English country dancing in Chicago’s Western suburbs was held from 2006 on at Fermilab’s Barn, and from 2011 on at the Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park, called by Mady Newfield and Tammy Bretscher, with occasional other guests, including Tom Senior, Bruce Hamilton, Colin Hume, Tom Amessé, Louise Siddons, and Nikki Herbst. Unfortunately since the pandemic neither venue is possible. We are looking for a new venue for dancing in the Western suburbs. Suggestions of possible new venues are welcome. Please contact us.
Live music is appreciated as often as it is possible. Our “house band” has been Old Fezziwig’s Band, organized by Dan van Loon, however we have sometimes enjoyed the music of other musicians such as the Cosmic Otters (Jonathan Whitall and Meg Dedolph), Tim Macdonald and Jeremy Ward, Rare Privilege (Maria Terres and Amy McFarland), Liz Donaldson, and Mara Shea.
When dancing in the western suburbs resumes, it will be in a new location. Suggestions of possible new venues are welcome. Please contact us.
List of dances done at Fermilab ECD, 2006 – 2020
List of dances done at Oak Park ECD, 2011 – 2020