moffet, 24, said: quotWe had started hearing reports of smoke coming out from Kings Cross and we were told by our sergeant, Neil Drinkwater, to put on our high visibility jackets. quotWe drove as fast as we could down to Kings Cross. I thought we were going to die before we got there we were going so quick.quot PC Phillippa Mason said: quot We went down into the tunnel at Russell Square to find the train . There was smoke everywhere and none of the lighting was working. quotWe came across injured people lying on the platform and the train itself was obliterated.quot The team battled for three hours in the tunnel helping passengers to safety and comforting those that they could not move. Removal and identification of the victims 3.11 The recovery of the dead and human remains is also an evidence recovery process . It is normally appropriate for trained police officers to carry out this task . A number of police forces throughout the United Kingdom have such trained teams. However, in some incidents it may be necessary to seek wider support, for example from the military and this should be considered and agreed as part of the planning process. 3.12 Recovery will be conducted under the overall supervision of the scene evidence recovery manager and carried out as part of a carefully documented process. This process will normally use nationally recognised victim labels and recovery booklets each bearing a unique reference number. In addition to contemporaneous documentation the process may be supported by video and still photography . There is no specific definition of what constitutes a body (under section 8 of the Coroners Act 1988), essentially the test will be whether the quantity of remains found is sufficient enough to prove death. Naturally there is a major difference between dealing with an accident site and a crime scene, and there are no reports of the victims being photographed in situ or how evidence was gathered before the victims were removed from the carriage, Andy Hayman had claimed on 8th July that the Metropolitan Police forensics team had yet to gain access to the carriage. Those identifying victims of a mass killing must first study the bodies at the crime scene . They are photographed and checked to see if there are clues near by, such as weapons. The way in which a body has been damaged, the path taken by flying limbs or the site of burns or scorch marks, can all give clues to the location of a bomb. How on earth the proximity to the explosion was established, either for the alleged perpetrator, Lindsay, or the victims is very unclear, especially when considering this report (unfortunately vanished down the memory hole) from some of the first responders on the 7th: Youre looking and you cant believe it,quot says Jackson. quotYoure shocked, then the adrenaline kicks in and you do your job. You just blank it out.quot Jackson called for more lighting and more fire fighters arrived. quot We had to get dead people out of the way so we could get to people trapped underneath. We were taking bodies out of the carriage, but eventually we just piled them to the side of the carriage.quot There were dismembered parts everywhere. It was impossible to tell which had come from which bodies. quotThe floor was really slippery, you didnt know what you were stepping on,quot says Collins, 29. The firefighters didnt know if a dirty bomb had gone off, or if another device would explode. They worked on in the heat and stench, soaked in sweat and parched. A triage was set up and paramedics tagged people - from 0 (dead) to 4 (minor injuries). Detective Inspector Jim Dickie had responsibility for the identification of the victims and had this to say at a press conference on 9th July: the recovery of bodies and identification of those who had died was both complex and harrowing. Many people had suffered extensive injuries and it could take longer to formally identify these victims. Many reports were describing that as many as 20 bodies were still trapped within the train on 10th July, although the death toll of 21, just 6 less than the final number for the Piccadilly line had been reported by the MPS on the 7 th : The conditions were grim with an almost unbearable stench in 140F heat. Twenty bodies are believed to be still trapped in the wreckage of the Piccadilly Line train 150ft below ground and it is expected to be days before they are all recovered. Yesterday as some bodies were brought to the surface the air was filled with the chilling sound of mobile phones ringing. Handsets in the victims pockets had been unable to receive a signal since the attack as they lay in the Tube tunnel . Deputy Chief Constable Andy Trotter, of British Transport Police, said last night: quotIts very tight at the point of the incident. The confined space made the devastation even more horrific. It is extremely hot. When the rescue teams were recovering live people, they overcame the difficulties. But we have had to stop and regroup. quotWe dont know how many bodies are left in the carriage at the moment. It is very hot, dusty and dangerous. But we are continuing to recover bodies and they are being removed to the mortuary.quot He added: quotWe are aware of the anguish of the relatives and our hearts go out to them.quot A police source said: quotThe mobile phones started ringing as soon as the bodies reached the surface. It is very distressing to hear the ringing sounds from simply hundreds of messages on the voicemails of phones belonging to the dead. It just made the crews realise how many people are still clinging to the belief that people caught up in the explosions are still alive. It brought tears to the eyes of some. quotSadly the officers couldnt touch the phones because its a crime scene. They werent even able to let the people who made the calls know the truth.quot At least 21 people died after the second of four bombs exploded at 8.56am on a Piccadilly Line train travelling from Kings Cross to Russell Square. The blast caused the most devastation of three attacks on the underground because it happened so far below the surface. The deep tunnels caused the most problems for crews attempting to reach the injured. The death toll is rising as teams work around the clock to clear the partly collapsed tunnel of bodies. The grim task which began on Friday will last into next week. But the forensics work is hampered by the grim conditions in the Piccadilly underground system, located 500 metres from Kings Cross. The tunnel near Russell Square in Londons Bloomsbury district remains unsafe in the immediate area around the blast. Engineers are concerned that the crucial steel lining that strengthens the tunnel, which has been bored through clay, may have been ruptured in the blast. They are currently considering a plan to drag several carriages down the track to obtain access to the wrecked first carriage in the train where the bomb went off. It is believed that more than 20 bodies are still trapped in the wreckage. A specialist team of senior police officers, coroners and medical experts is now trying to ensure that the bodies are correctly identified. An analysis of the concerns regarding the identification of victims and mix-ups over which site they came from and the use of two Bloomsbury hotels as body holding areas prior to the erection of the Resilience Mortuary are included on the J7 Edgware Road Incident Analysis. Despite the Piccadilly Line carriage being the most difficult of the scenes to reach as described in the previous two reports, the first formal identification of any of the victims and the first person to be named, occurred on 11 th July and was from this train: Susan Levy, 53, was named as a victim of the London bomb attack today - the first person to be formally identified by police. Up to 70 people may have been killed by the four bombs. she was travelling on the Piccadilly Line on Thursday morning. The significance of this first announcement of a victims name was not lost on some of the Jewish community : ldquoIn my mind,rdquo he continued, ldquoI saw all the images of Israeli buses blown up and thought, lsquoIt is now here. The barbarians are now at our gates .rsquordquo With most of the United Kingdomrsquos 290,000 Jews living in London, it was with a sense of inevitability that the community awaited details of possible Jewish casualties, as missing commuters were listed and fatality totals were announced. More than 50 people are known to have died and the number of deaths is expected to rise. The first Jewish death officially confirmed was Susan Levy . 53, a mother of two from Hertfordshire, who was killed on her way to work in the subway train explosion near Kingrsquos Cross. That many of the victims still had working mobile phones on them, according to the police source quoted in the Mirror. is astounding and surely should have prevented many of the families and loved ones spending many long agonising days awaiting news, forced to resort to posting photos of the missing around Kings Cross in scenes reminiscent of those around the WTCs on 11th September 2001 . Pictured: Christian Njoya Small ndash who Daniel Obachike claims to have seen alive after the Piccadilly Line explosion Many and varied reports of the tunnel having collapsed onto the train and track due to the explosion and the fears of further tunnel collapse hampering the investigation, were a feature of the news from this incident: The force of the blast in the confined space caused large sections of the walls to collapse inwards on to the carriages and tracks. Yet strangely, no mention is made of damage to the tunnel in a Tube Lines report on the 3rd August 2005 when repairs were completed: Back in business ndash Tube Lines completes repairs on Piccadilly line after bomb The first task was to thoroughly clean the area and then experts checked the tunnel, track, cables and signalling equipment for damage. This assessment revealed damage to track components and cables carrying signalling information, communications and power . Parts of the track were replaced and extensive repairs carried out to cables and signals. To ensure operational safety, rigorous tests were completed on all systems, including ultrasonic inspections of the track. These culminated in dynamic testing using a battery powered locomotive on Tuesday 2 August. The line was then formally handed back to London Undergroundrsquos line controllers. It would be interesting to know whether these simulations have been carried out and what the results were: Meanwhile experts at Qinetiq. the governments former research agency, are to begin creating computer simulations that will show the locations of where the bombs were planted and the directions of the blast. Although it may be prudent to acknowledge that if these simulations were ever to be shown, the infamous Carlyle private equity group have a 33 stake in Qinetiq. The Casualty Bureau fiasco Another of the odd and somewhat unfathomable aspects of July 7th 2005, and distinctly noticeable by anyone watching the rolling news coverage, or listening to the radio reports -- including interviews with Sir Ian Blair as late as 12.30 -- was the total lack of information given about how to check whether loved ones were amongst the casualties. The question was never posed by any of the interviewers or mentioned in any reports. In comparison with news from any major disaster or accident where a telephone number is immediately made available to phone for information, on the morning of July 7th this failed to happen. Considering the conflicting information issued by the Metropolitan Police Service and TfL about the direction of the trains and the locations of the explosions, the need for a single, centralised point of contact was crucial. The first police announcement of a Casualty Bureau number was at the press conference held at 15.30 and in this press release issued at 16.30. An issue not lost on the press the next day: There were also questions about the length of time it took the police to set up a central casualty bureau with a dedicated hotline so that accurate information could be given to friends and relatives of victims. There are London Response guidelines on setting up a casualty bureau. Ron McPherson, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, in his testimony to the GLA Review Committee explained the setting up of the casualty bureau and the reasons for the delay: The MPS Casualty Bureau came online with another 34 call-takers at around 3.40pm or 4pm that afternoon, so it was later than we would have liked. The reason for that was that there was a line fault somewherse between the British Telecom (BT) exchange through Damovo. our outsourced telephony supplier, and the Casualty Bureau switch at Hendon. When that fault was finally identified and fixed, we were then back on line. In the second hour of the incident, when the Casualty Bureau lines were announced . there were over 43,000 calls made to that national facility . There is an agreed commercial formula called Erlane which shows you that if you know how many calls you have and know how long they take, you know how many operators you need. To answer 43,000 calls would have needed 2,500 operators. That is not a sustainable position for any emergency service to take forward. Over the course of that day, over 190,000 calls were presented to the telephony network . Once we had opened, we took over 1,000 calls just to the MPS on the Casualty Bureau line. There are some key issues around that. Each call takes on average between 7-12 minutes. The reason it takes that long, as was the point made earlier by my colleague, is that this is not a call centre where we are dealing with quantity, this is an incoming call where we need to extract very definite information from a person who is often traumatised and very bereaved at what may or may not have happened. As was also said earlier, the role and function of the Casualty Bureau is to hand over to our colleagues on the detective side, accurate and relevant information that can be used later for two key issues: one is to ensure that the enquiring family knows whether that particular individual, that particular loved one, is or is not dead or alive, to try to help them as to the location of that body and where it is likely to be and, just as importantly, to make sure that any subsequent investigation has accurate data to enable the investigation to go ahead successfully through the prosecution system . In the whole of the incident, the Casualty Bureau ran for about 18 - 19 days in totality, but most of those phone calls were received on the first day. Source . p34 7 July Review Committee 3 November 2005: Transcript of Item 4: 7 July ndash Lessons Learned (PDF) The experiences of many that day are articulated to the GLA Review Committee by Joe, partner of Gill Hicks: In terms of my own experience, as somebody implicated but away from the emergency scenes themselves, and in terms of the technical remit of this inquiry ndash the issue of communications ndash the thing that caused me absolutely unnecessary extra anguish and grief on the day, and I think many other people, was something that to me is incomprehensible and inexcusable . and that is the failure of the Central Casualty Bureau emergency number . This after all is one part of the emergency plan that was not theoretical it had been tested many times under other circumstances . Telephone systems that require heavy usage are in use all the time. The new Wembley Stadium will sell out within seconds when tickets go on supply. There are websites that take on million hits in a very short space of time. My experience of sitting at home doing what everybody else, I imagine, did ndash watching BBC News 24 ndash is that we waited and waited and waited for means to receive information . Of course, it was impossible to call anyone by mobile phone. Eventually, the emergency number was issued on the BBC . and I started to ring it and, like everybody else, failed to get through. At the first major press conference that afternoon, at which the (Metropolitan Police) Commissioner and the heads of the LAS and the LFB were speaking, the Commissioner mentioned that there was a technical fault on the line. That was the first and last time that anyone made any reference to a problem. . It took me slightly more than three hours, if my memory is correct, to register my wife as somebody who was missing and presumably involved. That needs to be addressed. It really really really does need to be addressed. Considering that the Casualty Bureau number was not up and running until 16.30, Joe wouldnt have been able to register his partners details until 20.30, over 12 hours after the event, something which he rightly says was responsible for causing unnecessary anguish and grief. The experience Joe describes would have been experienced by hundreds of other people looking for news about their colleagues and loved ones. The lack of a casualty bureau number was picked up on by Peter Power who was running the Visor Consultants exercise that morning in precisely the same stations that the explosions occurred in, when he makes a point of stating and the first thing is get that bureau number. . and then again on the anniversary of 77 he points out that the setting up of a casualty bureau was extremely slow . Both videos can be viewed here . Not only was there little attention paid to those who were concerned for loved ones that morning, but when the casualty bureau number was finally released it was a premium rate number. which again showed a similar lack of care towards the general public. If you wanted to find out information about friends or relatives you were going to have to pay a premium rate to do so, and relatives of anyone in London at the time from overseas had no chance of contacting an official helpline of any sort until some considerable time later, specifically because 0870 numbers cannot be dialled from abroad. Given that London is one of the multicultural capitals of the world and a highly popular tourist destination in July and the magnitude of events on 7th July 2005, every facet of the initial casualty bureau number is utterly incomprehensible. There was an outcry after the July 7 bombings in London last year when the casualty information line supplied by Cable amp Wireless to the government-funded Police Information and Technology Organisation was an 0870 number. In the three days after the attacks more than 100,000 people called in and were charged up to 10p a minute from a landline and up to 40p from a mobile. People abroad were unable to get through at all. The Government has since ordered that any future casualty information bureau should be on 0800 lines with a separate 0207 number for callers from abroad. lsquoHELPFULrsquo NUMBERS RAKE IN pound1.5BN A YEAR The Home Office uses 0870 numbers, as do the Passport Agency, Criminal Records Bureau and Work Permits UK, the Foreign Office, the DVLA, the Environment Agency, Land Registry, Ucas, Sure Start and Teacher Training Agency The Home Office report makes these claims about the casualty bureau in relation to the identification of Hasib Hussain. accused of the explosion on the number 30 bus: 7 July 22.19 Amongst the many thousands of calls to the emergency Casualty Bureau, record of a call to the police emergency hotline from Hasib Hussainrsquos family, reporting him missing. 10 July Driving licence and other identifying documents in the name of Hussain found at Tavistock Square. Link made between these and the missing person report. Compare the identification of Hasib Hussain via the casualty bureau, and the identification of Susan Levy as early as the 11th July, with this heartbreaking experience of the family of young couple, Lee Harris and Samantha Badham. who died in this incident: Letter from parents of passenger killed on Kingrsquos CrossRussell Square train Dear Janet (Hughes, Senior Scrutiny Manager) With reference to our phone conversation, my questions are as follows: 1. Why was the phone helpline on a premium rate . and there were no information updates from the helpline. Whenever we phoned the helpline, we were told they would get in touch. Mereka tidak pernah melakukannya. 2. Sammy was found alive and gave her name, Samantha , to her rescuer, and he then passed her on to the emergency staff in the ticket hall of Russell Square, where she died. 3. When we were phoning every hospital in London, it came to one and we asked if there was a Mr Lee or a Samantha and they said there was a Miss Samantha and they would find out more details for us. When she came back she said she was mistaken. If a person is found alive there needs to be a way of transferring their name with the person, ie: plaster, pen, anything. As this mistake built up our hopes so much. 4. It then took until 16 July to be notified of her identification. 5. We were never asked if we could or would like to see her or be with her. 6. We do not know where her body was kept. Was it in every way being looked after humanly and with respect 7. We came to London because Lee had been identified and was in intensive care at the London Royal, and we were able to stay at their hostel. But Sammyrsquos sister, her only living relative, had nowhere. It was only that Leersquos boss got a hotel for us that they then had. So there was nowhere for people to go. We thank you very much for letting us view our questions and thank you for your kindness. Yours sincerely, Mr B R and Mrs L J . Images of the Piccadilly Line train The scene of destruction inside the first carriage looking towards the 2nd carriage, cabling can clearly be seen undamaged along the tunnel wall and there is little evidence of tunnel damage. Note that the blast appears to have affected electrical areas of the train, the lighting strips, advertising boards and central lights. Images of the inside of all the damaged trains were released only via ABC news and not the MPS or the BBC, much to the anger of Sir Ian Blair. Germaine Lindsay identified By Tuesday, the investigation had led the MPS to have concerns about the movements and activities of four men, three of whom came from the West Yorkshire area. We are trying to establish their movements in the run up to last weeks attacks, and specifically to establish if they all died in the explosions . Three of the search warrants were executed at home addresses of these three men. CCTV footage showed the four men, each carrying a rucksack, at Kings Cross station shortly before 08.30 on the morning of July 7. One of the men who set out from West Yorkshire was reported missing by his family to the Casualty Bureau shortly after 22.00 on July 7. We have established that he was joined on his journey to London by three other men. Personal documents bearing the names of three of those four men have been found, close to the seats of three of the explosions: Property belonging to the man reported missing was found on the Route 30 bus in Tavistock Square. Property in the name of a second man was found at the scene of the Aldgate bomb. Property in the name of a third man was found at the scene of both the Aldgate and the Edgware Road bombs . We have very strong forensic and other evidence that one of the men died in the explosion at Aldgate. This is subject to formal confirmation by the Coroner. Despite Tanweer and Hussain being identified by the14th July, Lindsays name is not released until the 16th : After continued forensic work we now believe we have identified the four men who travelled from Luton and were later seen on CCTV at Kings Cross shortly before 8:30am on Thursday 7th July. We can also now confirm the identity of a fourth man who arrived in London with the three men from West Yorkshire and then died in the explosion between Kings Cross and Russell Square underground stations. He was Germaine Lindsay, aged 19. We believe that he was responsible for carrying out that attack. Before Lindsay was named, newspaper reports were carrying stories of a very different suspect in connection to this explosion. It was not until after Samantha Lewthwaite contacted the police on 13th July to report her husband missing and a subsequent police search carried out on her home, that Lindsays property is reportedly found at the scene and his name is given to the press: 13 July Jermaine Lindsayrsquos wife informs police that he is missing. Police search Lindsayrsquos home in Aylesbury. 15 July Property belonging to Lindsay found at Russell Square. 16 July The police publicly confirm the names of Khan and Lindsay. The Home Office report claims that on the 12th July police were aware of two cars at Luton via an eye-witness report, which is how the journey from Luton to Kings Cross was apparently discovered. A controlled explosion is carried out on one of the cars and its claimed that the red Fiat Brava, towed away through lack of a parking ticket. was registered to Lindsay and being sought from an earlier aggravated burglary in which a hand-gun had been used. Yet Lindsay is not identified on the 12th July: 12 July By lunchtime, police working on the theory that there is a Kingrsquos Cross link to the 3 train bombs, all being broadly equidistant from there at the time of the explosions, identify a CCTV image of 4 men with rucksacks at Kingrsquos Cross . They recognise Tanweer first from a DVLA photograph. The police identify CCTV images of the same 4 at Luton Station. The Micra is found at Luton and examined. 