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Rush River Ramblers to kick off barn dances

October 10, 2014

Local string band the “Rush River Ramblers” will kick off the 2014-15 River Falls barn dance series on Saturday, Oct. 18, in the gym of the River Falls Academy (the former Meyer Middle School) at 439 West Maple St. in River Falls from 7 to 10 p.m.

This regional old-time favorite features musicians from Spring Valley and Martell. Sue West, a nationally recognized folksinger, plays guitar for the Rush River Ramblers.

No prior dancing experience is necessary. A skilled caller teaches steps to newcomers and more seasoned dancers alike. All dancing is social and singles are welcome.

Children are especially encouraged to participate in the opening family dance segment from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The second half of the evening features somewhat more advanced dances.

Other dates in the 2014-15 season are: the “Grit Pickers” on Saturday, Nov. 15; a new River Falls group, the “Kinni Creek Boys” on Saturday, Jan. 17; the “Barn Cats” on Saturday, Feb. 21; the Rush River Ramblers on Saturday, March 21; and “Poor Benny” on Saturday, April 18.

The barn dance series is volunteer-operated and jointly sponsored by River Falls Community Arts Base and River Falls Parks and Recreation. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for 12 and under. Inexpensive refreshments are available. Information at http://www.riverfallscab. org.