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Ease summertime blues by contra dancing in Sautee
Tap your toes to music by Blue Moon Ramblers on Saturday
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Contra dance

When: 8-11 p.m. Aug. 22 with free lesson at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee

Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers, $5 students and frees for children 12 and younger

More info: 706-754-3254 or

Contra dancers may spring into action when they hear the foot-stomping music from the Blue Moon Ramblers in Sautee Nacoochee.

The trio band from Athens will play its Southern old-time music and be accompanied by caller Frederick Park on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The contra dance will be from 8-11 p.m. in the historic gym of the Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 North, in Sautee. A free lesson will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. No partner or prior experience necessary.

The dance costs $7 for Sautee Nacoochee Community Association members, $9 for nonmembers, $5 for high school or college students and free for children 12 and younger.

The Blue Moon Ramblers is the latest project of two key members of the band String Theory. Fiddler Dale Wechsler and guitarist Tommy Jordan (claw-hammer banjo) have been playing concerts and dances together for more than 10 years. They recently joined forces with their favorite jamming partner, banjo and fiddler Justin Manglitz.

As the Ramblers, Jordan and his guitar keep solid time, while Wechsler plays fiddle with drive and pulse and Manglitz rings his banjo clear and clean.

Park of Swannanoa, N.C., is well-known to contra dance communities throughout the Southeast as a musician, caller, humorist, storyteller and historian of community dance in the eastern United States. For the past 35 years, he has been collecting and teaching traditional dances of America, Scotland and France. He is also well-versed as a caller for Cajun, English, square and other styles of dance.

Call 706-754-3254 or visit for more information.