Feb 252013

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the next in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On April 14th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM., the dance will be held at the Fitzwilliam NH Town Hall with Mary Jones teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. Lovely music will be provided by Amy Englesberg and Nora Smith.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 209-3304 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org.

Directions to Fitzwilliam:
From Boston: Drive west on Route 2. Beyond Fitchburg, take 140 North. When 140 joins Route 12, continue north (left) on route 12 through Winchendon and into New Hampshire. When you reach Route 119 (blinking light), turn left onto Route 119. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. It takes approximately 50 minutes to reach Fitzwilliam from the junction of Routes 2 and 495.

From Connecticut and New York City: Go north on Route 91 past Hartford, Springfield and Greenfield. Turn off at exit 28A (Route 10 East). Go east on Route 10. After crossing the Connecticut River, turn left and continue to follow Route 10 North through Northfield and into New Hampshire. At the second traffic light in Winchester, turn right onto Route 119. Follow Route 119 through Richmond to Fitzwilliam. At Fitzwilliam Depot, take a sharp left (still on Route 119), and follow that road up to Fitzwilliam Center. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach Fitzwilliam from Greenfield, MA.

From Keene, NH: Go south on Route 12, through Troy. Continue south until you reach the blinking light at the intersection of Route 119. Turn right onto Route 119. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. Fitzwilliam is approximately 25 minutes from Keene.

From Nashua, Manchester, NH: Go west on Route 101 to Peterborough. At Peterborough, take 202 south. Stay on Route 202 through Jaffrey to Rindge. At the traffic light at the intersection of Route 119 in Rindge, turn right. Stay on Route 119 through the blinking light at the intersection of Route 12. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. Fitzwilliam is approximately 1 hour from the junction of Routes 101A and 3 in Nashua.

The next dance on May 19 will be held at the Nelson Town Hall.

May 122012

The French Heritage Center Committee is excited to announce its yearly main event, “A Québécois Dance”. The dance will take place at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks, 250 Whitney Ave., Holyoke, on Sunday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. The “main course” will be comprised of Québécois dances, , specifically geared towards first-time participants with no experience. A sprinkling of dances from France will also be offered, so put on your dancing shoes and come on down!

The featured dance caller will be Lausanne Allen, fiddler. She hails from Vermont, near the Canadian border and has called dances for over 20 years, including “Mémoires et Racines” and Chants des Vielles in Canada. Her teaching method will take you through the dances “step by step”, providing an afternoon of easy, welcoming dances.

Lausanne will be accompanied by musician friends on keyboard and dulcimer, who have performed at the Flurry festival in New York and the AQLF festival in Vaudreil-Dorion, Québec.. Other fellow musicians plan to join the trio, including a fiddler and accordionist. The event will include a French themed basket raffle, a “Pâtisserie” (baked goods) with a special French dish, and door prizes.

The committee is seeking individual and business sponsors to off-set the cost of the event, especially the entertainment. Interested parties please contact Jacques Senecal at 413-519-3315.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by sending a check to French Heritage Center, P.O. Box1063, Chicopee, MA, 01021 by calling Jacques Senecal at 413-519-3315 or on-line at frenchconnectiontickets@gmail.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The cost is $15. per person, $10. for students. Proceeds will support future programs and the French Heritage Center Building Fund.

One of the greatest gifts that one generation can bestow on the next is the customs—the music, the dance, the language. Come to listen, come to dance—either way, you will be helping to keep French heritage and traditions alive! The Québécois dance promises to be an entertaining, enriching and educational experience, celebrating the French “Joie de Vivre” spirit.

 Posted by on May 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm
Oct 212011

Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center
Peterborough, NH

Dance from Turkey and Central Asia with Mavi Dance.  Mavi Dance’s goals are twofold: to bring diverse communities together through the common language of dance, and to revitalize ancient dance traditions by bringing them into the 21th century. Mavi prides itself on its diversity, with a roster of dancers that includes numerous ethnic groups, nationalities and religions, all united by a common passion for dance.

