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Fiddlehead Frolic

  • Beverly Martin School Gym 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!


The Moving Violations: With their driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythms, and occasional silliness, The Moving Violations (Van Kaynor, Ron Grosslein, and Eric Eid-Reiner) are long-time favorites of contra dancers across the Northeast. Their playful energy is contagious! Tom Nelligan of Dirty Linen magazine writes, 

"The Moving Violations presents another side of contra music, with a fusion approach that adds their arrangements of dance tunes from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe to contra's Anglo-Celtic framework, all played with affectionate abandon. Their smoothly layered sound is as diverse as their repertoire, as twin fiddles blend with various mixtures of piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and percussion."

Adina Gordon: Adina Gordon finds an outlet for her loves of travel, music, and dance by calling and dancing throughout the U.S. and Canada, creating joy and minor chaos wherever she goes. Combining a voice that makes you want to do what she says with a commitment to using that power for good and not evil, Adina calls contra, English and squares both old and new that cause spontaneous eruptions of joy on dance floors.

George Wilson and Selma Kaplan: From the capital district, fiddler extraordinaire George Wilson and keyboard virtuoso Selma Kaplan will bring their dynamic, high energy music to this year’s Frolic.

Flyer: Download


Volunteering: Email Yvonne LaMontagne to volunteer! Volunteers get reduced admission
Silent Auction: Email Jamie Dye or bring items to donate to the silent auction!
Hospitality: Email Sarah Schneider with hospitality requests.



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



Main hall:

1:00-2:45 Contras and ECD with Moving Violations and Adina Gordon
3:00-4:00 Contras with George Wilson, Selma Kaplan, and Adina Gordon
4:15-5:15 Contras and squares with George Wilson, Selma Kaplan, Nancy Spero, and Casey Carr
5:30-6:00 Contra medley with George Wilson, Selma Kaplan, and a bunch of callers
7:30-11:00 Evening dance party with Moving Violations and Adina Gordon


Noon-1:00 Waltz jam sandwiches
1:00-3:00 Open jam
3:45-5:00 Intro to rotary waltz with Rick Lightbody and Carol Johnson (recorded music)
6:15-7:30   Potluck supper


Silent auction all day long!
3:00-4:00 Musicians’ workshop with Moving Violations
4:15-5:15 Song swap with Margaret Shepard and Fred Letson