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Wild Asparagus Weekend

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - April 21 @ 3:00 pm EDT

George Marshall and Wild Asparagus April 15, 2022 - April 17, 2022

Wild Asparagus Weekend April 19-21, 2024

George Marshall & Wild Asparagus 2019George Marshall calling to music by Wild Asparagus

Wild Asparagus Weekend at the Dancing Fish of Lake Santa Fe, April 19-21th 2024 Contra dance to one of New England’s finest bands, Wild Asparagus, at the refurbished Dancing Fish, on Lake Santa Fe in Melrose, Florida (18 miles east of Gainesville). The wonders of Wild Asparagus never cease. Together for thirty years, their music has matured like a fine wine. This powerful ensemble brings a unique sound and dynamic energy to contra dancing weaving a spell that you wish would never end. Their creative, driving tunes keep dancers energized and inspired while George’s smooth, efficient calling makes challenging contras seem easy as pie.
  • George Marshall, renowned for his graceful calling style, also plays concertina, bodhran and bones.
  • Ann Percival delights dancers with irresistible piano and guitar rhythms and mellifluous vocals.
  • David Cantieni, woodwind wizard, adds rich layers to each arrangement with flute, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard.
  • Becky Tracy graces each tune with her elegant, energetic fiddling.
  • Pokey on percussion
  • Add bodacious bass player Mark Murphy and you’ve got one Big, Bold sound.

Four Contra Dances in three days!

Dance Schedule:
  • FRIDAY EVENING (4/19): 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • SATURDAY AFTERNOON (4/20): 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING (4/20): 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • SUNDAY AFTERNOON (4/21): 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Dance at the newly constructed dance barn at The Dancing Fish, 24800 SR-26, Melrose, FL 32666 (the western edge of Melrose, FL). Bring a lawn chair & enjoy outdoor activities on the shore of Lake Santa Fe when you’re not busy dancing. TICKETS:
  • Adult (age 26+) $20 per dance. Weekend Pass: $60 for entire weekend
  • Youth (age 16-25) $10 per dance Package Price: $30 for entire weekend
  • Children & non-dancers may watch & listen for free.
Snacks to share will be appreciated at all four dances this weekend. OTHER ACTIVITIES Overnight camping, swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, are available. Bring your own boat. Dancers should make their own arrangements. Grilling is allowed within the compound (bring your own grill).

Admission Policy:

  • Covid protocol is waived at The Dancing Fish. Dance mindfully and let’s all stay healthy together!
  • Masks are optional.
  • Dancing Fish registration process is also suspended. So no need to register online any longer.
  • Simply make your personal contribution online by PayPal or by credit card or debit card.
  • Select the drop-down category that applies to you and select your preferred means of payment.
  • That’s all there is to it. Make your donation and you are ‘in’. See you on the dance floor!

Make Your Donation Here:

And see you on the dance floor at Wild Asparagus Weekend!
Wild Asparagus Weekend


April 19 @ 7:00 pm EDT
April 21 @ 3:00 pm EDT
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Joe Rush
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The Dancing Fish of Lake Santa Fe
24800 SR-26
Melrose, FL 32666 United States
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(508) 314-4869
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