Come on out to the historic Gym at the Sautee Nacoochee Center on Saturday, February 24, to dance to the “real fine” music of Reelplay. This New England-style trio of musicians, based in Old Time Appalachian styles, plays a variety of contra dance music from Irish to old-time and Quebecois to original. Calling by the popular Charlotte Crittenden promises an evening of even greater fun for dancers.
The three musicians of Reelplay are Robbin Marcus on piano, Doug Olsen on mandolin, and Dave Marcus on concertina. Together they have logged a century of years helping dancers find the rhythm and joy in contra and square dancing. They are known for their sense of fun as well as their lyrical, driving dance music. Dave is the composer of several tunes played by the band, including a host of beautiful waltzes.
Caller Charlotte Crittenden from Brasstown, North Carolina, has a wealth of experience as a dancer and caller in the Southeast. Dancers old and young alike are drawn to Charlotte’s delightfully warm and friendly calling style.
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.