5-7 May 2023   
16TH Annual 

Whitewater Whirl!

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

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Hello former and future Whirlers


We're excited with our lineup for 2020 with the Contrarians returning for Friday Night and Playing with Fyre taking it from Saturday afternoon through the end. 

Gaye Fifer and Terry Doyle will be calling. Gaye hasn't missed a Whirl yet, but this is Terry's  first Whirl as a caller. 

She's been calling 10 years and organizing dance events like Contradancers' Delight Holiday even longer.  

The Contrarians, WV's premiere contra dance band, have been staying closer to home the last few years, but continue to build their repertoire of genre bending dance tunes, Celtic, Old-time, swing inspired, original. Check them out at www.contrarians.net

Playing with Fyre features Rob Zisette (Toss the Possum) on fiddle, George Paul (Avant Gardeners and many others) on keyboard, Steve Kemble, percussion. Both Rob and George are not only masters of their instruments and the art of improvisation, they both compose beautiful tunes of all kinds, especially waltzes.

Do you have an idea for a Saturday morning workshop or possible late night activities? Is there something you’d like to learn or something you’d like to teach? We’ll consider any proposals for volunteer help in those areas.

We’ll have a full schedule of workshops posted here by March 1, with Gaye, Terry, and others as workshop leaders.

Would you like to exchange some volunteer hours for a reduced registration fee? We may even be able to offer a full scholarship, meals and a bunk in a cabin with its own bathroom facilities to someone this year in exchange for enough volunteer hours.

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. The Whirl is held at Fayette County Park in Beckwith, eight miles west of Fayetteville and the famous New River Gorge bridge.

On-site accommodations 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 located near the cabins. It’s rustic, but comfortable.

If you still have energy left after dancing (or want to extend your vacation before or after the weekend), 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, we will have a catered dinner for $15. The rest of the meals for the weekend are in a package deal costing $65 so you won't have to leave the camp if you don't want to. Catering is by Café 110 from Oak Hill. We’re making an extra effort to accommodate special needs this year, so let us know what you need and we will be in touch.

Paul Epstein, dance chair
Whitewater Whirl and FOOTMAD