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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Next Generation Of Contra Dancers

My life in appalachia the next generation of contra dancers

I recently attended a school fund raiser. While I enjoyed the pie eating contest, the hay ride, and the cornhole toss-my favorite part of the night was watching a group of eager elementary students try contra dancing for the first time.

Never heard of contra dancing? Click here for more details.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    March 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Lula Mae-thank you for the comment! I have heard the saying throw a wet rag or something like he was like a wet rag and took all the fun out of the party. But I havent heard those sayings in a long time!
    Hope you have a great day!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    March 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to contra dancing. I used to square dance as a youth – I loved it when a really good caller challenged us to rapid fire intricate steps! I heard some calling in the video from the 2010 entry but it seems the dancers were mostly following a pattern with several dancers embellishing on their own. Is that correct? I gather that this was for the most part an introductory set but it looked like a merging of line dancing and square dancing – or maybe those two branched off from contra dancing!

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    b. Ruth
    March 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Love the picture of the contra dancers…Wish I could go rolling under the outstretched hands…
    Now then, if I saw this picture and it was in the forties, I would say, “They sure have a bunch of kids to play “London Bridge!” When the music stops, they try to catch in their arms whoever is in reach! They are out and the game starts again till all are caught and a winner declared!
    Guess what….The “JOREE BIRDS” are singing! Flying from house to bird house hunting a suitable site…
    Does anyone out there know what a Joree Bird is?? Just wondering how Appalachian this bunch that reads our heritage post is?
    Let Tipper know or answer on her site! Not you Henry Eggers, I know you know! chortle, chortle, he, he, ha, ha!
    Thanks Tipper great post!

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    Lula Mae Vanwinkle
    March 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I just used a phrase that I had not used in many a year and thought you might be interested. I had said to my granddaughter that I was not much for adventure and that I might “throw a wet rag on the party.” This made me think of your vocabulary post. I live in Southern Indiana and my Mama was from Kentucky and my first husband also. I find myself using words and phrases from my childhood the older I get. But, I find that those phrases and words draw a more accurate picture than anything else I could have said.

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    March 22, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Very nice to see a wonderful Appalachian tradition continue!

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    Henry Eggers
    March 22, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Just sitting here looking at the picture and being confronted by a subject about which I know absolutely nothing, my mind began to wander and to wonder what musical selection is playing in the background. Being as I will never know, I chose to add a little something of my own making.
    ♪♫ Don’t sit under the mulberry tree ’cause the stains won’t come out of your britches ♫♫♪

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    Miss Cindy
    March 22, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Tipper, from your picture it looks like they are doing pretty good! With your love of preserving Appalachian tradition it must have felt very satisfying to see the next generation coming on.

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