Come answer the siren call of an old-time file band with local Caller Wayne Thompson, as the California State Old Time Fiddlers hold a contra dance on Friday, Sept. 15, in the Social Hall at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. E St.
Instruction for first-timers starts at 6:30 p.m., with the actual dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and refreshments will be provided by the Old Time Fiddlers. Anyone who is a member of the Old Time Fiddlers gets $1 off their admission price.
This is great family entertainment: no drinking, drugs, cussin’ or bad behavior. People from 4 to 80-something will all be out there dancing together. Attire for the dance is casual, but be sure to wear your dancing shoes, so you can move easily around the floor.
Contra dance is a lot like square dance; many of the calls are the same. However, unlike a square dance, contra dances are done in long lines or in a circle. You don’t even need to have a partner to contra dance, as the person across from you in the long line is your partner for the moment. Dancing takes place to the sound of a fiddle band playing hoedowns, which are fast tunes usually in cut time. Occasionally, the fiddler will take a “break” and play a pretty waltz or two.
So what are you waiting for? Pack up the family, invite a few friends, and come dance with us! For more info, call Gayel Pitchford at 821-7511.
Gayel Pitchford is the concertmaster for Tehachapi Symphony.