Roanoke RailRoader Contra Dance Weekend

Directions to the skating rink.  8.6 miles from Moose Lodge

 Roanoke Railroader dates are July 4, 5, 6, 7,  2024 !



Railroader will lead a bike ride from the Moose Lodge on   Friday morning, July 7th. Meet at 9:30am, near the Railroader banner, and begin riding at 9:45 am. We'll be on paved lower traffic roads near Carvins Cove. The pace will be slow enough to allow us to socialize and stay together. You can do the first 10 mile loop and call it quits. Or, you can add the out-n-back bonus option near the end for an extra 17.5 miles for a total of 27.5 miles. The first 10 miles is relatively flat. The bonus is a moderate uphill grade to the turnaround and then downhill all the way back. You can see the routes and elevation profile here:

Click here for routes:  ​ Bike Run


Thursday : July 4   Schedule refined closer to the dance weekend          

 5:00pm                       Picnic / cookout Hamburgers, hotdogs and chips provided

7:30pm - 8:00pm          Beginner lesson with  Gaye Fifer
8:00pm - 9:30pm         Contra Dance with Toss The Possum  and caller  Gaye Fifer  

9:30pm- 10:00pm        ****Fireworks*****

10:00pm- 11:00pm      Contra dance with Toss The Possum and caller Gaye Fifer

Friday :   July 5
  8:50am - 2:00pm        Hike to McAfee Knob - Appalachian Trail - meet at Railroader banner

  9:30am - 1:00pm        Cycling trip -  meet at Railroader banner

10:30am - 11:45am      Trip to Mill Mountain Star - meet at Railroader banner

1:30pm  -  2:45pm        English country dance with Gaye Fifer and Toss The Possum
3:15pm - 4:30pm          Contra Dance with  Toss The Possum  and caller Gaye Fifer   
5:00pm - 7:00pm          Supper break
7:00pm - 7:20pm          Opening Ceremony  &  Remembering Kim Yerton by Laura Zisette
7:25pm - 7:40pm          2 Kim Yerton  dances by Toss the Possum with Gaye and Will  calling

7:40pm - 9:15pm          Contra dance with  Latter Day Lizards  and caller Will Mentor  ​

9:15pm - 9:20 pm         Drawings for  free CD's and other prizes 

9:30pm  - 10:00pm         *****FIREWORKS ******  !!!!!!!  

10:00pm - 11:15pm      Contra Dance with Toss The Possum and caller Gaye Fifer
11:15pm - ????             Rushfest with Emily Rush     


Saturday : July 6
 7:30am - 9:30am          Continental Breakfast in Dance Hall (campers only)   (coffee earlier)
 9:30am - 10:30am        Dutch Crossing workshop with  Gaye Fifer
10:30am - 12:00pm       Contra dance & Dutch Crossing w/Toss The Possum  and caller Gaye Fifer

12:00pm - 12:45pm       Lunch Break                                  
12:45pm - 1:30pm         Salty Dog Rag with Terry Doyle  

1:30pm - 3:15pm           Rushfest with Emily Rush   
3:25pm - 3:30pm          Group photo  AT RAILROADER BANNER OUT FRONT  

3:30pm - 5:00pm          Challengiing contras  with Latter Day Lizards  and caller  Will Mentor
5:00pm - 7:30pm          Cookout - Pot Luck at picnic pavilion 

715pm - 7:50pm            Waltzing Toss The Possum
7:50pm - 7:55pm          Red/White/Blue costume contest for free admission, Drawing for free CD's 

8:00pm  - 9:30pm         Contra dance  with Toss The Possum  and caller   Will Mentor
9:40pm  - 11:15pm        Contra Dance with  Latter Day Lizards  and caller  Gaye Fifer               

Sunday:   July 7
 7:30am - 10:00am       Continental Breakfast (at Moose and at rink)

 NOTE >>> NO activities will be at Moose Lodge from 9 - 1pm - ALL will be at the skating rink

 9:30am  -                     Drive or carpool  to Skate Center of Roanoke (see map)
 9:30am  - 12:15pm       Skating Rink Contra Dancing  -  4121 Brandon Ave., Rke.

 9:30am  - 11:00am       Contra Dance Latter Day Lizards and caller  Will Mentor  

11:15am - 12:15pm       Rushfest and caller Emily Rush

10:00am - 12:15pm       Lazer Tag (8 at a time)

10:00am - 12:15pm       Open Roller Skating   12:15pm stage takedown (help needed)

12:15  pm                     Drive or ride back to Moose Lodge (or to lunch)

12:15pm - 1:15pm         Lunch break  
 1:15pm  - 2:15pm         Contra Dance Toss The Possum  and  Gaye Fifer

 2:20pm  - 3:20pm         Contra Dance Latter Day Lizards  and caller Will Mentor

 3:20pm - 3:30pm         Both bands farewell contra dance    
   Drive home safely !