Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The New Season

A lot of water has gone under the bridge here in Decorah since the last post. You can see some photos of Decorah's 500 year flood here, courtesy of

Despite more summer excitement than usual Contratopia's 2008-2009 season is coming together nicely. Here are the dates that we have so far:

August 26, 2008 (w/Linda Breitag on fiddle)
Contra dance as part of the Nine Nights of Music at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN (6:30-8:00 p.m., Robin Nelson calling)

Oct. 3, 2008 (w/Linda Breitag on fiddle)
Contra dance at The Minnesota Country Dance Weekend (details to follow)

October 24, 2008
Northfield Harvest Stomp! contra dance at the armory in Northfield, MN (Robin Nelson calling) (details to follow)

November 22, 2008
Contra dance (7:30-11:30) at Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, MN

January 23-25, 2009
8th Annual Wintergreen Dance Weekend in Bozeman, Montana (w/Randy Miller's Celticladda and Cis Hinkle calling!)

February 20, 2009
Northfield Winter Stomp! contra dance at the armory in Northfield, MN (Robin Nelson calling) (details to follow)

All of these dances promise to be great fun but we are especially looking forward to our 3rd visit to beautiful Bozeman in January. The Wintergreen folks put on a wonderful weekend and the dancers there are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Now's the time to be making those January travel plans!

Here in Decorah the floodwaters are gone and tomorrow is the start of the annual Nordic Fest. Erik and I will doing a couple of gigs with our buddies Jim & Jody as Bear Creek Bluegrass. Thursday night we will play from 9-midnight in the courtyard of Sabor Latino and Friday we'll do a two hour set (I think from 4:00-6:00) somewhere on Water Street in one of the entertainment tents. If you are in town stop by and say hello.