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SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres — an Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Photo by Bill Patterson

Photo by Bill Patterson

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event! Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party called by Julie Young with Bob Bovee on Guitar and Smack Young Walser on fiddle.

Bob Bovee is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance.

Julie Young loves traditional square dancing! In her formative years, as soon as she got her license, Julie remembers driving to downtown Minneapolis and standing on the sidewalk listening through the door to the Monday Night Square Dance at the Union Bar. (She was too young to actually go in!)  Since those days Julie has spent time in West Virginia, North Carolina, Turtle Mountain on the North Dakota/Canada border, and of course her native Minnesota learning how to “call”.  She is known for clear, accessible teaching and an authentic repertoire of dances. Besides the obvious joy it embodies, Julie loves the way dancing to live music connects people to each other, to cultural traditions, and to being human.

 Smack Young Walser grew up in a musical family — his dad sings Sea Chanties and his mom is a Clogger. Before the age of two he had devoured (literally, eaten!) the liner notes to a Bob Bovee and Gail Heil CD. Smack was reared in the bosom of the Twin Cities old-time music scene, and recently has traveled to southern Appalachia as well as to rural Indiana and Iowa to learn directly from master traditional fiddlers there. Smack has well and truly “drunk the Kool-aid” of old-time music, and he mixes discipline with passion — he regularly practices 4 hours each day! Smack’s fiddling is made for dancing and he is proud now to have the opportunity to play with his earliest mentor, Bob Bovee.


Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Lanesboro Barn Dance

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Later Event: June 28
Pizza on the Farm