First Mountain Street dance draws large crowd

By DeeAnna Haney | Jul 01, 2014

Every Friday night during the summer, a portion of Main Street in Waynesville closes for traffic at 5 p.m. Instead of cars, there's a stage with live bluegrass music, bleachers, and asphalt covered with a thick dusting of corn meal for a dance area in front of the Historic Courthouse from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Last Friday, the short burst of rain didn't scare away the throngs of people who showed up to take a turn square dancing or just sit in their lawn chairs and tap their toes to the sounds of the Whitewater Bluegrass Company.

Rep. Joe Sam Queen gives lively instructions as master of ceremonies and dance caller throughout the evening as he teaches the audience some basic square dancing in the traditional Appalachian style.

The next street dance will be July 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.