" You've got to sing, like you don't need the money.
  Love, like you'll never get hurt.
Dance, dance, dance like nobody's watching.
It's got to come from the heart if it's going to work."

This quote is from a song by Susanna Clark and Richard Leigh: "Come From the Heart."
 Kathy Mattea recorded it on her " Willow in the Wind" album.
 It was also recorded by someone in the 70's - Helen Reddy perhaps? -- from Seth Tepfer.  From Things to Ponder page.

Home page                   Welcome letter to Inductees into the Year 2000 Split Tree Society of Fools

We do not plan to close registration.
Single dance tickets are available: $25/evenings; $10/half days;
 food optional but registration needed by 3/29/00 if meals desired; single meals $5 each.
Student tuition discount:  25%

Smart Fools will email registration now to save a space
(Paired registration very strongly encouraged but sign up as single to hold a space)

Email questions/registration form below to foolsfest00 [@] splittree.org

Fool's Fes
t 2000 

Dance  Weekend

March 31-April 2
Robert Cromartie, Head Fool

featuring    that magical band, Footloose.  penquin.gif (1809 bytes)
plus every dancer's favorite swing and blues pianist, Bob Willoughby.

at the
Split Tree Farm Studio
in the northwest Georgia mountains two hours north of Atlanta near Chattanooga

with Chefs Lynn Manfredi/Petitt & Bob Watkins
with Becky Forster, Anne Horgan and Friends

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A Wild and Happy Collection of Contra, Waltz, Tango, Blues, Swing Dancing, Belly Dancing and Other Foolishness. Fool of  fools Robert Cromartie of Chapel Hill, NC welcomes and promises to all full (and free) membership in the Split Tree Fool’s Hall of Fame.  Expect serious and not-so-serious dancing all weekend. This being a festival of fools, beginners are needed to offset the habits of experienced dancers. We will, though, upon request set aside some time and space for both new and old dance fools to learn social dance basics.

90FFestflyerpg1.gif (258344 bytes)History of the Fool's Fest and First 1990 Fool's Fest Dawn Dance Flyers

a Fool's history of How contra DAncing Got its name

"All I Really Need to Know I learned at contra dancing," by Ginger Pyron

foolart.gif (6828 bytes)Schedule  (subject to minor changes)

  6:00 -  7:30 pm     Registration, Tent setup and Potluck Dinner ($3 for Lynn and Bob's soup pot)
  8:00 -11:00 pm     Fully Foolish Footloose w/ Robert Cromartie
11:00 -12:30 am     A little late night music for late night couples with Bob Willoughby

  8:30 -  9:30 am    Breakfast buffet
  9:30 -10:00 am    Contact Improvisation Partner Warm-up  w/ Sid Hetzler (wear loose exercise clothing)
10:00 -12:00 pm    Robert's Contra Madness with Footloose 
12:00 -  1:00 pm    Lunch
  1:00 -  2:00 pm    Swing Swap with Willoughby/Split Tree Ensemble: trade your favorite swing moves
  2:00 -  3:00 pm    Learn the Walking Waltz w/ Sid Hetzler and Partner
&1:00 -  3:00 pm    Caller's Workshop with Robert Cromartie and possible caller sign-up; location TBA
  3:00 -  4:30 pm    Afternoon dancing with Footloose and Friends (families/beginners first, then....); w/guest callers
  4:30 -  5:30 pm    Traditional Belly Dancing with
Chris Cherry -- see links. (wear exercise clothing and, if you have them, 
                            bright colored scarves for decorating your hips; this is the real thing, not restaurant style--men welcome)
  6:30 -  7:30 pm    Feast of Fools with Lynn Manfredi/Petit, Bob Watkins, Becky Forster, Chefs, and Friends
  8:30 - 11:30 pm   Fully Formal Fool's Ball w/ Robert Cromartie and Footloose: contras, squares & more
11:30 until...          Midnight Lunacy--waltzing, swing, tango, etc.

9:00 -11:00 am    Breakfast buffet
10:00 -10:30 am  Warm-up Waltzing to the piano melodies of Bob Willoughby
10:30 -11:00 am
   Gospel Sing/Swing Dance w/ Bob Willoughby & friends
11:00 -  1:00 pm  Farewell Fribbles:  Cromartie with Footloose: contras, squares, swing & folly
1:00 pm              Light lunch buffet
Final Hugs & Serious Porching, rest before driving home

Split Tree Farm is located 20 miles south of Chattanooga, TN and 100 miles NW of Atlanta in the NW Georgia mountains.   Click on map page.

