Contra dance in Merville on Jan. 21 honours Robbie Burns

Fiddlejam Funtime Fiddlers will be providing the music

Once again, in a rollicking tribute to the spirit of Robbie Burns, on Saturday, Jan. 21, the Fiddlejam Funtime Fiddlers will play for your dancing pleasure at the Big Yellow Merville Hall.

You’ll step lively as Celtic caller June Cannon guides the dancers with her clear and clever instructions, always with an eye on those who might need a bit more guidance. The castle doors will open at 7 p.m., with  a complimentary contra dance workshop right before the dance to loosen you up and to prepare you for the spins and lively steps of the Virginia Reel and the Gay Gordon.

The dancing begins at 7:30 and families and single dancers are very welcome.  Singles can pair up with anyone during the contras and our contra sets last about 15 to 20 minutes.  To strut our musical versatility, we also play old time waltzes and reels; jigs and swing; schottisches and foxtrots.  There is a dance for everyone at this Highland hoedown.

With the new tradition of Scottish contra dances, there’ll be poetry and tasty helpings of haggis to titillate the tastebuds, along with other treats, from the contra canteen. Kilts are great for dancing in, so wear your colours with flair and we’ll create a dance to make the Highlanders proud.

On Jan. 21, steer your Shetland Pony in the direction of the Big Yellow Merville Hall, right on the Old Island Highway, between Campbell River and Courtenay. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youth and you can come as a family for $22.   FMI 339-4249.