The Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music contra dance will be at Frenchtown Historic Site, 8364 Old Highway 12, on Saturday. 

It begins with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. — bring a favorite food — followed by beginners’ orientation at 7, and dancing at 7:30. Experience is not needed.

Steps to the contras, squares and other dances being called are taught by callers Barbara Clark, Catie York, Dan Clark and Howard Ostby. Live music will be provided by the Wednesday Night Band. 

See the WWFAM web site for further information, an event schedule and directions to functions at wwfam.org.

A short WWFAM annual meeting will follow the meal. 

For more information, call Howard Ostby at 541-938-

7403 or Dan Clark at 509-522-0399.

Frenchtown Historic site brings together many threads of history in the Walla Walla Valley. It lies within the homeland of the Walla Walla and Cayuse tribes. 

French-Canadian voyageurs associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Nez Perces settled there with their Métis families beginning in 1823.

In 1855, the area was also the site of the Battle of Walla Walla, fought between Oregon Mounted Volunteers and members of the Walla Walla, Cayuse, Palouse and Yakama tribes. 

Points of interest at the site include the St. Rose Cemetery and recently restored “Prince’s cabin,” believed to be the oldest example of French-Canadian

construction in Washington state. 

Interpretive signage provides family histories and burial records as well as information on the Oregon trail, the fur trade, the interactions between local tribes and settlers, and more.

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