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Dance off calories from Thanksgiving dinner in Sautee
Monthly contra event set for Saturday
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Two days after indulging in a turkey and all kinds of sides plus the leftovers, North Georgia residents can shake their groove thing and shed some pounds at the monthly contra dance in Sautee Nacoochee.

But others may attend to hear the live music of the Redbud Ramblers from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the historic Sautee Nacoochee Community Association gymnasium.

These multi-instrumentalists, who have logged countless hours playing contra dances in the Southeast, will bring their original and traditional tunes of Appalachian fiddling and melodic Celtic rhythms to the contra dance. From the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, the Redbud Ramblers are David White on fiddle, banjo and jaw harp; and Wes Maluk on guitar, tenor banjo, bodhran and dumbek.

Traveling in from Greenville, S.C., is caller Jennie Wakefield. She started calling dances about 10 years ago and taught a course in contra dancing at Clemson University. She has a clear, direct teaching style and creates steps fun for experienced and novice dancers.

Doyle, director of the Appalachian Trail Institute, is an active advocate of Appalachian life and culture. He helped found a folk school near Mountain City, Tenn., that provides quality contra dancing and music for people who want to visit the area and also supports the economy of that rural community.

Admission is $9 for adults or $7 for SNCA members. Students may enter for $5 while youth 12 and younger are admitted free. Non-dancers are encouraged to come listen and watch for $5. 

An introductory lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by general dancing from 8-11 p.m.

The Thanksgiving dance will be in the historic gymnasium at 283 Ga. 255 North. It is a quarter mile off Ga. 17 in Sautee.

For information, visit, call Walter Daves at 706-754-3254 or email Julianne Wilson at

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