Squirrel Moon Contra and Square Dance weekend 2016

Welcome to the website for the Squirrel Moon Contra and Square Dance weekend! The 2016 dance took place September 16-18 and was our 25th annual dance; info below.

The 2017 dance will take place Sep 15-17 and we'll have the band Hillbilly Diaspora (Charlie Walden, Patt Plunkett, Jennifer Jeffries, Kathy Hirsch), with caller Beth Molaro! See below (bottom of left-hand column) to get on our email list and stay tuned!

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.

2016 Information

Squirrel Moon takes place September 16-18 and features Pat's Propellers with caller Tom Hinds.

The Band

 Pat's Propellers includes:

Karen Mueller has been contributing driving, innovative guitar backup to Celtic, old-time and folk bands for over 30 years. She is also one of the top autoharp and mountain dulcimer players touring nationally, and a recent McKnight Artist Fellowship winner.  
 Linda Breitag is a fiddler, singer/songwriter,
and folklorist with an M.A. in ethnomusicology.  She was named a Master Fiddler by the Minnesota State Arts Board for her study and performance of traditional French Canadian music, which she learned during her years in Quebec.
 John Goodin is celebrating 50 years of playing mandolin and guitar for dancers, more than 15 of those years with Contratopia who have recorded dozens of his tunes. He has self-published three tunebooks and other work is published by Trekel (Germany) and Mel Bay. (Photo ©Trish Finn) 
 Pat O'Loughlin has been playing his banjo and concertina for more than 35 years for the Contra, English, and Scottish dancers of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Pat has played and toured with Contratopia, a Minnesota/Iowa Contra band that relies heavily on original music.  

The Caller

 Tom Hinds (Charlottesville, VA) has been dancing since 1979, and calling squares and contras since 1984. He is the author of a series of American dance books, including the Dance All Night series. Tom has taught at Pinewoods, Augusta, and Buffalo Gap, and other camps, as well as several tours in Denmark. He last called for Squirrel Moon in 2009.