The wait is over ... Dust off your dancing shoes and join Birmingham Footmad for a Contra Celebration, Aug. 19-21, 2022, at Camp Skyline, Mentone, Alabama, just 1.5 miles from downtown Mentone. We will celebrate our return to dancing with moving music from Playing with Fyre and The Red Mountain Yellowhammers, superb calling by Cis Hinkle and Janet Shepherd, late night DJ Contra with Beadle, Sunday morning gospel singing, jams and more!
Lodging On Site Dancers who lodge on site will stay in clean, nice cabins equipped with bunk beds and good bathrooms and showers (not air-conditioned),. Each cabin has multiple ceiling fans. Feel free to bring your own box fans, floor fans, etc.. Normally, we experience comfortable nighttime temperatures. If you desire to stay on site you must pay a lodging fee as shown on the registration form. Note that we have some ability to accommodate those who desire private rooms, but only on a first come first serve basis. We have a fuller description of availability in the lodging section of our COVID policy.
Lodging Off Site You have many options for lodging off site within a fifteen minute drive from Camp Skyline. You will find Chalets, cabins, B&Bs, DeSoto State Park hotel and cabins, etc. But get your reservations soon, Mentone area lodgings often book up early for the summer!
Meals All dancers must provide for their own meals for Friday night and Saturday lunch. The camp will provide Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast for those who purchased a meal ticket (deadline of August 1 for purchasing meal tickets). Saturday and Sunday breakfasts will consist of a smorgasbord of eggs, bacon, biscuits, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. Dinner will include chicken fajitas, salad bar, two sides, and dessert. We will have options for those with dietary restrictions such as vegan, gluten free, etc. Make sure you specify your dietary restrictions on the registration form. For meals you provide for yourself you have the option of bringing your food in coolers, etc, and/or eating in nearby restaurants.
Showers and Restrooms All cabins have showers and restrooms. Camp Skyline also has restrooms and showers available to everyone who attends regardless of where they lodge.
So Register Now After you've registered, received a confirmation flyer, and joined us at Camp Skyline, you’ll find the Old-Time Music and Dance weekend an incredibly fun and friendly affair!
On the third weekend in August each year, Birmingham FOOTMAD puts on its annual Old-Time Music and Dance Weekend near the resort town of Mentone, Alabama, this year in beautiful Camp Skyline, Camp Skyline has an open-sided dance hall with a springy wooden floor; great spots for jamming, singing, and children's activities; and a waterfront on the Little River, (whose chilly waters feel great in the late August sun).
For the past 30 years, the weekend has featured great bands and musicians such as James Bryan and Norman Blake, Lotus Dickey, Ralph Blizzard and the New Southern Ramblers, the Freight Hoppers, the Red Hots, Big Hoedown, Red Mountain White Trash, the Monks, Notorious, and many more. The core activity of the weekend is dancing, but also on the schedule are jams (slow and regular), a concert by the featured band, a late-night happening, Sunday morning gospel singing, a dance workshop, swimming, and a wacky drama or pageant.