Ed Baggott and Elsie Peterson are two outstanding musicians from Huntsville, Alabama, invited back year after year to play for the Sautee Nacoochee Center (SNC) contra dance. This husband and wife duo’s devotion to making great music for dancers is legendary.
A bonus to the evening of contra dancing on Saturday, March 24, 2018, is the calling of Atlanta-based Rob Harper. For several years, Rob has called dances for both children and adults here in Sautee, throughout the Southeast and nationally. He is known for keeping folks dancing with fun, interesting, yet accessible, dances, always peppered with his own style and energy. His calling fits well with Ed’s intricate and highly diverse fiddle playing accompanied by Elsie’s solid piano rhythms. Dancers can delight in a wide array of tunes that fit exquisitely to whatever dance is called.
Of special interest to the SNCA community is that Ed Baggott was among one of the original participants in the first contra dances held in Sautee almost 30 years ago. These early dances were forerunners to the monthly dances held continuously in the SNC historic gym since 2001.
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, ¼ mile off Highway 17 in Sautee, Georgia.
Contact: (706) 878-3300; www.snca.org or www.sauteecontra.com.
By Charles Hawkins and Beth Marsh Hawkins
Dedicated volunteers who help keep the Sautee Community Contra Dance in the public eye.