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Contra Carnivale History
 BandsCallers
2006 Nightingale
Hillbillies from Mars
Synchopaths
Crabapples
 
George Marshall
Susan Michaels
Warren Blier
2007 Wild Asparagus
Hillbillies from Mars
The Body Snatchers
Michael's Mixed Nuts
 
George Marshall
Susan Michaels
Erik Hoffman
2008 Wild Asparagus
Hillbillies from Mars
Synchopaths
 
George Marshall
Susan Michaels
Joyce Miller
2009 Groovemongers
Crowfoot
Notorious
 
Rick Mohr
Nils Fredland
Susan Petrick
2010 Elixir
Nightingale
Notorious
 
Nils Fredland
George Marshall
Warren Blier
2011 Latter Day Lizards
Synchopaths
Wild Asparagus
 
Lisa Greenleaf
Seth Tepfer
George Marshall
2012 Tidal Wave
Elixir
Great Bear Trio
 
George Marshall
Nils Fredland
Susan Michaels
2013 Latter Day Lizards
Dr. Groove
Retrospectacles
 
Lisa Greenleaf
Will Mentor
Deb Comly
2014 Stringrays
Groovemongers
Nor'Easter
 
Cis Hinkle
Bob Isaacs
Jean Gorrindo
2015 Elixir
Wild Asparagus
Crowfoot
 
Nils Fredland
George Marshall
Lisa Greenleaf
2016 Latter Day Lizards
Stringrays
Syncopaths
 
Bob Isaacs
Nils Fredland
Susan Michaels
Contra Carnivale is not quite full! As usual, we received applications from more single women than we can immediately accept, but we currently have openings for a few more single men and couples. There is a (fairly short) waiting list for single women. Send your registration now & join us!

January 13-15, 2017

San Luis Obispo, California

Notorious - Joyride

Clew Bay


Bev Bernbaum - Erik Weberg

Erik Hoffman


with Erik Hoffman leading music jams
& Michael Gutin providing music during breaks
Please join us for our 12th annual Contra Carnivale, an almost-all-contra dance event in San Luis Obispo over Martin Luther King weekend. Since it coincides with the beginning of the season, we'll decorate in a Mardi Gras theme and encourage "Mardi Gras festive" attire - especially for the Saturday evening dance! Bring your sequins and feathers, and we'll supply beads for everybody!


Centrally located near the coast mid-way between the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo is a great place to visit. We'll fill your weekend with high-energy contra dancing, but recommend that you plan to spend Friday and/or Monday exploring & adventuring in the San Luis area on your own.


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Tentative Schedule

Friday:
6:00 Doors open
6:30 - 7:45Pre-Party and Social Dancing with Notorious
8:00 - 11:30Contra Dance: Clew Bay with Bev Bernbaum
Saturday:
9:00Doors open for continental breakfast
9:15-10:00Concert with Joyride in the Lounge
10:15 - 11:00Waltzing with Notorious
11:15 - 1:45Contra Dance: Clew Bay with Erik Hoffman
1:45 - 2:15LUNCH BREAK
2:15 - 3:45Jam Session with Erik Hoffman in the Lounge
2:15 - 5:00Contra Dance: Joyride with Bev Bernbaum
5:00 - 7:15DINNER BREAK
7:15 - 8:00Concert with Clew Bay in the Lounge
8:00 - 11:30Contra Dance: Notorious with Erik Weberg
Sunday:
9:00Doors open for continental breakfast
9:15 - 10:00Concert with Notorious in the Main Hall
10:15 - 11:00Waltzing with Joyride
11:00 - 1:45Contra Dance: Notorious with Bev Bernbaum
1:30 - 3:00Jam Session with Erik Hoffman in the Lounge
1:45 - 2:15LUNCH BREAK
2:15 - 4:45Contra Dance: Clew Bay with Erik Weberg
4:45 - 7:00DINNER BREAK
7:00 - 10:30Contra Dance: Joyride with Erik Hoffman

