Old Farmers Ball

Jordy Williams and Kristin Pandolfi contra dancing. photo by M.-J. Taylor

Looking for a different way to ring in the New Year? Join the Old Farmers Ball for a Harlequin Masquerade Contra Dance starting at 8 p.m. this New Year’s Eve.

The dance will be held at the Fairview Community Center, which will be transformed by artist Jordy Williams into a scene from Commedia dell’Arte, with Harlequin clowns and figures in black, white and red. Dancers are asked to complete the theme by also wearing black, white and/or red. Masks will be available at the door.

Old Farmers Ball Board Member Jonathan Gilbert says, “We can promise you will start the New Year with a smile.”

Supporting folk dance, music and mountain culture in WNC for 25 years, the Old Farmers Ball currently dances every Thursday at the Fairview Community Center, 1355 Charlotte Highway.

For those who don’t know how to contra dance, a lesson is always offered before a dance. And because every dance is called and there is a walk-though prior to each dance, someone who has never contra danced before will feel comfortable dancing after only one lesson. You don’t even need a partner. Contra dancing is a very inclusive community, full of singles as well as couples. It’s always easy to find someone to do-si-do with.

Tickets to the New Year’s dance are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Info: 216-0777 or www.oldfarmersball.com.


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