Contra Dances Are Back at the Grange!
HAILEY, ID – The Upper Big Wood River Grange is hosting a Contra Dance on Saturday October 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm with a live band and caller at the Grange Hall, 609 South 3rd Avenue in Hailey.
Caller, David Quinley will again be leading dancers in long-ways sets and circle dances to music by members of the Strings Attached band.
Contra dances have been always popular in the valley. For this dance attendance is limited to 35 people so get there early to ensure a spot. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for teens and free for kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult. To protect the newly refinished dance floor, please bring a pair of clean light-soled shoes that won’t scratch or leave black scuff marks.
The dance tunes are old-time mountain music with Irish and Scottish jigs and reels. Contra dancing evolved from English and Scottish country dances and has brought people together since the 1700’s.
All the steps will be taught before each dance. No partner? No problem since dancers progress through circle and long-ways sets, dancing everyone along the way.
Contra dances are a family-friendly activity for all ages and everyone is welcome. First and foremost, this event is about people and community. It’s about gathering with neighbors, meeting new friends and dancing the night away.
The event is organized by members of the Upper Big Wood River Grange which was chartered in 1924. The National Grange has its roots in supporting American farming families and communities.
Our local grange supports local food production, hosts the Wood River Seed Library, supports community organizations like 4-H and scouts, provides scholarships for high school seniors, and provides a space for meetings, dance classes and other community functions. We foster local agriculture, local food economy and sustainable practices as well as gardening, seed saving, home cooking, sewing and other practical arts. If you are interested in finding out more about the Grange and how you can be involved, more information is available on our website.