Mentone Dance Weekend

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Aug. 18, 19, 20, 2017 Birmingham Footmad's annual dance weekend, Camp Riverview, Mentone, AL, featuring Toss the Possum, Turnip the Beet, The Red Mountain White Trash and other special attractions.

Just another great weekend of dance and song

And as always, we hope you'll come along,

Make plans to meet us on Mentone mount,

And we'll dance away to that old eight-count

The Weekend in a Nutshell

On the third weekend in August each year, Birmingham FOOTMAD puts on its annual Old-Time Music and Dance Weekend at Camp Riverview in the resort town of Mentone, Alabama. Riverview has a beautiful, open-sided, wooden-floored dance hall 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 old-time 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 swing dance, Sunday morning gospel singing, a clogging workshop, swimming, and a wacky waterfront drama or pageant.  

Dancers stay in cabins or bring their own tents. Some also stay in bed-and-breakfasts or rent chalets in the area. FOOTMAD furnishes two breakfasts and dancers are asked to bring a contribution to the Saturday night potluck and any other food or beverages they need. Everyone at the camp is expected to volunteer for a congenial bit of cooking or cleaning during the weekend, which helps FOOTMAD keep costs low.

The Old-Time Music and Dance Weekend is popular and usually fills up quickly. Registration is limited to 280 persons on a first-come-first served basis, with gender balance taken into consideration.  Those who would like to attend should request to be placed on the mailing list by e-mailing Keith Gugliotto at If you request a flyer, be warned that it may come as a brochure for a bird-watching retreat, a Y2K seminar, a religious tract, a publishers-clearing-house-type drawing or an advertisement for a miracle dance diet. Don’t throw it in the recycling bin if it says FOOTMAD on the return address.

After you've registered, received a confirmation flyer, and joined us at Camp Riverview, you’ll find the Old-Time Music and Dance weekend an incredibly fun and friendly affair.

See photos and videos from past Mentone Dance Weekends here

Jim Cauthen,
Aug 26, 2011, 3:23 PM