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Fiddlehead Frolic

  • Beverly J. Martin Elementary School 302 West Buffalo Street Ithaca, NY, 14850 United States (map)

The Fiddlehead Frolic is an annual day-long dance event featuring contras, music workshops and jams, a song swap, a contra medley, a silent auction, potluck supper... and more!


Nova: Hailing from New England, Nova is a young contra dance band that weaves the sounds of fiddle, accordion, and guitar into a rich tapestry of sound. Nova draws from both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, high energy and driving dance music.

Donna Hunt: Donna Hunt calls contra and square dances with interesting choreography and variations. She is known for utilizing clear, concise instructions to minimize teaching time and maximize dance time. She offers programs of exciting dances in a variety of figures and formations for the dancers’ enjoyment. Donna infuses the dancers with confidence, regardless of their skill level, and she enjoys guiding new dancers and challenging experienced ones.

Ginger Equality is Tim Ball, Clare Fraser, and several of Clare's bandmates from Ginger Majority.

Flyer: Download


Volunteering: Email Katy Heine to volunteer! Volunteers get reduced admission
Silent Auction: Contact Katy or bring items to donate to the silent auction!
Hospitality: Email Jamie Dye if you can provide or need hospitality!



All day: $36 members, $40 non-members
Half day: $18 members, $20 non-members



Main hall:

1:00-3:00 Contras with Nova
3:15-5:15 Contras with Ginger Equality
5:30-6:00 Contra medley with Ginger Equality and friends
7:30-11:00 Evening dance party with Nova


Noon-1:00 Waltz jam sandwiches
1:00-3:00 Open jam
3:15-4:15 Intro to Cross-step waltz workshop with Rick Lightbody and Carol Johnson
4:15-4:45 Open waltzing to recorded music
6:15-7:30   Potluck supper


Silent auction all day long!
3:30-4:30 Musicians’ workshop with Nova
4:30-5:30 Song swap with Margaret Shepard and Fred Letson

Earlier Event: January 21
Later Event: June 2
Ithaca Festival Parade