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May Day

From Long Lane’s friendly farmers, including Eva ‘seeking internet fame’ Steinberg ’17:

Are you a fan of sun, spring, music, maypoles, food, farming, crafts, or contra dancing? Come on down to Long Lane Farm’s annual May Day Festival for all this and MORE!

Line up:
Business Fish 12-12:30
Noah + Nyanen 12:40-1:10
Ben “Yoshimi” Daley 1:20-1:50
Rachel Connor’s Picture Show 2:00-2:30
Nardo 2:30-2:50
Contra Dance 3-5

WesCycle will have bikes to help generate power for the concert!

FREE veggie burgers
a farm house bake sale (bring cash $$)
and MAHMOUN’s food truck ($$)
* * *


Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 12 – 5 PM
Place: Long Lane Farm, at the intersection of Wadsworth and Long Lane

Wesleyan Contra Dance

Oriana Ott invites you to have ragtaggin’ root-toot-tooting good time

Come on out to Beckham Hall this Friday for our very own contra dance.  Contra dancing is basically socialization with movement. There will be a beginner’s lesson 7:30, but no experience or partner is needed.

The dance starts at 8:00.

Caller: Luke Donforth

Musicians: Corey Walters on flute and mandolin; Nora Smith on fiddle; Christopher Jacobs on guitar

Snacks and water will be provided!

Date: Tomorrow, November 30th
Time: 8:00pm until the cows come home 11pm
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: FREE

Contra Dance!

I’m not sure if the fiddle cake is real, but that’s irrelevant. The point is, according to Michelle García Gutiérrez ’10:

Come to the first contra dance of the semester! There will be snacks (possibly including popovers? we’ll see how creative I feel) and LIVE MUSIC!
Bring your friends, your professors and/or your neighbors for a good time. Newcomers are more than welcome.

CALLER: Bill Fischer of Bethany, CT
BAND: Anadama, with our wonderful Emily Troll ’10 on accordion, Amelia Mason on fiddle, and Bethany Waickman on guitar.
DANCING KIDS: present (bring ’em if you’ve got ’em!)

(and) P.S.—Invite your friends! This post includes a link to the Facebook invite.

Date:   Feb. 11
Time:   8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place:  Beckham Hall

Contra Dance at Beckham

From contra danceLaura Heath ’11:

Come to the Contra Dance! Contra dancing is an energetic folk dance and a great way to meet new people. Beginners are absolutely welcome. There will be live music and snacks provided. For more info, email wescontradance(at)gmail(dot)com.

Date: Dec. 11 – Dec. 12
Time: 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Place: Beckham Hall

(Not Just) Contra Dance at Beckham Hall

The contra dance is back:

But wait… This time it’s not just a contra dance!
Come join us this Friday to enjoy:
Swing dances!
Square Dances!
And, of course, a contra or two.

There will be live music by Wesleyan students and beginners are always welcome! It’s free for Wesleyan students. Be there!

Date: Friday, April 10th
Time: 8-11 pm
Place: Beckham Hall

Contra Dance at Beckham Hall

Emma Gorin ’12 of WesContra writes:

Come join us for a contra dance this Friday, March 27th! The dance will be in Beckham Hall from 8-11. We’ll have live music by Karen Axelrod and Steve Hickman, and calling by DeLaura Padovan. This time we’re also featuring a special demonstration of West Indian Quadrille!

It’s going to be a blast, it’s free, and beginners are always welcome. Be there!

Date: March 27
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place: Beckham Hall

West Indian Week at Wes

It’s West Indian Week at Wesleyan! WISA (West Indian Student Association) has events planned all week, from Monday, March 23rd, to the 29th:


Monday, 3/23
Roots and Culture of Carnival Display
Olin Lobby

Tuesday, 3/24
T-Shirt Painting in Nic Lounge

Wednesday, 3/25
Keynote Speaker: Adrian Augier (St Lucia)
The Rituals of Carnival
Pac 001 4:30-5:30pm

Thursday, 3/26
Caribbean Lounge
Snacks, Games, Poetry, X-tempo,…and more!!
200 Church

Friday, 3/27
Contradance with Quadrille (Caribbean Contradance)
Beckham 8-11pm

Saturday, 3/28
West Indian Cultural Show: Bajari
Crowell 8-10pm Tickets on sale now !!!

Sunday, 3/29
Caribbean Brunch $2
Woodhead lounge 12:30-2:30 pm

ContraDANCE this Friday

I’ve been dancing for a while now, but for those of you behind the ball: Don’t miss the first dance of the semester! Come hear the great live music and join in the dancing. You can bring friends and professors, everyone is welcome. Don’t forget those stomping shoes and twirly skirts…

When: Friday, January 30th, 8:00-11:00
Where: Beckham Hall

Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Owen Marshall
Calling: Rebecca Lay

For more info, check out our website: www.wescontra.blogspot.com.
Sponsored by the Folk Revival Initiative with support from SALD and the WSA.

[Thanks to Emily Troll ’10 for the tip]

Music players wanted for contradance

Emily Troll ’10 writes:

Do you play trumpet, bass, or kazoo?
Looking for something crazy to do
to celebrate classes being through?
We’re looking for you!

The final contradance of the year will feature an Open Band: everyone is invited to participate. For the music players, there will be one brief rehearsal; no practice necessary for dancers. We’ll be playing short tunes which are easy to pick up. If you’d like to take part in the Open Band, please contact etroll@wes.

Date: Monday, Dec. 8
Time: 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Place: Beckham Hall

Barn Dance!

Announcing, a Community Barn Dance!

Another award-winning old time string band is coming to Wesleyan this Friday. The Fox Hunt, a foursome of guys from West Virginia, are at the head of a lively young scene reviving old dance tunes from the area. They play full speed ahead (perhaps inspired by the fact that they used to be in a heavy metal band together until they traded their electric guitars for banjos), and are bound to keep everyone on their feet (did I mention they used to play heavy metal together?) Calling by Erica Weiss, some boot stomping southern-style dances. NO EXPERIENCE necessary. Just bring yourselves, and your dancing feet!
Free and open to the public.

Check out their myspace: myspace.com/lefoxhunt (they tour mostly playing original country songs but will be sticking to fiddle tunes for the dance).

Date: Friday, November 14
8-11 pm

Place: Beckham Hall