☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on January 5, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Birl.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Music for the dance will be provided by Birl. Birl is a new contra dance band, formed by young musicians who regularly perform at the Monday Night Dance in Nelson, NH.

Accordionist Samuel Foucher of Harrisville was the 2012 recipient of the Johnny Trombly Scholarship, which supports and encourages young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music.

Multi-instrumentalist Tad Dreis is a singer-songwriter and music teacher based in Keene, NH.

Garrett Cameron is active in the Scottish, Irish, and New England traditional music scene, playing banjo uke and low whistle for contra dances and at various sessions. He also performs on other instruments, playing solo jazz saxophone and bass for dance-funk-rock bands, as well as teaching private music lessons on an array of instruments.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson Solstice Party | Nelson Town Hall

On Saturday, December 15, we’ll hold our Annual Solstice Party starting at 7:00 PM. The Monadnock Folklore Society brings this community event to the Nelson Town Hall each year, admission is $5, and treats are appreciated for the dessert potluck.

This year the evening will begin with a holiday concert featuring a selection of traditional and original seasonal music performed by The Solstice Sisters(Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, & Heather Bower) and friends.

The Folklore Society invites you to bring along your favorite holiday dessert and we’ll supply the beverages for the intermission. After the concert, the chairs and benches are cleared to make way for a traditional New England Contra Dance. Unfortunately, or not, the dance is often interrupted by various groups of unsavory characters presenting their idea of seasonal entertainment. These diversions, sometimes involving costumed individuals making complete fools of themselves or performing ancient ritual dances to help us through this dark time of the year, are generally tolerated as once they are applauded and fed we can return to dancing the night away.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough on Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on December 1, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Stomp Rocket.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Music for the dance will be provided by Stomp Rocket. They are Dave Langford from Boston (fiddle), Glen Loper from Portland, ME (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Bethany Waickman, also from Portland, ME (guitar).

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough on November 3, 2018 at Union Congregational Church

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on November 3, featuring Bob Isaacs calling with the band Heathen Creek.

This month’s dance will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 33 Concord Street in Peterborough, NH. The dance’s regular location, the Peterborough Town House, is undergoing renovation. The dance will return to the Town House in December.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Hailing from New Jersey, caller Bob Isaacs is known for his ability to invent creative dances while remaining true to the traditional roots of contra dancing.

A New England-based group, Heathen Creek has played around the region. They are known for their inventive compositions and exciting musical arrangements. Heathen Creek is Maia Rutman on fiddle, Mark Koyama playing mandolin and Pete Johannsen on guitar.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Fall Ball October 20, 2018

Enjoy the foliage on your way to the…
24th Annual Fall Ball
ALL DAY CONTRA DANCE
at the Peterborough Town House
Peterborough, NH
Saturday October 20, 2018

Dancing from 12:00 Noon to 12:00 Midnight

featuring the following performers:

Spare Parts
(Eric Buddington, Liz Stell, Bill Matthiesen)
Maivish
(Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell)
Transcontranental
(Rebecca McCallum, Emily Troll, David Bartley, David Kaynor
Stomp Rocket
(Dave Langford, Glen Loper, Bethany Waickman)

with callers

Steve Zakon-Anderson
Mary Wesley
Lisa Greenleaf
Luke Donforth

Admission $25.00 (under 25 years old, pay your age)

For information and directions call Steve & Bettie @ 413-369-4369

 

Sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough NH Saturday October 6, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on October 6, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with The Mystic River Trio.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

The Mystic River Trio is Stephen Thomforde playing smallpipes, flute, and saxophone, Rick Kaufman on mandolin and Jeff Kaufman playing piano with foot percussion.

Stephen Thomforde is a woodturner and bagpipe maker living in Medford, Massachusetts. He is also an avid musician and plays Scottish Bagpipes of varying sizes and Wooden Flute. Jeff Kaufman is a multi-instrumentalist who lives in Boston and plays with the band The Free Raisins. He has performed in Peterborough, NH many times. Jeff’s dad, Richard, is playing in Peterborough for the first time.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock