Fiddlehead Frolic

When: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Where: Boynton Middle School
Ithaca, NY
How Much: prices vary by session

As ferns and early wildflowers begin to push through winter-compressed litter and tardy snow, dancers and musicians, too, can unfurl in 12 hours of non-stop contras, English, Scandinavian, waltzes, workshops for musicians and callers, and open instrumental jamming. In case high spirits and sublime music are not fuel enough, there will be sandwiches and a waltz jam at noon and a community potluck supper at 6:15 pm. Boston-based Phantom Power, with fiddle-wiz Lissa Schneckenburger, keyboard master Bruce Rosen, and gifted caller Sue Rosen will ignite the crowd with New England contras. Callers Katy Heine and Nancy Spero will also be on hand. Ithaca's own Contrapasso, with Tim Ball on soulful fiddle and Roberta Truscello on inventive piano, will slide seamlessly from contras to sublime English country, skillfully taught by Pamela Goddard. Laurie Hart and Stefhan Ohlstrom will double-fiddle for Scandi' dances lead by Dick Darlington and Pamela Goddard. Phantom Power members will host workshops, and there is space for informal jam marathons. Whether it's fingers or feet that are flying, you'll find hours of delight in celebratory company.

For a full schedule, money-saving advance registration (downloadable form), and other details, visit or call 607-539-3174. Out-of-towners who need a place to stay should Email
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