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Staff





Lauded as "sparkling" and "exhilarating" Notorious musicians Eden MacAdamSomer, Larry Unger, Sam Bartlett, Mark Hellenberg, and Mark Murphy return to Contra Carnivale for another incredible weekend of music and dance. If you haven't heard them yet, it won't take you four beats to realize that this isn't just any ordinary folk band. Sweet vocals and virtuosic fiddling coupled with driving rhythm and snappy guitar solos make for a thrilling musical experience in genres that span many continents. Declared "guitar genius" by Sing Out Magazine, Unger joins with "rabid" mandolinist Sam Bartlett, "demon fiddler" Eden MacAdam-Somer, wild percussionist Mark Hellenberg, and solid bassist Mark Murphy to push the envelope towards swing, blues and Gypsy modes. Come see how many ways they can "metamorphosize 64 beats!"



Joyride is a contra dance band of friends from Portland, Oregon. Known for tight ensemble work, skilled play, inventively arranged tune sets and fun energy, Joyride features great melodies and harmonies over strong, sweet rhythms. George Penk's propulsive, soaring fiddle joins Erik Weberg's deft flute, harmonica, & bombarde, Sue Songer's heartbeat piano and Jeff Kerssen-Griep's muscular guitar and percussion to play dance tunes from the British Isles, New England, Appalachia, and French Canada, as well as close to home and surprising points beyond. Come catch a lift with Joyride!



Rooted in deep musical traditions, Clew Bay brings a melting pot of Irish, Scottish, Appalachian, Cape Breton, New England, and original compositions to the dance floor. These veteran musicians propel the living traditions of dance music into your heart and soles. Named for a bay off the west of Ireland, Clew Bay represents music where the tides of timeless traditions meet. Clew Bay features Emerald Rae (fiddle), Peter Siegel (guitar), Matthew Kenney (percussion), Ashley Broder (mandolin), and Stuart Kenney (upright bass, five-string banjo, and vocals).




Erik Weberg chooses dances based on simple criteria: the dances have to feel good and they have to be fun. Although he enjoys complex figures, he feels that complexity does not necessarily translate into dancing pleasure. "Flow, interesting figures, and connection with the music are what make dancing sublime. Whether it's smooth like butter or driving like a freight train, it's got to make sense and feel good." Erik teaches dances efficiently and clearly with a playful approach and a good sense of community cooperation.

Bev Bernbaum's philosophy is to call dances that she loves to dance herself. She's always on the lookout for interesting figures or formations to mix things up. Her clear voice, calm manner and straightforward teaching style make contra dancing a pleasure for both beginning and experienced dancers, and her easy-going style also makes her popular with bands.

Because Erik Hoffman was instrumental in bringing contra dancing to the Central Coast in the 1980s, we'll always have a soft spot in our hearts for him. Erik's website lists some attributes of contra dancing: Spirited and Fun, Playful and Flirtatious, Joyous and Sexy, Mythological and Mirthful, Rhythmic and Compelling, Ritualistic and Hypnotic, and Builds community and connects people. We think that list pretty well describes Erik too and we're happy to have him back for his second time as a caller at Carnivale!





In addition to being a fun caller, Erik Hoffman is an accomplished musician who plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, and just about anything else he gets his hands on. Erik loves the spirit and joy that is passed along with traditional music and dance and loves to share his enthusiasm. Bring your instruments and plan to participate in musical jam sessions with Erik each afternoon. Erik also calls contra dances and currently helps organize the Wednesday dance series in Berkeley.

Michael Gutin's accordion music can best be described as "eccentric eclectic." He will play couple-dance tunes during the breaks between sets for those of you who just can't get enough dancing.

Returning to Contra Carnivale to work his magic, Victor Garza makes everyone sound their best.

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Accomodations & Food

Several nearby motels are holding rooms for Contra Carnivale attendees. To reserve a room at our discounted rate, mention that you are attending Contra Carnivale when you call with your credit card. Some of the motels have deadlines for receiving the discount, and many of them have a 30-day cancellation policy. While some motels, such as Travelodge, fill early, there are often cancellations in December, so it might pay to check back with them later.

