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FIFTH SATURDAY CONTRADANCE

No Dance Saturday March 31, 2017

Instead, a dance Sunday April 1


Wells Hall is not available to us on March 31 because of church services. We will dance instead on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 1, Hallelujah! Workshop at 3:00 PM, dance 3:30 to 6:30. The band is Dave Bartley on guitar, Anita Anderson on piano, and Jesse Partridge on fiddle. Your caller is Susan Michaels.

Upcoming Changes for the Fifth Saturday Dance

Phil Katz, that's me, has organized the Fifth Saturday contradance for a long time, but I am retiring from organizing duties. Matt Temmel and the other Third Saturday leaders will organize the dance on April 1. Starting on June 30, Laurie Andres will do the Fifth Saturday organizing, including choosing the bands and callers.

I have been fortunate enough to organize and play for the Fifth Saturday Contradance, in its several locations, since May 1994, and to organize bands and play for folks since the December 1979 initial Salmonberry dance. Especially, it has been an honor and privilege to play for my friends whom I join on the dance floor, and who turn up at my gigs when I play. But 75 (a week before New Years Eve) is a nice round number, and was time to leave event and band organizing. I intend to continue as a serious "session musician", and with a new project (see below) to make my 38 year accumulation of tune manuscripts and medley "set-lists", freely available to fellow musicians. (In truth, I'm not quite done organizing. Sherry Nevins of Seattle's Thursday dance graciously booked "Small Pleasures", for one more on February 15, and for the first slot in the Contra Marathon March 8. Who knows, maybe there will be a slot at the Roadhouse at NW Folklife in May.)   And see you all on the dance floor!

My Contra Tune Website Project

"Soon" I expect to put up on Google Drive, a beta version of a website containing compact, downloadable versions of my past and present working contra tune repertoire, along with a searchable matrix of medleys extracted from past gig set lists.This being a huge project, I have begun with a subset of 50-100 tunes and loaded the matrix with about the same number of medleys. As soon as I've produced the entry page content, my son Greg (who does and manages software for a living), will assist (well, hand-hold) me in putting up this reduced version. Thereafter I hope to recruit some fellow musicians to beta-test it for usability and musical errors. And once the site is up and running, I've set a goal of adding, weekly, at least 5 new tunes and the medleys from a couple of set lists.

For more information on the tune website, when it will become available, and helping with beta testing, please contact me:
Phil Katz - philkatz@ZZZhalcyon.com - 206 722 8228.
(you know what to do with the ZZZ)

Specifics on the Event:

The April 1 Sunday dance will be held at Christ Church Wells Hall, 310 North K Street, Tacoma - directions below. It is well-known as one of the sweetest halls in Puget Sound. (Note: It's the same location as the Tacoma Contra Dance that's held mostly on Third Saturdays.)

The dance will begin with a newcomers workshop at 3:00 pm, and dancing from 3:30 - 6:30. The cost is $9.00.

A caution on parking: The street right across from the hall has been posted as a "residents only" zone, so please don't park there - tickets have been given. There is plenty of parking on adjacent streets, and there are spots behind the church as well.

Directions to Wells Hall   

310 North "K" Street, Tacoma


From Seattle, "Eastside" of Lake Washington, or Des Moines

I-5 south to exit 133 (Tacoma City Center). Then take I-705 and the Schuster Parkway exit on the right (still called I-705). From there again stay right and take the Stadium Way (first) exit from Schuster Pkwy. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right. The street goes up hill. Follow it til it ends, then swing left onto North 1st. You pass Stadium Thriftway and a Chevrolet lot, and then merge into Division at a traffic light. Continue on Division, turn right onto North "K". Wells Hall is the second building on the left. Enter the dance through the church courtyard.

Note: Because of construction on I-5 near Tacoma, the exit to I-705 is a bit of a "white knuckle" experience - a single lane threaded between construction barriers. It can be done; I've done it a multiple times. But if that's not for you, I suggest you go a little farther south on I-5, following the signs for SR-16. Then in the curved exit ramp, stay to the right and immediately take the S. Sprague Ave exit, which heads you northbound. Follow Sprague past a couple of lights until you come to a multi-way light at 6th. Take the soft right into Division. Follow Division to the light at North "K" Street and take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left.

Another, shorter route around the construction can was found via the "directions" link on the Tacoma Contra Dance Page http://tacomacontradance.org/calendar.php . You leave I-5 early at the Port of Tacoma Rd exit 136, go Right a short distance to second light, at SR-509, then go Left on SR-509 and continue on it (as it crosses the Puyallup river and the Foss Waterway) until it ends at I-705, where you go Right, thus re-entering the usual "pipeline" (I-705, Schuster Pkwy, etc) to the hall.

From Olympia

Take Interstate 5 to Tacoma, exit 132 (Route 16-Gig Harbor exit), which is quite a bit south of the center of Tacoma. Head for Route 16 (skipping the S 38th St exit); once in the curving exit ramp, keep your eyes peeled for the immediate first exit (1A); to Sprague Avenue. Once on S Sprague Ave at street level, you're heading north; pass lights at 19th and 12th (or 11th) until you come to the multi-way light at 6th. Take the soft right into Division (not the sharp right into 6th). Follow Division to the light at North "K" Street and take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left.

From West of the Narrows Bridge

Follow Rt 16 across the Narrows Bridge. Take exit 1A for Sprague Ave. Once on S Sprague Ave at street level, you're heading north; pass lights at 19th and 12th (?? or 11th) until you come to multi-way light at 6th. Take the soft right into Division (not the sharp right into 6th). Follow Division to the light at North "K" Street and take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left.

For more information on the dance, or directions, please contact:
Phil Katz - philkatz@ZZZhalcyon.com - 206 722 8228.
(you know what to do with the ZZZ)

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Last modified 03/08/18.
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