New Year’s Eve 2015 – Should auld acquaintance be forgot, there’s always Contra!

When:  Thursday December 31st, 8:00 pm.  Quick lessons for newcomers at 7:45
Where:   Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 First Street N.W.
Callers:  Steven Méthot and Michael Pollock
Band:  James on 4th Seisún * players.
Admission:  $12 / person at the door.

NOTE:  We will begin at 8:00 pm sharp, but if you are new and interested in learning some steps, we will teach basics at about 7:45.

Next Dance                                                                                                                           Saturday February 6th, 7:30 pm.  Unitarian Church of Calgary

January’s going to be a long dance-free month!  Come and celebrate (a late) Groundhog Day and together let’s attempt to break the back of winter

New Years Eve Particulars

You well may be asking, “What’s so special about New Year’s Eve?”  Well I could go into a long description about the sidereal year and the path of the Earth’s orbit around the sun, but I think you would rather know about our evening.  Here’s what makes our New Year’s Celebration special, in no particular order:

  • The dance! The evening is structured around our Contra Dance in more or less the usual set up, 3 sets of dancing with breaks in between for dancers to catch their breaths, chat and mingle, share resolutions made and broken.  We will be calling some of our all-time favourites.
  • The food! We ask people to bring finger food, hors d’oeuvres, munchies, treats and trifles (nothing that requires plates and forks) and to resist the temptation to nibble on them until after we are done dancing.  The evening can be a bit hectic, so we encourage everyone to label any bowls or serving utensils.  After 11 we will clear the decks and tuck in!  We do not have a liquor license and so we ask that you help us keep this a dry event. 
  • Auld Lang Syne! We count down the old year and bring in the new with a song and a kiss and best wishes all around.  After some more chatting and hobnobbing we can be on the roads before the crazies come out.
  • 50/50 Draw! We are a non-profit organization, and we are (sadly) habitually in the red.  To help cover the deficit in our finances we are holding a 50/50 draw at the dance.  $2 a ticket gives you a chance to take home half of the pot.  The other half goes to ensure that we can continue holding these dances.
  • You! It wouldn’t be the same without your presence.  Come celebrate with us as we mark another passing of our world’s dance around the Sun.

We do not have access to the dishes of the church, nor to the dishwashers, and so we ask you to be mindful of that as you prepare your dishes.  As always, we encourage you to bring your own mugs and / or water bottles. 

We will not be gathering up any “lost and found” items as we have no way of knowing if the item belongs to someone from the church.  Items left behind will remain at the church.  So be like Santa and make a list!

* Seisún???

A seisún, or pub session is an event where musicians gather to play traditional Irish music and (usually) consume adult beverages.  Our musicians often frequent the James on 4th and make delightful music there.

Not sure what an evening of contra to Irish music might be like?  Well, in a word it will be wonderful.  Here’s an example:

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