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2023 Summer Dances at Lubrecht Forest

Summer Dances

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Outdoor Summer Contra Dances!
The UM Folklore Society & MFS are partnering to offer outdoor summer contra dances at UM's Lubrecht Experimental Forest on June 17, July 22, and August 12.  We have access to Lubrecht starting at 10 am on Saturday until 10 am on Sunday.  Bring your camp chairs, musical instruments, hiking shoes, mountain bikes, frisbees, picnic lunches, and potluck dishes for the pre-dance supper!  Explore the beautiful forest while hanging out with friends!  Bands and callers are listed below.

The Lubrecht Experimental Forest is located 30 miles east of Missoula on Hwy 200.  Coming from Missoula, the turn-in sign for Lubrecht will be on the right (east) side of the highway.  After turning in, stay to the right to drive the camp loop (yes, it's a circular loop) to the dance pavillion and the cabins.)  Click here for excellent directions.
$10 donation.  Costs for the venue and band/caller are about $500, so we ask that attendees donate to help with these costs.   Our rental includes a dance pavilion & access to bathhouse/restrooms. 
10am to 5pm – Enjoy forest trails on foot or bike, or hang out while picnicking with friends.  Bring your musical instrument, dance shoes, and a dish for the potluck dinner.  Help us set up for the dance and dinner.  There may be some workshops offered (dancing, calling, dance music.) 

5pm to 6:30 pm – Potluck in the Pavilion 

7pm to whenever -- Dance, dance, dance!  In the pavilion.  

Morning (for those who stay overnight) – breakfast on your own.

We must be gone by 10 am.  After a good cleaning ... because we want to be invited back!
Want to stay overnight? 
1.  Tent & RV camping spaces are $10/person (pay at the dance). 

2.  Some Cabins & Boxcars have been reserved for us!  Gather some friends to fill a cabin or boxcar.
  • 3-person cabins cost $54
  • 6-person boxcars cost $65
    • Beds are twin beds & bunk beds.
    • Bedding is not included – bring your own sleeping bag & pillow. 
  • If interested in renting one of our reserved cabins, contact
Bands & Callers
2023 Bands and Callers
June 17, 2023 (Sat)
Band =  Swing Away
Callers =  Mark Matthews & others. 
July 22, 2023 (Sat)
Band = Skippin a Groove
Callers = Derek Gallagher & others
August 12, 2023 (Sat)
Band = Swing Away
Callers = Bev Young & others  
Last updated August 21, 2023
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