Big Scioty’s October dance will boast a multi-state talent lineup! Our regular dance on Oct. 7 will feature that talented duo from Virginia, The McKenzies, playing their usual brand of joyful contra music on a multitude of instruments. The dances will be provided by Kentucky’s Jerome Grisanti, who calls both contra and traditional squares. Jerome has called in Berea, Lexington and Louisville, and is thrilled to be making his Columbus debut!

When, where: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 7) at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave., Columbus. If you’re new to contra or a bit rusty, plan to arrive at 7:30 p.m. for a quick and easy lesson.

Admission: $10 ($7 for members), $5 ($3) for ages 12-26, free for children under 12.

Parking: Available in the lot behind the church and on nearby streets.

Refreshments: Feel free to bring a treat to share. Please bring a water bottle for your own use.

COVID health protocols: Masks are optional at this time. No proof of vaccination is needed. We reserve the right to change requirements if we feel it’s necessary.

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Demo Dance: Help us introduce contra dance to interested newbies of all ages from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview Heights. Dances will be called by Richard Ades and accompanied by Old Grey Cats (Harold Cheyney, Margaret Goodman and Dave Notman). Admission is free. Reservations are not required, but we’d like to get an approximate head count, so please text Richard at 614-946-1646 if you’re interested in attending.