Hey! Check out all the events in August!
July 31-Aug. 2: Dance in Sixes -- Camp, jam, socialize and dance at the South Coast Folk Society’s “Contra at the Coast” weekend July 31-Aug. 2 at Sixes Grange, 44556 Highway 101, five miles north of Port Orford. On Saturday, Aug. 1, enjoy contra dancing and old-time squares 7-10 p.m. to the lively tunes of the Outstanding Open Band and local callers Greg McKenzie, Karen Olsen and Stacy Rose. Admission is $5 for adults, and children are free. No experience is necessary; the caller teaches every dance. Come promptly at 7 p.m. for a beginners’ lesson. On Sunday, Aug. 2, enjoy “Waltzes at One” 1-2 p.m. and then Scottish, folk and English country dancing 2-4 p.m. At other times during the weekend, join the Outstanding Open Band for acoustic jams and fun at Edson Creek Campground.
Reservations are strongly recommended:
http://www.recreation.gov/camping/edson-creek-group-campground/, or try
Sixes River Campground 11 miles away.
Aug. 6: International folk dancing at Liberty Pub -- Members of the South Coast Folk Society will demonstrate folk dances of many nations Thursday, Aug. 6 from 7-9 p.m. at Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave., North Bend. There’ll also be opportunities to get up and dance under their instruction; no partner or experience required. Live music will be provided by Cultural Ecology. Admission is free, but donations will be collected to support South Coast Folk Week.
Aug. 20: Folk music, singing and dance at Ocean Ridge -- The South Coast Folk Society will present an afternoon of live folk music, international folk dance, and group singing at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at Ocean Ridge Assisted Living, 1855 Ocean Blvd SE., Coos Bay. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. The event is part of Ocean Ridge’s Lifelong Learning series.
Aug. 20: Hot guitar-fiddle duo at Liberty Pub -- Guitarist Larry Unger and fiddler Audrey Knuth will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave., North Bend. Unger is a member of the contra dance band Notorious (www.notoriousfolk.com) and is the composer of many well-known contra dance tunes and waltzes. Knuth is a member of the band The Free Raisins and is a frequent fiddle camp instructor. There will be a $5 cover charge.
Aug. 21: Free contra dance in Reedsport -- Hot New England contra musicians Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth will play a free contra dance at the Reedsport Community Center, 451 Winchester Ave., at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. Callers Stacy Rose and Karen Olsen will teach contras and simple old-time squares. Unger, a guitarist, is the composer of numerous contra tunes and waltzes, and Knuth is a sought-after contra fiddler and fiddle instructor. All dances will be taught, and no partner or experience is needed. All ages are welcome. Wear soft-soled shoes and comfortable clothing, and come promptly at 7 p.m. for a beginner lesson. Admission is free, thanks to a grant from the Douglas County Cultural Coalition, but donations will be accepted in support of the South Coast Folk Society’s South Coast Folk Week event, coming up in October.
Contra dancing is a fun activity for ALL ages. It’s healthy for the body, mind, and spirit! The South Coast Folk Society holds dances from September through May. Our scheduled has changed! The dance is fun for the whole family – come alone or with friends; wear comfortable clothes and clean, soft-soled shoes. No experience or partner needed! The dance starts at 7:00 pm.
The Greenacres Grange is located off Hwy 42 between Coos Bay and Coquille near milepost 3. The grange address is 93393 Greenacres Lane Coos Bay, OR 97420
Harding Learning Center is located at 755 S. 7th St. Coos Bay
Our dances are CDSS Passport to Joy destination events!
Seniors (over 60) and full-time students with student ID card $6
SCFS members $5
Supervised children under 6 free
Oct 4: Harding Learning Center with caller Bob Dalsemer; music by Firefly
Oct 10: Harding Learning Center with caller Bob Dalsemer; music by Firefly
Oct 17: Greenacres Grange with caller Ric Goldman; music by the Outstanding Open Band
Nov 7: Harding Learning Center with caller Silas Minyard; music by Contra Swings
Nov 21: Harding Learning Center with open mic for callers; music by Celtic Swing
Click here for a fabulous video of contra dancing in New Hampshire in the 1960s.