Squirrel Moon Contra and Square Dance weekend 2017

Welcome to the website for the Squirrel Moon Contra and Square Dance weekend!  Registration will open July 1.



General Information

Squirrel Moon takes place in the lovely Farwell Hall at Folklore Village, a nationally recognized folk arts and culture center. It's located in the country just 45 minutes from Madison, Wisconsin.

Tenting and bunkhouses are on-site, and there are several motels within a short drive.

Please register early; we sell out quicker every year.


"My favorite dance weekend!" -- Carol T.

"Thanks again for a fabulous weekend. The organization of your event is second to none!" -- Lori P.

"Of all the contra weekends I attend, Squirrel Moon is one that I would be most disappointed to miss." -- Dave H.


If you're on Facebook, RSVP to the event to connect with other dancers and "Like" our page. We've gotten requests from people for a way to connect with other dancers (e.g. for ride sharing), and this is an easy opt-in way to do it.

If you have questions, or to get on the email list, contact SquirrelMoonReg@gmail.com.

2017 Information

Squirrel Moon takes place September 15-17 and features Hillbilly Diaspora with caller Beth Molaro.

The Band

 Hillbilly Diaspora includes:

Charlie Walden, a.k.a Possum, shared a Grammy nomination with his collaborators for Best Album Notes for Now That’s a Good Tune. The overall project, on which he was a featured fiddler, was also nominated for Best Folk Recording. 
Patt Plunkett, a.k.a Patt, first heard traditional fiddle music as played by her grandfather Carl. Her piano style projects the high energy necessary for accompanying dance music. 
Jennifer Jeffries encountered old-time fiddling in graduate school in the person of Tommy Jarrell and never looked back at her classical background. Today, she also plays Anglo- and French-Canadian tunes, as well as Irish. 
Kathy Hirsch has played backup guitar for dances since the ’70’s in Bloomington Indiana, the Bay Area and Chicago. After living in Kathmandu and Beijing for many years, she’s happy to be back in Chicago, playing mandolin and making her living painting and teaching art. 

The Caller


Beth Molaro (Asheville, NC) Dancers from coast-to-coast will tell you that Beth’s enthusiasm is contagious and she makes any dance more energetic and exciting. She last called for Squirrel Moon in 2008.