It’s time to register for the 2018 Whirl — a fantastic dance weekend in the beautiful New River Gorge area of West Virginia! This will be the 14th year for the Whirl (but who’s counting?) The weekend draws dancers from all over the Eastern U.S. and Midwest. We’re looking forward to reuniting with dancers who make the Whirl a “must” on their dance weekend calendar, and to welcoming new Whirlers. Early Bird discounts are available through April 16.
This year’s Whirl features the Ripples, a hot young band from Cincinnati/Louisville that has fast become a favorite on the dance weekend circuit, earning rave reviews wherever they go. They are joined by the Contrarians, whose former guitar player first came up with the idea for the Whirl. They have played every Whirl since then and will be showcasing tunes from their new CD. Gaye Fifer from Pittsburgh is back by popular demand to call challenging contras and teach waltz, along with Cary Ravitz, whose creative dance compositions are in every caller’s repertoire.
We’ll have a full schedule of workshops posted on the website by February 1, with Gaye, Cary and others as workshop leaders. Jamming is encouraged out of earshot of the dancing or in the dining hall at any time.
The Whirl is held at the Fayette County Park in Beckwith, a wide place in the road eight miles west of Fayetteville and the bridge over the New River Gorge. We’ll be dancing in a wonderful 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 the weather.
On-site accommodation is included in the registration fee—your choice of a bunk bed in a cabin (foam mattress) or tent space. No reservation needed. Toilet and shower facilities are near the cabins. It’s rustic, but comfortable. At a meeting in early November, the camp management outlined plans to upgrade facilities.
If you still have energy left after dancing, head down the road to Fayetteville, one of the coolest outdoor adventure towns in the East with whitewater rafting, rock and cliff climbing, zip-lining, hiking, mountain biking (and some great restaurants). Or just take in the spectacular views from one of the trails in the New River Gorge.
If you can join us 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 so 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.
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!
Dance Chair, Whitewater Whirl