The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society was chartered in the Fall of 2005 as a non-profit, educational organization to promote a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history and related folklore. HJDS is a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. We are an all-volunteer organization based in Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee.

We will hold community dances on the first and third Saturdays every month in the auditorium of the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Our dances are open to the public and feature live music in a smoke and alcohol free environment. No experience is necessary. Each dance is taught by the caller for the evening. You do not have to bring a partner. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. Snacks and beverages are for sale in the visitors center. For more information about Jonesborough, please visit their website that can be found in our links section.

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Next Event: Summer Harvest Potluck & Dance

Summer Harvest Potluck & Contra Dance in Jonesborough
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present the Annual Summer Harvest Potluck Dinner & Contra Dance on Saturday August 2, 2014. The potluck dinner and contra dance will be held at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street beginning at 6:00 pm. Class for beginning contra dancers will follow at 7:00 pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 pm with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm. Coming to Jonesborough to perform for the dance will be Spinning Wheel from Asheville. Calling for the dance will be Nick Boulet from Winston-Salem. During the dinner hour, guests can also waltz to recorded music.

The Summer Harvest Potluck Dinner will begin at 6:00pm. Nothing brings people together like a potluck, and nothing gets them talking together like the subject of food. Just watch as the buffet table fills up with salads, casseroles, pastas and desserts and you’ll see for yourself. “We are building a community through traditional music and dance. We hope to get our dancers chatting happily, exchanging recipes and telling the story behind each recipe,” adds Wiley. Food talk at a potluck can teach us a lot about each other and the world around us. Prizes will be given to the most creative and mouthwatering dishes. If you are not a home gardener, support your local Farmer’s Market including the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8 am until noon in the parking area next to the Court House on Main Street.

Spinning Wheel unites two friends who have played for contra dances in the area for many years. The band consist Karen Gaughan on keyboard and Nic Coker on fiddle. Coker also plays for Boom Chuck which performed at a recent Jonesborough contra dance. Karen plays keyboard for a number of very popular contra dance bands including Eric The Cat, Hot Sonata, Good and Plenty and May Daze.

Nick Boulet is a singer and song writer whose acoustic sound, powerful lyrics, and eclectic mix of guitar and percussion celebrates the joy and simple complexities of life. At the same time, Nick is an avid contra dancer and dance caller who spent many years in the Knoxville area but now calls Greensboro his home.
Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance, join the potluck dinner or just to listen. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. As always, our dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. Families with their own children are all admitted for only $15 as a package.

For further information call event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.

Posted by: David Wiley on August 1, 2014