9 controlled explosions were carried out on material found in it. The Brava, which had been towed away because it did not have a parking ticket is later traced to Lindsay. There had been a report on the Police National Computer that the Brava may have been used in an aggravated burglary (see paragraph 69) and Lindsay was named as the registered keeper for the car. The Home Office report also claims that CCTV of Lindsay arriving in Luton Station car park exists, which again was not used to identify Lindsay on the 12th neither have any of these images ever been released: 73. The next that is known of Khan, Tanweer and Hussain is the CCTV image of the Nissan Micra leaving Leeds on the morning of 7 July and of Lindsay, the CCTV image of the Fiat Brava arriving at Luton Station car park an hour or so later. Alone among European media outlets, Libeacuteration identified Germaine as the fourth bomber yesterday morning. At that time, most British newspapers and even many police officers believed the fourth bomber to have been another Leeds man of Asian origin. Germaines identity was only established yesterday afternoon after forensic experts matched DNA samples from a house in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, to shreds of tissue retrieved from the Piccadilly Line train that exploded near Russell Square. The Home Office report claims that he was identified on 15th July by property found at the scene. A summary of unanswered questions, inconsistencies amp anomalies These are just some of the questions from Kings CrossRussell Square that any legitimate and truly independent public inquiry, one held outside of the Inquiries Act 2005, should address. There are of course many more: Why was the direction of this train initially reported as travelling towards Kings Cross, why did this story change and what led to the story being changed Why was there such a long delay before the explosion on this train was announced by the media, especially given as this incident suffered more than double the number of casualties than any of the other sites Why was the train identified as Piccadilly Line train 311, then later changed to 331, despite the train driver, the Duty Operations Manager log and the station managers all identifying this train as 311 Why did the MPS claim to have no record of Tom Nairn the driver of Piccadilly Line train 311 Why was this explosion identified as occurring by the first set of carriage doors and only changed on the BBC website after a survivor told them this information was erroneous Why does the MPS website still identify this explosion as having occurred by the first set of double doors What was the reason for th e long delay in setting up a casualty bureau and why no mention of what people should do to try and contact their loved ones by either Sir Ian Blair or TV interviewers and reporters How did survivors from this explosion manage to get to BTP HQs in Tavistock Square by 9.09. Who were these survivors Why are injured survivors of this train shown on TV News walking towards back towards Russell Square and then being asked to return to the hotel How was Germaine Lindsays property found at the scene only after his wife had reported him missing and her home searched by police Why was Lindsay not identified on 12th July, via his car registration from CCTV at Luton station car park, which the Home Office report refers to, especially as his car is reported as being on a police database, or from his DVLA picture matched to the image at Kings Cross which police claim identified Tanweer Can Lindsays property being found at the scene of the Kings Cross Russell Square blast really be taken seriously given that it was found two days AFTER police had raided his home How did Germaine Lindsay manage to place a large rucksack on the floor of the train and detonate it manually if the train was at crush capacity Why are there no eye-witness accounts of sighting Lindsay on the platform or on this train Why are there no CCTV images of Lindsay in London at all that morning Why are all 4 explosions described as occurring on or near the floor which contradicts the alleged favoured method of suicide-bombers of explosives strapped to the body not carried in rucksacks Which train did carriage 346A belong to Why does the Home Office report fail to examine whether timing devices were constructed or used Why do the GLA claim this explosion occurred at 8.53, 3 minutes after the tunnel telephone tripped How were both Gill Hicks and Garri Holness the last survivor to be rescued from the same train How did the two women interviewed leave this train within 3 to 4 minutes How did Ian and Evelyn Wade leave the 2nd carriage within 15 minutes How was a forensic investigation of the scene carried out after the bodies were piled onto the side of the tracks Why have neither the explosives used or the method of detonation been officially stated ldquoTo the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.rdquo - Voltaire - James Adams, 32 Samantha Badham, 36 Phil Beer, 22 Ania Brandt, 41 Ciaran Cassidy, 22 Rachelle Lieng Siong Chung For Yuen, 27 Elizabeth Daplyn, 26 Arthur Edlin Frederick, 60 Karolina Gluck, 29 Gamze Gunoral, 24 Lee Harris, 30 Ojara Ikeagwu, 55 Emily Jenkins, 24 Adrian Johnson, 38 Helen Jones, 28 Susan Levy, 53 Germaine Lindsay, 19 Shelley Mather, 26 Michael Matsushita, 37 James Mayes, 28 Behnaz Mozakka, 48 Mihaela Otto, 46 Attique Sharifi, 24 Ihab Slimane, 24 Christian Njoya Diawara Small, 28 Monika Suchocka, 23 Mala Trivedi, 51 Please sign the J7 RELEASE THE EVIDENCE Petition J7:Inquests Blog J7:Blog J7:FB Group J7:FB Page J7:Forum Contact J7 North Carolina Contra Dance, Square Dance, and Waltz Schedule This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in North Carolina including dance camps and weekend s along with other events in North Carolina which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me. Catatan. No current schedule notes. February 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Jesse Edgerton Band(s)Musician(s): Hot Sonata (Karen Gaughan, Laura Lengnick, TBA) Note: Friday, February 24, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): George Segebade Band(s)Musician(s): Dean Herington, Jared Kirkpatrick and Mara Shea Note: Friday, February 24, 2017 Dance Series . Raleigh - North Carolina State University Location: Raleigh Caller(s): Bree Kalb Band(s)Musician(s): Rip the Calico Note: Saturday, February 25, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - 4th Saturday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): Emily Abel Band(s)Musician(s): ContraForce Note: Saturday, February 25, 2017 Dance Series . Sugar Grove Location: Sugar Grove Caller(s): Terry Doyle Band(s)Musician(s): Nic Coker and George Paul Note: Dance is from 7pm to 10pm an hour earlier than usual Sunday, February 26, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Old Farmers Ball at Harvest House Location: Asheville Caller(s): Callers Collective and Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): Karen Gaughan, Suzanne Hosch, Laura Lengnick and Mara Shea Note: Monday, February 27, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Barbara Groh Band(s)Musician(s): Flying the Tune (June Avincula, Lew Gelfond) Note: Monday, February 27, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): Dean Snipes Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Dance Series . Clemmons - Fiddle and Bow Location: Clemmons Caller(s): Cynthia Stewart Band(s)Musician(s): The Ones Improper (Paul Bruesch, John Calhoun, John Hopson, Bill Lowery, Rebecca Lowery) Note: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Dance Series . Wilmington - Tuesday Location: Wilmington Caller(s): Local Callers Band(s)Musician(s): Box of Chocolates Note: March 2017 Thursday, March 2, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Ruth Pershing Band(s)Musician(s): Mick Kinney, Jared Kirkpatrick and Laura Light Note: Friday, March 3, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): Dudley Culp Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Saturday, March 4, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer Band(s)Musician(s): Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble Note: Saturday, March 4, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Connie Carringer Band(s)Musician(s): Footloose Note: Sunday, March 5, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Waltz - Day of Waltz Location: Asheville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Workshops from 12:20pm to 4:5pm Monday, March 6, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Jesse Edgerton Band(s)Musician(s): Coracree (Allan Carr, Sarah Gowan, Bill Quern, Jane Rothfield) Note: Monday, March 6, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Monday, March 6, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): Jacob LeGrone Band(s)Musician(s): Austin Murray and friends Note: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Dance Series . Winston-Salem - Salem College Location: Winston-Salem Caller(s): George Segebade Band(s)Musician(s): Coracree (Allan Carr, Sarah Gowan, Bill Quern, Jane Rothfield) Note: Thursday, March 9, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Tamara McGovern Band(s)Musician(s): Coracree (Allan Carr, Sarah Gowan, Bill Quern, Jane Rothfield) Note: Friday, March 10, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): Coracree (Allan Carr, Sarah Gowan, Bill Quern, Jane Rothfield) Note: Saturday, March 11, 2017 Dance Series . Greensboro Location: Greensboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): The Reel Improper Ones Note: Saturday, March 11, 2017 Dance Series . Wilmington - Saturday Location: Wilmington Caller(s): Kenny Greer Band(s)Musician(s): ContraForce Note: Sunday, March 12, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Waltz - Orange Peel Location: Asheville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Cailen Campbell and George Paul Note: Monday, March 13, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg Band(s)Musician(s): Spin Cycle (Gretchen Caverly, Nic Coker, Karen Gaughan) Note: Monday, March 13, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Windmill (Laurie Fisher, Steve Trisman) Note: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Dance Series . Clemmons - Fiddle and Bow Location: Clemmons Caller(s): Nick Boulet Band(s)Musician(s): The McKenzies Note: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Dance Series . Wilmington - Tuesday Location: Wilmington Caller(s): Local Callers Band(s)Musician(s): Box of Chocolates Note: Thursday, March 16, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): Flying the Tune (June Avincula, Lew Gelfond) Note: Friday, March 17, 2017 Dance Series . Apex Location: Apex Caller(s): Connie Carringer Band(s)Musician(s): Shay Garriock and friends Note: Friday, March 17, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): The Donnybrook Lads Note: Saturday, March 18, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Phil Jamison Band(s)Musician(s): Jenny amp The Hog Drovers Note: Saturday, March 18, 2017 Dance Series . Chapel Hill - Community Location: Chapel Hill Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, March 18, 2017 Dance Series . Denton - Squares Location: Denton Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, March 18, 2017 Dance Series . Greenville - NC Location: Greenville Caller(s): Gerry Prokopowicz Band(s)Musician(s): Elderberry Jam Note: Sunday, March 19, 2017 Dance Series . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Intermediate Fiddle Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Mara Shea Note: Week of music instruction register in advance event ends on March 25, 2017 Monday, March 20, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Emily Abel Band(s)Musician(s): Curious George (Steve Kemble, Laura Lengnick, Paul Moore) Note: Monday, March 20, 2017 Dance Series . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Intermediate Fiddle Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Mara Shea Note: Week of music instruction register in advance event ends on March 25, 2017 Monday, March 20, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Dance Series . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Intermediate Fiddle Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Mara Shea Note: Week of music instruction register in advance event ends on March 25, 2017 Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Dance Series . Clemmons - Fiddle and Bow Location: Clemmons Caller(s): Dean Hooks Jr Band(s)Musician(s): Gretchen Caverly and Austin Murry Note: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Dance Series . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Intermediate Fiddle Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Mara Shea Note: Week of music instruction register in advance event ends on March 25, 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 Dance Series . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Intermediate Fiddle Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Mara Shea Note: Week of music instruction register in advance event ends on March 25, 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Jesse Edgerton Band(s)Musician(s): Hot Sonata (Karen Gaughan, Laura Lengnick, TBA) Note: Friday, March 24, 2017 Dance Series . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Intermediate Fiddle Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Mara Shea Note: Week of music instruction register in advance event ends on March 25, 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): Warren Doyle Band(s)Musician(s): WheelHouse (Kathy Boyer, Jim Harrington, Rya Martin) Note: Saturday, March 25, 2017 Dance Series . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Intermediate Fiddle Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Mara Shea Note: Week of music instruction register in advance event ends on March 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 Dance Series . Sugar Grove Location: Sugar Grove Caller(s): Dean Snipes Band(s)Musician(s): Boom Chuck Note: Dance is from 7pm to 10pm an hour earlier than usual Monday, March 27, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Barbara Groh Band(s)Musician(s): Dancing Bears (John Culp, Lew Gelfond, Mark Langner) Note: Monday, March 27, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Redbud Ramblers Note: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Dance Series . Clemmons - Fiddle and Bow Location: Clemmons Caller(s): Dean Snipes Band(s)Musician(s): Mountain Bobcats Note: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Dance Series . Wilmington - Tuesday Location: Wilmington Caller(s): Local Callers Band(s)Musician(s): Box of Chocolates Note: Thursday, March 30, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Emily Abel Band(s)Musician(s): Open band led by Nic Coker and Laura Light Note: Friday, March 31, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 5th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): Beth Molaro Band(s)Musician(s): LaNelle Davis, Bobb Head and Kenny Jackson Note: April 2017 Saturday, April 1, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Benefit for Brasstown Morris Dancers: contra dancing, live music, cake walks, tasty snacks, magic tricks Saturday, April 1, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Beth Molaro Band(s)Musician(s): Contrazz Note: Monday, April 3, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Dave Winston Band(s)Musician(s): SAL (Laurie Fisher, Susie Gott, Art Shuster) Note: Monday, April 3, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): The Stuff (Gretchen Caverly, Nic Coker) Note: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Dance Series . Winston-Salem - Salem College Location: Winston-Salem Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Dance Series . Winston-Salem - Salem College Location: Winston-Salem Caller(s): Emily Rainbowface Abel Band(s)Musician(s): The Stuff (Gretchen Caverly, Nic Coker) Note: Thursday, April 6, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): AnneMarie Walter Band(s)Musician(s): Gretchen Caverly, Nic Coker and Andrew VanNorstrand Note: Friday, April 7, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): Charlotte Crittenden Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Saturday, April 8, 2017 Dance Series . Greensboro Location: Greensboro Caller(s): Local Callers Band(s)Musician(s): David DiGiuseppe and Roger Gold Note: Gene Hubert Memorial Dance Saturday, April 8, 2017 Dance Series . Wilmington - Saturday Location: Wilmington Caller(s): Clinton Ross Band(s)Musician(s): Cabin Fever Note: Monday, April 10, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Jack Mitchell Band(s)Musician(s): Gretchen Caverly, Nic Coker and Andrew VanNorstrand Note: Monday, April 10, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Windmill (Laurie Fisher, Steve Trisman) Note: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Dance Series . Clemmons - Fiddle and Bow Location: Clemmons Caller(s): Cynthia Stewart Band(s)Musician(s): The Ones Improper (Paul Bruesch, John Calhoun, John Hopson, Bill Lowery, Rebecca Lowery) Note: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Dance Series . Wilmington - Tuesday Location: Wilmington Caller(s): Local Callers Band(s)Musician(s): Box of Chocolates Note: Thursday, April 13, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Phil Jamison Band(s)Musician(s): Warren Wilson Student Band Note: Friday, April 14, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Rich Goss Band(s)Musician(s): Tempest (Chuck Abell, Harry Aceto, Tim Ball) Note: Saturday, April 15, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): AnneMarie Walter Band(s)Musician(s): Groove Contraption Note: Saturday, April 15, 2017 Dance Series . Denton - Squares Location: Denton Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Monday, April 17, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Rich Goss Band(s)Musician(s): Tempest (Chuck Abell, Harry Aceto, Tim Ball) Note: Monday, April 17, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Monday, April 17, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Dance Series . Clemmons - Fiddle and Bow Location: Clemmons Caller(s): Rich Goss Band(s)Musician(s): Tempest (Chuck Abell, Harry Aceto, Tim Ball) Note: Thursday, April 20, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Rich Goss Band(s)Musician(s): Tempest Note: Friday, April 21, 2017 Dance Series . Apex Location: Apex Caller(s): Connie Carringer Band(s)Musician(s): Shay Garriock and friends Note: Friday, April 21, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, April 21, 2017 Dance Series . Ellerbe - Spring Dance Romance Location: Ellerbe Caller(s): Adina Gordon and Rick Mohr Band(s)Musician(s): Boom Chuck and Petes Posse Note: Dance weekend event ends on April 23, 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 Dance Series . Ellerbe - Spring Dance Romance Location: Ellerbe Caller(s): Adina Gordon and Rick Mohr Band(s)Musician(s): Boom Chuck and Petes Posse Note: Dance weekend event ends on April 23, 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 Dance Series . Greenville - NC Location: Greenville Caller(s): Gerry Prokopowicz Band(s)Musician(s): The McKenzies Note: Dance is on a 4th Saturday Saturday, April 22, 2017 Dance Series . Raleigh - North Carolina State University Location: Raleigh Caller(s): Joy Greenwolfe Band(s)Musician(s): ContraForce Note: Saturday, April 22, 2017 Dance Series . Valle Crucis Location: Valle Crucis Caller(s): Stephanie Marie Band(s)Musician(s): George Paul and friends Note: Sunday, April 23, 2017 Dance Series . Ellerbe - Spring Dance Romance Location: Ellerbe Caller(s): Adina Gordon and Rick Mohr Band(s)Musician(s): Boom Chuck and Petes Posse Note: Dance weekend event ends on April 23, 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Beth Molaro Band(s)Musician(s): Speaking-In-Tunes (Dave Heath, Martha Nelson, Rich Pettus, David White) Note: Monday, April 24, 2017 Dance Series . Charlotte - Monday Location: Charlotte Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Nic Coker and Laura Light Note: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Dance Series . Wilmington - Tuesday Location: Wilmington Caller(s): Local Callers Band(s)Musician(s): Box of Chocolates Note: Thursday, April 27, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Doug Singleton Band(s)Musician(s): Dead Sea Squirrels Note: Thursday, April 27, 2017 Dance Series . MerleFest Location: Wilkesboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Multi-day music and dance festival but some days dont have square dancing but do have other types pre-register in advance for savings event ends on April 30, 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): Clinton Ross Band(s)Musician(s): The Dead Sea Squirrels (Craig Edwards, Cathy Mason, Henry Yoshimura) Note: Friday, April 28, 2017 Dance Series . MerleFest Location: Wilkesboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Multi-day music and dance festival but some days dont have square dancing but do have other types pre-register in advance for savings event ends on April 30, 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 Dance Series . MerleFest Location: Wilkesboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Multi-day music and dance festival but some days dont have square dancing but do have other types pre-register in advance for savings event ends on April 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 Dance Series . MerleFest Location: Wilkesboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Multi-day music and dance festival but some days dont have square dancing but do have other types pre-register in advance for savings event ends on April 30, 2017 May 2017 Monday, May 1, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Stollen Gold (Roger Gold, Fred Stoll, Pam Stoll) Note: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Dance Series . Winston-Salem - Salem College Location: Winston-Salem Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Thursday, May 4, 2017 Dance Series . Pittsboro - Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival - Spring Location: Pittsboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Multi-day music festival with a little dancing register in advance for a discount event ends on May 7, 2017 Thursday, May 4, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, May 5, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): Frederick Park Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Friday, May 5, 2017 Dance Series . Pittsboro - Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival - Spring Location: Pittsboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Multi-day music festival with a little dancing register in advance for a discount event ends on May 7, 2017 Saturday, May 6, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Doug Singleton Band(s)Musician(s): Emerald Isle (Marge McDondald, Mike Robinson) Note: Saturday, May 6, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Dean Snipes Band(s)Musician(s): Footloose Note: Saturday, May 6, 2017 Dance Series . Pittsboro - Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival - Spring Location: Pittsboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Multi-day music festival with a little dancing register in advance for a discount event ends on May 7, 2017 Saturday, May 6, 2017 Dance Series . Valle Crucis Location: Valle Crucis Caller(s): Dean Hooks Jr Band(s)Musician(s): TuneRider Note: Sunday, May 7, 2017 Dance Series . Pittsboro - Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival - Spring Location: Pittsboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Multi-day music festival with a little dancing register in advance for a discount event ends on May 7, 2017 Thursday, May 11, 2017 Dance Series . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival - Spring Location: Black Mountain Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Mostly music festival with some dancing register in advance event ends on May 14, 2017 Thursday, May 11, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Barbara Groh Band(s)Musician(s): Buddy System (Julie Vallimont, Noan VanNorstrand) Note: Friday, May 12, 2017 Dance Series . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival - Spring Location: Black Mountain Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Mostly music festival with some dancing register in advance event ends on May 14, 2017 Friday, May 12, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, May 13, 2017 Dance Series . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival - Spring Location: Black Mountain Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Mostly music festival with some dancing register in advance event ends on May 14, 2017 Sunday, May 14, 2017 Dance Series . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival - Spring Location: Black Mountain Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Mostly music festival with some dancing register in advance event ends on May 14, 2017 Thursday, May 18, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Beth Molaro Band(s)Musician(s): Open band led by Nic Coker and Laura Light Note: Friday, May 19, 2017 Dance Series . Apex Location: Apex Caller(s): Connie Carringer Band(s)Musician(s): Shay Garriock and friends Note: Friday, May 19, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, May 20, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Clinton Ross Band(s)Musician(s): ContraForce Note: Saturday, May 20, 2017 Dance Series . Denton - Squares Location: Denton Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, May 20, 2017 Dance Series . Wilmington - Saturday Location: Wilmington Caller(s): Linda Cooper Band(s)Musician(s): Hungry Monks Note: Dance is on a 3rd Saturday Monday, May 22, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Thursday, May 25, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): George Marshall and Tim Van Egmond Band(s)Musician(s): Swallowtail (David Cantieni, Ron Grosslein, George Marshall, Timm Triplett, Tim van Egmond) Note: Friday, May 26, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, May 26, 2017 Dance Series . Union Grove - Fiddlers Grove Location: Union Grove Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Music festival with two barn dances event ends on May 28, 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 Dance Series . Union Grove - Fiddlers Grove Location: Union Grove Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Music festival with two barn dances event ends on May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 Dance Series . Union Grove - Fiddlers Grove Location: Union Grove Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Music festival with two barn dances event ends on May 28, 2017 June 2017 Thursday, June 1, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): AnneMarie Walter Band(s)Musician(s): Firefly Note: Friday, June 2, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Friday, June 2, 2017 Dance Series . Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention Location: Mount Airy Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend music (and some dance) festival event ends on June 3. 2017 Saturday, June 3, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Chrissy Davis-Camp Band(s)Musician(s): Beside the Point (Steven Carlberg, Bob Kirkman, Nathalie Levine) Note: Saturday, June 3, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Jesse Edgerton Band(s)Musician(s): The Elftones Note: Saturday, June 3, 2017 Dance Series . Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention Location: Mount Airy Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend music (and some dance) festival event ends on June 3. 2017 Sunday, June 4, 2017 Dance Series . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week Location: Mars Hill Caller(s): Emolyn Liden Band(s)Musician(s): Kellie Allen, Laura Boosinger, Susie Coleman, Joe DeCosimo, Hilary Dirlam, Rachel Eddy, Shay Garriock, Alice Gerrard, Beth Hartness, Wayne Henderson, Adam Hurt, Carl Jones, Kay Justice, Mick Kinney, Erynn Marshall, Pete Peterson, Robby Robertson, Beverly Smith, Kirk Sutphin, Mac Traynham, Ellen Vigour, Helen White, Lloyd Wright and Margaret Wright Note: Week long music (mostly) with some dancing camp register in advance week ends on June 10, 2017 Monday, June 5, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Monday, June 5, 2017 Dance Series . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week Location: Mars Hill Caller(s): Emolyn Liden Band(s)Musician(s): Kellie Allen, Laura Boosinger, Susie Coleman, Joe DeCosimo, Hilary Dirlam, Rachel Eddy, Shay Garriock, Alice Gerrard, Beth Hartness, Wayne Henderson, Adam Hurt, Carl Jones, Kay Justice, Mick Kinney, Erynn Marshall, Pete Peterson, Robby Robertson, Beverly Smith, Kirk Sutphin, Mac Traynham, Ellen Vigour, Helen White, Lloyd Wright and Margaret Wright Note: Week long music (mostly) with some dancing camp register in advance week ends on June 10, 2017 Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Dance Series . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week Location: Mars Hill Caller(s): Emolyn Liden Band(s)Musician(s): Kellie Allen, Laura Boosinger, Susie Coleman, Joe DeCosimo, Hilary Dirlam, Rachel Eddy, Shay Garriock, Alice Gerrard, Beth Hartness, Wayne Henderson, Adam Hurt, Carl Jones, Kay Justice, Mick Kinney, Erynn Marshall, Pete Peterson, Robby Robertson, Beverly Smith, Kirk Sutphin, Mac Traynham, Ellen Vigour, Helen White, Lloyd Wright and Margaret Wright Note: Week long music (mostly) with some dancing camp register in advance week ends on June 10, 2017 Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Dance Series . