Go ahead and eat that extra piece of Thanksgiving pie, because you can dance it away at the Sautee Nacoochee Center community dance on Saturday, November 25, 2017. The South Carolina string band Redbud Ramblers will join with caller Andrea Nettleton from Atlanta to provide a spirited fusion of Appalachian fiddling and melodic Celtic rhythms.
From the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Pickens County, The Redbud Ramblers are David White on fiddle, banjo and jaw harp, and Wes Maluk on guitar, tenor banjo, bodhran, and dumbek. Expect to hear both original and traditional tunes with a driving groove from these high-energy multi-instrumentalists who play a wide-ranging repertoire of dance music. The two have logged countless hours playing contra dances in the Southeast, including several stops in Sautee.
Andrea Nettleton has been an avid dancer and caller for several years, coast-to-coast and overseas. She is known for her choreographic calling style, blending the familiar with the innovative to create new and fun patterns for contra dancing. Equally unique is that Andrea sings most of her calls, providing a delightful, mellifluous overtone to her calling.
Introductory lesson, 7:30 pm; dance, 8-11 pm. No partner or prior experience necessary. SNCA members, $7; non-members, $10; students, $5; children 12 and under, free. The SNC historic gym is located at 283 Highway 255 North, 1/4 mile off Highway 17 in Sautee, Georgia. Contact: (706) 878-3300; www.snca.org or www.sauteecontra.com.
By Charles Hawkins, Beth Marsh Hawkins, and Jeanie Daves
Dedicated volunteers who help keep the Sautee Community Contra Dance in the public eye.