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Next contra dance to feature Canadian callers

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.

Admission to the dance is $7, with a cost of $5 for HJDS members and full time students. A family package allows parents and their children to be admitted for one price of $15.

The event is smoke- and alcohol-free. All dances are taught, and it is not necessary to come with a partner.

Performing for the dance will be the band Skeeziks from Greenville, S.C. The band is made up of Allan Dillman on fiddle; Wes Maluk on guitar and tenor banjo; Joel McConnell on banjo and bouzouki; and Terry Maluk on percussion.

The Oxford dictionary defines skeezik as a good-for-nothing, rascal or rogue. This group of Skeeziks plays traditional Irish, Scottish and Appalachian tunes for listening and dancing pleasure.

The band first met at an Irish music session in Columbia, S.C., and began playing regularly at an Irish Pub in Greenville.

The dance will be called by Tom Colwell and Myra Hirschberg, of Peterborough, Ontario, The Hirschbergs have called dances separately and together throughout the United States and Canada.

They are known for their easy-going, low-key teaching style, their out-of-the ordinary dance programs and their quirky original dance compositions.

A class for beginners will be held at 7 p.m. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 p.m. with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9 p.m.

For more information, visit or the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK, or contact event organizer David Wiley at 534-8879