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Poor Benny returns to River Falls ‘Barn Dance’

April 8, 2015

The old-time string band Poor Benny returns to the River Falls “Barn Dance” series in the gymnasium of the River Falls Academy, located at 439 West Maple St., in River Falls at 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

The group features UW-River Falls English professor David Furniss on guitar, and other players from the Wisconsin-Minnesota border area. Poor Benny brings lively musical accompaniment to line and circle dances, reels, waltzes and square dances.

A dance caller will teach steps to new and more seasoned dancers alike. All ages are welcome as well as singles, couples and families. Family dances suitable for children are featured during the first half, with more advanced dances in the second half.

The barn dances are a joint project of 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.

This is the last dance of the 2014-2015 season. The hope is to continue holding dances at the River Falls Academy for the 2015-2016 season.