Thursday Night Contra Dance

2022 Calendar

2021 calendar

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the PATMAD board canceled indoor in-person dances from March 2020 through March 2022. Community members should assess their own risk in attending any dance.

Some dances listed here are in-person Thursday Contras, and some are our online virtual dances hosted on Saturdays from the Philadelphia area. (But wait! There's more! Along with the other members of the international All Hands In partnership, together we host a virtual dance almost every Saturday at 8:00pm Eastern.)

We have also been holding online socials, with occasional guest speakers, usually on second Thursdays. In addition, SPUDS, Philly's phabulous open contradance band, hosts online tune swaps, usually on first and third Thursdays.

Stay healthy, safe, and connected!

Date Caller Band
Jan. 22 Donna Hunt Online: Raise the Roof: Mat Clark (fiddle), Bob Pasquarello (bass), Judi Stellar (hammered dulcimer), Kathy Talvitie (guitar)
Jan. 26 (Wednesday) Board meeting (rescheduled to not conflict with the Jan. 19 CDSS web chat on "Prioritizing Safety at In-Person Dances")
February
Feb. 16 (Wednesday) Board meeting
Feb. 26 Tarka Ayres Online: R&C&E: Rick Mohr (fiddle), Chloe Mohr (piano) & Evan Mohr (percussion)
March
Mar. 17 Sam Rotenberg coordinating other callers

In person, Thursday Contra at Summit Church (location for this dance only)! Up-to-date vaccination, masks, and waivers required. Read details.

Live Wire: Sarah Gowan (guitar, concertina), Ben Kennedy (piano), Tom Krumm (fiddle), Bill Quern (mandolin, banjo, accordion, etc.)

Mar. 23 (Wednesday) Board meeting (rescheduled to not conflict with Purim)
Mar. 26 Emily Abel Online: Sugar Beat: Elke Baker (fiddle), Susan Brandt (flute), Mark Glickman (piano)
(Co-hosted by Tonal Park)
Mar. 31 Jim Kitch coordinating other callers

In person, Thursday Contra at the Irish Center! Up-to-date vaccination, masks, and waivers required. Read details.

The Orphans: Peter Buchak (accordion), Ben Kennedy (piano), Miranda Weinberg (fiddle)

April
Apr. 13 (Wednesday) Board meeting (rescheduled)
Apr. 14 Donna Hunt coordinating other callers

In person, Thursday Contra at the Irish Center! Up-to-date vaccination, masks, and waivers required. Read details.

Allemande: Christopher Germain (fiddle), Pete Peterson (banjo), and Kellie Allen (guitar), with special guests from Chicago: Charlie Walden (fiddle) and Patt Plunkett (piano).

Called with Larks and Robins.

Managing: Karey, Rich, Dave

Apr. 16 Sue Gola Online: Instant Ensemble: Roberta Goren (flute), Dave Miller (fiddle), Adlai Waksman (piano)
(Third Saturday to not conflict with NEFFA weekend April 22-24)
Apr. 28 Dave Rupp coordinating other callers

In person, Thursday Contra at the Irish Center! Up-to-date vaccination, masks, and waivers required. Read details.

Coracree: Jane Rothfield (fiddle), Bill Quern (mando, banjo, melodeon), Sarah Gowan (guitar), Allan Carr (bass).

Called with Gents and Ladies.

Managing: Barbara, Alex, Donna
Sound: Jan

May
May 12 Rick Mohr coordinating other callers

In person, Thursday Contra at the Irish Center! Up-to-date vaccination, masks, and waivers required. Read details.

Flamingo Sketches: Tom Krumm (fiddle, mandolin), Jared Kirkpatrick (piano, mandolin, feet)

Called with Larks and Robins.

Managing: Jess, Adlai, Donna (first half)
Sound: Trish

May 18 (Wednesday) Board meeting
May 26 Sue Gola coordinating other callers

In person, Thursday Contra at the Irish Center! Up-to-date vaccination, masks, and waivers required. Read details.

Hot Wasabi: Dave Miller (fiddle), Roberta Goren (flute), Adlai Waksman (piano), Chris Carpenter (banjo, mandolin, clarinet)

Called with Gents and Ladies.

Managing: Rich, Kirsten, Phil
Sound: Rob

May 28 Steve Zakon-Anderson Online: John Krumm, Bob Pasquarello & Friends
June
June 9 Jan Alter coordinating other callers

In person, Thursday Contra at the Irish Center! Up-to-date vaccination, masks, and waivers required. Read details.

Mind the Gap: Adam Oleksa (fiddle), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistle), Adlai Waksman (piano), Jane Roberts (cello)

Called with Larks and Robins.

Managing: Karey, Jess, Dave
Sound:Trish

June 15 (Wednesday) Board meeting
June 23 Bob Isaacs coordinating other callers

In person, Thursday Contra at the Irish Center! Up-to-date vaccination, masks, and waivers required. Read details.

Hot Feat: Mat Clark (fiddle and mandolin), Dave Wiesler (piano and guitar), Paul Morrissette (bass)

Called with Gents and Ladies.

Managing: Barbara, Adlai, Rich
Sound: Jan

(More bands TBA!)