Coming Oct 20: Andy Kane & Wild Bill’s Traveling Circus

Gainesville Old-time Dance Society (G.O.D.S.)
Gainesville Old-time Dance Society (G.O.D.S.)

Calling all Gainesville Contra Dancers! Do you love contra dancing? Do your bit to help the G.O.D.S. to ‘recover’ from the Covid interlude by signing on as a board volunteer this year when you are most needed!

“We all know personally how much contra dance contributes to our own health and happiness. Willingness to lead and give back so that others may benefit is an act of compassion that makes the world a better place. We thank our current steering committee for their work to bring us back to the dance floor. And it is time to bring in new voices and ideas to keep the G.O.D.S. going strong. We solicit your participation to continue to grow and support our wonderful dance community.”

-Dave Pokorney

The expectations of G.O.D.S. steering committee members for 2023-2024 include:

  • Being willing and able to participate fully in meetings of the board and dance community
  • Attend quarterly (or as needed) Board meetings to make decisions related to regular and special dance events.
  • Serve on a rotating basis, generally about three or four (depends on how many committee members there are) times during the year, as “dance manager” of the regular and special dance events. 

If you would like to serve, or nominate someone else (with their permission) write to Dave Pokorney, Convener at Questions? Call 352-870-7653.

Gainesville’s next dance will be Friday October 20th, at the Gainesville Health and Fitness Center.

Note: This dance will be held at the Echo Pavilion!

Andy Kane calls contra dances to the live music of Wild Bill’s Traveling Circus

Wild Bill's Traveling Circus
Wild Bill’s Traveling Circus

Wild Bill’s Traveling Circus is:

  • Caitlin Murphy – bass
  • Bobby Lolley – fiddle
  • Mike Stapleton – fiddle + banjo
  • Roger Eudy- guitar
  • Bill Paine – mandolin
Contra dance caller Andy Kane
Contra dance caller Andy Kane

Date: Friday, October 20, 2023

Times: 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Dance Location (for this dance):
Echo Pavilion 
(outdoor/open-air pavilion)
at Gainesville Health & Fitness Main Center
4820 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL

06:00pm — Setup
07:00 – 09:30pm — Contra Dance
There will be a short break for the annual G.O.D.S meeting.  Look for an email with details to follow

09:30 – 10:00pm — Cleanup
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Suggested Donation:
$10 (ages 26+)
$5 (ages 16-25)
Dancers ages 15 & under get in FREE
when accompanied by an adult.
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• Please bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.

• This is a friendly welcoming recreational activity and all are welcome.
• No partner or experience is necessary.
Contra dancing is fun and we’ll teach you how.
• No special dress is required.
Wear comfortable, casual attire & soft-soled non-marking shoes.
• Smoking and/or alcoholic beverages are not allowed at our dances.

• If you feel sick on dance night, then please stay home!
Please show care for the community and we’ll see you next time.
Thank you for your honesty and concern for others in our community.
• We strongly recommend that people be vaccinated and boosted before engaging in this close, aerobic, dance activity.

Hosted by the Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society

Contra dancers! G.O.D.S. needs you!

Patrick Harrigan

An avid contra dancer, Patrick Harrigan is also a photographer, editor, and website publisher.