April 2022

Sunday 17 April 2022

Contra Dance Weekend with Wild Asparagus at the Dancing Fish in Melrose

Sun 17 Apr, 1-4 pm. Dancing Fish, 6220 Dogwood Lane, Melrose. Susie, 352-466-9150. Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society - [website][email][events]

Featuring George Marshall calling to music by Wild Asparagus

Four Contra Dances in three days

Friday evening (4/15): 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday afternoon (4/16): 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday evening (4/16): 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday afternoon (4/17): 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wild Asparagus Weekend at the Dancing Fish of Lake Santa Fe–April 15-17th 2022 Contra dance to one of New England’s finest bands, Wild Asparagus, at the newly-refurbished Dancing Fish, on Lake Santa Fe in Melrose, Florida (18 miles east of Gainesville).

The wonders of Wild Asparagus never cease. Together for thirty years, their music has matured like a fine wine. This powerful ensemble brings a unique sound and dynamic energy to contra dancing weaving a spell that you wish would never end. Their creative, driving tunes keep dancers energized and inspired while George’s smooth, efficient calling makes challenging contras seem easy as pie.

George Marshall, renowned for his graceful calling style, also plays concertina, bodhran and bones.

Ann Percival delights dancers with irresistible piano and guitar rhythms and mellifluous vocals.

David Cantieni, woodwind wizard, adds rich layers to each arrangement with flute, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard.

Becky Tracy graces each tune with her elegant, energetic fiddling.

Add in rhythm king Mark Hellenberg on percussion and bodacious bass player Mark Murphy and you’ve got one Big, Bold sound.

This is a private residence so proof of vaccination is required for all in attendance, including spectators.

The Dancing Fish is now insulated with heating and air conditioning for your year-round dancing comfort.

TICKETS: (Ages 26+) $20 per dance Package Price: $60* for entire weekend of dances (*Individual dances paid at the door total $80.)

(Ages 16-25) $10 per dance Package Price: $30 for entire weekend (ages 15 & under). FREE admission to all dances when accompanied by an adult. FREE for non-dancers to watch & listen.

Snacks to share will be appreciated at all four dances this weekend.

OTHER ACTIVITIES Swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, are available. Bring your own boat. Dancers should make their own arrangements. Grilling is allowed within the compound (bring your own grill).

When booking:

You must first be fully vaccinated and registered on the website dancingfish.dance.

One ticket only (everyone makes their own booking).
Select your booking category and send your booking.
Pay for your booking using the Donate button on the website event page.
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