2020 Location

In and around Saxapahaw, NC

We have two – yes two – great venues this year, in and around Saxapahaw.

The Eli Whitney Recreation Center

4110 E Greensboro Chapel Hill Rd, Graham, NC 27253

The Rec Center will be the primary contra dance venue, as well as the primary location for tent and car/camper camping. It’s a pretty big indoor space, with room for more than 200 dancers. It’s only 5 minutes outside of Saxapahaw. We plan to have a shuttle van to make getting from this hall to the other one quick and easy.

The Paperhand Puppet Studio

6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Rd, Saxapahaw, NC 27340

Formerly the community gym of Saxapahaw, this venue is now the home of Paperhand Puppet intervention, a local group dedicated to teaching young people valuable lessons through engaging stories told with life-sized and over-sized puppets. The space is pretty big allowing for a stage, plenty of dance space, and some room to just hang out. The floor is a bit un-even, so we won’t be doing contra dancing here, but it is perfect for couples dancing and workshops. It’s right on the Haw River, with a picturesque view of the gentle rapids right from the back yard. There’s a park with hiking trails right across the bridge, and canoeing and kayaking available within walking distance.