Nowell Sing We Clear | Dublin Community Church

We will be presenting our annual Nowell Sing We Clear concert 8:00pm December 7th, Dublin Community Church, Dublin, NH. Admission: $12 in advance (and for Sr/Jr/) $15 at the door. Special holiday refreshments available!
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In its 33rd year, this event has become a local tradition in its own right – a celebration of songs, carols. stories, and customs. The program consists of two parts: The Christmas Story (as you may have never heard it before) and a look at “pagan” solstice traditions.

Drawn largely from English-language folk traditions, the songs tell a version of events and characters involved in the Christmas story, and detail the customs which make up the twelve magical days following the return of the light at the winter solstice. Many of these ancient customs are the basis of today’s holiday’s traditions: visiting and feasting, gift-giving, carol singing, travling, and the adorning of houses and churches with garlands of evergreen.

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FolkNotes: November

Sometime in or around 1980 there was a sitting-around-the-kitchen meeting between a group of friends that resulted in the formation of the Monadnock Folklore Society. The group consisted of myself, Mary DesRosiers, Gary Heald, Jennifer Price, and Ken Wilson. It took a couple of years for MFS to be officially set up as an organization with 501-C3 status, but the ball was rolling.

There were two great influences for founding MFS. One was the Monday night dance, which had been started by Peter Temple in Harrisville in January of 1978 (look for 30th anniversary coverage on this Web site coming up). Not that contra dancing wasn’t already popular in these parts, but this particular dance provided an opportunity for new callers and musicians to get experience. It wasn’t until many years later, after the dance had moved to Nelson, that MFS became the official sponsor, but I know that the early Monday night dances certainl enriched the environment – making it fertile folk ground.

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