Mary Tutwiler

Promenade your partner at Café Des Amis

by Mary Tutwiler

Tired of the two-step? Well, maybe not, maybe never, but Café des Amis is hosting the other kind of traditional dance party tonight. For most of the country, square dancing is the default old-timey hoedown. We don’t see much swing-your-partner round here, so it’s a good opportunity to get in a dose of do-si-do when you can.

Live southern Appalachian old-time music will be played by Stephen “Sammy” Lind, the fiddler for two of the most influential old-time string bands in the last decade, the Foghorn String Band and the Foghorn Duo, and Nadine Landry of Quebec. Traditional southern Appalachian square dances will be called by Michael Ismerio, who has been traveling the U.S. for the last two years calling square dances and teaching fiddle.

All dances will be taught, and no experience is necessary to join in. The restaurant will be closed for the evening, but the bar will open.  All ages are welcome.

The square dance begins at 7 p.m., at Café des Amis, in Breaux Bridge, admission is $5. Call 591-1188 for more info.