For more info:
For registration/housing information:  call Sid Hetzler, 404/378-7313 or email foolsfest00 [@] splittree.org.
For general information: call Split Tree Farm: 706.539.2485.

Late breaking news: www.splittree.org-----All info is subject to Robert Cromartie's final programming decisions.   He is working on some additional activities for children but this is not confirmed.  Email Robert at: rcc [@] contradance.com.

Total weekend adult cost: $100.00.  Studio, dancing, music, calling, instruction, farm lodging is $60 for the weekend.  Children under 12 pay $20 for weekend; must be supervised.  Food: (optional) is $30 for the weekend, includes five meals Sat/Sun. Children under 12 pay $15 for food.  Building Fund: $10 toward the bunk and bathhouse building fund is part of weekend fee.  We have increased the total cost by $25 to cover increased music, administrative, and studio improvement expenses.  Food is the only optional cost.
      Single dance tickets are available: $25/evenings; $10/half days; food optional but registration needed by 3/29/00 if meals desired; single meals $10 each.

Lodging:  There is adequate house and studio floor space and also tent shelter in a large barn.  For more privacy you can camp on 200 acres of woods and pasture in the NW Georgia mountains. Bring usual camping supplies: bedding, towels, soap, flashlight, etc.  Off-campus housing info:  http://www.splittree.org/housing.htm.  The Key West Inn near LaFayette (10 miles, special STF price) and Hidden Hollow Inn (4 miles) are recommended.

Food: For Friday night, bring your picnic or contribute $3 to Lynn and Bob's  fresh bread and hot soup crockpot fund.  For $30, five tasty vegetarian meals will be served in the Split Tree kitchen by volunteers. Several work exchange dancers are needed for food preparation, serving and clean-up. Call Chris at number above or send email to foolsfest00 [@] splittree.org.

General Considerations:  Paired registration very strongly encouraged, but come anyway, even without a partner.  Must wear clean non-street, non-marking, soft-sole shoes for dancing to preserve our beautiful floor.  Dress for Saturday Fool's Ball is funky double retro 21st century (i.e., use your imagination).  Loose work-out type clothing for floor exercises, such as contact improvisation partner warm-up, is recommended. Children must be supervised at all times. No pets or alcohol allowed.  Avoid strong perfumes.  Smoking is strongly discouraged and is allowed only away from all buildings.  Pre-registration required.   See general policies on recommended paired registration and admissions.

Directions: Detailed directions available from web site, or call if no web access.
Split Tree General Information      Maps, Directions 
    Lodging     Chattanooga Weather

Registration form (Please print and mail this portion to address below):
Name/s:  ________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________(age if under 12)

Street Address _________________________________________________________

City_________________________ State__________   Zip ___________________

Day Phone:______________________   Eve Phone: ______________________


Adults:              #_______ [@] $70 each    =    $_______ (includes Building Fund)
Adult Meals:    #_______ [@] $30 each    =    $_______
Children:          #_______ [@] $20 each    =    $_______
Child Meals:    #_______ [@] $15 each    =    $_______

Total $ Enclosed: ___________________  Number persons:__________________

Lodging plans (indicate # beside each choice):   
_____ House/studio floor space
_____ Barn space (a mattress of wood shavings)
_____ Pasture tenting
_____ Motel/BnB
_____ House/studio floor space (limited)
_____ Other?______________
     Other Lodging

Make checks payable to and mail to:  Split Tree Farm/FF2000, Split Tree Farm, 2103 N. Decatur Rd., #339, Decatur, GA 30033.

We welcome your registration by email or fax (404.378.6433) but checks must be received within 7 days for registration to be confirmed.  Confirmations made by email or phone.  No refunds after 3/24/00.   Fax: 404.378.6433.   Email: foolsfest00 [@] splittree.org.     Single dance tickets are available: $25/evenings; $10/half days; food optional but registration needed by 3/29/00 if meals desired; single meals $10 each.

FLIGHT INFO:  Nearest public airport is Chattanooga (45 minutes); Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Knoxville airports are about 2-3 hours and usually some rides can be found with the help of dancers in nearby cities.


Richard Powers' Waltz Weekend, April 28-30, flyer link.  Seth Tepfer, producer.

Richard Powers' Old Vienna Ball & Waltz Weekend, October 13-15. Registration opens Apr. 28th.  Gender balanced.  The Saturday evening ball will be formal, white tie; evening gowns for ladies; peasants attire acceptable.

OTHER Split Tree Workshops: TBA, see home page

More info on web page.   Return to main page for complete events list.

Visitors:  Hit Counter                                                 Updated:   04/18/07


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