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week Location: Mars Hill Caller(s): Emolyn Liden Band(s)Musician(s): Kellie Allen, Laura Boosinger, Susie Coleman, Joe DeCosimo, Hilary Dirlam, Rachel Eddy, Shay Garriock, Alice Gerrard, Beth Hartness, Wayne Henderson, Adam Hurt, Carl Jones, Kay Justice, Mick Kinney, Erynn Marshall, Pete Peterson, Robby Robertson, Beverly Smith, Kirk Sutphin, Mac Traynham, Ellen Vigour, Helen White, Lloyd Wright and Margaret Wright Note: Week long music (mostly) with some dancing camp register in advance week ends on June 10, 2017 Thursday, June 8, 2017 Dance Series . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week Location: Mars Hill Caller(s): Emolyn Liden Band(s)Musician(s): Kellie Allen, Laura Boosinger, Susie Coleman, Joe DeCosimo, Hilary Dirlam, Rachel Eddy, Shay Garriock, Alice Gerrard, Beth Hartness, Wayne Henderson, Adam Hurt, Carl Jones, Kay Justice, Mick Kinney, Erynn Marshall, Pete Peterson, Robby Robertson, Beverly Smith, Kirk Sutphin, Mac Traynham, Ellen Vigour, Helen White, Lloyd Wright and Margaret Wright Note: Week long music (mostly) with some dancing camp register in advance week ends on June 10, 2017 Thursday, June 8, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Beth Molaro Band(s)Musician(s): Eloise and Company (Rachel Bell, Owen Morrison, Becky Tracy) Note: Caller is tentative Friday, June 9, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, June 9, 2017 Dance Series . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week Location: Mars Hill Caller(s): Emolyn Liden Band(s)Musician(s): Kellie Allen, Laura Boosinger, Susie Coleman, Joe DeCosimo, Hilary Dirlam, Rachel Eddy, Shay Garriock, Alice Gerrard, Beth Hartness, Wayne Henderson, Adam Hurt, Carl Jones, Kay Justice, Mick Kinney, Erynn Marshall, Pete Peterson, Robby Robertson, Beverly Smith, Kirk Sutphin, Mac Traynham, Ellen Vigour, Helen White, Lloyd Wright and Margaret Wright Note: Week long music (mostly) with some dancing camp register in advance week ends on June 10, 2017 Saturday, June 10, 2017 Dance Series . Bluff Mountain Festival Location: Hot Springs Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: One day mostly music festival square dance in the evening Saturday, June 10, 2017 Dance Series . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week Location: Mars Hill Caller(s): Emolyn Liden Band(s)Musician(s): Kellie Allen, Laura Boosinger, Susie Coleman, Joe DeCosimo, Hilary Dirlam, Rachel Eddy, Shay Garriock, Alice Gerrard, Beth Hartness, Wayne Henderson, Adam Hurt, Carl Jones, Kay Justice, Mick Kinney, Erynn Marshall, Pete Peterson, Robby Robertson, Beverly Smith, Kirk Sutphin, Mac Traynham, Ellen Vigour, Helen White, Lloyd Wright and Margaret Wright Note: Week long music (mostly) with some dancing camp register in advance week ends on June 10, 2017 Monday, June 12, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): Atlantic Crossing Note: Friday, June 16, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, June 17, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Jesse Edgerton Band(s)Musician(s): Boom Chuck Note: Saturday, June 17, 2017 Dance Series . Denton - Squares Location: Denton Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Sunday, June 18, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): John Devine and Steve Hickman Note: Week long workshop register in advance events ends on June 24, 2017 Sunday, June 18, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers - Day Dances Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Callers from Dance Callers Week Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Special day dances using students from the callers workshop register in advance event ends on June 24, 2017 Monday, June 19, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): John Devine and Steve Hickman Note: Week long workshop register in advance events ends on June 24, 2017 Monday, June 19, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers - Day Dances Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Callers from Dance Callers Week Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Special day dances using students from the callers workshop register in advance event ends on June 24, 2017 Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): John Devine and Steve Hickman Note: Week long workshop register in advance events ends on June 24, 2017 Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers - Day Dances Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Callers from Dance Callers Week Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Special day dances using students from the callers workshop register in advance event ends on June 24, 2017 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): John Devine and Steve Hickman Note: Week long workshop register in advance events ends on June 24, 2017 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers - Day Dances Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Callers from Dance Callers Week Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Special day dances using students from the callers workshop register in advance event ends on June 24, 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): John Devine and Steve Hickman Note: Week long workshop register in advance events ends on June 24, 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers - Day Dances Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Callers from Dance Callers Week Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Special day dances using students from the callers workshop register in advance event ends on June 24, 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Boom Chuck (Geroud Barralon, Nic Coker, Laurie Fisher) Note: Band is tentative Friday, June 23, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): John Devine and Steve Hickman Note: Week long workshop register in advance events ends on June 24, 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers - Day Dances Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Callers from Dance Callers Week Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Special day dances using students from the callers workshop register in advance event ends on June 24, 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, June 24, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Diane Silver Band(s)Musician(s): John Devine and Steve Hickman Note: Week long workshop register in advance events ends on June 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Callers - Day Dances Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Callers from Dance Callers Week Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Special day dances using students from the callers workshop register in advance event ends on June 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 Dance Series . Valle Crucis Location: Valle Crucis Caller(s): Warren Doyle Band(s)Musician(s): footSpring Note: Thursday, June 29, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Turnip the Beet Note: Friday, June 30, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 5th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, July 1, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - Festival for the Eno (squares) Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend festival including one square dance () event ends on July 4, 2017 Sunday, July 2, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - Festival for the Eno (squares) Location: Durham Caller(s): No dance today Band(s)Musician(s): No dance today Note: Festival skips July 2, 2017 Monday, July 3, 2017 Dance Series . Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit Location: Asheville Caller(s): Doug Singleton Band(s)Musician(s): Whistlin Rufus (Peter Jenkins, Cindy Olsen, Doug Olsen, Ann Whitley) Note: Monday, July 3, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - Festival for the Eno (squares) Location: Durham Caller(s): No dance today Band(s)Musician(s): No dance today Note: Festival skips July 3, 2017 Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - Festival for the Eno (squares) Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend festival including one square dance () event ends on July 4, 2017 Friday, July 7, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Saturday, July 8, 2017 Dance Series . Valle Crucis Location: Valle Crucis Caller(s): Emily Abel Band(s)Musician(s): Groove Contraption Note: Sunday, July 9, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Betsy Branch, David Kaynor, Peter Siegel and Sue Songer Note: Week-long music week register in advance event ends on July 15, 2017 Monday, July 10, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Betsy Branch, David Kaynor, Peter Siegel and Sue Songer Note: Week-long music week register in advance event ends on July 15, 2017 Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Betsy Branch, David Kaynor, Peter Siegel and Sue Songer Note: Week-long music week register in advance event ends on July 15, 2017 Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Betsy Branch, David Kaynor, Peter Siegel and Sue Songer Note: Week-long music week register in advance event ends on July 15, 2017 Thursday, July 13, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Betsy Branch, David Kaynor, Peter Siegel and Sue Songer Note: Week-long music week register in advance event ends on July 15, 2017 Thursday, July 13, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Friday, July 14, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Betsy Branch, David Kaynor, Peter Siegel and Sue Songer Note: Week-long music week register in advance event ends on July 15, 2017 Friday, July 14, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): ContraForce Note: Saturday, July 15, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Betsy Branch, David Kaynor, Peter Siegel and Sue Songer Note: Week-long music week register in advance event ends on July 15, 2017 Sunday, July 16, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Celtic Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Robin Bullock, Siobhan Butler, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Kathleen Conneely, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Colin Farrell, Marla Fibish, Rose Flanagan, Kimberly Fraser, Len Graham, Garinne Hambly, Martin Hayes, Billy Jackson, Cathy Jordan, Nuala Kennedy, Andrew Finn Magill, Katie McNally, Ed Miller, Alan Murray, Kieran OHare, Eamon OLeary, Matt Olwell, Laura Risk, John Skelton, Cillian Vallely and John Whelan Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 22, 2017 Monday, July 17, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Celtic Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Robin Bullock, Siobhan Butler, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Kathleen Conneely, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Colin Farrell, Marla Fibish, Rose Flanagan, Kimberly Fraser, Len Graham, Garinne Hambly, Martin Hayes, Billy Jackson, Cathy Jordan, Nuala Kennedy, Andrew Finn Magill, Katie McNally, Ed Miller, Alan Murray, Kieran OHare, Eamon OLeary, Matt Olwell, Laura Risk, John Skelton, Cillian Vallely and John Whelan Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 22, 2017 Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Celtic Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Robin Bullock, Siobhan Butler, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Kathleen Conneely, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Colin Farrell, Marla Fibish, Rose Flanagan, Kimberly Fraser, Len Graham, Garinne Hambly, Martin Hayes, Billy Jackson, Cathy Jordan, Nuala Kennedy, Andrew Finn Magill, Katie McNally, Ed Miller, Alan Murray, Kieran OHare, Eamon OLeary, Matt Olwell, Laura Risk, John Skelton, Cillian Vallely and John Whelan Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 22, 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Celtic Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Robin Bullock, Siobhan Butler, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Kathleen Conneely, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Colin Farrell, Marla Fibish, Rose Flanagan, Kimberly Fraser, Len Graham, Garinne Hambly, Martin Hayes, Billy Jackson, Cathy Jordan, Nuala Kennedy, Andrew Finn Magill, Katie McNally, Ed Miller, Alan Murray, Kieran OHare, Eamon OLeary, Matt Olwell, Laura Risk, John Skelton, Cillian Vallely and John Whelan Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 22, 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Celtic Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Robin Bullock, Siobhan Butler, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Kathleen Conneely, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Colin Farrell, Marla Fibish, Rose Flanagan, Kimberly Fraser, Len Graham, Garinne Hambly, Martin Hayes, Billy Jackson, Cathy Jordan, Nuala Kennedy, Andrew Finn Magill, Katie McNally, Ed Miller, Alan Murray, Kieran OHare, Eamon OLeary, Matt Olwell, Laura Risk, John Skelton, Cillian Vallely and John Whelan Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 22, 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, July 21, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, July 21, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Celtic Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Robin Bullock, Siobhan Butler, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Kathleen Conneely, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Colin Farrell, Marla Fibish, Rose Flanagan, Kimberly Fraser, Len Graham, Garinne Hambly, Martin Hayes, Billy Jackson, Cathy Jordan, Nuala Kennedy, Andrew Finn Magill, Katie McNally, Ed Miller, Alan Murray, Kieran OHare, Eamon OLeary, Matt Olwell, Laura Risk, John Skelton, Cillian Vallely and John Whelan Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Celtic Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Robin Bullock, Siobhan Butler, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Kathleen Conneely, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Colin Farrell, Marla Fibish, Rose Flanagan, Kimberly Fraser, Len Graham, Garinne Hambly, Martin Hayes, Billy Jackson, Cathy Jordan, Nuala Kennedy, Andrew Finn Magill, Katie McNally, Ed Miller, Alan Murray, Kieran OHare, Eamon OLeary, Matt Olwell, Laura Risk, John Skelton, Cillian Vallely and John Whelan Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 22, 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Old-Time Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Cantoe, Jere Canote, Dan Gellert, Phil Jamison, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, Don Pedi, Clelia Stefanini, Rate Stefanini, Rodney Sutton and others Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 29, 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Old-Time Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Cantoe, Jere Canote, Dan Gellert, Phil Jamison, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, Don Pedi, Clelia Stefanini, Rate Stefanini, Rodney Sutton and others Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 29, 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Old-Time Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Cantoe, Jere Canote, Dan Gellert, Phil Jamison, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, Don Pedi, Clelia Stefanini, Rate Stefanini, Rodney Sutton and others Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 29, 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Old-Time Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Cantoe, Jere Canote, Dan Gellert, Phil Jamison, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, Don Pedi, Clelia Stefanini, Rate Stefanini, Rodney Sutton and others Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 29, 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Old-Time Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Cantoe, Jere Canote, Dan Gellert, Phil Jamison, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, Don Pedi, Clelia Stefanini, Rate Stefanini, Rodney Sutton and others Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 29, 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, July 28, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, July 28, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Old-Time Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Cantoe, Jere Canote, Dan Gellert, Phil Jamison, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, Don Pedi, Clelia Stefanini, Rate Stefanini, Rodney Sutton and others Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 29, 2017 Saturday, July 29, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Old-Time Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Cantoe, Jere Canote, Dan Gellert, Phil Jamison, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, Don Pedi, Clelia Stefanini, Rate Stefanini, Rodney Sutton and others Note: Register in advance some dancing specific to the week event ends July 29, 2017 Sunday, July 30, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Guitar Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 5, 2017 Monday, July 31, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Guitar Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 5, 2017 Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Guitar Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 5, 2017 Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Guitar Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 5, 2017 Thursday, August 3, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Thursday, August 3, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Guitar Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 5, 2017 Friday, August 4, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Friday, August 4, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Guitar Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 5, 2017 Saturday, August 5, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, August 5, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: Guitar Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 5, 2017 Sunday, August 6, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: BanjoFiddleMandolin Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Pascal Gemme, Laura Lengnick, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Laura Risk, Emily Schaad, David Surette, Tony Trischka, Julia Weatherford and others Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 12, 2017 Monday, August 7, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: BanjoFiddleMandolin Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Pascal Gemme, Laura Lengnick, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Laura Risk, Emily Schaad, David Surette, Tony Trischka, Julia Weatherford and others Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 12, 2017 Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: BanjoFiddleMandolin Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Pascal Gemme, Laura Lengnick, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Laura Risk, Emily Schaad, David Surette, Tony Trischka, Julia Weatherford and others Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 12, 2017 Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: BanjoFiddleMandolin Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Pascal Gemme, Laura Lengnick, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Laura Risk, Emily Schaad, David Surette, Tony Trischka, Julia Weatherford and others Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 12, 2017 Thursday, August 10, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: BanjoFiddleMandolin Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Pascal Gemme, Laura Lengnick, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Laura Risk, Emily Schaad, David Surette, Tony Trischka, Julia Weatherford and others Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 12, 2017 Thursday, August 10, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, August 11, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, August 11, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: BanjoFiddleMandolin Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Pascal Gemme, Laura Lengnick, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Laura Risk, Emily Schaad, David Surette, Tony Trischka, Julia Weatherford and others Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 12, 2017 Saturday, August 12, 2017 Dance Series . Swannanoa: BanjoFiddleMandolin Week Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Pascal Gemme, Laura Lengnick, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Laura Risk, Emily Schaad, David Surette, Tony Trischka, Julia Weatherford and others Note: Register in advance little dance specific to the week event ends August 12, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, August 25, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, August 25, 2017 Dance Series . Hendersonville - Splash Dance Location: Hendersonville Caller(s): Volunteers Band(s)Musician(s): Volunteer All-Stars Note: Annual dance weekend register in advance event ends on August 27, 2017 Saturday, August 26, 2017 Dance Series . Hendersonville - Splash Dance Location: Hendersonville Caller(s): Volunteers Band(s)Musician(s): Volunteer All-Stars Note: Annual dance weekend register in advance event ends on August 27, 2017 Sunday, August 27, 2017 Dance Series . Hendersonville - Splash Dance Location: Hendersonville Caller(s): Volunteers Band(s)Musician(s): Volunteer All-Stars Note: Annual dance weekend register in advance event ends on August 27, 2017 September 2017 Friday, September 1, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Saturday, September 2, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Jesse Edgerton Band(s)Musician(s): The Elftones Note: Thursday, September 7, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): The Morrison Brothers (Jim Morrison, Owen Morrison, Will Morrison) Note: Friday, September 8, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, September 8, 2017 Dance Series . Greensboro - National Folk Festival Location: Greensboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend music, dance, and crafts festival event ends September 10, 2017 Saturday, September 9, 2017 Dance Series . Greensboro - National Folk Festival Location: Greensboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend music, dance, and crafts festival event ends September 10, 2017 Sunday, September 10, 2017 Dance Series . Greensboro - National Folk Festival Location: Greensboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend music, dance, and crafts festival event ends September 10, 2017 Thursday, September 14, 2017 Dance Series . Pittsboro - Hoppin John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention Location: Pittsboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend music and dance festival event ends on September 16, 2017 Thursday, September 14, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Aaron Marcus, Anna Patton and Andrew VanNorstrand Note: Friday, September 15, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, September 15, 2017 Dance Series . Ellerbee - Feet Retreat Location: Ellerbee Caller(s): Charlotte Crittenden and Gaye Fifer Band(s)Musician(s): Buddy System (Julie Vallimont, Noan VanNorstrand) and Aaron Marcus, Anna Patton and Andrew VanNorstrand Note: Dance weekend register in advance event ends September 17, 2017 Friday, September 15, 2017 Dance Series . Pittsboro - Hoppin John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention Location: Pittsboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend music and dance festival event ends on September 16, 2017 Saturday, September 16, 2017 Dance Series . Ellerbee - Feet Retreat Location: Ellerbee Caller(s): Charlotte Crittenden and Gaye Fifer Band(s)Musician(s): Buddy System (Julie Vallimont, Noan VanNorstrand) and Aaron Marcus, Anna Patton and Andrew VanNorstrand Note: Dance weekend register in advance event ends September 17, 2017 Saturday, September 16, 2017 Dance Series . Pittsboro - Hoppin John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention Location: Pittsboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Weekend music and dance festival event ends on September 16, 2017 Sunday, September 17, 2017 Dance Series . Ellerbee - Feet Retreat Location: Ellerbee Caller(s): Charlotte Crittenden and Gaye Fifer Band(s)Musician(s): Buddy System (Julie Vallimont, Noan VanNorstrand) and Aaron Marcus, Anna Patton and Andrew VanNorstrand Note: Dance weekend register in advance event ends September 17, 2017 Monday, September 18, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Friday, September 22, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, September 29, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 5th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, September 29, 2017 Dance Series . Raleigh - Wild Open Bluegrass Location: Raleigh Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Street music (with some dancing) as part of the International Bluegrass Music Association event Wild Open ends on September 30, 2017 Saturday, September 30, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): George Marshall Band(s)Musician(s): Wild Asparagus Note: Saturday, September 30, 2017 Dance Series . Raleigh - Wild Open Bluegrass Location: Raleigh Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Street music (with some dancing) as part of the International Bluegrass Music Association event Wild Open ends on September 30, 2017 Friday, October 6, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Saturday, October 7, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, October 13, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Monday, October 16, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Thursday, October 19, 2017 Dance Series . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival - Fall Location: Black Mountain Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Mostly music festival with some dancing register in advance event ends on October 22, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 Dance Series . Old Farmers Ball Location: Swannanoa Caller(s): Dugan Murphy Band(s)Musician(s): The Great Bear Trio Note: Friday, October 20, 2017 Dance Series . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival - Fall Location: Black Mountain Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Mostly music festival with some dancing register in advance event ends on October 22, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, October 21, 2017 Dance Series . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival - Fall Location: Black Mountain Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Mostly music festival with some dancing register in advance event ends on October 22, 2017 Sunday, October 22, 2017 Dance Series . