The Social

The Willamette Valley Old-Time Social is an annual celebration of old-time music and dance hosted in Eugene, Oregon.
CANCELLED: (The 2020 Social was going to be held May 7-10th)
(Due to COVID-19 we are unable to host this year. We'll get it going again next year, though! So sorry...)

Thursday, May 7th at 7:00pm
An Old-Time Kick-off Party at First National Taphouse51 West Broadway in Eugene, OR. The kick-off party features performances from musicians local to the Willamette Valley. Check back soon to find out who will be this year's featured performers!

Friday, May 8th at 6:00pm
Old-Time BBQ Social & Jam Fest at a private event venue in West Eugene about 20 min from Downtown Eugene. Enjoy a truly unique Eugene experience in a one-of-a-kind art barn for jamming, socializing and feasting on delicious pulled pork from Longs Meat Market  and beef from Deck Family Farm (we will have veggie options available, too!)  RSVP below for details and directions!
$10 suggested donation at the door.  RSVP Here!

Saturday, May 9th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Old-Time Workshops! The W.O.W Hall 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR
Workshops for old-time fiddle, guitar, banjo, and voice. See online schedule for details (Schedule still in progress!)
$5-$10 per workshop. Tickets at the door.

Saturday, May 9th from 6:00pm -11:00pm
The Big Square Dance & Jamming! The W.O.W Hall 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR
Hosted Jam in the Lounge from 6pm-11pm (bring your instruments!)
Flatfoot Dance Lesson at 7:15 pm
Square Dance starts at 8pm with Kristen Harris & The Borger Wiggle! Susan Michaels will call hot squares and teach everything from scratch! No experience, special clothes or partner needed, but friends are fun! Mud City square dances are a safe place for everyone - all ages and gender expressions welcome.
$8-$10. Tickets at the door.

Sunday May 10th from 10:00pm-12:00pm
The Sunday Farewell Brunch at a private farm in West Eugene about 20 min from Downtown Eugene. RSVP online for details and directions. Come on by the farm on your way out of town for coffee and delicious brunch items. Bring your instrument to catch a few more tunes before you say goodbye and head back home!
– $7 suggested donation at the farm.
RSVP Here!

Sunday May 10th from 6:00pm-8:00pm
The Sunday Farewell Concert with Kristen Harris and the Borger Wiggle at Viking Braggot Co. Southtowne Pub - 2490 Willamette St. Eugene, OR 97405
 – $5 suggested donation at the door.

Remember that the festival is 100% volunteer-run, and every penny helps! Can't afford tickets? There are lots of volunteer opportunities to get in FREE!

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Wanna camp and jam all weekend? Click here!
Sorry, we have limited availability at the farm for CAMPERS, TRAILERS, BIG RIGS please reserve your spot early!!! 

Featured performers for 2020 include:
Kristen Harris & The Borger Wiggle from South Carolina!

Kristen Harris is a multi-genre fiddler from Columbia, South Carolina. She is classically trained on violin, holds both bachelors and masters degrees in music education, and is also trained and registered as a teacher in the Suzuki method. Kristen began to play old time fiddle when attending fiddlers’ conventions when she was in high school, and became a true addict when living in Eugene, OR as a college student, and learned from the fantastic oldtime community there and around the Pacific NW. Since then, she has become an accomplished old time fiddler, and is a two-time South Carolina State Fiddling Champion (2013 and 2019). Kristen performs regularly in the Southeast with a multitude of bands, and has toured across the United States and the UK with various performing groups. She also specializes in gypsy jazz and swing. 

The Borger Wiggle is a South Carolina-based band featuring the talents of fiddler Kristen Harris, banjo player Ben Riesser, and guitarist Tyson Graham. The three, all multi-instrumentalists, come from a wide range of musical backgrounds and influences, but formed a deep connection through their love of Appalachian old time stringband music. Kristen met Ben at the 2012 Hoppin’ John Fiddlers Convention in North Carolina, and the two immediately found that Ben’s syncopated and innovative banjo lines perfectly complement Kristen’s rhythmic, dynamic fiddling style. Along with Tyson’s solid guitar playing, their sound is lively, grooving and danceable. The band is set to release their debut album in early 2020 with regionally-renowned old time fiddler, guitarist, and folklorist Ashley Carder. The project will feature tunes that Ashley collected from the late South Carolina fiddler Vernon Riddle, as well as some of the band’s old favorites.

...and calling by Susan Michaels from Vashon Island, WA

Susan Michaels has been leading family-friendly community square dances for more than 25 years. Susan has performed all over the United States and Canada at festivals, dance camps, family camps and community dances. She has also led corporate team-building events using dance as a bridge to better communication, respect and empathy in the workplace. Susan has been an artist-in-residence teaching traditional dance to grades K-12 in public and private schools in California, Washington, Alaska and North Carolina. Susan has led Ford Theatres JAM Sessions both on site and in the Cities of Santa Clarita and San Fernando since 2013.

Susan Michaels believes it is her calling to teach the world how to hold hands in a circle and move to music. Susan's goal at every community dance is to encourage fun, courtesy and joy. Her square dance calling style is inclusive, welcoming and each dance is taught and prompted to the level of those involved. There is never anyone with two left feet when Susan is leading a dance! Susan draws from the rich heritage of traditional North American barn dancing including, squares, circles, mixers and folk dance.