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Prodigal Sock Puppet - New Phenomenon 2017 Dancers Made a Full House! Ed Howe and Jamie Oshima are Barefoot

A BIG THANK YOU to Michael Hamilton, Barefoot (Ed Howe and Jamie Oshima), and Prodigal Sock Puppet (Steve Marty, Chelsea Hunt, Betsy Richards and Dennis Hunt) and all the musicians, dancers and helpers of all kinds who made Wintergreen 2017 a big success. In the meantime, put Wintergreen 2018 on your calendar. On-line registration coming soon!

17th Annual Contra Dance Weekend
 dancing, music and workshops in beautiful Bozeman, MT

January 26-28, 2018

Bozeman Senior Center
807 North Tracy Avenue, Bozeman


THE BANDS:

Great BearGREAT BEAR TRIO

AndrewNoahANDREW VanNORSTRAND - fiddle/electric guitar
NOAH VanNORSTRAND - fiddle/mandolin/feet
KIM "Mama Bear" YERTON - piano

This New England trio has lit up the dance world with driving, innovative music for over a decade. Unafraid to go wherever their creativity takes them, their unconventional approach entrances and motivates. Brothers Andrew and Noah and their mother Kim perform with an instinctive ease and comfort that contrasts nicely with the complexity and subtlety of their music. They've shared their uniquely rocking style at dances and festivals from the deep south to Alaska and coast to coast. This will be their first appearance in Montana since Bear Hug 2010, so come prepared to hear some new music and find out what all the excitement is about. Check them out in this very cool video: Great Bear Groove - Benton's Hallucinations. More at their Web site: greatbearmusic.com

 

Swift CurrentSWIFT CURRENT

ED BOGGS - guitar/fiddle/mandolin/vocals
BARB CALM - hammered dulcimer/octave mandolin/penny whistle/vocals
JASON FOY - Irish flute/penny whistle and low D whistle/mandolin/Irish Bouzouki/percussion/vocals

This Celtic band from northwest Montana explores every corner of traditional music with a stage full of instruments and an adventurous spirit. Their influences range from Africa to the British Isles but their sound is all their own—lively dance music with a charming accent both exotic and familiar at once.

They bring a deep well of dance experience along with their musical chops and promise some innovative workshop topics and music to stir both the feet and the soul.

THE CALLER:

Sarah VanNorstrandSARAH VanNORSTRAND

Sarah has been calling, organizing and teaching contra, square, and family/community dances for eight years. She has a clear and engaging teaching style and a great repertoire of dances to share. Instantly hooked from her first contra dance as a teen, Sarah's lov eof the dance and her joy in sharing it with all who will is evident and infectious. Above all, her goal as a caller is to make sure the dancers are having as much fun as she is.

When she's not calling or dancing, she can usually be found in the garden or at work at Lucky Moon Farm CSA in Cazenovia, NY. Sarah's Web site is: sarahcallsdances.com

"Play with the Bears" and Friends Saturday Workshops

Saturday morning and early afternoon will be filled with a stimulating assortment of concurrently running workshops:

  • Try challenging dances, learn new moves and how to embellish and improvise.
  • Add to your dance music chops with face-to-face lessons from some of the best in the business. Focus on aspects of ensemble playing for both advanced and beginning musicians.

Expect to come away with something you didn't know before, regardless of your experience coming in.

Bozeman Senior CenterVenue

The 2018 weekend will again be held at the Bozeman Senior Center on the corner of Tracy and Tamarack (807 N. Tracy). The Center has a big, beautiful wood dance floor, streams daytime sunlight, has lots of parking, and comfy couches for socializing. Workshop spaces are close by and kitchen/dining facilities are convenient. If the weather is good, there's a garden/patio area for sunning in the back. The acoustics are good too and it's still only about 8 blocks from Main Street.


 

More About Bozeman

Bozeman is a beautiful and historic town with fantastic scenery, great places to eat, friendly people, best enjoyed on foot. Elevation is 4,810 feet above sea level and population is 32,000 plus 10,000 college students (home of Montana State University). If you want a lot more details ask the Chamber of Commerce or Bozeman Net.

Schedule some extra time to ski Bridger, Bohart Ranch, Moonlight Basin or Big Sky. Or go south a couple hours to Yellowstone Park, the first and oldest national park in the world. Take in a geyser in winter glory by ski or snowcoach or the Boiling River, a natural hot springs (if you're willing to take your clothes off in sub-zero weather and can find a nice river rock to sit on - bathing suits required).

Bozeman winter weather can be unpredictable. Find out more at travel.state.mt.us/whatsnew/roadsandweather. Bozeman is located in south central Montana between Butte and Billings, Montana along Interstate 90. The airport serving the area is Gallatin Field and is located ten minutes west of Bozeman and just east of Belgrade. It provides service for major airlines including Delta, Northwest, United, Horizon and Frontier. Daily flights to Salt Lake City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver and Seattle provide convenient connecting service to domestic and international airports.