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival - Fall Location: Black Mountain Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Mostly music festival with some dancing register in advance event ends on October 22, 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Falll Square Dance Weekend Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer and Janine Smith Band(s)Musician(s): Evening Star (Claudio Buchwald, John Devine, Steve Hickman, Jim Holland) Note: Dance weekend register in advance event ends on October 29, 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, October 28, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Falll Square Dance Weekend Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer and Janine Smith Band(s)Musician(s): Evening Star (Claudio Buchwald, John Devine, Steve Hickman, Jim Holland) Note: Dance weekend register in advance event ends on October 29, 2017 Sunday, October 29, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Falll Square Dance Weekend Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer and Janine Smith Band(s)Musician(s): Evening Star (Claudio Buchwald, John Devine, Steve Hickman, Jim Holland) Note: Dance weekend register in advance event ends on October 29, 2017 November 2017 Friday, November 3, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Saturday, November 4, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Friday, November 10, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Tuesday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): No dance today Band(s)Musician(s): No dance today Note: Friday, November 17, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Learn to Dance Weekend Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Charlotte Crittenden and Bob Dalsemer Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Dance weekend pre-register in advance weekend ends on November 19, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Saturday, November 18, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Learn to Dance Weekend Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Charlotte Crittenden and Bob Dalsemer Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Dance weekend pre-register in advance weekend ends on November 19, 2017 Sunday, November 19, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Learn to Dance Weekend Location: Brasstown Caller(s): Charlotte Crittenden and Bob Dalsemer Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Dance weekend pre-register in advance weekend ends on November 19, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Tuesday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): No dance today Band(s)Musician(s): No dance today Note: December 2017 Friday, December 1, 2017 Dance Series . Celo Location: Burnsville Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Band X (Bruce Greene, TBA) Note: Saturday, December 2, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 1st Saturday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Jesse Edgerton Band(s)Musician(s): The Elftones Note: Monday, December 4, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - Special Location: Carrboro Caller(s): Emily Rush Band(s)Musician(s): DJ Emily Rush Note: Rushfest Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm 10 general admission, 6 students discretionary Friday, December 8, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 2nd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Tuesday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): No dance today Band(s)Musician(s): No dance today Note: Friday, December 15, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - 3rd Friday Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Tuesday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): No dance today Band(s)Musician(s): No dance today Note: Friday, December 22, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 4th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): TBA Note: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Tuesday Location: Brasstown Caller(s): No dance today Band(s)Musician(s): No dance today Note: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): David Millstone, Richard Powers and TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Canote, Jere Canote and TBA Note: Special dance week register in advance event ends on January 1, 2018 Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): David Millstone, Richard Powers and TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Canote, Jere Canote and TBA Note: Special dance week register in advance event ends on January 1, 2018 Thursday, December 28, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): David Millstone, Richard Powers and TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Canote, Jere Canote and TBA Note: Special dance week register in advance event ends on January 1, 2018 Friday, December 29, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): David Millstone, Richard Powers and TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Canote, Jere Canote and TBA Note: Special dance week register in advance event ends on January 1, 2018 Friday, December 29, 2017 Dance Series . Durham - 5th Friday Location: Durham Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): ContraForce Note: Saturday, December 30, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): David Millstone, Richard Powers and TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Canote, Jere Canote and TBA Note: Special dance week register in advance event ends on January 1, 2018 Sunday, December 31, 2017 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): David Millstone, Richard Powers and TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Canote, Jere Canote and TBA Note: Special dance week register in advance event ends on January 1, 2018 Sunday, December 31, 2017 Dance Series . Carrboro - New Years Eve Location: Carrboro Caller(s): TBA Band(s)Musician(s): ContraForce Note: January 2018 Monday, January 1, 2018 Dance Series . John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week Location: Brasstown Caller(s): David Millstone, Richard Powers and TBA Band(s)Musician(s): Greg Canote, Jere Canote and TBA Note: Special dance week register in advance event ends on January 1, 2018 Venue and dance information Apex . Dance is from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Squares, Circles, Appalachain and more. No Experience or Partner Required. Live, old-time, string band music. 5 per family or 3 per person-- Pay at the Door limited to the first 100 people. Location: Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex, 237 N. Salem St. Apex, North Carolina 27502. Web site: apexnc.orghalle . Asheboro . Outdoor Dance - Bring your outdoor chairs, a picnic supper and your dance shoes. A free program sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild. 6:30pm: the history of folk dancing in North Carolina delivered by Jim Morrison, current holder of the CDSS Lifetime Achievement Award. And then. 8:00 to 10:00pm (approximate) Jim Morrison George Segebade will call a dance to put the words into action Event at Bicentennial Park, 135 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro. Web site: None. Asheville - Grey Eagle . Dances at the Grey Eagle (185 Clingman Avenue) held each Monday at 8:00pm. Admission is 6. For more information, call 828-232-5800. Web site: oldfarmersball . Asheville - Evergreen Community Charter School . Evergreen (50 Bell Road) is sponsoring a contra dance fundraiser this year. The family contra dance, which welcomes all ages, offers an opportunity to experience a joyful community event of contra and square dancing with your children, family, and community. This event will feature dances that are fun and easy for everyone and provide an opportunity to encourage an appreciation of folk culture, further inspiring future generations to get involved. No experience is necessary all dances are taught on the spot by an experienced dance leader with a focus on HAVING FUN Parents are asked to dance with their children and supervise them at all times. Dancing from 6-8pm. Pizza, drinks and dessert will be available for purchase starting at 5pm (or 5:30pm (check ahead)). The price is Adults: 6 Ages 4 to 16: 4 Under 4: Free Family Maximum: 20. No partner is necessary. Spread the word and make this event a huge Evergreen and greater community event. Call 828-298-2173 for more information. Web site: evergreenccs.org . Asheville - Orange Peel . A night of waltzes. Cost: 10. Intro lesson 6:00 - 6:45pm (cost 5 15 for lesson and dance). Doors open at 6:00. Dance from 7:00pm to 9:45pm. Experienced dancers are invited to join the workshop without paying for the workshop. Web site: oldfarmersballother.htm . Asheville - Orange Peel - Waltz . A night of waltzes. Cost: 10. Intro lesson 6:00-6:45pm (cost 5 15 for lesson and dance) doors open at 6:00. Dance from 7:00pm to 9:45pm. Experienced dancers are invited to join the workshop without paying for the workshop. Web site: oldfarmersballother.htm . Asheville - Asheville Arts Center . Dances include English dances, a mix of American dances such as vintage contra dances, sicilian circles, New England and Southern squares, circle mixers and triplets. There will be a waltz at the break and at the end of the afternoon. Generally, First and third Sundays at the Asheville Arts Center from September to May from 3:00pm - 5:30pm. For more information: Karen Gaughan, 828-230-8449 (or e-mail karendg at mindspring) or AnneMarie Walter, 828-225-7901. Admission: 6 at the door. Web site: None. Asheville - YMCA . YMCAOld Farmers Ball dance, generally on 2nd Saturdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm Family Dance 7:30pm-8:00pm Contra Lesson, 8:00pm-11:00pm Contra Dance. There will be potluck snack break and waltzing in the middle of the dance. The YMCA is located at 30 Woodfin Street. Come help the OFB introduce contra dancing to the YMCA. 5 for adults 3 for 16 and under 15 max for a family The music and calling will be varied, with Diane Silver coordinating the calling and Laura Lengnick coordinating the music. The band is invited-open-band: due to difficult acoustics, players are pre-arranged, as too many at once results in muddy sound. However, the pre-sign-ups are open to anyone who would like to play. Contact the music coordinator if you are interested in playing. Similarly, calling is open to multiple callers, but sign-ups are pre-arranged to ensure an appropriate program. If you would like to call (one dance, several, or the whole evening), contact the caller coordinator. oldfarmersball . Asheville - Edelweiss . Folk amp Contra Dances at Edelweiss from 7pm to 9pm every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Dances held at 697-D Haywood Rd in West Asheville. Traditional dances include Contra, English Country Dances, American Square amp more Come join us in a fun amp friendly atmosphere that feels like stepping back in time to a more simple amp community-oriented period. Beginner friendly instuction. Called by Edie Hunt Live Music. Cost 6person. For more info call 828-258-0721. Web site: edelweissevents . Asheville - Advanced Dance . Dances are held at the Warren Wilson College, Bryson Gym, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa, NC 28778, generally on the 3rd Friday of the month. OFB members 5, Non-members 6, Warren Wilson students 1. Dances are held from 8 to 11 pm. Web site: oldfarmersball . Asheville - New Years Eve . The Old Farmers Ball will sponsor a New Years Eve Dance at the Bryson Gym on the Warren Wilson College campus at 8:00pm to 12:30am. RushFest from 12:45am to 2:00am. This years costume theme is Luau. Expect to see our dance hall magically transformed into another place, another time. Tickets -- 20 in advance, 25 at the door. Web site: oldfarmersball . Asheville - Squares - JCC . Square Dancin Party 7:00 pm at the Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte Street. No experience or partner necessary. We will have a caller to teach us all we need to know If youve never done this now is a good time to try it Yall will have fun Snacks, beverages and desserts included. RSVP by April 4 to Marti Biller by email (martibillergmail) or call her at 684-5796. 10 JCC members12 non-members. Web site: asoft733.accrisoftashevillejccindex.php . Asheville - Technophoria . Dance from 9pm to midnight at the Masonic Lodge, 80 Broadway Street. Dance includes the meticulously tight blending of progressive electronic beats combined with extrasensory mind altering sensations of swirling lights, touch, and contra dance movement. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Web site: contraphoria . Asheville - Techno White Out . For the uninitiated: Wear white. Show up. Its a contra dance. Location: Bryson Gym at Warren Wilson. Doors open: 8pm. Dancing starts: 9pm. Fusion-y stuff: 1am. GTFO: 2:30 3 I dont know how late my rental goes. Price: 15 adv, 18 door. Web site: facebookevents789819681145243 (this is a Facebook event specific to one dance) Asheville - Dancing for Our Mountains Benefit . Dance 7-10pm at Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College. Admission 6 for community members, Sliding Scale admission for WWC students. Benefits the RAMPS Campaign. Web site: rampscampaign.org . Asheville - Dance-a-thon . At the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Justice Athletic Center from 11:59am to 11:59pm. A wide variety of styles including contra. This is a dance to raise funds (I think), the Black Mountain College Museum Arts Center. Web site: ashevilledanceathon . Asheville - Techno Contra . Dances at The Masonic Lodge, 80 Broadway Asheville NC. Generally 8:00pm to 11:30pm. 11 in advance 14 at the door. All ages, no alcohol, no smoking, not for beginners. Tickets are limited, so buying in advance is recommended. Different themes for different dances. Web site: technocontra . Asheville - Waltz - Lets Dance Asheville . Waltz Workshops at the French Broad Food Co-op Movement amp Learning Center in downtown Asheville, 90 Biltmore Avenue. 1-2:30pm Int I - Turns 2:30-3pm Open Waltz (practice) 3-4:30pm Int II - Twinkles (fans). Please plan to arrive early to all the workshops to find parking, change shoes, and get signed in. 12personworkshop - pay at the door. Proceeds from these workshops go to Living Compassion Zen Monastery. Web site: sites.googlesiteletsdancewaltzlet-s-dance---waltz-workshops . Asheville - Waltz - Day of Waltz . Location: Center for Art and Spirit in Asheville (St Georges Episcopal Church, One School Road in West Asheville. Times and specific workshops vary. Sliding scale fundraiser 12-20personworkshop, 20-30person2 workshops (proceeds still benefit Africa Vulnerable Childrens Project These workshops are a fundraiser for Living Compassion Zen Monastery and their Africa Vulnerable Children Project. Web site: sites.googlesiteletsdanceashevillewaltz---let-s-dance-ashevupcoming-waltz-workshops . Asheville - Bele Chere Festival . A contra dance will occur on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:15pm at the corner of Lexington amp Walnut in downtown Asheville as part of the festival. Web site: belecherefestival . Asheville - Dance to Make a Difference . Dance to be held at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, Asheville, NC. Dance, Dine and Bid. Funds raised from the dance and silent auction will support enrichment activities for the residents of WNC Group Homes for Autistic Persons. Come participate i n one or all of the nights offerings. The dance is supported by Old Farmers Ball, Harvest Moon Folk Society and Historic Jonesborough Dance Society. Admission: 7. Food: 3 (vegetarian and meat options). Schedule: 6:00 - 6:45: Flat-footing demonstration Food, and Silent auction begins 6:45 - 7:30: Dance for people in the IDD community 7:30 - 8:00: Contra Dance instruction 8:00pm-11:00pm Contra dance - IDDIndividuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Reminder will come out shortly before event date. Web site: wncgrouphomes.org . Asheville - Treehuggers Ball . Come one, come all, to the Treehuggers Ball 6:30 Contra Dance Lesson 7:00 Dance Join us for a contra dance in support of Coal River Mountain Watch, a leader in the fight against mountaintop removal in Appalachia. Come eat delicious baked goods and take your chances at an exciting raffle- all in the name of defending Appalachias mountains, which are being blasted apart for cheap, non-renewable energy. Sponsored by WWCs Eco Justice Crew and Katuah Earth First Web site: facebookevents384898334913356 . Asheville - Fundraiser for Azalea Mountain School . Hey Asheville area dancers --- if you have kids, or know families who have kids, or are simply a kid at heart, or love sharing your love of dance with the next generation. please join me for a family dance in downtown Asheville. Its a fundraiser for Azalea Mtn. school. 4:00 - 6:00, at Asheville Music Hall, which is at 31 Patton Ave. the site of the former Stella Blue nightclub. Suggested donation 7 for adults3 for kids. Stay for supper afterward: adult plate 10 kids plate 5. It will be my usual whoopin-n-hollerin mixture of circles, mixers, long-way sets and some silly stuff for kids and novice dancers. Great family fun. Please pass the word to any families you know and encourage them to come. Web site: azaleamountain.org . Asheville - University of North Carolina at Asheville - Technocontra . Dance at 8:00pm at Justice Hall. Bebas. Web site: None. Asheville - Healing Our Heroes . Mark your calendars and purchase advance tickets now for this Celebration and Benefit, and help keep Helios Warriors open to heal and support our brave service men and women in our community. Enjoy Live Music and a Family style Contra Dance, some Waltzing, an Exciting Live and Silent Auction with our local auctioneer and community activist, Allen Brasington, III, lots of interesting Auction Prizes of all values and genres, Healthy Foods, Desserts, Drinks, and more. We welcome families, veterans, active duty, and our whole community to come together and celebrate our Heroes. Tickets are only a 10 minimum suggested donation, with children under 12 free (please donate more if you feel called to). Veterans tickets are 5 minimum suggested donation. Located at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. with free parking at Home Savings Bank. Event is from 4pm to 7pm. Web site: facebookevents507424585970075 . Asheville - Katuah Earth First Benefit Dance . Dance at Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson Collge. 6:30 Lesson, 7-10 Dance. 5-10 Donation. All donations go to Katuah Earth First and its struggle to defend the wilderness of Southern Appalachia. Web site: facebookevents278306505645302 . Asheville - Squares - Toyboat . Dance at the Toyboat Community Art Space 101 Fairview Rd. (off of Sweeten Creek Road next to French Broad Brewery). 50 cents per dance, first hour free. Web site: oldfarmersballSquareDance . Asheville - Pine Ridge Reservation Benefit - Nasuacutela: Intercultural Service Learning Experience . Dance at Warren Wilson College, Bryson Gym. 6:30 lesson 7-10pm dance. Suggested donation: 5-25. Web site: facebookevents1425645544318751 . Asheville - Squares - Cork and Keg . Old-time jam at 7pm dance at 8pm. Location: Cork and Keg Bar in The Weinhaus- 86 Patton Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. Web site: facebookCorkandKegBar . Asheville - Habitat for Humanity Benefit . Please plan to join us for a fun evening at Taylor Ranch. 6:00 Cocktail hour 7:00 Presentation by award-winning Allison Ramsey Architects followed by QampA, BBQ Dinner and Contra Dancing Plus: lawn games, longhorn cattle call, fire pit and fishing Web site: ashevillehabitat.org . Asheville - University of North Carolina - Beginners Workshop . Session at Alumni Hall at 6:30pm. Web site: facebookUNCAContrapage . Asheville - Scandinavian . Evening of Scandinavian Dancing 7pm at The Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Rd. in Asheville. Come learn and dance the Schottishe, Hambo, and other Scandinavian dances. 5. For info call: 571-338-6474. Web site: None. Asheville - Old Farmers Ball - New Years Eve . Special New Years Eve dance as part of the Old Farmers Ball series at Warren Wilson College. Banquet from 6pm to 7pm (20 per person, limited to 40 people, advanced sales only). Dancing from 8pm to 12:15am (20 in advance 25 at the door). Rushfest approximately from 12:45am to 2:00am. Hawaiian theme evening. Web site: oldfarmersball . Asheville - Waltz - The Landing . An evening of waltz at The Landing, 68 Kentucky Drive, Asheville, NC. Event is from 8pm to 11pm with a Waltz class at 7:30pm (by donation). 10-15 sliding scale. Web site: facebookTheLandingAvl . Asheville - Future Farmers Ball . Event at the Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina from 9pm to 1am. The first Asheville charity techno is happeningDoors open at 8:30, dancing starts around 9, second set starts around 11, with blues fusion to finish up the night until 2 (tentatively, if we sell enough tickets). Our theme is Future Farmers Ball, since we will be commandering the Bryson Gym, home of the weekly Old Farmers Ball. Put on your futuristic apparel and shuffle on over. Charity Info: Venture Crew 42. We are going to try a sliding scale for this dance. 7 if you must, 15 if you can, and anywhere in between or above() if you wish. Web site: facebookevents1062602203800252 . Asheville - Callers Collective . The Callers Collective meets at 7pm at the Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Rd in the Kenilworth section of Asheville. Likely have live acoustic music. The session is designed for brand new callers, experienced callers who want to test a dance, and everyone in-between. We need a few dancers as well, so bring a friend or two. Donations to cover expenses will be accepted. Web site: None. Asheville - Waltz - Veda . Waltz session (lesson at 7pm, dance from 8pm to 11pm) at Veda Studios, 853 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28804. Lesson 5 dance 5. Web site: vedastudios . Asheville - Swiss Army Dance . Dance featuring a variety of styles including swing, blues, waltz and maybe a contradance. Location: The Block off Biltmore, 39 S. Market Street, Asheville, NC, 28801. Dinner avaialbe at 6:00 (Optional: about 10 Vegan, and tasty) Dance starts at 7:30. (Dont know all those styles Relax. I told the judges it was Thursday.) Donation at the door (sliding scale, 5 suggested) encourages the band Drinks support the Block. They have a nice non-alcoholic drink menu, too. Theres free parking right behind Packs Tavern, after 5. Ill post a map to the lot. Its also easy to park in the Biltmore Garage under Aloft Hotel and walk over. Web site: None. Asheville - Center for Art and Spirit . Dances on Monday nights at the Center for Art and Spirit at St Georges in Malvern Hills just off Patton Avenue. Address is 1 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Dances are from 7pm to 10pm. The dance will start at 7 with an introductory dance to serve as an orientation for newcomers. We will take a short break at 9:00. The cost of the dance is 7. Enter through the Green Door marked Parish Hall by the playground. Bring Clean Shoes for Dancing. Bring a water bottle. Bring a snack to share. Web site: oldfarmersball . Asheville - Old Farmers Ball at Harvest House . A blend of three new OFB offerings on Sundays at Harvest House: Roots Contra, Community Waltz, and the Callers Collective. Mo charge, but contributions appreciated to cover costs. 7pm to 9pm at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Rd, Asheville, NC 28803. Web site: oldfarmersball . Banner Elk - Lees-McRae College . at the renovated Reynolds Gym on the Campus at Lees-McRae College. Beginners lesson 7:30pm-8:00pm, Dance from 8pm-10pm, Donations accepted. Web site: boonecountrydancers.orgobd.html . Barnardsville - Squares - Natures Corner Country Store . Dance at 7:00pm at 1679 Barnardsville Hwy, Barnardsville, NC 28709. Dancing attire encouraged but not required. Concert after the dancing. 5 Suggested Donation Web site: facebooknaturescornercountrystore . Barnardsville - Squares - Ivy Creek Family Farm . Square dance from 5:30pm (food truck), 6pm (dance) to 8:00pm at the Ivy Creek Family Farm, 390 North Fork Rd, Barnardsville, North Carolina 28709. If you want to support Ivy Creek, please bring a few dollars and grab your veggies for the week while youre here. If you want to support the musicianscallerssound man, bring a few dollars to put in their tip hat. Seating will be limted so bring a chair or blanket too Web site: ivycreekfamilyfarm . Beaufort . Dances at the Dance Studio behind BEEPS, 1390 Lennoxville Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516, betweeen Safrits amp the Oaks. The dance is 730 to 10 pm. Families are welcome: Adults pay 7, K-12 students 5. No partner or experience is necessary. Contact: Susan Schmidt at susu at starfishnet dot com or 252-269-0032. Web site: None. Belmont - Belmont Abbey College . Dance at Haid Ballroom, Belmont Abbey campus (to the right as you enter the campus) with a lesson at 8:30pm and dancing from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. Admission 7. Sponsored by the Ballroom Dance Club. Web site (but no information yet): belmontabbeycollege.edu . Black Mountain - Old Farmers Ball Reunion . is, as the site says, held specifically for all the folks who have danced at the Old Farmers Ball at least once, wished they had danced at the Old Farmers Ball, or know someone who claims to have danced there (which pretty much includes eveyone) at Camp Merrimac in August. Register in advance. Web site: oldfarmersballreunion.htm . Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) - Spring . occurs during a weekend in mid-May each year at Camp Rockmont and offers a wide range of music and dancing along with other programs. Register in advance, no gate sales. Web site: theleaf.org Black Mountain - Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) - Spring . occurs during a weekend in mid-October each year at Camp Rockmont and offers a wide range of music and dancing along with other programs. Register in advance, no gate sales. Web site: theleaf.org Black Mountain - Bannerman Family Thanksgiving Folk Dance Camp . is held on annually on Thanksgiving (U.S) weekend in November with contras, squares, international, clogging, music and more at the Blue Ridge YMCA Assembly. Register in advance. Web site: bannermanfamilyThanksgiving.htm . Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Montessori School Family Dance along with a benefit auction. Tickets include dance, feast of local foods, beer amp wine, and a bidding number. They are 20 per adult, 5 per child or 45 per family (2 adults children). Dance is held at White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. Web site: swanmont-auction.org . Black Mountain - Waltz . Wednesday Waltzes at the White Horse, 105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain NC 28711. Lesson - 6:30 5.00 Waltzing 7:00-9:00 8.00. tickets available on the White Horse website or at the door. The plan is to have White Horse Waltzing on the third Wednesday of EVERY month, with live music. Teaching available, when schedules allow. For more information contact Suzanne Hosch at 828-215-3625 or send an email. Web site: whitehorseblackmountain . Black Mountain - Squares - Earthaven Ecovillage . Dance at Earthaven Ecovillage, 5 Consensus Circle, Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 from 7pm to 10pm. Suggested donation 10-20 at the door. Web site: facebookschoolofintegratedliving . Blowing Rock - Walker Family Band Fiddle Camp . Week-long camp (late Juneearly July) at the Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC. Web site: thewalkerfamilyband . Blowing Rock - Art and History Museum . Come in out of the cold and shake a leg with the fun and comradery of old-time dance. Circles, squares and lines Absolutely NO experience is necessary and people of all ages are welcome. Suggested donation of 5.00 - Children ages 12 and under free. The museum galleries will also be open Location: 159 Chestnut Street Blowing Rock, NC 828.295.9099. Web site: blowingrockmuseum.org . Boiling Springs - Gardner-Webb University . Time: 7:30-10:30pm. (Beginners lesson will begin promptly at 7:30pm, dancing will begin at 8pm). Admission: StudentsFacultyStaff with GWU I.D. - FREE Non-GWU Students - 3 Adults - 5. You do not need to know how to Contra Dance to attend All dances are taught. Do arrive in time for the beginner lesson to get you up to speed Your smilelaugh muscles may ache by the end of the evening All you folks whove danced before - wed love to have you help us with the beginners lesson. you all remember learning contra - and having a knowledgeable partner sure makes a difference. Location: O. Max Gardner Hall at Gardner-Webb University, 110 S Main St. Boiling Springs, NC 28017. Continue past traffic light, take second left at the Dixon Gate Stroup Residence Hall, O. Max Gardner Hall is the 2nd building on the left. Contact Kelly Brame or Brittany Bounds with questions kbramegardner-webb.edu or bboundsgardner-webb.edu -also if you need directions Web site: None. Boiling Springs - Gardner-Webb University - Bost Gym . Time: 7:30-10:30pm. You do not need to know how to Contra Dance to attend All dances are taught. Do arrive in time for the beginner lesson to get you up to speed Your smilelaugh muscles may ache by the end of the evening All you folks whove danced before - wed love to have you help us with the beginners lesson. you all remember learning contra - and having a knowledgeable partner sure makes a difference. Location: Bost Gym at Gardner-Webb University. Community attendees should park in the parking lot by the Lutz Yelton Convocation Center. Contact Sandy at sandybrandusayahoo for more information. Web site: None. Boone - Appalachian State University . Dances on various dates (but generally on the 1st and 3rd Fridays when school is in session) and locations at the University. Lesson at 7:30pm, Dance at 8pm. Students 4 Public 5. Since contra dancing is not traditional to this region, Appalachian Heritage Council asks callers to include several traditional Appalachian dances throughout the evening. Not only is it is so important to make sure these dances are preserved, but they are also fun to do. Web site: apps.appstate.eduindex.phpmodulepagesmithid7 . Boone - Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention . Contests, Workshops, Concerts, Dancing, Jamming, and Luthier Gathering with a contra dance on Friday night. Events are held at the Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University. Web site: fiddle.apps.appstate.edu . Boone - Benefit for Kristie Scroggs Wallace . At the Green Valley Elementary School, 189 Big Hill Road starting at 7:00pm. A mix of dances will be taught and called: circles, squares, contras. Its all for fun, and you dont have to know what youre doing to have a good time. Call Karen Critcher at 828.264.8822 (Critchers Auto Parts) or 828.264.1386 (home) for more information. Web site: None. Boone - Appalachian State University - Duck Pond . The student group, International Appalachian, and the Office of International Education and Development at Appalachian State University are sponsoring a Contra Dance on Duck Pond Field on Appalachian State University from 7-10 pm. Duck Pond Field is located on Stadium Heights Dr on the right side if you are driving from Rivers St. This dance is a social for international student orientation and the community. The fall 2011 new AppState international students will be at the dance. The community is encouraged to attend The rain out location is the Quinn gym. Web site: appstate.edu . Boone - Hilltop Contra . Dances at the brand new SG Ballet School at 2460 US Highway 421 North will open for a new series of contra dances in Boone They are very excited to bring this new opportunity for dancers in the Boone area Currently, a live band will not be in participation for this event but selections from local and national contra bands will be used for our dancin pleasure Carpooling encouraged. Lesson at 7:30. Dance 8 - 11. Cost: 5 (suggested donation of 10). Web site: facebookHilltopContra . Boone - Western Youth NetworkVillage Vision Festival . Bring your family Bring your friends Bring your date This Springtime Supper and Contra Dance is a joint fund raiser for the Western Youth Network and the Village Vision Festival (for more info on Village Vision see boonecommunitynetworkpagesvv). We will be serving a 4 course supper (Vegan and Gluten free). There will be Onsite child care during the supper portion of this event(6-7:45pm). Following the feast we will host a family friendly contra dance (8-10pm). There will also be a silent auction. Come join the fun for a good cause Location: Project Venture WYN, 155 Wyn Way, Boone, North Carolina 28607. Web site: facebookevents618990568237089 . Boone - The Uptown . Dances at The Uptown, 182 Howard Street, Boone, NC 28607 with a lesson at 7:30pm an dancing starting at 8pm. Just 7 for the night. No experience needed. Beginners appreciated. Web site: facebookgroupsboone.contra.dancers . Boone - Callers Workshop . The Boone Country Dancers are hosting a workshop for aspiring callers from 3:30-6PM. Participants will learn techniques for developing their own clear and rhythmic calls that can be applied to any contra dance. There will be time for discussion, questions, calling, practicing, and dancing. No previous dance calling experience is required, but it is suggested that participants be fairly experienced dancers. The workshop will be held at 170 Council Street in Boone (at St. Lukes, behind EarthFare). Cost is 2015 for students. Prospective participants are encouraged to contact Connie with any questions prior to the workshop at ccarringergmail or 336-404-4703. Web site: facebookevents907373522712388 . Boone - Squares - Plemmons Student Center . FREE square dance during the Party in the Union Come out and try this traditional Appalachian dance. No experience needed. Time: 8pm - 10pm at the Crossroads Coffeehouse, Plemmons Student Union. Web site: csil.orgsyncorgapps . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Tuesday . There is a free introduction to Contra, Square and Circle Dances to recorded or live music held almost every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Keith House at the John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 pm. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Saturday . There are contra dances twice a month from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the Community Room of the Keith House at the John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Beginners, singles and couples welcome. Admission: Adults 7 Ages 12-18 4 Under 12 3. Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Callers Week - Evening . As part of the Dance Callers Week there are contra dances from 7:00pm to 9:00pm (Monday-Thursday) and after the concert on Friday in the Community Room of the Keith House at the John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. The dances are called by members of the class with live music by Steve Hickman amp John Devine. Beginners are advised to arrive promptly at 7 pm. Admission: Free. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Callers Week - Day Classes . As part of the Dance Callers Week you can join members of the Dance Callers class for two 90-minute practice sessions of contra and square dancing each day with wonderful live music. No previous dance experience is necessary. Callers class members will welcome your participation and will teach you everything you need to know. Its fun and great exercise, too. Cost is 75. (I am unsure whether there are classes on Sunday and Saturday and therefore I am not including those days in the schedule -- CAS). Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Callers Week . Intensive callers workshop offers mike time more true-to-life calling experience each day and evening. The course is limited to 6 students and includes two 90 minute practice sessions each day plus an open public dance every night with a real-life mix of beginners and experienced dancers of all ages. The course is open to both newer and more experienced callers. Knowledge of basic contra calling technique and at least several years of dancing experience are assumed. Please feel free to contact us and discuss this if there are questions. Major emphasis is placed on working effectively with live music (provided by Steve Hickman and John Devine), efficient teaching, community building, working with beginners, children and family groups, and repertoire development, including square dance calling techniques. Register in advance. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Davidson Fund Benefit Dance . This special benefit dance and silent auction for the John Neil Davidson Memorial Fund will feature a variety of local callers and many local musicians joining special guests Steve Hickman and John Devine. During the break there will be a performance by Sticks in the Mud Morris Dancers. Beginners, singles and couples welcome. Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching. The event will go from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Admission: 10 donation (under 18 8). Cash or checks only, please. Location: Community Room, Keith House at the John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week . This unique, fun-filled week will be devoted to learning and improving techniques of playing and arranging music for traditional contra, square and couple dancing. Daily classes will include slow-tune jams, large and small band ensemble playing, presentations by the instructors, tutorials, discussions and dancing. Instructors (drawn from some of the top contra dance bands in the country) and class members will play for nightly public dances. Participants should already be able to play an instrument proficiently and be familiar with some of the many styles of music played at contra dances. Register in advance. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Dance Musicians Week - Evening . As part of the Dance Musicians Week there are contra dances from 8:00pm to 10:00pm (Monday-Thursday) and after the concert on Friday in the Community Room of the Keith House at the John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Music is by the instructors and students of the Musicians Week. Beginners are advised to arrive promptly at 8 pm. Admission: Free. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week . The Folk Schools popular year-end folk dance and music celebration will feature American contras amp squares, English country dancing, rapper sword dancing, couple dances, singing, jam sessions and more - all to glorious live music. The week ends with a gala New Years Eve party and New Years morning breakfast. Previous contra andor English country dance experience is highly recommended. Register in advance. Register early for a discount. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Winter Dance Week Evening Dances . Evening Dances During Winter Dance Week (Dec. 26-31) are open to experienced dancers from our local dance community. There will be a mix of contras, squares and English country dances. Admission is 10 (15 New Years Eve) for all at the door. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Traditional Square Dance Weekend . Old-time square dancing is having a resurgence of popularity, especially among young people, in many parts of the country. Come and enjoy a fun weekend dancing to live music with three well-known callers, who have over 120 years of calling experience between them The weekend will include talks on the history of square dancing as well as the Brasstown Saturday night community square and contra dance. All dances will be taught and walked through in advance. Some previous contra or square dance experience is recommended. Singles and couples are welcome. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Fall Square Dance Weekend . Old-time square dancing is having a resurgence of popularity, especially among young people, in many parts of the country. Come and enjoy a fun weekend dancing to live music with three well-known callers, who have over 120 years of calling experience between them The weekend will include talks on the history of square dancing as well as the Brasstown Saturday night community square and contra dance. All dances will be taught and walked through in advance. Some previous contra or square dance experience is recommended. Singles and couples are welcome. Web site: folkschool.orgevent.phpeventtypeid2 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Evening Dances - LittleMiddle Week . Monday-Thursday Night: 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission: Donations Welcome Location: Community Room, Keith House. Nightly Dances During LittleMiddle Week. Join us for nightly dances during our LittleMiddle Folk School Week: Monday through Thursday night from 7:00-9:00 pm. This week, in particular, is very kid friendly. The dance starts with dances especially for young folks and progresses into contras, squares and circle dances. Web site: folkschool.orgindex.phpsectionsubjectssubjectid23 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Old-Time Jam Camp . Join us for an old-time mini-festival Working in large and small groups, well explore the world of Southern Appalachian old-time social music: dance tunes, songs, ballads, gospel numbers, childrens songs. maybe well even dance some squares Our focus will be understanding the subtleties and unspoken rules of jamming with others. Learn to hold a steady rhythm, hear chord changes and melodic patterns, play in alternate tunings, and catch variations on the fly. All string instruments are welcome. (Level 3 Intermediate - can play 10 or more tunes, perhaps not quite up to tempo.) Web site: folkschool.orgindex.phpsectionsubjectssubjectid23 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Surviving and Thriving in Jam Sessions . Jam sessions can be intimidating. Learn how to hold your own, recognize keys and chord changes, and fit right in. Well also cover the etiquette and guidance of jams. Well help you play off the page, offer some individual coaching, and mostly well play, play, play. All acoustic folk instruments are welcome. Levels 2, 3, and 4. Register in advance. Web site: folkschool.orgindex.phpsectionsubjectssubjectid23 . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Intermediate Fiddle . Experience traditional styles of guitar from many genres - backup to fiddle tunes and songs - old-time to Irish to swing. Fingerstyle guitar solos, including blues and open tunings, and flat-picking melodies will be covered. Though the class scope is wide, all efforts will be made to make it accessible to the intermediate guitarist. You can play blues Enjoy listening to sources, including Etta Baker, Mississippi John Hurt, and Doc Watson. Mostly, have fun, and gain tips on becoming a better musician in general. (Levels 2 and 3) Register in advance. Web site: folkschool.orgindex.php . Brasstown - John C. Campbell Folk School - Continuing to Intermediate Guitar Styles Sampler . Expand your repertoire, technique, and musical horizons by learning airs and dance tunes from the traditions of North America, the British Isles, and Sweden. Teaching will be mostly by ear with written music provided. Well work on harmonies, chords, and rhythm, and well explore subtleties which contribute to developing both a personal style and a regional accent. There will also be opportunities for individual instruction. (Level 3 - can play 10 or more tunes, not quite up to tempo). Scandinavian Heritage Week honors the Folk Schools roots, inspired by folkehjskole of these northern European countries. In the company of newfound friends, you will enjoy special food, music, dance, and craft traditional to the region. Register in advance. Web site: folkschool.orgindex.php . Brasstown - Southern Old-Time Fiddle Gathering . Delve into Appalachian-style fiddling, the living tradition found in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina. and now all over the world Secrets of bowing and other characteristics of old-time fiddling will be explored, as well as getting that old-time sound. Learn some fine fiddle tunes, back-up, and basic chord theory. Well discuss how to overcome any playing blocks youve encountered, so your playing brings you nothing but joy. Bring your adventurous fiddling spirit (Level 3-4). Register in advance. Web site: folkschool.orgindex.php . Brasstown - Fools Ball . Fools Ball Fundraiser to send Brasstown Morris Dancers to England. 5 Admission Kids 12 and Under Free. The evening, from 8pm to 11pm, includes a contrasquare dance, silent auction, cake walk, magic tricks, costumes and performances by the Brasstown Morris Teams in the Community Room of Keith House at the John C. Campbell Folk School, 1 Folk School Rd, Brasstown, North Carolina 28902. Web site: facebookevents1723701471198451 . Brevard - Brevard College - Earthfest . Dance is from 8:00pm until 10:00pm at the Dunham Auditorium, Brevard College, Brevard, NC. Dances are taught, beginners are welcome (so you should bring your friends especially if theyve never danced before), hope to see you there FREE for: BC students, staff, and faculty, community members, and non-BC students. Tips are appreciated. Please e-mail Jordan Poole poolejcbrevard.edu if you have any questions, comments, or requests. Web site: facebookevents204947332951751 . Brevard - Old School Country Dance . Dances sponsored by OTTO WOOD (Old Time Transylvania Organization. With Out Official Designation) and Dunns Rock Community Center, at 461 Connestee Road 5 miles south of Brevard off of US 276. When - 2nd and 4th Fridays. Beginner session at 7:30pm, dance from 8pm to 11pm. Adults 7, Students 5, under 12 - free. Type of dance - contras, squares, big circle mtn dances. Web site: facebookpagesOld-School-Country-Dance169828449804420 . Brevard - Squares - Dunns Rock Community Center . Dance at Dunns Rock Community Center, 461 Connestee Road 5 miles south of Brevard off of US 276 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Web site: facebookevents1139767326107045 . Brown Summit - Southeast Dance Leadership Conference . The Conference will include courses, discussions, informal meetings, and some dancing at a modern conference center with good food and convivial atmosphere. Youll be able to increase your skills, strengthen ties with people of similar interests, and work with them to craft solutions to common problems. We welcome attendees who are interested in Country Set dancing, including Family dances, English, and American Contras and Squares. Web site: rivertone.org . Burnsville - Dancing in the Clouds . On the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, a lovely mostly waltz dance event awaits them along with a feast for the eyes - breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The twirling, the heavenly music, and the rolling ridges and fertile valleys will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments youll ever experience. Contact: contradancingcricketyahoo. Web site: facebookgroup.phpgid351913641541vinforefsearchgroup.phpgid351913641541refts . Burnsville - Annual MHHS Eco Club Contra Dance . Dance is from 7pm-10pm (doors open at 6:30pm) at the Burnsville Elementary School Gymnasium. Hosted by the Mountain Heritage Ecology Club. Admission is a suggested donation of 5. Refreshments will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the Eco Clubs ongoing efforts to monitor local water quality and maintain the high school recycling program. For more info call Tressa Hartsell at 682-4030 or send an email. Web site: None. Burnsville - Town Center . Dance at the Burnsville Town Center, 6 S Main St, Burnsville, North Carolina 28714 starting at 7:30pm. Enjoy an evening of traditional Appalachian music, dancing and desserts. Antique quilts will also be on display by the Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Tickets are 10, ages 10 and under are 5. Web site: facebookevents826566127417354 . Carrboro - 1st Saturday . The 1st Saturday dance in Carrboro is hosted by the bands Footloose and Contrazz with guest musicians and callers. The dance is held at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. at N. Greensboro and Main St. The dance begins at 8pm with lessons at 7:30pm. Admission is 10. Web site: firstsaturdaydance.daviddg . Carrboro - 2nd Fridays . The 2nd Friday dance in Carrboro is sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers. The dance is held at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. at N. Greensboro and Main St. The dance begins at 8:00 p.m. with a lesson at 7:30 p.m. the cost is 8 for members and 10 for non-members. Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site: tcdancers.org . Carrboro - 3rd Friday . The 3rd Friday dance in Carrboro is sponsored by the Carolina Song and Dance Association. The dance is held at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. at N. Greensboro and Main St. Please carry a pair of clean, soft-soled, smooth-soled shoes to change into after you are inside the Century Center. Alternatively, you may dance in your stocking feet. Beginners Workshop 7:30pm. Dance at 8:00pm. 10. All Dances Instructed, Experienced and Beginners Welcome. Bring your partner or come without For additional information please call 967-9948. Web site: csda-dance.org or facebookgroups63361939251 . Carrboro - 4th Fridays . The 4th Friday dance in Carrboro is sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers. The dance is held at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. at N. Greensboro and Main St. The dance begins at 8:00 p.m. with a lesson at 7:30 p.m. the cost is 7 for members and 9 for non-members. Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site: tcdancers.org . Carrboro - New Years Eve . The New Years Eve Dance in Carrboro is sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers. The dance is held at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. at N. Greensboro and Main St. 8pm to midnight - 15, snacks will be served Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site: tcdancers.org . Carrboro - Wicked Whirlwind . are two dances on two nights on Halloween and All Saints Day. The dances are held at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. at N. Greensboro and Main St. The dance begins at 8:00 p.m. with a lesson at 7:30 p.m. the cost is 7 for members and 9 for non-members. Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site: tcdancers.org . Carrboro - Squares . The Durham Chapel Hill Old-Time Square Dance occurs on various Fridays with a lesson at 7:30pm. The dance begins at 8:00pm. Admission is 7 Admission, 5 Students. Beginners are always welcome and you dont need to bring a partner, so come on out and socialize while listening to some of the greatest traditional music in the South. Lets rock the frolic, yall The dances in Carrboro are held at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. at N. Greensboro and Main St. Web site: ncsquares . Carrboro - Victorian Ball . One evening event with half of the dances are country dances, which are taught and called (similar to contra dances). Interspersed between the country dances are period couple dances like the Waltz, Polka and Schottische. Location: 100 N Greensboro Street. Web site: trianglevintagedance . Carrboro - Callers Workshop . With Cis Hinkle, in conjunction with the FoolWind Weekend from 10:00 AM - Noon at the Balanced Movement Studio, Cost: Around 10 Topics: TBD. Web site: None. Carrboro - 1st Friday . Special dance from 8:00pm-11:00pm at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. Admission 9. Web site: daviddgfoolwind.html . Carrboro - Special . Special dances on various dates, times, and venues, but generally at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. Web site: tcdancers.org . Carrboro - Callers Weekend Workshop Dance . The participants from the workshop will be calling a dance at Balanced Movement Studio, 304 West Weaver Street in Carrboro. The dance will be from 8-11, and the cost will be 6. Web site: None. Carrboro - Waltz - Cats Cradle . Evening of waltzes at Cats Cradle, 300 E. Main St. Carrboro, North Carolina 27510. Free, approachable lesson at 8:15 to warm you up followed by sweet, hot live tunes at 9. DJd fusion dancing with a blues tango kick til late. Web site: catscradle . Carrboro - North Carolina Statewide Folklife Festival . Day-long music, crafts, food, music and dance event including a square dance. Web site: ncfolkloresociety.wordpress . Celo . Dances are at the Arthur Morgan School on the 1st Friday of each month, except July, August and December at 8:00pm. 3 suggested donation. Location: 60 AMS Circle, Burnsville. From Asheville, take 1923 North. After Mars Hill, bear right on 19. becomes 19E. Pass Burnsville, and at Micaville take Route 80 S. Go approximately 6.5 miles and turn left at 7-Mile Ridge Rd. (Sign says Arthur Morgan School amp Celo Health Center.) Cross bridge, then turn right onto Hannah Branch Road. After road turns sharply to the left, look for Arthur Morgan School sign (on right). Take dirt road to left directly across from sign -- keep to left amp the next building on left is Green Cay. Need more info Call Rob at 828-675-4331 or frederickapalachee-mail. Web site: apalacheCelodance.html . Chapel Hill - Community and Youth . Teens, tweens, and kids of all ages enjoy dancing to live music and callers including circle dances, square dances, contra dances and just plain playful dances. This series is designed for us all to build a community together - young people, older people and our families. No experience is necessary because each dance is taught and figures are called throughout the dance. Beginners are celebrated Bring your family, your friends, even your grandparents 5:30-6:30 Potluck supper for all - Please bring a generous dish to share. Drinks, plates, and utensils provided. 