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Robin and Linda Williams & Their Fine Group to perform Nov. 17

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing Robin and Linda Williams & Their Fine Group to Oswego Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. For over three decades, Robin and Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love:

Their Fine Group band is made up of musicians well known in their own right. It includes Jim Watson on bass, vocals and mandolin. Watson has been with Robin and Linda since the group’s beginning and was a founding member of The Red Clay Ramblers. The fourth member of the band is fiddle/mandolin player Chris Brashear. Brashear also does vocals and performs in the bluegrass band “The Perfect Strangers.”

The Washington Post wrote, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.” The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music, names like Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

They have been heard on such major programs as “The Grand Old Opry,” “Austin City Limits,” or “A Prairie Home Companion.

It will be held at the all-volunteer, family-friendly Music Hall, also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts. The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego.  Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or in person at the River’s End bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Gad Zeke to be featured at contra dance Nov. 2

Ontario Center for Performing Arts, along with Stewart’s Shops, is sponsoring a contra dance,  also known as a barn dance, Friday, Nov. 2.

Members of Gad Zeke are the featured musicians for this event with Bob Nicholson as the caller.

The dance will take place at the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego, which is adjacent to Breitbeck Park overlooking Lake Ontario.

There is a newcomer’s workshop at 7 p.m. and then the dance will go from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. All dances are learn-as-you-go and all ages are welcome. There is a fee to attend.

Contra dancing is similar to the old fashioned barn dances where a caller guides new and experienced dancers through a variety of line and square dance moves.

A dancer and his or her partner perform a series of moves, or figures, with each other and repeat the same figures with other couples as they progress down the line.

Contra dancing has traditionally been a social occasion to create an opportunity to meet others in the community.

Those planning to attend should bring clean, soft-soled shoes to change into for dancing and are asked not to wear perfume. A water cooler is available and bringing a water bottle is strongly advised. Refreshment donations are accepted.