Country Dancers of Rochester will hold its 34th annual Thanksgiving Festival featuring contra, English, waltzing and grid squares to live music from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 25 at Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner St., Rochester.
This year, the festival is the penultimate stop on the North American tour of Great Bear, a contradance band. Peregrine Road, the duo of Rachel Bell, of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania, and Karen Axelrod, of Northampton Massachusetts, will be the second band.
Rebecca McCallum, Eileen Kalfass and Jane Knoeck also will play for a contra session.
Callers Susan Kevra, of Nashville, Tennessee; Sarah VanNorstrand, of Syracuse; Casey Carr, of Ithaca; and Chuck Abell, of Rochester, will lead the dances.
Musicians from Golden Link Folk Singing Society will lead a sing-along session, concentrating on Erie Canal Songs to celebrate the 200th anniversary of “Clinton’s Ditch.”
There will also be an English country dance called by Sarah VanNorstrand on Nov. 25 featuring Old World Charm School. Admission is discounted with a wristband from the Thanksgiving Festival.
An all event pass is $65 in advance; $70 at the door. Individual sessions cost $20-$25.
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