6:30-9:00 Dance, dance, dance Break for door prizes, a story or song, and some jokes. Well have fun and easy circle and line dances earlier, simple contras and squares later. All dances are taught. No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. The cost is 5person or 15family. Our community dances are run by volunteers. Please contact Ruth at 919-967-9917, or e-mail communitydancetcdancers.org, if you can help out. All this occurs at the Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive. Web site: tcdancers.orgfamilyindex.html . Chapel Hill - Benefit Dance for Lulu Boubert and Rob Sharer . Benefit Contra Dance from 3:00pm to 5:30pm (rain or shine) with a potluck afterwards at the Willow Oak Pavilion (formerly the Red Shoe Barn), 630 Vickers Road, Chapel Hill, NC. 10 minimum donation suggested. Web site: goo.glb1SzR . Chapel Hill - Waltz - Seymour Center . For those who love to waltz, and for those learning to waltz. Taped and live music provided. All ages welcome. Fee: 2 at the door. At the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27516, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The event generally repeats every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month but one should check with the center to be sure. Web site: orangecountync.govagingseniortimes.asp . Chapel Hill - Scandinavian - Seymour Center . Learn dances from Sweden and Norway such as hambo, waltz, reinlender, and polkett. Come try it out. No partner necessary. For more information, call Katherine Polk at 919-967-4967. Bebas. At the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27516, from 7:00pm to 8:45pm. The event generally repeats every 4th and 5th Thursday of the month but one should check with the center to be sure. Web site: orangecountync.govagingseniortimes.asp . Chapel Hill - Callers Workshop . Madison, Wisconsin caller Carol Ormand is beloved throughout the dance community for her smooth and unflappable style, wickedly fun dances, and penchant for keeping all the dancers on the floor smiling. Carols enthusiasm, paired with her clear and efficient teaching, creates a delightful dancing experience for beginners and veteran dancers alike. Carol will be in the Chapel Hill, NC area the weekend of April 12-14. She is calling for the Triangle Country Dancers regular Friday night dance on April 12th and on Saturday we will have an all day workshop designed to improve a specific calling related skill. Calling well can be a great source of pleasure. In the workshop, each participant will get to focus on improving one calling-related skill. By the end of the day on Saturday, you will know how to make progress on the skill of your choice and on all of the other topics covered that day. Anything related to calling is fair game: creating an inviting atmosphere, programming an evening, communicating with the band, efficient yet effective walk-throughs, effective use of a microphone. whatever you most want to work on next. On Sunday, well gather to reflect on what weve (collectively) learned and to plan our (individual) next steps in that work. The workshop and evening dance will be held in a private home near Chapel Hill, NC. Meals on Saturday are included in the cost of the workshop. If you have any questions, please email Jack Mitchell at: jamitchnumber threeat signmindspring - Web site: tcdancers.org . Chapel Hill - Callers Gathering and Workshop . From Jack Mitchell - There will be a callers collective gathering and pot luck brunch in Chapel Hill from 1:00 - 3:00 at the home of Robert and Louie Cromartie. We will have time for some discussion and time to try out dances and practice teaching. We decided after the last gathering that we would like to spend some time talking about how we, as a group of callers (perhaps more effectively than individual callers), can work together to improve our local dance communities -- what we can do in our teaching, calling, and hosting hosting of dances, and also in our own dancing and partnering to gently encourage better and more community oriented dancing. If you are interested in joining us, please drop me an email and Ill send you the address. Jacks email address is jamitch3mindspring - Web site: None. Chapel Hill - Squares . Dances at the Mediterranean Deli, 410 West Franklin Street at 7:30pm. Web site: ncsquares . Chapel Hill - Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics . Presentation by Phil Jamison about his work entitled Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance. 5:30 p.m. at the Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Special Collections Library, at UNC in Chapel Hill. Free and open to the public. Web site: blogs.lib.unc.edu . Chapel Hill - Squares - Church of the Advocate . Dance at the Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Road (Chapel Hill). Co-sponsored with NC Squares. Evening Eucharist (communion) service at 5pm, potluck dinner at 6:15pm, dance 7:30 - 10:30pm. Web site: tcdancers.org . Charlotte - 4th Saturday . The Charlotte Dance Gypsies sponsor dances on the 4th Saturday (generally, but not always) of each month. There is a Potluck Dinner at 6:30pm, a Beginners Lesson at 7:30pm and a dance from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The dance occurs at Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue. Admission is 8, 5 for students. Web site: charlottedancegypsies.org . Charlotte - Monday . The Charlotte Country Dancers sponsor dances each Monday (with the exception of Memorial Day). There is a Beginners Lesson at 7:30pm and a dance from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. The dance occurs at Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue. 7 admission, 5 students. Web site: charlottedancegypsies.org . Charlotte - Friday . Contra Dance Carolina sponsors dances on various Fridays (2nd Friday generally, but not always) with comfortable wood floors, air conditioning, and separate rooms for the younguns. Time: Lessons at 7:30-ish, Dance 8:00-11:00 pm. Cost: 7 General Admission, 5 Students. The dances occur at the Piedmont UU Church (University area), 9704 Mallard Creek Road. Web site: contradancecarolina.org . Charlotte - Special . The Charlotte Country Dancers sponsor a special dance on a special night. There is a Beginners Lesson at 7:30pm and a dance from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. The dance occurs at Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue. 8 admission, 5 students. Web site: charlottedancegypsies.org . Charlotte - UNC . Dance at the University Of North Carolina at Charlotte, 201 University City Boulevard in the Lucas Room in the Cone University Center (building 5 next to the parking deck on this map .) Wood floors and air conditioning. Time: Lessons at 7ish, Dance 7:15-10:30 pm. Cost: 7 General Admission, 5 Students. Web site: contradancecarolina.org . Charlotte - Family - 4th Saturday . A family dance before the potluck and the regular 4th Saturday Contradance from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. The dance occurs at Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue. This dance is aimed at beginning dancers and families with children. If youre looking for a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere to enjoy easy dances with solid teaching, this is it All ages welcome no experience necessary. Adults: 5.00. Ages 2 - 16: 3.00 under 2: Free Family Maximum: 15.00. (Friends and neighbors do not count as part of your family, but DO bring them along). Regular admission for the Saturday evening adult dance is 8.00. Adults wishing to stay will be asked for an additional admission of 3.00, to add to their 5.00 admission for the Family Dance. For safety reasons, non-dancing children need to stay off the dance floor. Parents assistance is requested in this matter. Web site: charlottedancegypsies.org . Charlotte - Family - Sunday . A family dance from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue. This dance is aimed at beginning dancers and families with children. If youre looking for a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere to enjoy easy dances with solid teaching, this is it All ages welcome no experience necessary. Adults: 5.00 Ages 2-16: 3 under 2: Free. Family Maximum: 15. (Friends and neighbors do not count as part of your family, but DO bring them along). For more information, contact Ron Bates at rbates6carolina.rr. Web site: None. Charlotte - New Years Eve . The Charlotte Country Dancers sponsor a special dance on New Years Eve. Time to be published. The dance occurs at Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue. 8 admission, 5 students. Web site: charlottedancegypsies.org . Charlotte - Waltz . The Charlotte Country Dancers sponsor waltz nights on various Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The dance occurs at Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue. The event is free, but appropriate, socially responsible behavior is required of all attendees. Web site: charlottedancegypsies.org . Charlotte - Piedmont . Techno Contra at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road. This genre features high-intensity electronic music and is an alternative outgrowth to the conventional contra scene. It is for experienced dancers only due to the energetic pace of the music. Time: 7:30-10:30. Cost: 9 General admission, 7 for TCD, HJDS, and students. Web site: contradancecarolina.org . Charlotte - Techno-Lumination . Techno contra dances at Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Avenue, Charlotte, NC. Doors open at 9pm. Admission: 12. Web site: facebookpagesTechno-Lumination202949213097781skinfo . Charlotte - Callers Workshop Series . Want to learn to call Just want to learn more about how the music and the dance work together This will get you started 7:30-9pm, Gretchen Caldwells house, 4140 Sheridan Drive (about a mile from Chantilly Hall). RSVP to gretchendanceyahoo - Web site: None. Charlotte - Squares - UpStage . Cajun dancing and square dancing at UpStage, 3306 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC. Lessons at 7pm, dancing after that. 12 in advance, 15 at the door. Web site: upstagenoda . Clemmons - Family Dance . Family Dance 3:30 to 5:00 PM. Adults: 5.00 Ages 5-16: 2.00 Under 5: Free Family Maximum: 12.00. If you have any questions, contact Allen Daniel at allenadanielinc or 336-778-9106. Web site: feetretreatfiddlebowpublicfamily.cfm . Clemmons - Civic Club . Electric Camel Contra at the Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Drive. Admission: 7, students 5. Introduction at 7pm, dance from 7:30pm-10:30pm. No partner or experience needed. Alcohol free. Southern Appalachian Style Dances including traditional squares and circle dances. Live band and caller. Web site: None. Clemmons - Dance Musicians Workshop . Musicians who contra dance and would like to explore playing music for dances are encouraged to attend a contra dance music workshop at the Clemmons Civic Club at 2870 Middlebrook Dr, Clemmons, NC. No previous experience is required In addition to core concepts of contra dance musicianship, the workshop will focus on playing in small groups and on methods and styles used in a small group setting such as melody trading, harmony, back-up styles and improvising. Musicians who attend the workshop will be invited to play as part of an ensemble for a contra dance following the workshop. 3:00pm - doors open 3:15pm - 6:15pm musicians workshop 6:15pm - 7:15pm potluck (with sound check at 7:00pm) 7:20pm - beginner contra dance workshop 7:30pm - 10:00pm open-to-the-public contra dance. Registration opens Friday, October 19th, 2012 Cost: 20 with scholarship slots available To register, contact electriccamelcontragmail with the following information to assist in fine-tuning the program for those who will attend: 1) Name 2) Which instrument you plan to bring to the workshop 3) Current experienceability on your instrument 4) Three things you hope to learn in the workshop. Tunes info will be sent upon registration. No previous experience with this repertoire is required The workshop location is the New Hope Presbyterian Church at 2570 Harper Road, Clemmons, NC, 27012. The contra dance will be at the Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC 27012. Web site: facebookevents400253296710134 . Clemmons - Fiddle and Bow . The Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers sponsor a dance most Tuesday nights at the Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC from 8pm until 10:30pm. All dances are 7 (8 as of November 5, 2013) 5 for full time students under 25 unless otherwise specified. Bring clean, soft soled shoes. This is absolutely necessary to dance. Web site: feetretreatFiddleBowpublichome.cfm . Columbus - The Meeting Place . Free dance from 8pm to 10pm at The Meeting Place, 75 Carmel Road. This dance needs 10-12 experienced dancers to be present. Please come if you can. Thanks for your help in letting folks know we need their help to get some more folks excited about contra dancing in your general area. From I-26 E or W, take exit 67. At hwy 108 (W.Mills Street) turn east toward town passing Food Lion. Turn left at traffic light on Houston Road. After about 12 mile turn left on Skyuka Road. The Meeting Place is on the left after about 12 mile. Info: Carter Blaisdell, Black Mtn. NC, Member, Old Farmers Ball, 828-669-7733 or Hoppy Long 828-894-5173 or 828-817-4419. Web site: None. Cullowhee - Western Carolina University . A dance will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Breese Gym on the campus of WCU. There is no admission charge. ronandcathy71frontier. Web site: wcu.edu . Cullowhee - Western Carolina University - Catamount Community Dance . The Catamount Community Dance will be held from 7-9 pm in Reid Gym. No experience or partner needed. We will have circle, line and contra dances. Cost is 5.00 for students, 10 for everyone else. Proceeds will go to the Phipps-Tholkes-Singleton PRM Scholarship. Web site: wcu.edu . Dallas - Benefit for Shining Hope Farms . An evening of contra dancing, music, entertainment and delicious Italian food. It will be a night of fun for all ages This benefit will help the nonprofit Shining Hope Farms, which provides therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy to children and adult with disabilities. Tickets: 12 in advance15 at the door. Please call 704-691-1119 or (704) 825-5219 for tickets. Location: Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cheryville Highway, Dallas, NC, 28034. Time from 6pm-10pm. Web site: shininghopefarms.org . Davidson . The Davidson dances are held at the International Baccalaureate Middle School Gym, 251 South Street with a vintage suspended wood floors and elevated spectator seating. Lessons are at 7ish and the dance goes from 7:15 pm to 10:30 pm. Cost is 7 for general admission and 5 students. Web site: contradancecarolina.org. Davidson - Green Ball . Annual dance in March to benefit the Davidson Land Conservancy and held at Davidson College in the Lily Gallery Room in the Chambers Building. The dance will begin at 7:30pm and end at 9:30pm. After 9:30, the benefit auction will occur. Cost: 10 in advance, 12 at the door (proceeds go to the Davidson Lands Conservancy). Web site: davidsonlands.org . Denton - Squares . Dances on the 3rd Saturday of each month (In December, the 2nd Saturday at the Denton Civic Center, West Salisbury Street, starting time 7 PM. Admission: 5.00 12 amp Under, Free. Refreshments Available. (No Taps Please). Web site: dentondance . Durham - 1st Friday . The dance is held at the Reality Center, 916 Lamond Ave, Durham, NC. Fundraise for the Reality Center. Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Our dances are open to the public. You do not need a partner. Members: 7.00, Guests: 9.00. Dances start at 8:00 PM with a lesson at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise noted. Web site: tcdancers.org . Durham - 4th Friday . The 4th Friday dance in Durahm is sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers. The dance is held at the Reality Center, 916 Lamond Ave, Durham, NC. The dance begins at 8:00 p.m. with a lesson at 7:30 p.m. the cost is 8 for members and 10 for non-members. Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site : tcdancers.org . Durham - 5th Friday . The 5th Friday dance in Durahm is sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers. The dance is held at the Reality Center, 916 Lamond Ave, Durham, NC. The dance begins at 8:00 p.m. with a lesson at 7:30 p.m. the cost is 8 for members and 10 for non-members. Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site: tcdancers.org . Durham - Advanced . The advanced dance in Durahm is sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers and generally occurs on the 5th Friday of the month. The dance is held at the Reality Center, 916 Lamond Ave, Durham, NC. The dance begins at 8:00 p.m. and there are no lessons or walkthroughts. The cost is 8 for members and 10 for non-members. Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site: tcdancers.org . Durham - Special . These special dances on special night in Durahm are sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers. The dance is held at the Reality Center, 916 Lamond Ave, Durham, NC. Hours and cost will be dependent on the dance. Check web site for details. Protect our dance floors Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site: tcdancers.org . Durham - Squares . The Durham Chapel Hill Old-Time Square Dance occurs on 2nd (generally) Saturdays with a lesson at 7:30pm. Moving to 1st Fridays starting on July 1 The dance begins at 8:00pm. Admission is 8 Admission, 6 Students. Beginners are always welcome and you dont need to bring a partner, so come on out and socialize while listening to some of the greatest traditional music in the South. Lets rock the frolic, yall The dances in Durham are held at the Pleasant Green Community Center on Pleasant Green Community Center Road. Web site: ncsquares . Durham - Squares - Rowdy . Dances at The Pinhook, 117 W Main St, Durham, North Carolina 27701. 5. Begins at 9pm. Web site: thepinhook . Durham - Mostly Waltz . On alternate 3rd Saturdays at the Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 South Miami Boulevard in DurhamRTP. Downstairs studio, back of building. Lesson: 4:30-5:00 Dance: 5:00-6:30. Price: 7 per person (students - 5). Web site: trianglevintagedance . Durham - Waltz - Class . Classes - Beginner - 6:00-6:45 and Intermediate 6:45-7:30. Cost: 27 per 3 class session. Please email us to let us know youll be attending - christrianglevintagedance. Location: Triangle Dance Studio, downstairs studio, 2603 South Miami Boulevard in DurhamRTP. Downstairs studio, back of building. Durham - Waltz - Waltzing at the Gardens . Lesson at 3pm with dancing from 4pm to 6pm in the Duke Gardens, Doris Duke Center. Cost: 8 Pre-reg through 123 (paypal link on website), 10 at the door. The dance will feature a mix of fast and slow music to accommodate the many styles of waltz, including slow melodies for modern Ballroom and Cross-Step, moderate tempos for Rotary and ContraFolk Waltz as well as some faster tunes for the Viennese Waltz. The music will vary widely and will include genres such as Rock, Celtic, Latin, Cajun, Folk, Techno, New Age and World music. Although the dance is dedicated to mostly waltz, once in a while we will mix in another dance style such as Swing, Tango, One-StepBlues, Foxtrot, Polka, Schottische, etc. Web site: trianglevintagedance . Durham - Waltz - Dance Sampler . Come dance to recorded music for a mix of waltz, swing, tango and Scandinavian couples dancing. There is no formal teaching, but there may be some brief instruction of less well-known dances. No partner necessary. Fee: Free. At the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27516 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Web site: orangecountync.govagingSeymourCenter.asp . Durham - Murphey School . Location: Murphey School (Shared Visions Retreat Center) 3717 Murphy School Rd. Durham, NC 27705. Beginner Workshop: 7:00PM Contra Dance: 7:30PM-10:30pm. Admission 9 general. Volunteer positions are available and logistical support is most welcome Contact electriccamelcontragmail for details. Sponsored by Electric Camel Contra. Style: High energy, community-focused contra dancing (liftdipaerial-free). Beginners are always welcome for instant fun No partner necessary. Scent and alcohol-free. Casual attire, soft-soled shoes. Web site: facebookgroups261972428591 . Durham - Festival for the Eno (squares) . great music, share local arts and craftwork, eat delicious food, and - most of all - celebrate the Eno River and Watershed and its importance in our community. Web site: enoriver.orgfestival . Durham - Food Project . Duke Campus Farm presents a Contra Dance. Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Duke Campus Farm, 4934 Friends School Rd. Durham, NC. Well have farm snacks for all and something hot in the beverage pot for 1. We ask that dancers pay 5 at the farm gate to support our organizations ability to continue hosting such joyous community events :) Web site: sites.duke.edufarm . Durham - Rush Fest 2 . Contra dances (3:00pm-4:30pm) and couple dancing (4:30pm-6:00pm (waltz, blues, swing)) to a recorded mix, new lights, etc. Callers and future callers -- want to call a dance Call ahead 5 for THREE HOURS of dancing Location: Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 South Miami Boulevard. Web site: facebookevents442622762522600 . Durham - Mary Andersons Birthday . Dance at the Triangle Dance Studio (2603 S. Miami Blvd. Durham NC 27703). For directions, please visit the TDS website at triangledancestudioDirections.htm. Were in the back studio. It is her birthday on Sunday, January 5th and she would love to celebrate it with all of you What better way to celebrate than by dancing. The plan is to have waltzing, blues dancing, and hopefully some contra dancing as well. Please spread the invitation to any and all who might like to come dance When: 5-8 pm. Web site: facebookevents1444862612403559 . Durham - Book Release Party . Location: Pleasant Green Community Center. Dance: 7-10pm Beginner Lesson: 6:30pm. Admission: 10 Come celebrate the release of Tales from the Red Book of Tunes, the new book by author Tyler Johnson that takes you from a modern contra dance back to the murky myths where the music was born. There will be a mini-concert featuring tunes from the book Web site: tylerjohnsonblogwriting-2contra-dance-book-release-party . Durham - Callers Workshop - Spice of Life . Registration for The Spice of Life with David Millstone This session will explore the many ways that callers can bring variety onto the dance floor. Exercises, work with dance cards, small group activities and discussions with everyone. Participants will come away with tools to help develop more interesting programs. Location: Pat and Dougs house, Durham. Cost: 10-15 suggested contribution. Time: 3-5PM. Web site: docs.googleformsd1nQ0sX1x5dtKTZ5e3byQdwkdACw0cxDVFBmdkTGZ4Mviewform . Durham - North Carolina School of Science and Math . Come join students learning contra dance as part of a mini-term class at NC School of Science and Math. You can park in the lot along Maryland Ave and join us in the gym from 8-10 pm (workshop at 7:30 pm). Any interested experienced dancers who want to boost the student numbers, please come Location: 1219 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705. Web site: ncssm.edu . Durham - CDSS Centennial Celebration . Join us for a weekend celebrating dance, singing and music from the 1600s to today. There will be contra, English and couple dancing storytelling singing from pub tunes to gospel and Shape Note singing jams for musicians and more Location: Murphey School, 3717 Murphey School Rd, Durham, North Carolina 27703. Web site: facebookevents534200923408840 or tricdsscelebration.wordpress . Durham - Victorian Ball . Go back in time to the mid-1800s and experience dances from the Victorian Era. No prior experience is necessary. Half of the dances are country dances, which are taught and called (similar to contra dances). Interspersed between the country dances are period couple dances like the Waltz, Polka and Schottische. Carrboro Century Center from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Since this is a ball, we request no T-shirts or jeans, but check the site for for information. Warm-up lesson from 12:30pm to 2:30pm at Triangle Dance Studio 2603 S. Miami Blvd, Durham. Web site: trianglevintagedance . Durham - Waltz - Shared Visions . An afternoon and evening of waltzing A special event at the Shared Visions Retreat Center (Murphey School), 3717 Murphey School Road, Durham. This special TCD-cosponsored event will offer waltz workshops from 3pm to 6pm. Instructors will help you polish all your dancing skills. Then well have a potluck dinner, a beginner lessonrefresher course starting at 7:15, then waltzing from 8 to 11 with ContraForce playing. Web site: tcdancers.org . Durham - Rock the Frolic Tobacco Road . Old-time square dance weekend with dances, workshops, clogging, Cajun, etc. Lets come together and ignite greater interest in continuing old-time square dance traditions in the Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh area. All are welcome. No experience required. Location: Pleasant Green Community Center, 4966 Pleasant Green Community Center Rd. Durham, NC. Web site: facebookevents1063748250387480 . Durham - Waltz - Pop-Up . Waltz night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer St, Durham, NC. Join us at the new cork-floored for an evening with an extended waltz workshop focused on partner connection, live music, and the good times you expect from a Waltz Night, all right in downtown Durham. Parking is available around the studio and in lots near Geer St. Check out locations here. Web site: dancerfly . Elk Park - Appalachian Spring Dance Weekend . held in mid-April at Old Cranberry High School, at the junction of Route 19e and Route 194, Avery County, outside of Boone and Banner Elk). Camping and various lodging venues available. Admission available for the weekend or parts of the weekend. Web site: warrendoyle . Elk Park - Turkey Twirl . Dance weekend at the Old Cranberry High School, Junction of Routes 19E and 194, Avery County. Cost is 40 (including free camping) or 60 (indoor camping). 