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 Posted by on October 21, 2011 at 5:42 am
Feb 112011

To launch its exhibit, The Civil War, the Peterborough Historical Society is presenting a Civil War Ball, on Friday, March 25, at  7:30 PM. This gala event is open to the public, and promises to be an instructive and entertaining evening.

Dances from the Civil War era will be taught by David Millstone, a dance caller, historian, and documentary film maker from Lebanon, NH.  David is an excellent teacher, however he notes that the dances from this period, which include circle, square, and longway set dances (as well as polkas and waltzes) are not complicated – they can be easily enjoyed by those with little or no dancing experience.

Music is provided by the band Spare Parts, a trio of flute, fiddle and piano who specializes in period dance music. The group has recorded a CD called The Civil War Ballroom, and a companion book, The Civil War Ballroom Band Book. We are especially delighted to have this illustrious trio playing for this event.

Dancers are invited to appear in period costume, however this is not required, and everyone is welcome. While everyone will be encouraged to dance, those who are unable to should feel welcome to come and observe. David Millstone will be providing some narrative about the history of the dances, though the primary emphasis will be on dancing and having fun.

The setting is the Peterborough Historical Society’s Bass Hall, a lovely chestnut-paneled room that serves as an elegant venue for the dance. Light refreshments will be provided.

Admission is $12. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, as the capacity of the hall is limited. They are available from the PHS Website (click here) , or at the PHS office, 19 Grove St. in Peterborough, NH. For more information you may also call PHS at 603.924.3235.

May 162010

On First Friday, June 4th at 7pm the Mariposa Museum will host a performance by the Finnish folkdance group “Revontulet” accompanied by the music of “Oivan Ilo.”
“Revontulet”, meaning (Northern Lights) has been performing for the past 50 years.  They are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Finnish dance traditions.  The dances, music and traditional dress are examples of those worn in Finland during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Folk dancing in Finland originated either with peasants frequently portraying some part of daily life or they were copied from dances of the gentry.  Currently there are about 30,000 Finns in Finland that regularly do folk dancing. There are 30 folk dance groups internationally, of which “Revontulet” is one.  Membership is open to anyone interested in learning to dance. The group rehearses at the Finnish Center at Saima Park in Fitchburg, MA.

Accompanying “Revoltulet” will be “Oivan Ilo” which includes, John Chambers, accordion, fiddle, mandolin; Christine Anderson, fiddle; John Rosenfelder, bass, fiddle; Sharon Rosenfelder, accordion; and Cedwyn Morgan, mandolin.

The name “Oivan Ilo” translates Oiva’s Joy, named for Christine and Sharon’s Finnish American father, Oiva Anderson, of New Ipswich, who did not play music but enjoyed dancing and listening, and met both his wives while dancing.
Following the performance the Mariposa invites their guests to participate in informal dancing to the music of “Oivan Ilo” and led by “Revontulet.”

From 6-7pm, preceding the performance, there will be a reception including special Finnish treats prepared and donated by the Finnish Heritage Society—Sovittaja.
From 5-6 will be KidCraft—Pop-up card.
First Friday events are free. Donations gratefully accepted.

The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
For more information phone: 924-4555 or email info@mariposamuseum.org

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Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458

May 062010

The Mariposa Museum will host participatory dancing led by Mary DesRosiers. “Family Dance” will include Quebequois dances as well as traditional dances from Scotland and the north of England. Pianist, Conor Sleith, and fiddler, Neil Orzechowski will provide the musical accompaniment. Adults, seniors and families young and old are invited to attend and join in the dance or as part of the audience clapping to the lively rhythm of the music.

Family Dance is part of the ongoing exhibition “Peoples of the North—Finland, Scandinavia, Scotland, Ireland & French Canada. Guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits including costume, textiles and traditional folk crafts.

Admission is Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3, Members FREE.
The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

 Posted by on May 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm