Dec 072014
 

Tonight’s dance at the Peterborough NH Town Hall is canceled. The National Weather Service has upgraded their forecast to a Winter Storm Warning, and as they say: A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow. sleet, and ice are expected or occurring. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Please stay safe wherever you are and we’ll see you on Saturday February 7th for a great dance with Luke Donforth calling and the band Shindy: Randy Miller, Julie Vallimont, Roger Kahle and Jim DiCarlo.

Come early on Feb. 7th to hear Randy Miller’s presentation about John Taggert, fiddler, and his stories of dances in the Monadnock region during the 1800s and 1900s. 5:30 PM at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove Street next to the Peterborough Town Hall.

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on January 3rd, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with “The Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency.”

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 Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency is a triple fiddle contra dance band consisting of Julie Metcalf, Cedar Stanistreet, and Edward Wallace on fiddles with Max Newman on guitar and mandolin. They are known for their high drive and lush harmonies for contra dances.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. 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.

 Posted by on December 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm
Dec 062014
 

There will be a contra dance in Nelson NH on Wednesday, December 31st. Potluck dinner at 7 PM, dancing until we’re done. Music and calling by Harvey Tolman, Lloyd Carr, Roger Treat, Allison Aldrich, Hunt Smith, Matt Garland, Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Lisa Sieverts, and friends.

 Posted by on December 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Dec 062014
 

It’s the 17th annual Christmas Night dance at the Nelson Town Hall. Festivities begin at 8:00 pm. We’ll stop dancing early because there will be a dessert potluck afterwards so bring treats. Admission is free — the Monadnock Folklore Society sponsors this dance as a gift to the community.

Once upon a time, in the town of Nelson, a wonderful tradition was born.

Some years ago or so, the callers and dancers at a Monday Nite Contra Dance
realized that Christmas was going to fall on a Monday that year. Imagine
the dilemma! Nelson has always held a public contra dance on Monday nights.
If they were to skip Christmas, then the world record would end. Not
wishing to jeopardize the record, and wishing to see good friends and family
again, the tradition began!

It’s a Christmas night dance. It starts at the usual 8pm time. This year
Gordon Peery will be on piano and we’ll shed a tear for Bob McQuillen. Amy Cann will be on fiddle and if we’re lucky, Avi Fagen will bring his vibraphone. It’s always a good night!

One year we had three feet of snow. But Bob McQuillen drove up for the
dance, Don Primrose showed up to call and there was a family visiting from
New York that wanted to dance on Christmas Day. We couldn’t get into the
hall because of the snow, so we moved the furniture from our living room and
Bob played his accordion. That night was my favorite of all the Christmas
dances.”

This story about one of Nelson’s traditions was submitted by Val Van Meier.

 Posted by on December 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Oct 252014
 

The Nelson, NH Monday Night Contra Dance will take place at Heberton Hall in Keene, NH on Monday, November 3rd. The town of Nelson requires their Town Hall space in preparation for the election to be held the next day. Heberton Hall is located next to the Keene Public Library at 76 Winter Street.

The Nelson dance has been held every Monday for the past 33 years. The dance is well known for its community spirit, volunteer performers and excellent cookies. Dancers of all ages and backgrounds come from near and far. Admission is $3.00 and volunteer musicians and dance callers will provide teaching and entertainment as usual.

The dance will return to Nelson the following Monday, November 10th. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org.

Oct 192014
 

MUMMERSOn Saturday, December 20, 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, & Allison Aldrich) and friends; as part of the concert, this year’s Johnny Trombly Scholarship recipient, Everest Witman, will entertain us with his musicianship. 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 Contradance. 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.

 Posted by on October 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm
Sep 162014
 

On Monday, September 29th, the world-famous Monday Night Dance returns to the newly renovated Nelson Town Hall.

Here’s a picture of one of our stalwart volunteers working on the repair of the floor.

Max Fixing the Floor, with Don as crew chief and Chris as fixer #2

Max Fixing the Floor, with Don as crew chief and Chris as fixer #2

See this post for more information about the project.

 Posted by on September 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Sep 022014
 

Old Home Day Family Dance on the Dunbarton Common

Carolyn Parrott caller and piano
Brad Dorsey fiddle

Saturday 9/13 6:30 – 8 PM

FREE

 Posted by on September 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm
Sep 012014
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Lisa Sieverts will call with Rodney Miller and Gordon Peery

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:54 am
Sep 012014
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Nils Fredland will call with friends.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:53 am
Aug 292014
 

Pete's Posse
The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on December 6th, featuring Lisa Greenleaf calling with the band Pete’s Posse. The dance is definitely ON for this evening. The forecast calls for rain, with Peterborough staying above freezing until midnight.

The well known multi-instrumentalist and troubadour Pete Sutherland, formerly of Metamora and Rhythm in Shoes, has decades of concert touring, teaching and studio production behind him. His all-Vermont “POSSE” includes his teenage fiddle protégé, Oliver Scanlon, and the dynamic accompanist and performer Tristan Henderson.

A warm voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, Pete Sutherland “covers the map” and shines with a “…pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him.” -American Festival of Fiddle Tunes. He has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein’s Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running ‘contradance jamband’ The Clayfoot Strutters, celebrating a quarter century in 2014!

Quickly becoming a sought after accompanist, session musician and performer in Vermont, Tristan Henderson grew up playing a variety of music genres before jumping into traditional music. He acquired his ability to play anything with stings (and a few without) as a teenager a weekly blues/country/folk music session near his family home in Pomfret, Vermont. He was a 2013 winner of the Young Tradition Vermont talent contest with bagpiper Hazen Metro and in addition to Pete’s Posse, he also performs with Atlantic Crossing and Pipers Den.

With early training in viola which led him to a stint with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, fiddler, mandolinist and tunesmith Oliver Scanlon was introduced to his mentor Pete and the parallel universe of fiddle music at the age of nine. His enthusiasm led him to seek out further learning and performing opportunities through Mark Sustic’s “Fiddleheads” program, and to begin attending music camps where he has studied various styles with Alan Jabbour, Kimberley Fraser, Eric Favreau and other master fiddlers. In 2013 he both co-founded the Posse and became the youngest member of Pete’s long running dance band The Clayfoot Strutters. A recent high school graduate, Oliver’s senior Project was a solo CD, “The Pond Jam”

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

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.

 Posted by on August 29, 2014 at 11:34 am