Apple pie The PATMAD Board is now encouraging people to bring snacks on mask optional nights. Please bring finger food to share! (Yes, we celebrated Pi Day with pie!) Cherry Pie

Welcome to the Thursday Contra! See the schedule of upcoming bands and callers below.

Location: The Irish Center (a.k.a. Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center),
6815 Emlen St., Philadelphia, PA 19119.
Look for the signs, and use the ballroom entrance, furthest from Carpenter Ave.

Beginner lesson: 7:30pm
Dance: 8:00pm to 10:30pm

Admission: $5-15+ sliding scale for local bands, $8-20+ sliding scale for *touring bands.

Our Thursday night dances require masks (surgical or better, properly worn, except at designated mask-optional dances), and a signed waiver. Up-to-date vaccination is strongly encouraged.

Snacks are welcome at mask-optional dances (second and fourth Thursdays, and some special events). Please bring finger foods to share! (No peanuts or peanut butter please, due to allergies in our community.)

(If you test positive for COVID a few days after a dance, please send email to so we can alert others to a potential exposure. Thanks.)

Please read the full details if you plan to attend. We're looking forward to dancing with you!

Date Caller Band Notes
Apr. 4 Michael Karcher and Donna Hunt coordinating Alias: Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistles), Adam Oleksa (fiddle), Adlai Waksman (piano) Masks required
Apr. 11 Sue Gola coordinating Hot Wasabi: Dave Miller (fiddle), Roberta Goren (flute), Chris Carpenter (clarinet, banjo, mandolin), Ben Kennedy (piano) Masks optional; snacks welcome
Apr. 18 Rick Mohr coordinating

The Hazel Nuts: Chris Germain (fiddle), Heidi Germain (bass), John Salmon (guitar), Keith Brand (banjo)

At Summit Church (not CBC) this week

Masks required
Apr. 25 Ridge Kennedy coordinating SPUDS: Philly's phabulous open contradance band! Masks optional; snacks welcome
May 2 Jan Alter coordinating Col. Mike's Dance BandJohn Krumm (fiddle, guitar), Bob Stein (accordion), Bob Pasquarello (piano) Masks required
May 9 John Krumm The Contragenarians: Paul Sidlick (banjo & mandolin), Peter Szego (guitar & fiddle), Ed Jankiewicz (upright bass), Garry Moore (fiddle) Masks optional; snacks welcome
May 16 Sam Rotenberg coordinating Sleigh for Four: Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax), Thane Glenn (mando), Laura Alexander (cello), Adlai Waksman (keyboard) Masks required
May 23 Julian Blechner Cojiro: Mark Price, Jess Newman, Ben Graubart Masks optional; snacks welcome
May 30 Sue Gola & Cristian Clothier Jovial Beggars: Ben Kennedy (keyboard), Helene Speer (fiddle), Peggy Leiby (recorders, feet), Rachel Hall (concertina) Masks required

Dances continue every Thursday. See more callers and bands in the full calendar!

But wait, there's more! PATMAD also sponsors

All Hands In has been presenting games nights and other community-led events, along with some fun online dances with fantastic live calling. Tune in most Tuesday nights.
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