20 for high school and college students (wcamping). Register in advance. Web site: warrendoyle . Elk Park - Mountain Color Contra . Dance weekend held in the early fall at the Old Cranberry High School, Junction of Routes 19E and 194, Avery County. Web site: warrendoyle . Elk Park - Mountain Blossom . Dance weekend held in the mid-spring at the Old Cranberry High School, Junction of Routes 19E and 194, Avery County. Web site: warrendoyle . Elk Park - Mountain Blossom . Special afternoon dance (6) from 1:30pm to 4:30pm as part of the Dance weekend held in the mid-spring at the Old Cranberry High School, Junction of Routes 19E and 194, Avery County. Web site: warrendoyle . Elk Park - Mountain Blossom . Dance weekend held in summer at the Old Cranberry High School, Junction of Routes 19E and 194, Avery County. Web site: warrendoyle . Elk Park - Contrathon - Fall . is a 12-hour dance event, generally the Sunday of Labor Day (U.S.) weekend in AugsutSeptember at Cranberry High School. Advanced registration recommended. Register early for savings. Web site: historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org . Elk Park - Contrathon - Spring . is a 12-hour dance event, generally the Sunday of Memorial Day (U.S.) weekend in May at Cranberry High School. Advanced registration recommended. Register early for savings. Web site: historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org . Elk Park - ContraBlossom November . Weekend dance camp in early November. Register in advance. Web site: warrendoyleCB20Home.html . Elkin - Foothills Arts Council . Elkin is hosting a fiddlers jam and contra dance beginners at 6:30PM, dance 7-10:30PM at The Liberty, 222 E. Main Street. Easy access from I-77, exit 85 from the north, 82 from the south, 10 mi. north of 421, and 30 mi. north of I-40 in Statesville. Donation is 5 at the door. Earlier in the day, beginning at 11AM musicians are gathering for a jam at Crater Park in Elkin and plan to create an outdoors fiddle festival beginning in May 2014. Web site: foothillsartscouncil.org. Elkin - By the River . Weekend event with performances on Saturday at the Elkin Municipal Park from 11am to 7pm and a contra dance on Friday at the Rec Center. Web site: facebookElkinValleyFiddlers . Elkin - Valley Fiddlers . The Elkin Valley Fiddlers will hold a dance at Rhythm on Main, 246 East Main Street with the beginners session at 7:30pm and dancing until 10pm. Soft-soled shoes only. Suggested donation of 5. Web site: foothillsartscouncil.orgelkin-valley-fiddlers . Elkin - Rhythm on Main . The Elkin Valley Fiddlers will hold a dance at the Elkin High Schools gymnasium, 334 Elk Spur St. Elkin, NC. Beginners lesson at 7 dance 7:30-10 p.m. Soft-soled shoes only. No alcohol or tobacco use on school grounds. Free admission, donation of 5 greatly appreciated. Web site: foothillsartscouncil.orgelkin-valley-fiddlers . Ellerbe - Feet Retreat . is a dance weekend in September sponsored by the Fiddle and Bow Dancers and held at Milestone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe. Register in advance. Web site: feetretreat . Ellerbe - Sprng Dance Romance . is a dance weekend in April sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers and held at Camp Millstone in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Register in advance. Web site: tcdancers.orgSDRsdr.shtml . Fairview - Squares - The Lords Acre Benefit . This year the party will be at Hickory Nut Gap Farm on Sugar Hollow Road. Potluck (bring a hearty dish to share), train rides for kids, hay rides for all, pony rides, a silent auction of Fairviewian Fame, and a whoop it up square dance to live music inside the barn. Festivities start at 5:00pm and run until 10:00pm. Potluck begins around 6:00 and dancing begins around 7:00. This is our major fundraiser so come ready to have fun and fight hunger. Web site: thelordsacre.org . Fairview - Squares - Hickory Nut Gap Farm . Join us for a night of square dancing and old-time fiddle tunes. Dinner menu will be available from 5-8pm, and the band will play from 6-9pm. Dont forget to bring the kids. Aside from stomping around on the dance floor, weve got plenty to do, such as saying hello to the baby piglets, going down the tunnel slides, and knocking around the tether ball. Admission is 5 and kids under 10 are free. Location: Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Rd, Fairview, North Carolina 28730. Web site: hickorynutgapfarm . Flat Rock - True Nature Country Fair . feature vendors of local, organic, and sustainable products and resources from throughout the Southeast, workshops on all aspects of sustainable living, a childrens program and live music, all in a pristine mountain setting. Held at Highland Lake in early October. Web site: truenaturecountryfair.org . Fletcher - Asheville Area Family Dance . The dance is held each month on various Saturdays with a brown bag summer at 5:00 p.m. a family dance from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. aimed at families with children under 10 with Long sets, scatter dances, singing games, etc. an adult contra dance workshop from 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and an adult contra dance from 8:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m. Adults: 5.00 Ages 2 - 16: 3.00 Under 2: Free Family Maximum: 15.00. (Friends and neighbors do not count as part of your family, but DO bring them along). The dances are usually held at the Calvary Episcopal Church: 2840 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher (but check the web site for details. Dances are not held during the summer months. Web site: diane-silverfamilydance.html . Garner - Spiritual Twist Productions . Dance from 7pm to 10pm at Spiritual Twist Productions, 1250 Aversboro Rd, Garner, North Carolina 27529. Come join us for a fun evening of Contra Dancing at the Spiritual Twist Production Building Floor is carpeted. There will be a brief introduction to Contra Dancing and the basic calls you will need to know starting at 7:00 PM. Then we will open the night up to fun contra dancing and fellowship Concessions will be available for purchase. Be sure to invite your friends Tickets are available online (tickets.spiritualtwist) for 11.57 (includes tax and service charge) until the doors open at 6:45 PM. Tickets MUST be printed. Digital tickets for this event are not available and will NOT be accepted. Tickets may be purchased at the do or starting at 6:45 PM for 13.88 (includes tax and service charge). Web site: spiritualtwist . Glendale Springs - Contrathon - Spring . is a 12-hour dance event, generally the Sunday of Memorial Day (U.S.) weekend in May at Mountain Music Jamboree, 9331 Hwy 16. Advanced registration recommended. Register early for savings. Web site: historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org . Greensboro . The Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers sponsor a dance on the third Saturday (but not always) of each month at The Grange, 4909 Guilford School Rd. Admission is only 8, or 6 for full-time students under age 25, unless otherwise specified. Lessons at 7:30. Dancing from 8:000pm - 11:00pm. For more info call or email Cynthia Stewart at 336-760-0856. The Grange is located on Guilford School Road off of Lindley Rd. Bring clean, soft soled shoes. This is absolutely necessary to dance. Web site: feetretreatFiddleBowpublichome.cfm . Greensboro - Guilford College . Contra Dance at Guilford College hosted by: Fancy Feet Guilford College at Dana Auditorium at Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Ave. One other useful tidbit is that no bags or bottles will be allowed in the auditorium. Water fountains are nearby. Web site (maybe): guilford.edu . Greensboro - Electric Camel Contra . Electric Camel Contra presents first Saturday contra dances at the Guilford Grange, 4909 Guilford School Rd from 7:00pm - 10:30pm. Beginner workshop at 7:10PM. Dance at 7:30PM. Evenings music may vary including Electroflow and Electrotrad. Admission: 8 general, 5 students. Contact: electriccamelcontragmail Web site: electriccamelcontra.org . Greensboro - Electric Camel Contra - Musicians Workshop . Electric Camel Contra is. pleased to present a Contra Dance Musicians Workshop to musicians interested in learning more about how to play for contra dancing. A unique workshop covering the skills, tricks and techniques that create a fulfilling contra dance experience for all involved. After the workshop, they will lead a band made up of workshop participants for an evening contra dance open to the public at the Guilford Grange in Greensboro Workshop is from 10:30am-5:00pm. Cost: 25 with a limited number of scholarship slots available. To register, contact electriccamelcontragmail, but please check the web site for details before doing so. Web site: facebookElectricCamelContra . Greensboro - Rowdy . About Rowdy Contra Dances: Beginners are encouraged for instant fun No partner necessary. Scent and alcohol-free. Casual attire, soft-soled shoes. Rowdy Contra Dances are a dip-free zone where good vibes and kinetic energy flow and all are welcome. Beginner Workshop: 7:00PM. Contra Dance: 7:30PM. Sliding Scale donation 0-15, suggested 8 general, 5 students, first time free Scholarships available - contact electriccamelcontragmail for details Location: Guilford Grange, 4909 Guilford School Rd, Greensboro, NC Web site: electriccamelcontra.org . Greensboro - National Multiple Sclerosis Society Benefit . The Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers sponsors a special at The Grange, 4909 Guilford School Rd. Free with your donation to NMSS (suggested donation of 10person). All proceeds go to the NC chapter of NMSS and donations are 100 tax deductible. Lessons at 7:30. Dancing from 8:000pm - 11:00pm. For more info call or email Cynthia Stewart at 336-760-0856. The Grange is located on Guilford School Road off of Lindley Rd. Bring clean, soft soled shoes. This is absolutely necessary to dance. Web site: feetretreatFiddleBowpublichome.cfm . Greensboro - Green Living Arts Festival . Contra Dancing at the Green Living Arts Festival in the Courtyard of the Creative Center, 900 16th St, Greensboro, NC. Set-up at 1:45pm. Rowdy Contra Dance demo at 2:15pm with current participants in the contra dance community, followed by one or two easy dances for all who will join Please RSVP to electriccamelcontragmail for playing and dancing About the Green Living Arts Festival: This free, family-friendly event will feature: The Rabbit Collective, OneStringOver, hoop dancers, singers, multi-cultural dancers, drummers, green living displays, demos and instruction, healing artists, green art activities, and vendors selling eco-friendly crafts, art, books, massages, organic foods, produce, plants and much more. A reception for the Visions of Peace Exhibit will follow the event. Sponsored by: Resources for Artful Living (REAL) and The Sierra Club. Call 336-686-4806, for more information. Rain date: Sunday, April 28. Directions: Sixteenth St. is one block south of Cone Blvd, between N. Church and Yanceyville Streets. Web site: thecreativecenter. Greensboro - Carolina Music Collaborative . Dances with concerts before the dance at the Guilford Grange 4909 Guilford School Rd, Greensboro, NC. Front doors open at 7:15pm concert at 7:30pm intro and dance at 8:15pm. Admission: 5 suggested, 10 per party (bring the dormofficefriends) A tip jar will be present, also Web site: carolinamusiccollab.org . Greensboro - National Folk Festival . Three-day music, dance, and crafts festival held in September. Web site: ncta-usa.org . Greenville . The Folk Arts Society of Greenville sponsors contra dances on the 3rd Saturday of the month (September - November January - April) at the Jaycee Park Auditorium (2000 Cedar Lane, Greenville, NC). Lesson at 6:30 pm dance from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Admission is: 5 , 6 , 8 . Web site: fasgnc.org Greenville - Squares . Dances at the The Tipsy Teapot, 409 Evans St, Greenville, North Carolina 27858 from 7pm to 9pm. 5 donation requested. Web site: fasgnc.org . Greenville - Waltz . Waltz night at the Tipsy Teapot, 409 Evans St, Greenville, North Carolina 27858 from 7pm to 9pm as part of the Art Walk that night. Bebas. Web site: fasgnc.org . Happy Valley . Theres a barn dance at the Jone Family Farm on Hwy 268 in Happy Valley from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. This event is free of charge. Built in 1909, the barn is approximately 8 miles past Patterson School on Hwy 268. Web site: None. Hendersonville - Farm City Day . This day-long event features both urban and rural displays, antique and modern farm equipment, live music, square dancing, clogging, arts and crafts, childrens activities, games, wagon rides, displays, demonstrations, tractor pull and plenty of food. Animal lovers will enjoy the petting zoo and animal demonstrations. Web site: hendersoncountync.orgtravelhvlfarmcityday.htm . Hendersonville - Street Dances . Put on your dancing shoes for some good toe tapping music, where there is a dance area in front of the stage. The dances will be held every Monday evening for several weeks during the summer at the Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street. The Street Dance comes alive with people square dancing and clogging to a band playing traditional bluegrass music. Special appearances by area clogging teams make for a entertaining, foot stomping evening. At 6:30 PM, the caller will teach audience members some basic square dancing. Music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30, early admission is prohibited. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. Admission is free. No alcoholic beverages or coolers allowed. In case of inclement weather the dance will be postponed until 8:00PM if the weather does not cooperate by 8:00PM the performance will be cancelled. Web site: hendersoncountync.orgtravelhvlstreetdances.htm Hendersonville - Splash Dance . formerly the Old Farmers Ball Reunion, and still held specifically for all the folks who have danced at the Old Farmers Ball at least once, wished they had danced at the Old Farmers Ball, or know someone who claims to have danced there (which pretty much includes eveyone) at Camp Pinnacle, Hendersonville, NC in August. Register in advance. Web site: oldfarmersballSplashDance . High Point . Rowdy Contra Dances on various Thursdays at St. Marys Episcopal Church, 108 W Farriss Ave, High Point, NC. 7pm-7:30pm Beginner Lesson 7:30pm-9:30pm Rowdy Contra Dance Admission: 7 General, 5 Students, First time: FREE Web site: electriccamelcontra.org . Hillsborough - Down Yonder Farm . On various dates to be determined: one or two open calling dances at the Down Yonder Farm Music Building (about 4 miles north of Pleasant Green, near Hillsborough, NC). These dances will be a chance for new and developing and experienced callers to call a dance or two (depending on how many callers we have). They will likely be held on a Sunday afternoonearly evening. There is no admission charge, but I ask that you bring some money for the band (3 suggested). If this is successful, I hope to have one of these dances 4-6 times a year. Please let me know if you are planning to come email jamitch3 at mindspring so that I can have a general count on number of dancers. If youre interseted in calling, please also let me know. Please let me know if you would be interested in calling more than one dance if we dont have a full slate of callers. I will send out directions as folks reply. If you might be interested in calling for one of these, please let me know. Contact: Jack Mitchell at jamitch3 at mindspring. Web site: None. Hillsborough - Central Orange Senior Center . Dances on 1st Fridays (generally at the Center, 515 Meadowland Drive next to the SportsPlex. Dance in a beautiful air conditioned ballroom. 7:00: Newcomers Instruction 7:30-10:30 pm: Contra Dance. Admission: 8. Web site: tcdancers.org . Hillsborough - Callers Workshop . Callers Workshop and Brunch, from 10:30 - 1:30 at the home of Doug and Colleen Joyce (near Hillsborough) Registration required (register here: workshop) Questions: Email jackmitchellmindspring - Web site: tcdancers.org . Hillsborough - Callers Collective . Please join us for a callers collective afternoon dance. Callers and folks interested in calling, this event is a casual setting for you to try out your first dance or experiment with how to teach or call dances you are working on. Dancers, itll be a relaxed afternoon of dancing in a cozy music room on a farm Date amp time: Sunday, Feb 24, 3 PM to 6 PM. please, dont be afraid to show up at 2:45 Location: Down Yonder Farm Music Room, 811 Lipscomb Church Rd, Hillsboroug h, NC 27278 Admission: Your smiling self something to chip in for the band. Day-of contact phone: Jack Mitchell, 919-260-8580 Questions Email eileen.thorsosgmail or call 919-419-1174. You can also RSVP on the facebook event or please drop Eileen or Jack (jamitch3mindspring) a note or RSVP on the facebook page so that we have an idea of how many people to expect. Web site: facebookevents521966211156973 . Hillsborough - Squares . Dances at the Bizzarris Wood Shop, 2815 Moorefields Road at 8:00pm. Web site: ncsquares . Hot Springs - Bluff Mountain Festival . is presented by the Madison County Arts Council is a one day festival held at the Hot Springs Spa and Resort music traditional and bluegrass music and a square dance. Web site: madisoncountyartsbluff-mountain-festival . Hot Springs - Waltz . Waltzes starting at 8pm at Sunswept Farm. Potluck dinner starts at 6pm. Waltz lesson with Jamie Sparks at 7:30. The event is open to the public, with optional overnight tent camping. 5-10 sliding scale fee for the dance, 5 suggested for the lesson (plus donation for overnight camping). The farm is located at 444 Beasley Cove Road, Hot Springs, NC 28743. There will be limited parking so please do your best to carpool Web site: None. Jackson . Contra Dance at the Barkers Creek Community Building from 3:00pm-5:30pm. Contra dancing will begin at 3 p.m. There will also be a potluck dinner following the contra dance, starting at 6 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, plate, cup, cutlery and a water bottle. The dance is free. Participants are encouraged to make a contribution toward the cost of renting the hall. No previous experience with contra dancing is required and all dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. There will also be a short beginners workshop at the start of the dance. No partner is required. Local musicians will play music for all the dances. Local musicians are invited to sit in with the band, to jam and learn how to play music for dancing. The Barkers Creek Community Center is located at milepost 79 on U.S. 441 three miles north of Dillsboro. Coming from Sylva, make a U-turn just past milepost 79 to get in the southbound lanes. Information about the dance is available from Ron Arps by email at ronandcathy71frontier. Web site: None. Jacksonville - Onslow County Farmers Market . Dances at Onslow County Farmers Market Building, 4074 Richlands Hwy. Jacksonville, NC. Farmers Market Building, behind the Onslow Government ComplexSenior Center on Richlands Hwy. (just before the light at Pony Farm Rd and Tar Landing Baptist Church.) Dances will be held on the 1st Friday of each month. Concessions are available for your eating and drinking pleasure Time: 7pm-10pm. Web site: kingsfriendmusiccontradance.php . Lake Junaluska - Smoky Mountain Folk Festival . features two nights of the finest traditional Southern Appalachian music and dance on Labor Day (U.S.) weekend in late Augustearly September at the Stuart Auditorium. Web site: smokymountainfolkfestival . Leicester - Randall Glen Contrafest . One-day dance festival at Randall Glen, 96 Randall Cove Rd. Leicester, NC 28748 from noon to 9pm. Give us a call at 828-683-5758 to get tickets in advance, or just come on out. Advance tickets are 10 and tickets at the door are 15. Kids 12 to 16 are half price and kids under 12 are free. And for you Early Birds theres a special price-from March 1 to April 1, tickets are just 9 Dancing plus a number of other events during the day. Web site: randallglen . Leicester - Big Sandy Mush . Dance at Big Sandy Mush, 90 School Rd Leicester, NC 28748-5506. 6:30 homemade soup and chili dinner 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lesson 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Family Friendly Dance. Contras and Squares. Dinner 5, dance 7. Cakewalks with local cakes, farm products and crafts as prizes. Contra and Square Dance will benefit Big Sandy Mush Community Center. Web site: None. Sandy Mush Community Center, 90 School Road off of Big Sandy Mush Road in Big Sandy Mush. Lenoir . Contra dancing on the 3rd Friday of the month from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Sister Futs Cafe on Main Street. Web site: ffutsandcompanyf.futsmusiclineup.html . Lenoir - New Song Church . Contra dancing at the New Song Church, 1031 Morganton Boulevard, SW, Lenoir. 7pm to 10pm. Web site: newsonglenoir . Lenoir - HVS Theater . Contra Dance at Happy Valley Elementary School, 1350 Yadkin River Rd, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645 at 8pm. Tickets are 5 at the door. The Contra Dance will follow HVS Drama Club Dinner Theater which begins at 6pm. Tickets for the Theater are 10adult and 8children and need to be reserved at 828-754-3496. Theater tickets include the Contra Dance. All proceeds go toward HVS theater restoration and future stage productions. Web site: facebooklenoircontradance . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week . is held at Mars Hill College each year in June with a program that emphasizes music with a little dancing. Web site: mhc.eduoldtimemusic . Mars Hill - Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week - Evening Square Dance . Location: Mars Hill College Gym, Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754, starting at 8pm. Come join the folks attending Mars Hill Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week for a square and circles this Thursday night Please wear soft sole shoes for the sake of the gymnasium floor. Web site: mhc.eduoldtimemusic . Marshall - Squares . Dance at Good Stuff, Marshall, NC, 28753, starting at 8pm. 50 cents per dance. All Ages, No Experience Necessary. Web site: None. Mebane . An afternoon advanced dance, a potluck dinner and a concert. Located at 3222 Henderson Field Road, Mebane, NC, (actually on the Saxapahaw border, about 12 miles west of Chapel Hill, NC). Space is limited so please call (919-304-4146) or e-mail (StephenSrestorationwoodworks) for reservations. Schedule Dance: 3:00pm-6:00pm, Potluck: 6:00pm, Concert: 7:30pm. Suggested donation: 7 for the dance, 15 for the concert, 20 for both. Web site: None. Mebane - Henderson Field Dance Weekend and Party . Informal weekend in mid-late May at Stephen Stiebels House, 3222 Henderson Field Rd. Mebane, NC 27302. 75 for the whole weekend including 3 meals on Saturday, and Breakfast on Sunday. Potluck on Friday Night Call 919-304-4146. Contact: StephenSRestorationWoodworks . Mebane - Special . An evening dance, a potluck dinner and a concert. Located at 3222 Henderson Field Road, Mebane, NC, (actually on the Saxapahaw border, about 12 miles west of Chapel Hill, NC). Space is limited so please call (919-304-4146) or e-mail (StephenSrestorationwoodworks) for reservations. Web site: None. Mills River - True Nature Country Fair . One event in this celebration of life in connection with the earth in late September is a dance. Web site: organicgrowersschool.orgevents.html . Morgantown . Hello dancin friends Free contra dance from 8pm-11pm, Hope you can make it Its at the Morganton Community House (120 N. King Street, Morganton, NC). Message me (facebookprofile.phpid1013483715) if you have any questions. Web site: None. Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention . Two-day music (and some dance) festival held in early June at Veterans Memorial Park, 631 West Lebanon Street. Web site: mtairyfiddlersconvention . Mount Holly - Shining Hope Farm Benefit . Dance at the Mountain Island Charter School, 13440 Lucia Riverbend Hwy, Mt Holly, NC 28120. 7:00pm introductory lesson 7:30-10pm contra dance. Tickets in advance: 7 for students, 9 for adults. Tickets at the door: 8 for students, 10 for adults. We will be providing complimentary water, apple cider, and some snacks for participants, but feel to bring any refreshments that you desire. Questions Call 704-827-3788. Will also have a silent auction to benefit Shining Hope Farms. Web site: facebookevents735435926545437 . Murphy - Techno Contra . Dance at the Murphy School of Dance, 281 Tennessee St, Murphy, North Carolina 28906 from 8pm to 11:30pm. Prefer contra dancers with prior experience. It is 7 at the door. There will be flashing lights and black lights and more. oh my. If you have any questions, please let me know. You dont want to miss this. Hope to see you all there :-) Web site: facebookevents912272592235433 . Murphy Epic Bad Christmas Sweater Techno Contra . Event from 8pm-11pm at the Murphy School of Dance, 281 Tennessee St, Murphy NC, 28906. 8pm -11pm. A blend of traditional Christmas music and techno. Wear a bad Christmas sweater, but be prepared for blacklight and strobelaser lights. Experienced dancers preferred. Info: Charles Tucker tuckercharlesymail - Web site: None. New Bern - Centenary United . Dancing Bear Productions present dances in the Fellowship Hall, Centenary United Methodist Church, 309 New Street. No prior experience required. You dont need a partner, just bring cool clothes, comfortable low shoes, and a smile Introductory lesson at 7:00 dances called from 7:30 Admission: 7 general, 5 for full-time students 20 per family for large families. With support from Down East Folk Arts Society. For information, call Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256. Web site: None. New Bern - Craven Community College . Dances at the Student Center of Craven Community College at 800 College Court, off Glenburnie Rd. No prior experience required. You dont need a partner, just bring cool clothes, comfortable low shoes, and a smile Introductory lesson at 7:00pm dances called from 7:30pm until 10:00pm. Admission: 7 general, 5 for full-time students 20 per family for large families. With support from Down East Folk Arts Society and the Craven Community College Forum Club. For information, call Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256 or fullersteachingyahoo. Web site: None. New Bern - Christ Episcopal Church . Dances at the Ministry Center of Christ Episcopal Church at 311 Middle Street. No prior experience required. You dont need a partner, just bring cool clothes, comfortable low shoes, and a smile Introductory lesson at 7:00pm dances called from 7:30pm until 10:00pm. Admission: 7 general, 5 for full-time students 20 per family for large families. With support from Down East Folk Arts Society and the Craven Community College Forum Club. For information, call Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256 or fullersteachingyahoo. Web site: None. Penrose - Squares - Henderson County Homesteaders . Homesteaders 4-H Hoe Down from 4:30 8:30pm, just 20 minutes from Downtown Hendersonville at The Field: 2766 Crab Creek, Penrose. Make Wonderful Memories while Supporting Local 4-H Kids. Pig Picking, Square Dancing, Live Bluegrass Music, Cake Walk, Hay Rides, Old Fashioned Games. Pie Baking Contest With 50 Cash Prize. 15 Advance Adult Tickets 10 Advance Childrens Tickets. Childrens Tickets are For ages 4-9. Free admission for those 3 and Under. 20 Tickets at the Gate. Ticket Includes Admission, Square Dancing, 1 Dinner and 2 Activity Tickets. Additional Activity Tickets Will Be Available To Purchase. To purchase tickets, simply email us at HendersonCountyHomesteadersgmail - We will send you a Paypal invoice and you can conveniently pay for your tickets online. You can pick them at the check-in table when you arrive at the Hoe Down. Web site: hendersoncountyhom.wixhoe-down . Pine Knolls Shores - Bogue Banks Boogie Retreat is a two-day dance week over New Years Eve and New Years Day on the shore sponsored by the Cape Fear Contra Dancers for experienced and advanced contra dancers. Register in advance. Web site: wilmingtoncontradance.info . Pittsboro - Squares - Hoppin John Fundraiser . Square Dance Fundraiser with Hoppin John Come on out to our the Square Dance Fundraiser at 8:00pm at 3320 Chicken Bridge Road, Pittsboro, NC (Email hoppinjohnshakorihills.org for directions). Hope to see you at the dance, and stay tuned for more information about this years festival All proceeds from Hoppin John go to benefit the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a NC not-for-profit corporation. - Web site: hoppinjohn.org . Pittsboro - Squares . Dance at the The Great Hall, 3320 Chicken Bridge Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312. Dance starts at 8:00 PM Web site: ncsquares . Pittsboro - Squares - Community House . Dance at the Pittsboro Community House (65 Thompson St) from 8-10 pm. Admission is 5 per adult children under 12 get in free. There will be an old fashioned cakewalk, only 1 per entry for a chance to win a delicious cake from the Phoenix Bakery. Everyone welcome No dancing experience necessary as each dance will be taught before the music starts. This event is being sponsored by the Violin and Fiddle Shop of Pittsboro. Please come out and support what we hope will be a successful and ongoing community event. (Sorry, alcoholic beverages not allowed on Premises). Web site: None. Pittsboro - Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival - Spring . is a multi-day music and dance festival held in May. Register in advance for savings. Web site: shakorihills.org . Pittsboro - Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival - Fall . is a multi-day music and dance festival held in October. Register in advance for savings. Web site: shakorihills.org . Pittsboro - Hoppin John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention . is a two-day music and dance festival held in September. Register in advance for savings. Web site: hoppinjohn.org . Pittsboro - Squares - Crop Hop . Square dance, live and silent auctions, buffet dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients, all to benefit the Rural Advancement Foundation International. Web site: rafiusa.orgcrophop . Pleasant Garden . Guilford College Fancy Feet is sponsoring a dance at Hodgin Valley Farm (561 Hodgin Valley Farm Rd, Pleasant Garden, NC. The dance starts at 7:30pm and ends at 10:30pm and admission is free. Web site: None. Raleigh - North Carolina State University . Dances various dates. Location: The Ballroom in the Talley Student Center. Beginners lesson at 6:30pm dance from 7pm to 10pm. 6 for students and faculty (ID) 8 for all others. Web site: tcdancers.org or groups.googlegroupcontra-club or contradanceswithwolves.org . Raleigh - North Carolina State University - Benefit Dance . Special benefit dance for SWEAT (Students Working in the Environment for Active Transformation). Lesson: 8:30pm Dance: 9:00pm to midnight. Cost: 5. At the Great Hall on the NC State campus. Web site: tcdancers.org . Raleigh - Even Exchange Dance Theater Benefit . Family FUNDraiser and Party Benefit dance for Even Exchange Dance Theater. Childrens activities and Prizes Snacks and Drinks available for purchase. For informa tion: 919-828-2377 or email: eedt(AT)bellsouth(DOT)net. Time: 6:30-9:00. Cost: 9 or 30 for group of 4. At Arts Together, 114 St. Marys Street. Web site: tcdancers.org . Raleigh - Callers Workshop . Full weekend callers workshop with Lisa Greenleaf covering a wide variety of topics related to calling -- prompting, teaching, programming, matching dances to music, and much more. The workshop will run Friday evening, Saturday all day, and have a Sunday wrap up session Saturday evening will be a dance at which workshop participants will be the callers. Where: RaleighDurhamChapel Hill area, NC -- specific location to be determined. Cost: Around 50-75, scholarships available. In order to attend the course you must: -Be familiar with the AABB structure of contra dance music -Know the difference between a jig and a reel -Know how to cue the first figure off of four potatoes -Know how and when to signal the band to go out -Have called at least 3 contras in a real dance setting (individual dances, not evenings). Some dances sponsor open mics or new callers nights, and some callers are willing to allow new callers to call one dance during an evening. Or you can get a bunch of friends together and host a dance party, but it needs to be to live music. -Have a repertoire of at least 3 dances you know and feel comfortable teaching and calling. -Attend contra dances regularly so that you are familiar with the moves, the culture and the music. -Be prepared to receive and incorporate feedback, even if you have a lot of calling experience. PRE REGISTRATION DEADLINE May 3 Please return this information with a check for your registration fee to: Callers Workshop, co Jack Mitchell, 109 E. Maynard Ave Durham, NC 27704. Name. Address. Telephone: Email: Please describe your calling experience (Lisa asks that all participants have called at least 2-3 dances - individual dances, not full evenings - with live musicians and live dancers): For more information, contact Jack Mitchell at jamitch3 at mindspring or download: indigo-logixjackWorkshop2010WorkshopwithLisaGreenleaf.doc Web site: None. Raleigh - Pine Cone - Square Dance . Square Dance from 7pm to 10pm at the Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St. Tickets on sale now-call 919-832-3775. 