On Saturday, August 24, we welcome the PB&J Stringband to the SNCA contra dance stage. PB&J (Pan, Brett, and Jenny) have each played for dances across the country, but are a new band from western North Carolina. Pan is the rhythm-meister on an old Gibson guitar. Her favorite pastime is sharing a beat with dancers. Brett plays banjo and ukulele with the same intensity that he drives a tractor: reckless abandon! Jenny is a powerhouse fiddler who rejuvenates traditional old time tunes with her artful bowing style. Like their namesake, PB&J Stringband is musically delicious and will leave you wanting more!
The caller that night is Angela Schneider from Memphis, a very knowledgeable and experienced caller and musician whose background in math, engineering, and textile design informs her leading of contra dances.
If you have contra danced you know how much fun it can be. If not, come on out to try it. If you can walk you can contra dance. The caller will tell you the moves, so learning the dance is not necessary.
No experience is needed. It is not necessary to bring a partner. Bringing snacks to share is welcomed. Dancing, preceded by a free lesson at 7:30 p.m., is held at the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center historic gym, at 283 Highway 255 N., ¼ mile off Highway 17 in Sautee, Georgia, (706) 878-3300. Visit www.Sauteecontra.com or www.snca.org for more information.
By Charles Hawkins and Beth Marsh Hawkins
Dedicated volunteers who help keep the Sautee Community Contra Dance in the public eye.