4-6 May 2018
14TH Annual 

Whitewater Whirl!

a mini dance vacation in WV's New River Gorge Scenic Recreation Area

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Hello Contra Dance enthusiasts ... 
former "Whirlers" ... 
future "Whirlers" ...


Hello Contra Dance enthusiasts and former and/or potential future "Whirlers",

Time to register now for the 2016 Whirl! Early Bird Pricing Discounts are available through April 15. 

This year it’s Maivish, Contrarians, Gaye Fifer, Tom Hinds, and RUSHFEST Contra Dance Party by Emily Rush on Friday late night! Come enjoy a dance vacation in the beautiful New River Gorge area of WV!

This is our 12th Whirl, and I've played for all of them as fiddler for the Contrarians. I’m excited that we’ve got Maivish, with 2 of the original members of Crowfoot from Canada with Matt Olwell from WV! Also joining us for the first time at Fayette County Park with it’s wonderful wood and stone 1930’s dance hall will be the phenomenal Tom Hinds from Charlottesville, VA. 

The Whitewater Whirl is held in Beckwith, WV, 8 miles from Fayetteville, one of the coolest outdoor adventure towns in the East with whitewater rafting, rock and cliff climbing, zip-lining, hiking, mountain biking, and all kinds of opportunities for the contra dancer who likes to get out in nature and enjoy beauty and serenity or heart pounding adventure if you prefer that! But even if you're only coming to dance, this is world class.

We dance in a historic wood and stone New Deal era dance hall with a suspended wooden floor, stage, fireplace and barn door sides that can be opened or closed to suit our needs.

If you can get there by 6 pm Friday, Chef Harriette Bugel and True Color Cooking from Asheville, NC will have a light dinner for only $8 (the rest of the meals for the weekend are in a package deal costing $60 and you won't have to leave the camp if you don't want). The food is always great and plentiful, with options for vegans and the gluten intolerant.

The Contrarians and Maivish will take turns grooving and rocking both Friday and Saturday nights as will Gaye and Tom. We’ll finish the regular contra dancing at 11 pm Friday, but Emily Rush will keep the music and calling going until 1 am. During the day on Saturday we’ll have workshops and dances aplenty. Maivish will play you out from 10 am -1 pm on Sunday, and Chef Harriette will have lunch ready for you when you’re ready for it.

Jamming is encouraged out of earshot of the dancing or in the dining hall at any time, and Rachel Eddy, a WV treasure, will be leading scheduled sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Camping or a bunk in one of the cabins is free (that's right, once you pay to dance, you're free to stay in camp or at one of the local motels or B&B's (but make your reservations for that soon--no need to reserve cabin or tent space. The cabins are rustic and the typical 4-H bunk beds with foam mattresses. Toilet and shower facilities are near the cabins.

I know I've left out some things, but that's what the Website is for. And PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! We have never completely filled up our floor for the weekend, so maybe this can be the first time....find us on Facebook, join, or click “interested” and invite your FB friends. 

Hope to see you there!

Paul Epstein,

Dance Chair, Whitewater Whirl

December 2015