Silk and Thistle Scottish Country Dancing
at Fermilab

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Meeting for the summer in Ramsey Auditorium,

from June 14 – August 30, 2016

Special beginner sessions on basics will be held starting at

7 p.m.

all Tuesdays in July and August 2016

Kuhn Village Barn (September - May)

The Where and When of Weekly Dancing

We start dancing at 7:30 p.m. Note location above.
You may enter Fermilab from either the east or west sides. Be prepared to show a photo ID and tell the guard that you are coming to Scottish Dancing.
During the Summer - typically early June through August, we dance on the stage in Ramsey Auditorium. The auditorium is on the south side of the Hi-Rise. You may NOT park near the auditorium. Use the parking lot on the west side of the hi-rise and enter the auditorium through the breeze way.
Most of the year we dance in the Kuhn Barn. The barn is located in the village on the east side of the site. It is visible to the north when you stop at the stop sign in the village. Parking is available just north of the barn, or across the street.

For more detailed directions to both locations, see below.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at folkdance@fnal.gov or call (numbers below).

Holidays Dancing

Though we dance throughout the year, we do not usually dance on the major holidays such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, 4th of July. As above, if in doubt, please call or email.

General Information

Scottish Country Dancing meets every Tuesday evening at the Kuhn Barn on the Fermilab site starting at 7:30 pm. Beginners are always welcome. More detailed teaching of simpler dances happens earlier, and more complex dances later in the evening. Partners are not necessary, as everyone dances with everyone.

This group is a class of the Chicago Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS).

The web page for the Chicago Branch with links to other Scottish Dancing groups is: RSCDS-Chicago

Planning Ahead

We usually include work on dances in upcoming programs in the class.
However, during the summer there are no major scheduled events, so the teacher is open to suggestions.

For more information

More information can be obtained by sending email to: folkdance or
call Doug Jensen at Work (630) 840-8194 or Home (630) 232-9089
or Mady Newfield at Home (630) 584-0825 or Cell (630) 251-0811

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 the CDF 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.  Wilson Hall is regularly locked at 8 p.m. except for the main door at the front circle. If you find the back breezeway doors 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.

**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.

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.

**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.

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.

This information was updated July25, 2016 (M. Newfield)