8 PineCone members amp City Museum members 10 general public. The evening will feature simple square and round dances (not Western or contra). (Also note: please NO tap shoes). New and inexperienced dancers are welcome, and no partners are necessary. Refreshments will be available throughout the evening. Web site: pinecone.org . Raleigh - North Carolina State University Orchestras Benefit . The Raleigh Civic Symphony Association is hosting a contra dance. This is a fund-raising event all proceeds benefit the orchestras at NC State University. The contra dance is a couples folk dancing tradition that began in New England and subsequently spread through all of North America. The dance figures are similar to those used in square dancing, but it also has many similarities with line dancing. NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. We will have a caller who will teach all of the dances - the only thing you need is a willingness to have fun. This is a family-oriented event for people of all ages. Tell your friends, wear comfortable clothes (soft shoes), and lets have some fun. Dance is from 7:30PM - 10:30PM at the West Raleigh Presbyterian Church (lower level), 27 Horne Street, Raleigh, NC 27607. Students 5, Non-students 10. Tickets available at the door or by calling 919-782-1628. Light refreshments and snacks will be available at the break. No perfumes or colognes, please Web site: raleighcivicsymphony.org . Raleigh - Wide Open Bluegrass . Street and music festival that includes contras, squares, clogging, cajun, and open dancing. Web site: wideopenbluegrass . Red Springs - Flora MacDonald Ball . is held in October with Scottish dances and contra dances. Web site: floramacdonaldball . River Highlands . Family Square Dance and Old-Time Music Pickin Party. Free Arrive any time after 1:00 PM Dance 2:30 - 5:00 PM. Old-Time jamming into the night. At the barn at River Highlands. Directions below. Bring food and make a picnic of it. Theres a gas grill available, if you want to cook something. Also, water on site. Please email Ira at IraTenToeaol for further info. Or call him at 828-301-7501. Web site: None. Saxapahaw - Triangle Country Dancers - Member Appreciation Dance . At the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw NC 27340. 12:30 to 1:30. Waltzing to recorded music 2:00 to 5:00. Contra Dance to Community Band and Callers Collective 5:00 to 6:15. Business Meeting 6:15 to 7:30. Check site for potluck and other information. Web site: tcdancers.org . Saxapahaw - Electric Camel . At the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw NC 27340. 3:30pm - 4:30pm potluck 4:30pm - 7:00pm contra dance. Admission: 9 general, 7 TCD members. Contact electriccamelcontragmail for information about volunteer positions. Web site: None. Saxapahaw - Electric Camel - Musicians Workshop . At the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw NC 27340. 12:30pm to 4:00pm. 20. Contact electriccamelcontragmail for information. Web site: None. Saxapahaw - Squares - Treehuggers Ball . A benefit for Croatan Earth First and the Fight Against Fracking. Silent auction, cake walk, square dance. 10-20 sliding square and 5 for kids under 16. Location: The Paperhand Puppet Intervention Studio, 6079 Swepsonville Saxapahaw Road, Saxapahaw, NC. Doors open at 7:30pm. Dance at 8:00pm. Web site: croatanearthfirst . Saxapahaw - Waltz - Haw River Ballroom . Waltz night at the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw, North Carolina 27340. Waltz Night is your gateway drug to social dance. Well start the evening at 8 with a free, approachable beginner workshop taught by Lizzy Hazeltine and others to get you before the band strikes up. Then, we twirl the night away to live music by Chocolate Suede and special guests. Lesson 8 Tunes 9 Cover 10. Web site: facebookWaltzNight . Shelby - Art of Sound Foot o the Hills Music Festival . The Cleveland County Arts Council presents the Festival in October each year in Uptown Shelby. A variety of musicians and groups performed in several different venues with music and fun for everyone. Web site: ccartscouncil.orgartofsound . Sugar Grove . The Boone Country Dancers host their dances in the winter at the Old Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove. Lesson at 6:30 and Dance from 7-10 p.m. Admission is 7, 5 for high school students, 12 years old and under get in free. Please wear soft-soled shoes when dancing at the Old Cove Creek School. For more information, call Bob Oelberg at 828-264-4297 or John Pertalion at 828-265-0518. Web site: boonecountrydancers.org . Sugar Grove - Playhouse Family Music Festival . Annual FridaySaturday music festival in August with a contra dance on Friday night at the Old Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove. The dance starts with a Beginners Workshop and Family dance from 7:30 pm to 9:00 and a Grown Ups dance from 9:00 to 11:00 pm. There is a music performance and dinner before the dance. The Old Cove Creek School is just off Old 421 in Sugar Grove. Admission is 8 for adults, 4 for kids. Web site: goplayhouse.org . Sugar Grove - Musicians and Callers Workshop . If youve ever thought about calling or playing for a contra dance, heres a fun and supportive way to learn in your own community. The Callers workshop will draw on Southern and other dance traditions and will be appropriate for first-time callers who have never called or for more experienced callers looking for ways to lead community dances. The Musicians Workshop addresses how musicians play for dances, how to choose tunes and tempos for various dances, how to work with a caller, use a sound system, and generally enhance the community dance. Potluck after the workshops, before the Saturday dance starts up. Cost: 20.00 with scholarships available Location: Old Cove Creek School Gym. Time: 1:00 - 6:00 PM with Potluck following. Bring a dish to share and a plate and eating utensil so we dont have a bunch of paper plates to throw out. Questions Please contact M Mueller at 828-963-6025. We also need dancers to dance for these workshops from 4pm - 6pm, so the workshop attendees can try out their new skills. So dancers who are up for a little experimentation, come out early at 4:00 and also join in on the potluck. Web site: boonecountrydancers.org . Sugar Grove - Robert Dotson Celebration . Celebration Fundraiser for Robert Dotson from 2 pm until 5 pm in the Old Cove Creek School Gym located at 207 Dale Adams Road, Sugar Grove, NC. Come honor 91 year old flatfoot dance legend Robert Dotson. Robert is a North Carolina Heritage Award winner and source of the famous walking step that is revered by all flat-footers. There will be music, flatfooting(no taps on gym floor), and square dancing featuring Laurel Creek Stringband, Cork Lickers, New Southern Ramblers, and the Green Grass Cloggers. Admission is free and donations will be accepted to help pay for a new heater and fuel oil for the winter for Roberts house. Please bring beverages and snacks to share. Web site: None. Swannonoa - Old Farmers Ball . is held each Thursday at Bryson Gym on the Warren Wilson College campus at 8:00pm (beginners session 7:30pm). Also there is Beyond Beginners Sessions Same time as the beginner session (7:30, before the dance), but aimed at those who are. beyond beginners Admission is 7 for non-members of the OFB, 6 for members Warren Wilson Community still 1. For more information, call the Thursday Dance Hot-Line at (828) 258-4809. Web site: oldfarmersball . Swannanoa - Summer Soireeacute . The Summer Soireeacute is held at Warren Wilson College, just west of Asheville with workshops and dancing. ashevillecontra . Swannanoa - Celtic Week . The Fiddle Week is one of several weeks occurring at Warren Wilson College during the summer. As part of the week there are classes in ceili dancing and Irish step dancing and some of the instructors also play at contra dances or play music played at contra dances. In addition, there will probably be a dance one night and the Old Farmers Ball holds a dance on campus on the Thursday of the week. Web site: swangathering.org . Swannanoa - Fiddle Week . The Fiddle Week is one of several weeks occurring at Warren Wilson College during the summer. While dancing is not a significant component, some of the instructors also play at contra dances or play music played at contra dances and the Old Farmers Ball holds a dance on campus on the Thursday of the week. Web site: swangathering.org . Swannanoa - Guitar Week . The Guitar Week is one of several weeks occurring at Warren Wilson College during the summer. While dancing is not a significant component, some of the instructors also play at contra dances or play music played at contra dances and the Old Farmers Ball holds a dance on campus on the Thursday of the week. Web site: swangathering.org . Swannanoa - Old-Time Music and Dance Week . The Old-Time Music and Dance Week is one of several weeks occurring at Warren Wilson College during the summer. Dancing classes include buck and clog dancing and square dancing and calling. Some of the instructors also play at contra dances or play music played at contra dances and the Old Farmers Ball holds a dance on campus on the Thursday of the week. Web site: swangathering.org . Swannanoa - Traditional Song Week . The Traditional Song Week is one of several weeks occurring at Warren Wilson College during the summer. While dancing is not a significant component, some of the instructors also play at contra dances or play music played at contra dances and the Old Farmers Ball holds a dance on campus on the Thursday of the week. Web site: swangathering.org . Swannanoa - Old Farmers Ball - New Years Eve . The Old Farmers Ball holds an annual New Years Eve Dance. Web site: oldfarmersball . Swannanoa - CDSS Dance . at the Swannanoa 4-H Center. For directions, see: swan4h. Admission: 1 plus a potluck dish. Dinner at 6:30 dancing afterwards. Open band and open mic. Web site: None. Swannanoa - One Hot Summer Night . A one night event, part of but separate from Summer Soireeacute. Dance at 8:00pm in the Pavilion and then a techno contra dance at midnight. Web site: ashevillecontra . Swannanoa - Techno White Out . Event at Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina 28805. Time: Doors 8, dancing 9, slow jam 1. Price: 15 door. Web site: facebookevents168303196969527 . Sylva . On second Sundays, contra dancing begins at 2:30pm and goes until 5:00pm at the in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library. Potluck from 5pm to 6pm. The dance is free. Participants are encouraged to make a contribution toward the cost of renting the hall. No previous experience with contra dancing is required and all dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. There will also be a short beginners workshop at the start of the dance. No partner is required. Local musicians will play music for all the dances. Local musicians are invited to sit in with the band, to jam and learn how to play music for dancing. Please bring a covered dish, plate, cup and cutlery. Information about the dance is available from Ron Arps by email: ronandcathy71verizon Web site: None. Sylva - Senior Center . Contra dance from 2:30-5 p.m. at the new Senior Center in Sylva. This dance will be a fundraiser for the Community Table. Dancers are encouraged to get sponsors to pledge a donation for each dance they will do during the afternoon. Sponsor pledge forms are available from Ron Arps at ronandcathy71frontier. There will be a silent auction and raffle of locally-made handcrafts. Donations will be used for the renovation of the former Golden Age Club in Sylva, which will soon be the new home of the Community Table. No previous experience with contra dancing is required and all dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. There will also be a short beginners workshop at the start of the dance. Some dances for children as well as a waltz or two will also be included in the program. No partner is required. Local musicians will play music for all the dances. Local musicians are invited to sit in with the band, to jam and learn how to play music for dancing. There will be a potluck dinner following the contra dance, starting at 5:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish, plate, cup and cutlery and a water bottle. Information about the dance and the fundraiser is available from Arps at 828.586.5478. Web site: None. Sylva - Squares - Benefit for Jackson County Farmers Market . 6pm - 8pm - Silent Auction 7pm - 9pm - Appalachian style square dance. Location: Downtown Sylva 492 West Main Street near Luckys Barber Shop and Jones Country Store. Web site: jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org . Taylorsville - Brushy Mountain Golf Club . Please us at McLindons Restaurant located at Brushy Mountain Golf Club at 300 Golf Course Lane, Taylorsville. You dont need any experience. Its so much fun Live music and dance teaching and calling. Dance is 10.00 pp. Come for a salad bar dinner before the dance. Only 9.99 pp, tax and tip incl. You must reserve for the dinner by Feb. 1. Web site: brushymountaingolf . Tobaccoville - Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center . Riverwood Revue and BBQ - Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. Make plans now to attend Good Times BBQ will again serve up their award-winning, local barbecue, live music, contra dancing, delicious homemade desserts, a fabulous Silent Auction, and you can test your luck in our 5050 cash giveaway raffle Tickets are 30 each, children ages 5-10 are 10 each, and under 5 are free. Web site: riverwoodtrc.org . Todd . Dances on various Fridays and Saturdays at the Todd Mercantile in downtown Todd. Todd is off Hwy 194 between Boone and West Jefferson. Dance starts at 7:30, Cost is only 5.00 for those over 12 for the dance. For more information call Emile at 336-877-5401 or Cecil at 828-262-1953. Web site: boonecountrydancers.orgobd.htmltodd . Tryon - Blue Ridge Contra Dance . The Blue Ridge Contra Dancers and Tryon Downtown Development Authority invite you to dance at Sunnydale, 334 S. Trade Street on Hwy 176 in Tryon, NC. Beginner lessons at 6:30pm. Dancing from 7pm-9:30pm. No partner needed. Donation of 8. For more information, please send an email to BlueRidgeContraicloud - Web site: None. Union Grove - Fiddlers Grove . Music festival including the oldest continuous old time fiddlers contest in North America. Includes two barn dances. Location: Fiddlers Grove Campground. Web site: fiddlersgrove . Valle Crucis . The Boone Country Dancers host their dances in the spring and summer in the Apple Barn at the Valle Crucis Conference Center. New dancers workshop at 7:30 PM, Dance starts at 8:00 PM, Admission is 7, 5 for high school students, 12 years old and under get in free. Web site: boonecountrydancers.org . Valle Crucis - Contra 101 . Contra 101, a free, in-depth workshop for contra dance beginners and experienced dancers who wish to fine-tune their dance skills. The Boone Country Dancers will offer this free, three-hour workshop at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Adults, teens, and children are welcome. No pre-registration is required. This workshop is to help maintain and improve the skill of dancers in the Boone dance community by discussing, and demonstrating: a) Importance of listening, timing, and grace (gentle strength) in dancing b) Barriers common to smooth and joyful movement c) Challenges of creative, individual movement within the collective structure d) Reasons why people contra dance. The workshop will be relaxed but meaningful with a healthy balance of discussion and dancing. Not only are beginners welcome, but also experienced dancers who wish more in depth training in the art of contra dance. Wear comfortable shoes with minimal tread. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire session. However, if that is not possible, it is preferred that people who cannot stay the whole time be there for the beginning orientation at 3:00pm. Late arrivals will have to join in on the workshop in-progress. Planning to attend Thats great Do you have friends who are interested in or curious about contra dance, but havent made the leap to attending a dance Please forward this email to them and encourage them to attend. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the evening contra dance at 8 pm. Web site: boonecountrydancers.org . Valle Crucis - Thursday . The Boone Country Dancers host some dances on Thursdays at the Apple Barn at the Valle Crucis Conference Center. Dances are from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and include Contras, Quadrilles, Waltzes and Triplets. Admission is 7, 5 for high school students, 12 years old and under get in free. Web site: boonecountrydancers.org . Valle Crucis - Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser . Benefit dance at the Apple Barn at the Valle Crucis Conference Center. Cost is 5.00, 12 years old and under get in free. All proceeds will benefit Watauga Habitat for Humanity. Please call 828-268-9545 with any questions. Web site: None. Valle Crucis - Oasis Fundraiser . A.P.E. Contra Dance and Barbeque To Benefit OASIS including a dessert walk with Stick Boy treats and Bandanas. Event is from 1pm to 5pm. at The Apple Barn, Valle Crucis. Tickets are 13 in advance and available at the Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis 15 Day of the Dance. Admission 5 amp 7 Dancing Only. The Valle Crucis girls of A.P.E. are throwing this shindig Ages 10-13, they spend their time raising money to support, Animals, People and The Environment. They are putting on this event of their own accord and encouraging adults and other kids who love to dance and those who believe in the mission of OASIS to come and have an afternoon of fun for a good cause. All proceeds will go to Oasis. Web site: oasisinc.org . Washington . Dances at the Beaufort County Arts Council Building, 108 Gladden Street. Web site: beaufortcountyartscouncil.org . Waynesville . Dances from 2:00 pm to 4:30pm fourth Sundays in the beautiful ballroom of The Gateway Club, 37 Church Street, Waynesville. Admission 5. Web site: thegatewayclub . Waynesville - Squares . Dances are held Friday evenings, 6:30-9:00 pm, in front of the historic Haywood County Courthouse. The Main Street area, immediately in front of the courthouse, is closed to traffic and parking at 5:00 pm. Instead of the usual cars, attendees will find a stage, bleachers, and asphalt covered with a thick dusting of corn meal to create a dance area. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, limited bleacher seating is available. Bring your dancin shoes but please leave pets at home as they are not allowed by Town ordinance. Light refreshments are available at the venue for purchase and downtown restaurants are open for dinner. Lively instructions are given by master of ceremonies and dance caller, Joe Sam Queen, who throughout the evening teaches audience members some basic square dancing in the traditional Appalachian style. Each night features a bluegrass band, performances by a local clogging team, and intermission entertainment by The Trantham Family. Web site: downtownwaynesvillecalendar.html . Weaverville - Squares - Jack of Hearts . Free Community Square Dance from 8-11pm every first Thursday at Jack Of Hearts Pub at 10 South Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787. Open to all, including total square dance beginners. All dances are taught and called, and no partner is necessary. Great live music and a spirited dance scene at a sweet local bar And its all free, so you know were doing it because we love it. Web site: jackofheartspub . Weaverville - Squares - The Weave . Excited to Announce the Return of our 50 cent Square Dance The 50 cent Square Dance Party at The Weave, 5 Florida Ave, Weaverville at 7pm. All ages, 50 cents per dance. Open BandOpen Caller. BYOB. Come out and Dance and Play with us Beautiful Wooden floor, all dances taught. Web site: None. Westfield - Janies Jumpstart Music Camp . Weekend of lessons and jamming. Web site: janiesjumpstart . Wilkesboro - MerleFest . is held at the Wilkes Community College in late April each year with a wide variety of music and dance. Web site: merlefest.org . Wilmington - Tuesday . The Cape Fear Contra Dancers sponsors dances in Wilmington at the 5th Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. They ask for a donation of 5.00. For further information email them or call 910-270-3363. Web site: wilmingtoncontradance.info . Wilmington - Saturday . The Cape Fear Contra Dancers sponsors dances in Wilmington at the 5th Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington on one Saturday of each month from 7:30pm to 11:00pm from September to May (except for December). We ask for a donation of 7.00 from CFCD members, 10.00 from non-members, and 5.00 for students with an ID. For further information contactwilmingtoncontradance.infoemail them or call 910-270-3363. Web site: wilmingtoncontradance.info . Wilmington - Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival . Mostly music festival in mid-September with a little contra andor square dancing. Web site: coastalbluegrassfestival.org . Winston-Salem . The Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers sponsor a dance every Tuesday night in Winston-Salem from 8pm until 10:30pm at the beautiful Vintage Theatre. The Vintage is a renovated church with a wonderful wooden floor and lots of space for dancing. It is located at the corner of Vintage Street and South Main Street, 7 Vintage Avenue. Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers are being asked to vacate the Vintage Theatre by July 31, 2012. All dances are 7 5 for full time students under 25 unless otherwise specified. Bring clean, soft soled shoes. This is absolutely necessary to dance.Web site: feetretreatFiddleBowpublichome.cfm . Winston-Salem - Magnolia Baroque Festival . While mostly a festival of baroque music, it does include an evening of traditional baroque and mountain contra dances at 7:30pm at Krankies Coffee (downtown Winston-Salem), 211 East 3rd Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Web site: magnoliabaroque . Winston-Salem - ContraCare FestBenefit for Charlie Cook . Event from 12:30-6:30pm (Beginners lesson at 2pm) in the Gray Auditorium of Old Salems Visitors Center, 900 Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. This is a fundraiser to help ease the burden of Charlie Cooks medical expenses after his accident last August. Come out and show support for a member of our contra community We will be having a silent auction, for which we need donations (What will YOU donate Get Creative) Also, we will be raffling off a handmade quilt from The Thread Bear Quilt Shop and an acoustic, 6-string Rogue guitar. Please bring a healthy snack for our snack table to share. Suggested donation 5 for students, 8-20 regular admission, no donation is too large Donations through HelpHOPElive are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. And a very special shout out to our wonderful sponcers: The Thread Bear Quilt Shop, 333 North Main Street, Walnut Cove. Keep a lookout for more details to come More info on the Charlies ContraCare Fest including photos of silent auction items may be found here: charliescontracarefest.blogspot Web site: facebookevents131982006976194 . Winston-Salem - Farmers Market . Dance at the Farmers Market at the Old Salem Museums and Gardens 600 South Main St, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101 from 9am to noon. Well be dancing on grass, so keep that in mind. Bring water You may also want to bring folding chairs or a blanket. fiddlebowcountrydance.wordpress . Winston-Salem - Cobblestone Farmers Market . Concertmusic and dance at the Farmers Market at 900 Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 from 9am to noon. Well be dancing on grass, so keep that in mind. Bring water You may also want to bring folding chairs or a blanket. fiddlebowcountrydance.wordpress . Winston-Salem - Salem College . The Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers sponsor a dance on some Tuesday nights at the Bryant Hall Gym at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC. 8.00 Admission 5.00 Full time students 3.00 Salem Students from 8pm until 10:30pm. Bring clean, soft soled shoes. This is absolutely necessary to dance. Web site: feetretreatFiddleBowpublichome.cfm . This page is part of the Contrdancelinks web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages: Sites and Pages The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts. As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future. contradancelinksschedulenc.html Produced by Charlie Seelig Last updated on February 23, 2017
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