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Super Contra Weekend to include ‘Foot Ball’ on Feb. 3

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a double-header contra dance Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.

Admission to the dances is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students.

Saturday’s event will celebrate Groundhog’s Day with help from the Dancing Bears from Asheville, N.C., who will perform for the evening dance.

The Dancing Bears are Lew Geflond on fiddle, John Culp on mandolin and Mark Langner on guitar.

Callers will be Tom Colwell and Myra Hirschberg, who split time between Asheville, N.C., and Ontario, Canada.

A class for beginners will be held at 7 p.m. where the caller will invite everyone to the dance floor to review calls, steps, flow and other helpful ideas to get everyone started on the right foot.

The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Super Bowl Sunday brings the second event of the doubleheader — the fifth annual “Foot Ball.”

While the fans of the sport of NFL football are gearing up for the championship game of the season, contra dancers are asked to bring snacks to share during the dance event.

Recorded waltz music will play from 1-2 p.m. The contra dance runs from 2:30-5:30 p.m. with a beginner class at 2 p.m.

Performing for this dance is Appalachian Storm with David Hayes on guitar, Kris Wallace on fiddle, Terrell Jones on Bass/drums and David White on fiddle and banjo.

Terry Doyle will call the dance.

Admission is $7.

“We’ve done this event last four years and had well over 100 dancers come for the afternoon dance” said David WWiley, president of the HJDS. “It’s a way to burn off a few calories before indulging in the snacks and treats at Super Bowl parties.”

The dance will conclude at 5:30 p.m. in plenty of time for dancers to change back over to football fans as the Super Bowl Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens kicks off at 6:25 p.m.

Attendees are also invited to attend a post-dance meal and social at the Vegas Fiestas Restaurant in Jonesborough.

A contra dance will also be held Friday, Feb. 1, in the lobby of the King Centre in downtown Johnson City.

Volunteer callers will lead the dancing as students from the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music program play the tunes.

The hat will be passed asking dancers for donations to pay the musicians. Dancing will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Wiley, at 534-8879 or visit