Fun at the Silk and Thistle Halloween Party, Oct. 27, 2016
Update as of April 15th: Fermilab is closed through the end of May, so there will be no dancing and the AGM/Spring Dance will not be held at Fermilab in May as scheduled. Watch your email for details about what the COM will do about this.
Update: Fermilab is closed through the end of April, so there will be no dancing in April as well.
***NOTE*** Because of concerns about the Coronavirus, Fermilab has decided to cancel all events on site for the rest of the month of March, which means there will be no dancing on March 17, 24, or 31. We hope to return to dancing in April, but since that will depend on how things go, check back here or watch your email for details. (This means the meeting scheduled for March 31st regarding the structure of the class is also cancelled and will be rescheduled once we know when we can resume classes.)
Details are on the Fermilab page: https://eshq.fnal.gov/covid19/.
Note also that this page includes a link on the Real ID impact: starting October 1, 2020 all visitors to Fermilab will require a Real ID or equivalent (e.g. valid passport).
Tuesdays (all year) 7:30-10:00 PM
Fermilab Kuhn Barn (year-round except when the Barn is unavailable) or Ramsey Auditorium (when the Barn is unavailable) – exceptions will be posted here.
Noel Chávez will continue to teach once a month in 2020. Current planned dates for her visits are: (2020) February 11, March 10, April 7, and May 5. Any changes will be posted here and experienced dancers under her guidance will teach all the other weeks.
We dance at Kuhn Barn on the Fermilab Village site or Ramsey Auditorium. Directions to the barn and auditorium are given below.
With thanks to Ellie Briscoe for pointing out these videos, people may find them useful for polishing up SCD figures: http://www.lowerhuttscd.org.nz/index.php/teaching-tools/
As mentioned in class, here is a link to the Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary website, which has information on all aspects of dancing as well as a large collection of dance cribs and links to dance videos: Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary.
Directions to Fermilab sites (with thanks to Mady Newfield):
Directions to the Kuhn Village Barn on the Fermilab site
From the East
To come to the Barn, take I-88 to the Route 59 exit. Exit and turn right, going north on Rt. 59. Go to Batavia Road (the 4th light) and turn left. Enter Fermilab through the gate and proceed to the first stop sign at Sauk Blvd. Turn right. The Barn is the second building on your right. There is a parking lot just beyond it to the north. Go up the ramp to enter.
Alternatively, take North Avenue, Route 64, west to Route 59. Go south on Rt. 59, passing through West Chicago, until you arrive at the intersection with Batavia Road (the next light after Mack Road), in Warrenville. Turn right on Batavia Road and proceed as above.
From the West
Exit I-88 at Farnsworth Av. which becomes Kirk Rd. Go north, passing the outlet mall, and crossing Butterfield Road, past several stoplights, to the entrance to Fermilab at Pine St. Turn right and enter the lab. Drive east across the main road, passing stop signs by the high-rise, another stop sign by buildings, a blinking red light at Eola Road, and continue on to the next stop sign by the houses of the “Village”. (If you go too far, you’ll get to the East gate to the lab at Batavia Road.) Turn left at this stop sign to go north on Sauk Blvd., and the Barn is the 2nd building on your right. There is a parking lot just beyond it to the north. Go up the ramp to enter. Alternatively, take Route 64 (=North Avenue) or Route 38 (=Roosevelt Road) to Kirk Road and go south to Pine St, which is one light south of Wilson St., or 3 lights south of the intersection of Fabyan Parkway and Kirk Road. Turn left at Pine St to enter Fermilab and proceed as above.
Directions to Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall at Fermilab
To get to the lab you can come along North Avenue or Route 38 or along I-88, the Reagan expressway, and you can enter the lab via the west or the east entrance. At the entrance you need to be ready to show your driver’s license for ID to the guard at the gate.
**Please note that Wilson Hall is regularly locked at 8 p.m. except for the main door at the front circle. We hope that they will leave the back breezeway doors unlocked on dance nights. However if you find the back door locked, go around to the front, enter there, and proceed straight to the back and down the stairs.
Via Fermilab’s west entrance (Pine St, off of Kirk Road):
From North Avenue (Rt. 64) or Roosevelt Rd (Rt. 38): Go west until you get to Kirk Road. Turn Left to go South on Kirk Road. Turn left to enter Fermilab at Pine St. (1st light after Wilson St.) Continue straight until you get to the stop sign even with the main 16-storey building. Turn right to go up to the building but don’t continue into the circle at the front of it. Instead, at the next corner, turn right and then immediately left to go into the parking lot along the west side of the building. Park there and walk towards the back of the building. There is a circular drive around the back of the building. When you see the breezeway doors just before that circle, come in, and go down the steps into the Auditorium, which is the room in that circle. We dance on the stage there.
From I-88: take the exit at Farnsworth Av. (the next exit after Rt. 59), which becomes Kirk Rd. Go north, passing the outlet mall, and crossing Butterfield Road, past several stoplights, to the entrance to Fermilab at Pine St. Turn right and enter the lab. Proceed as above to park on the west side of Wilson Hall, the high rise, go on to the back to Ramsey Auditorium.
Via Fermilab’s east entrance (Batavia Road, off of Route 59):
From North Avenue (Rt. 64) or Roosevelt Rd (Rt. 38): Go west until you get to Route 59. Go South on Route 59 to Batavia Road (in Warrenville). Turn right on Batavia Road and continue to the Fermilab gate. Be ready to show your driver’s license for ID to the guard at the gate. Continue across the lab on this road, towards the 16-storey white building you can see towards your left in the distance (Wilson Hall). You will go past a stop sign, a blinking red light, and another stop sign. At the next set of stops, even with the main building, turn left to go up the building but don’t continue into the circle at the front of it. Instead, at the next corner, turn right and then immediately left to go into the parking lot along the west side of the building. Park there and walk towards the back of the building. There is a circular drive around the back of the building. When you see the breezeway doors just before that circle, come in, and go down the steps into the Auditorium, which is the room in that circle. We dance on the stage there.
From I-88: Take the Route 59 exit and turn right to go north. Go to Batavia Road (the 4th light) and turn left. Enter Fermilab through the east gate and proceed as above to Wilson Hall and follow parking instructions there.
Driving directions and other information are also available at