There are many good reasons to attend Big Scioty’s November contra dance! Not only will it be our last dance of the year, but it will be the perfect time to register for Central Ohio’s annual dance weekend, Winter WarmUp. (At a discount! See below for details.) Besides, it should be great fun thanks to calling by Columbus’s Richard Ades and tunes from the Full Moon Country Orchestra, a Cincinnati-based quartet that complements its down-home sounds with a smattering of ragtime. We hope to see you there!

When, where: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 4) 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.

Winter WarmUp early registration: Bring a check or cash to Saturday’s dance to take advantage of “early bird” rates. Through Nov. 19, registration for the full weekend costs $100 for ages 27 and older, $60 for ages 26 and under. (Partial-weekend registration is also available.) Held Dec. 1-3 at the Worthington Community Center, Winter WarmUp will feature calling by Diane Silver and Darlene Underwood, music by the Rosenthorns and Hot Coffee Breakdown, along with fascinating workshops and great snacks! For more information or online registration, click HERE.

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.