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Petaluma Contra and Regifting Event

The Petaluma Dance should inspire us all to have a better New Year.  The music and dance will inspire us to keep on dancing and our regifting table should inspire us not to get burdened down with STUFF!  

Here is the scoop!  Our band is Richard Mandel on guitar and Erin Shrader on Fiddle.  Our caller is Lynn Ackerson (and dog?).

We will have a regifting table.  Everyone is invited to take and enjoy gifts.  Take what you want.  Want what you take.

Got stuff?   Place unwanted items on special "Re-Gifting Table" and simplify your life!. 

Want stuff?  BYOB.  Bring your own bag.

Regifting examples:  books, cd's, dvd's, audiobooks, clothes, jewelry, housewares, office supplies, tools, unopened toiletries, candles, games, plants, art, toys.  Anything under the sun as long as it is undamaged, clean, and not larger than a breadbox.  And yes, there will be a breadbox on the regifting table. 


Admission: $10.00; $12.00 non-members; $7.00 young adults/financial hardship; $2.00 kids.  Free lesson at 6:00 p.m.
NOTE: Please help NBCDS conserve resources by bringing your own water bottles/mugs to dances. Scent-free dancing is greatly appreciated as many have severe allergies. Parents, all non–dancing children must be supervised.

More info:

BEGINNERS are welcome! Please join us for a free lesson a half hour before the dance begins to learn the basic moves. Wear low, smooth-soled shoes, and loose, comfortable clothes. You can come alone or with a partner — our dances are friendly and inclusive, and you’ll probably end up dancing with most of the people in the hall. Remember: “if you can walk you can do this form of dance.”  Beginners lesson at 6:00 p.m.

About Our Dances: Contra and English Country Dance (ECD) are fun, easy to learn, and accompanied by live music. Before each dance, the caller teaches the dance and continues to prompt dancers as needed once the band starts. Because the pattern of moves is repeated often, you learn quickly. Very little footwork is required — just a smooth walking step. Contra dance music features fantastic fiddle tunes, driving Celtic rhythms, Cajun, old-timey and sometimes dashes of Eastern-European and swing. English Country dance music features lively jigs and reels, lyrical triple-time melodies and waltzes.

Dances are sponsored by the North Bay Country Dance Society, a non-profit organization that promotes and produces American and English Country Dance folk and ritual dancing, music and song in the Wine Country north of San Francisco (Sonoma & Marin counties) since 1992.


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  • Elaine

    The music at this dance was so wonderful that it was difficult to concentrate. As I danced up and down the line people were commenting on the music. The fiddler, according to one of my partners, could be ranked among the best Irish fiddlers in the world. Thank you Erin and Richard for the astounding music and Lynn for the flowing contras.

    January 6, 2014

  • Karen F

    Think we should do the regifing for the whole month of January!!

    January 6, 2014

  • Marlene M

    I have the perfect item for regifting! Sounds like fun!

    January 1, 2014

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