FOOTMAD kicks off community dance season Saturday on West Side


Jeanie and the Dreamers, from Athens, Ohio, will provide the music for the first FOOTMAD dance of the 2019-20 season Saturday, Sept. 21, on Charleston’s West Side. Courtesy photo

Jeanie and the Dreamers and Kim Thompson, all from Athens, Ohio, will be the opening performers and the caller for the 2019-20 season of FOOTMAD community dances, on Saturday, Sept 21.

Under the auspices of the Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance, the dances (unless otherwise specified) will be held in the Activity Building of Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church at the corner of West Washington Street and Ohio Avenue on Charleston’s West Side. They will be presented on the third Thursday of every month through April, with a May contra dance event in Fayette County.

Saturday’s dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Elk City church, with a lesson for beginners preceding it at 6:45 p.m.

The cost is a suggested donation of $7. Children under age 13 and AmeriCorps members will be admitted free.

“Social dancing offered at these Appalachian- style events offers great music and a great way to get some light exercise and meet interesting people of all ages,” FOOTMAD spokesperson Becky Park said. “You don’t need to bring a partner or have a fancy outfit. Dress comfortably and wear casual, non-scuffing shoes.”

The schedule of FOOTMAD dance musicians and callers for the remainder of the season includes:

• Oct. 19: The McKenzies from Roanoke, Virginia, and Mike Miller, Elkins

• Nov. 16: Fiddlers Galore from St. Albans and Jan Phillips, Columbus, Ohio

• Dec. 21: The Long Point String Band from Beckley and Charleston Callers Co-Op from Charleston

• Jan. 18: Bobby Taylor and Kanawha Tradition from Dunbar and Steve and Martha Ballman, Asheville, North Carolina

• Feb. 15: The Contrarians from Charleston and David Mould, Charleston

• March 21: The Wild Ones from Charleston and Cindy Harris, Pittsburgh

• April 18: The Modock Rounders from Huntington and Stephanie Schlie, Columbus, Ohio

• May 1-3: Whitewater Whirl Contra Dance Weekend, to be held at Fayette County Park in Beckwith. It will feature The Contrarians and Playing with Fyre from Blacksburg, Va., and Asheville, N.C., with callers Gaye Fifer of Pittsburgh and Terri Doyle of Morganton, N.C.

For the past 39 years, FOOTMAD, a nonprofit educational organization, has presented, promoted and endeavored to preserve traditional music and dance.

To learn more about FOOTMAD dances and concerts, visit or call 304-729-4382.

Funerals for Saturday, November 16, 2019

Akers Sr., Virgil - 1:30 p.m., Belle Town Hall, Belle.

Barbour, Hazel - 1 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, Lewisburg.

Carnessali, Eunice - 1 p.m., North Charleston Apostolic Church.

Coleman, Russell - 1 p.m., Coonskin Park, Charleston.

Dean, Beverly - 2 p.m., Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Deem, Jeffery - 3 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Faulkes, Betty -  1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.

Greatshouse, Julie - 11 a.m., Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

Hall, Joseph -  1 p.m., Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Harrah, Madeline - 2 p.m., Amick Cemetery, Comfort.

Hatfield, Ronnie - 6 p.m., Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Hypes, Ida - 1 p.m., Bethel Church, Poe. 

Johnson, Betsy - 3 p.m., Emmons Church of God.

Jones Sr., Denver - 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Jones, William - 11 a.m., Fairlawn Baptist Church, Dunbar.

Marcum, Regina - Noon, Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Miller, Jack - 2 p.m., Gateway Christian Church, St. Albans.

Minton, Paul - 2 p.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. 

Rowsey, Virginia - 1 p.m., White Chapel Mausoleum, Barboursville.

Seacrist, Carl - 11 a.m., Bartlett - Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Sellards, Frances - 11 a.m., Akers-James Funeral Home, Logan.

Smith, Sterling - Noon, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.