TRAVELODGE, 1825 Monterey Street: (805)543-5110 [~$77]

LEXINGTON INN, 2050 Garfield Street: (805)549-9911 [$84+$10pp for more than 2 adults]

Also relatively inexpensive and within a 5-minute walk of the hall:

SUPER 8 1951 Monterey Street: 805-544-7895

LOS PADRES INN, 1575 Monterey Street: (805) 543-5017

VILLA MOTEL, 1670 Monterey Street: (805)543-8071

There are several other motels close by: Here's a comprehensive listing.

A somewhat less expensive alternative is HOSTEL OBISPO, which is about a mile from the hall.

Camping is available at several County parks and State parks in the area. Reservations are required.


No meals are included as part of Contra Carnivale, but there are a great many good restaurants in the area. We will have information about them available at the event. Abundant beverages and snacks are provided throughout the weekend.

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Registration Information

Click here to download a pdf application.
Pre-registration is required and applications will be accepted in the order they are sent (based on postmarks) or hand-delivered, with some consideration given to gender balance and past waiting list status. If we receive more applications than we can accept that are postmarked or hand delivered between September 11 & 14 inclusive, a lottery will be held to allocate acceptances. (Yes, we know that the 11th is a Sunday. I will see some of you at a dance that night and it seems silly to refuse to take registrations then. Mailing yours on Monday or Tuesday gives you just as much chance of getting in.) In recent years, we have had long waiting lists for both couples and single women, and short waiting lists for single men. Acceptances (or waiting list notifications) will be sent by email shortly after receipt of your application. Your check will not be deposited until/unless you are accepted.

IMPORTANT: Again, we go by POSTMARK. If your postmark is early or late, you will not be included in the lottery (if one is necessary - it usually is) and you'll be placed on the waiting list.

Youth Scholarships: This year, we are offering a limited number of half-price scholarships to dancers under the age of 30. To apply, complete a registration form and send it with your payment of $75. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis.

Children/Pets: While children of all ages are recognized as the future of our community and welcomed at San Luis Obispo's local contra dances, Contra Carnivale is a very high-energy event that is not an appropriate place for young children. For everyone's safety, children are not allowed on the premises unless they are old enough, tall enough, and good enough dancers to hold their own on the dance floor with enthusiastic adult dancers. All dancers, including dancing children, must be registered. Absolutely no babies, toddlers, or young children in the building at any time. Also, not everyone loves our pets as much as we do. For the comfort and safety of all, we must ask that you refrain from bringing any non-service animals into the building.

Cancellations/Refunds: After 12/13/2016, refunds for cancellations will be contingent upon our ability to fill your spot. We charge a $20 per person administrative fee on all cancellations. Acceptances are not transferable. No refunds on cancellations after 1/11/17.

To register, send application and $150 per registrant (check payable to CCCDS) to our registrar, Cynthia Boche, at the address below. If you are unable to open the pdf registration form, just send your very-clearly-printed name, badge name (if different), gender, address, email address, and phone number and indicate whether we can print your information on the event roster.

Please either hand deliver your registration or send it by plain old first-class mail unless you are someplace where it really would be unlikely to get here that way within a week or so. Use a regular-size envelope. Large envelopes get stuck in the mailbox, which is annoying. Don't use staples - also annoying. If you won't be near a post office at the right time, just ask a trusted friend to mail for you.

CCCDS - Contra Carnivale
c/o 3955 Parkhill Road
Santa Margarita, CA 93453


Please get in touch with Cynthia at carnivale@cccds.org if you have questions.

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Directions

CCCDS's Contra Carnivale will be held at the San Luis Obispo Veterans' Memorial Building at 801 Grand Avenue. You'll recognize it by the ginormous tank sitting out front!
From the South: Take the Grand Avenue (Cal Poly) exit from Highway 101. Turn right onto Grand Avenue and look for the Vets' Hall on the right between Mill & Palm Streets.

From the North: Take the Monterey Street (Cal Poly) exit from Highway 101. Turn left across the freeway, then turn right onto Monterey Street. Turn right on Grand Avenue at the first light, then almost immediately left into the Vets' Hall parking lot.
Map of 801 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401



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