July 31, 2012
Members of the Wednesday Night Band, who perform at area contra dances are, from left, Trudy Ostby, Clark Colahan and Terri Trick.
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Contra dancing has been a popular multi-generational folk activity in the Valley for years.
Contra dancing, an entertainment staple in Walla Walla for decades, requires a few simple basics if you want to participate. “You have to know your left from your right,” said Howard Ostby, one of the regular callers for gatherings. “And be able to count to eight.”