Call of the Loon Contra Weekend

What is the Call of the Loon?

Call of the Loon is THE Midwest Contra Dance weekend extravaganza, featuring live bands, guest callers, workshops, Sunday brunch and more! In 2016, Call of the Loon will be held April 8-10 at Tapestry Folkdance Center. It will feature the music of Wild Asparagus, making it’s long-awaited return to Minnesota, and Contratopia, everyone’s favorite Minnesota-Iowa Contradance band! With callers George Marshall, one of the world’s best-known contra callers, whose smooth and rhythmic calling keeps dancers smiling, and Sue Hulsether, a sought-after caller recognized for her clear teaching, welcoming manner and engaging sense of humor.

Because this event attracts many visitors from around the country, lodging is a consideration. Watch the Call of the Loon website for details:

  • If you would like lodging with a local family rather than a hotel
  • If you live in the Twin Cities and can offer guest accommodations


Friday Night

  • Registration 6:45
  • Welcome Dance 7:30–11:30 pm
    • Contratopia and caller Sue Hulsether (7:30 – 9:15)
    • Wild Asparagus and caller George Marshall (9:30 to 11:30)
  • Gathering at Tapestry


  • Coffee and registration 9 am
  • Contra dance with Wild Asparagus and George Marshall (9:30 – 11 am)
  • Contra Workshop with Wild Asparagus and George Marshall (11:15 am–12:30)
  • Lunch break (box lunch ordered at registration)
  • Contra Workshop with Contratopia and Sue Hulsether (2:00–3:15 pm)
  • Contra dance with Contratopia and Sue Hulsether (3:30–5:00 pm)
  • Dinner Break (5 – 8 pm)
  • North Star Ball with Wild Asparagus and George Marshall (8–11:30 pm)
  • Galactic Barn Dance with Bob “DJ Skweez” Walser and caller David Kirchner (11:45 to 1 am)


  • Brunch (10-11 am)
  • Couple’s dance with Northern Aire (10:30-11:30)
  • Singing round the campfire (11-11:45)
  • Farewell Dance with Wild Asparagus and George Marshall (11:45–1:45 pm)


If you are staying overnight on Sunday, please join us at Tapestry for:

  • English country dance (7-9 pm) $6
  • Scandinavian Dance (6-9 pm) $5

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Photo Credit Pat O'Loughlin

Call of the Loon 2014.
– Photo Credit Pat O’Loughlin


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