The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, is sponsoring an exhibit about the Granite State’s tradition of social dancing at Milne Special Collections, Milne Library, University of New Hampshire Durham from Jan. 16-March 11, 2016.
“Traditional Dance and Music in New Hampshire: 1750-today” traces the long history of contra and social dance music throughout the region, especially in the southwestern part of the state.
Irish, Scottish, English and French Canadian traditions all contribute to New Hampshire’s dance traditions. Dances are similar to square dancing but are generally performed in lines to live music played by fiddles and piano. Banjos, mandolins and guitars may also be heard at contra dances.
Community social dances have been happening in New Hampshire continuously since before the Revolutionary War.
The exhibit features artifacts, documents, instruments, photographs and audio recordings.
There is no charge to view the exhibit.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.
Sacred Harp singing is much more than an interesting repertoire of early American three and four part a cappella folk music. It is a living tradition that treads an unbroken path prior to the Civil War and whose music can be directly traced as a distinct musical thread back beyond the American Revolution, through to rural England, back to Reformation psalmody and beyond to Renaissance polyphony.
The next sing will take place on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 pm. NO experience is necessary. If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try. We will have several extra books to lend for the session. If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too. If you want directions, please email email@example.com.
With a 79% majority vote, the Town Hall Renovation Budget ($305,900) was approved at the Nelson Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 11th. While the majority of the renovation is funded from Town reserves, a local fund-raising effort raised $80,000 towards the Town Hall work. These donations were essential to the passage of this budget at Town Meeting and the Monadnock Folklore Society is grateful to all who contributed.
During the renovation, the Monday Night Dance will move to the Peterborough Community Center at 25 Elm Street on Monday, May 5th, and then will move to Heberton Hall in Keene on Monday, June 9th. We expect to return to the Nelson Hall by mid-August.
The work to be done on the Town Hall includes the following scope:
Separate the structure from the Connector Building.
Elevate the structure above its foundation.
Remove the rubble foundation.
Pour new concrete foundation.
Reinstall granite capstones.
Install drainage systems both inside and outside of new concrete walls.
Pour concrete footings for posts and pour new concrete floor.
Remove exterior siding from East wall.
Straighten walls and level floor to best achievable plumb and level.
Re-sheath East wall with OSB and reinstall siding.
Reinforce roof bearing posts with steel channel iron or wood.
Reinforce floor with additional wood timbers and floor joists.
Reinforce roof trusses with additional framing members.
Renovate window sash and front door using funds from a Moose Plate Grant.
Remove furnace from Storage Room in Town Hall.
Relocate furnace from Storage Room to Library Furnace Room.
Install duct work for heating or introduction of ambient air for ventilation.
Install fan and floor registers to bring heated or ambient air into the Town Hall.