Dance Schedule for February 2008

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Dances start promptly at 8:30 pm and end at 11:30 pm. Admission is $9. A contra dance lesson for beginners is given every Friday starting at 7:30 pm and is included in the price of admission.

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February 1 -- Tori Barone calls to Nightwatch, with Naomi Morse on fiddle, Owen Morrison on guitar and mandolin, and Elvie Miller on piano and accordion.
This is our Mardi Gras Masquerade dance—wear purple, green and gold, boas, masks, and of course beads.

February 8 -- Morna Leonard with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band.

February 15 -- Laura Brown calls to the Contra Rebels, with Todd Clewell on fiddle, Henry Koretsky on guitar, and Bruce Campbell on bass.

February 22 -- Gaye Fifer with Some Assembly, who are Mary Corletta-Flora on flute and pennywhistle, Joe Klausner on fiddle and mandolin, Paul Miller on guitar and bodhran, and Donna Boylan on keyboards.

February 29 -- Susan Taylor and Janine Smith with Elixir, with Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet, Jesse Hazzard-Watkins on trumpet, Owen Morrison on guitar, and Will Patton on bass.

The year 2008 is a leap year. If you look at a 2008 calendar, you will see that February has five Fridays– the month begins and ends on a Friday. Between the years 1904 and 2096, leap years that share the same day of week for each date repeat only every 28 years. The most recent year in which February comprised five Fridays was in 1980, and the next occurrence will be in 2036.

So to celebrate this rare event, Susan and Janine are planning a Sadie Hawkins Day Dance for tonight, and will have many "Ladies Choice" dances. According to traditions dating to 5th Century Ireland (and in Li'l Abner's town of Dogpatch) on Leap Day a woman may propose marriage to an eligible bachelor, who can squirm out of it by either outrunning the woman, or by paying a small "fine" to the woman. Single gals, this is YOUR chance! Single guys, bring your running shoes or bring chocolate! Sure to be lots of fun!