The Great Bear Groove Dance Weekend!
May 31 - June 2, Fallbrook Lodge in Oswego, NY
Featuring THE GREAT BEAR TRIO with
Nils Fredland calling
The Free Raisins contras and more
Sarah VanNorstrand calling
Tony Hernandez sound man
Click HERE to see the 2012 Groove Schedule!
After more than a decade of touring and three albums, The Great Bear Trio continues to push the boundaries and set the standard for modern contra dance music. Multi-instrumentalist brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are ably accompanied by their mother Kim "Mama Bear" Yerton on piano. Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics and uniquely rocking style have given them a loyal following all over North America.
Nils has been calling traditional squares and contras for 15 years. What began as an interesting hobby quickly became a profession. Dance calling has allowed him to crisscross the country many times in the last decade; he has also worked in Canada and Denmark. He is known for breathing new life into traditional singing squares, and in 2010 he co-authored a book on the topic with master caller, Ralph Sweet. Respected for his expertise as a teacher and caller, and beloved for his sensitive leadership and generosity, Nils is one of the most sought-after callers in the business.
An energetic young dance band from Boston, the Free Raisins fuse New England roots with a modern groove. They promise a versatile mix of supremely danceable tunes - come out an get your two scoops worth! Audrey Knuth on fiddle, Amy Englesberg on piano and Jeff Kaufman on mandolin and trumpet.
regularly calls contras for dance communities across the country. Her calling style is notable for her clear, precise choice of words, brisk walk-throughs, and overall energy. She is constantly collecting new and interesting dances to complement Great Bear Trio's eclectic and exuberant dance music.
- (Registration received before March 31)
- Students (or under 25) $45
- Adults $70
AT THE DOOR
- Students (or under 25) $65
- Adults $85
A la Carte
- Students $15
- Adults $20
- Students $15
- Adults $20
SATURDAY AM/PM UNTIL 6
- Students $20
- Adults $30
- Students $15
- Adults $15
Click HERE to register online!(Click HERE to download and print a registration form to mail in).
Write or call us for more details at 315-598-3923 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a wide range of lodging options available just minutes away from Fall Brook lodge. From beautiful Bed and Breakfasts to rustic camp bunk houses. We've listed some places below, but for a full list of Oswego area accommodations click here.
"The house is an 1870's Federal style home located in central New York in the Port City (Oswego). You'll find a unique mixture of rooms decorated in distinct styles and relaxing country charm. And, of course, a gourmet breakfast is served each morning. Whether it's fall colors, a winter wonderland, or summer on Lake Ontario, the Serendipity Bed and Breakfast can bring it all together for you." - Serendipity BnB website7225 State Rte. 104
Oswego, New York
Standard hotel amenities - check out their website for more information. Call them at 315-343-4900 and mention you are coming for the "Groove Dance Festival" to get a special discounted rate.
"Stay in one of our nostalgic tourist camping cabins or bring your own RV, camper, or tent and stay in an "auto-camp" site. Designed to accommodate weary automobile travelers of the new tourism industry in 1920's, 30's and 40's, tourist cabins and auto-camps were the traveler's mainstay. Our cabins and sites have had some modern updates but they remain as accommodating and pleasant now as since Sunset's opening in early 1930." - Sunset RV Park websiteSunset RV Park, Inc.
Bob or Janet Dexter
61 County Route 89
Oswego, NY 13126
Camp Hollis is a low cost housing option that offers rustic YMCA-style bunkhouses. It's about a seven minute drive from Fallbrook Lodge. Tenting is allowed but there are no RV hookups. Tenting is NOT allowed at Fallbrook Lodge. For more info on Camp Hollis, check out the Registration Form.
Fallbrook Lodge is located at 103 Thompson Road, Oswego, NY. Just minutes away from Lake Ontario, there's lots of fun stuff to do within an hour's drive. Give us a call for some ideas or check this out! The easiest airport access is probably Syracuse (SYR).
Find THE GREAT BEAR TRIO on the web, on Facebook, and on Bandcamp!
Find THE ANDREW AND NOAH BAND on the web, on Facebook, and on Bandcamp!
This event is co-sponsored by The Syracuse Country Dancers.
Find them on the web and on Facebook!
Check out the latest Groove video made by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler!
One brave bear embarks on an epic quest to arrive in time for the 2011 Groove!
Here's the video made by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler at Groove 2011!
The invitation to The Great Bear Groove 2010.
Here's the video John-Michael Seng-Wheeler made from the first Groove in 2010!