Phylla Mae Fall Fest

We are busily planning for the 2015 Phylla Mae Fall Fest, with amazing guests: Kathy Anderson and Pete’s Posse (Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon & Tristan Henderson). Also: Tim Ball with Laurie Hart & Autumn Rose Lester….

More details very soon — but put October 16-17th on your calendar! In the meantime, you can check out last year’s PMFF below to get a sense of how much fun we have!

October 17 & 18, 2014

  • Music by The Russet Trio
  • Music by Seaglass
  • Calling by The Squash Family
  • Sound by Tony Hernandez
  • and much more (including dancing by you!)

Phylla Mae (pronounced “fill-a-may”) is our annual music and dance festival that features great musicians from near and far, wonderful workshops, and tons of dancing!  The 2014 Phylla Mae Fall Fest returns to our regular hall in Fayetteville during our familiar date: the 3rd weekend in October.


The Russet Trio

  • Aldo Lavaggi, fiddle
  • Peter Madsen, guitar
  • Dave Davies, bass (not pictured)

The Russet Trio

“The Russet Trio lights up dancers with a broad range of original and traditional acoustic music. […] Their music blends traditional Celtic and Appalachian music, with generous swing, high energy, and groove. However one describes this music, people’s feet will move and their spirits soar.”

The Russet Trio Website




Seaglass is a dynamic new trio that brings together the formidable talents of:

Rachel BellEileen NicholsonAndrew VanNorstrand


Calling by The Squash Family

squash deadpan

Doc Squash, Sadie Squash & Nick Squash

squash eyes   squash squash


Schedule Overview

We have some fantastic workshops for Saturday during the day in addition to the evening’s festivities.

A full schedule is posted below:

8:00-11:30 — Fantastic Friday Night Dance Party with the Russet Trio & Seaglass

10:00 – 11:30 — Effervescent English Country Dancing with Seaglass
11:45 – 1:15 — Crisp Contras with the Russet Trio
1:15 – 2:30 — Lunch Break
2:30 – 4:00 — Smooth, Satisfying Contras with Seaglass
4:00 – 5:30 — Cheesecake Square Bootcamp- that’s Contra Hash, Unsquare squares and other Squash Family mischief with Andrew, Peter and more
5:30 – 8:00 — Dinner Break
8:00 – 11:30 — Sensational Saturday Night Dance Party, the Russet Trio & Seaglass

Also, non-dancing events on Saturday include learning some French tunes with Seaglass, Jamming with the Russet Trio and yoga to stretch and sooth those dancing muscles!

Check out the Facebook event.



Online registration is now closed. Please come and register at the door. Admission for the whole weekend is $50 or $18 for “a la carte” sessions: Friday evening, Saturday during the day, or Saturday evening. Youth/senior discount rates are $45 and $16. (If these rates are more than you can afford, talk to us about it. Everyone is always welcome regardless of their ability to pay, and you are welcome to help out with volunteer tasks as well.)

Getting to Phylla Mae Fall Fest

Our venue is the United Church of Fayetteville which is also where most of our regular dances are held. It is located at 310 East Genesee Street in Fayetteville, NY. From either the NYS Thruway or I-81, get onto I-481. Take 481 to exit 3E. This puts you on E. Genesee St. (Rte. 5), heading east. The church is about 3 miles from that exit. You should stay to the left at the fork at Lyndon Corners to follow Rte 5. The church will be on your right in the village of Fayetteville.

Local Accommodations

Register early and let us know if you are interested in the possibility of staying in a local dancer’s home. Information on other local accommodations is available from

Previous Years

Phylla Mae Fall Fest 2013
Phylla Mae Fall Fest 2012
Phylla Mae Fall Fest 2011

About “Phylla Mae”

Phylla Mae was the “nom de dance” of Phyllis Antos — the name she always put on buttons or nametags at the many dance events she attended. Phyllis was one of the organizers who got our fall dance weekend off the ground in its first two years. After she was killed in a head-on collision on her way home from a clogging team rehearsal, our Board voted unanimously to name the weekend after her, since she loved it so much and worked so hard on it. Phyllis’s favorite contra dance was Delphiniums and Daisies by Tanya Rotenberg, and we often find a way to include it in the weekend.