Love, and the aroma of fine Dutch chocolate, will be in the air at the Valentine’s Day Contra Dance at the Big Yellow Merville Hall, on Saturday, February 16th.  Cupids and Kisses will delight all young misses as the dance floor overflows with romantic young men intent on beguiling their favourite Valentine.  So, wear your heart on your sleeve and whoop it up to the Contra Dance tunes of Funtime Fiddlers and Guests.  Passion will be their password as they pluck their strings for your dancing pleasure while dance caller, June “Kissin” Cannon, coyly controls the dancers and keeps things hopping.  

As usual, there will be a Contra Dance workshop right before the dance.  From 7:00 to 7:29, June will introduce the swooning dancers to new moves as well as teach the basic steps. 

At 7:30, on Cupid’s command, the Funtime Fiddlers will prance on stage, start the music and the gaiety begins.  Single dancers and families are very welcome.  Singles can pair up with anyone during the Contras and the sets last about 15 to 20 minutes.  We know that the music will move everyone at this happy hoedown!!  There will be spot prizes, and a prize for the best dressed and most romantic couples.  The aroma of chocolate and candied hearts will waft from the canteen and love will be in the air.

So, Saturday, February 16th, pop into the Big Yellow Merville Dance Hall, right on the Old Island Highway, between Campbell River and Courtenay.  Doors open at 7:00, dance starts at 7:30pm.  Cost is $10.00/adults, $5.00/youth (6 and under free) and you can come as a family for $22.00.   Free workshop starts at 7:00.  FMI-339-4249 or

What:    Contra Dance

Where:    Merville Hall, Old Island Highway, Merville

When:    Saturday, Feb 16th.  Doors open 7:00 pm, dance starts 7:30pm

Cost:    $10/adults, $5/youth and family pack $22

FMI:    339-4249 or

Craig Freeman

Contra Dance