Oct 252010
 

One of our Annual Seasonal Extravaganzas!

Not to be missed!

Friday, December 3 at 8:00 PM

Dublin Community Church

$15/$12(senior, youth & Advance)

This will be the thirty-sixth touring season of Nowell Sing We Clear with its unusual songs, carols, stories, and customs. Drawn mostly from English-language folk traditions, the songs tell both a version of the 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 the today’s holiday traditions, such as visiting and feasting, gift-giving, carol singing from door-to-door and the adorning of houses and churches with garlands of evergreen.

Nowell Sing We Clear celebrates Christmas as it was known for centuries in Britain and North America and as it continues in many places to the present.  The songs come from an age when the midwinter season was a time for joyous celebration and vigorous expression of older, perhaps pagan, religious ideas. There is not always a clear line between these and the rejoicing at the birth of Jesus bringing a fresh light into the world at this dark midwinter time. A special and unusual treat is the enactment of a Mummers Play from Kentucky.  Performed in the traditional manner, the play is typical of folk dramas which survive to this day throughout Britain and North America symbolizing and portraying the death of the land at midwinter and its subsequent rebirth in the spring.

While much of the singing is done in unaccompanied style, the pageant is also stamped with the energetic dance band sound of fiddle, button accordion, electric piano, drums, and concertina.  The audience will be supplied with songsheets and encouraged to sing along, though after three decades of touring in New England, a whole generation of young people have grown up with these songs and carols and sing along with as much as they can. Some “new”, that is “different”, songs and carols are introduced every year.  Performers are John Roberts and Tony Barrand, widely known for their lively presentations of English folk songs, and Fred Breunig and Andy Davis, well known in New England as dance callers and musicians.

Nowell Sing We Clear has become a regular part of some communities on the Eastern seaboard.  The group has several recordings of songs from the show which have been popular items in many households at this time of year. Their CDs are drawn from songs learned for their concerts: The newest is Just Say Nowell, Hail Smiling Morn has a cover designed by famous Vermont artist, Mary Azarian, and Nowell SingWe Four.The first three LP recordings are all well represented on a compact disk, The Best of Nowell: 1976 – 1985 All recordings are available from Golden Hind Records.

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Oct 232010
 

Triple Play! Chesham Arts Presents
Howard Mansfield, Edie Clark, and Michael Miller
October 29-31, 2010
Chesham Church, Chesham (Harrisville) NH

The weekend of October 29 and 30 will be a special time for the Chesham Church: award-winning photographer, Michael Miller, will fill the church with his photographs, with an opening reception for him and his photos on Friday evening, October 29, at 5 p.m. Then, on Saturday evening, October 30, at 7 p.m., acclaimed authors Howard Mansfield and Edie Clark
will read from their new books which will be available for sale. The authors will sign. Proceeds will benefit the church.
It has been said about Howard Mansfield that he has never written an uninteresting sentence. His new book, Turn and Jump: How Time and Place Fell Apart, is the sixth in a series of intriguing books he has written, beginning with the memorable, In the Memory House, published to wide acclaim (“a wise and beautiful book,” The New York Times) in 1993 and including as well The Bones of the Earth and The Same Axe Twice, which The New York Times said was “filled with insight and eloquence. A memorable, readable, brilliant book.” Turn and Jump is about time and place, a series of essays about various aspects of our past. Two chapters focus on local phenomenon: Derby’s Store, once the anchor store for all of Peterborough and The Old Homestead, the play that has been produced every year in Swanzey since 1939. Howard lives in Hancock with his wife, the writer, Sy Montgomery and their beloved dog, Sally.
Edie Clark’s new book, States of Grace: Encounters with Real Yankees, is a collection of stories about ordinary people who are distinguished by one extraordinary measure. Included in this volume is a portrait of Doris “Granny D” Haddock and a portrait of Bill House, for many years a surveyor in the Monadnock Region, and his two friends, Bob Bates and Charlie Houston. Together they staged the American expedition to climb K2 in 1939. The book features 28 similar portraits and has been called “a testament to the difficult art of the short profile, at which Clark is a master.” She has four other books, Monadnock Tales, The View from Mary’s Farm, Saturday Beans and Sunday Suppers, and her memoir, The Place He Made, which The New York Times said is “a triumph of the human spirit that may take its place among the best of the literature.” Edie has written for Yankee magazine for the past 32 years and, specifically, about her place in Harrisville for the past twenty years in a column once known as “The Garden at Chesham Depot” and now entitled “Mary’s Farm.” She has lived in Harrisville since 1981.
The Saturday reading will be beautifully enhanced by the evocative, light-filled photographs of Michael Miller, who was, until recently, known in this town as a skilled carpenter. But, way back when, he had earned a degree in photojournalism from Boston University, schooling he never used until very recently. In time, the rigors of carpentry caught up with him and he started thinking about what he might do that was not quite so hard on his back. Michael had never completely put his camera away. As he quietly went about working on other people’s houses, he began to wonder if he could take pictures to earn a living. That was a couple of years ago. His photos have now won awards in several art shows, one of the judges claiming that he thought Michael’s winning photo was actually a painting and, in another instance, his blue ribbon being the first ever given to a photograph rather than a painting. Many of Michael’s photos are of local scenes as well as of Provence, where his wife, Genevieve Drevet, grew up and where they frequently visit.
Both Michael’s opening reception and the Saturday night reading are free and open to the public. Michael’s photos will be on display throughout the weekend. The Chesham Church is the summer home of the Community Church of Harrisville and Chesham. Please come and enjoy these events as well as the special beauty of this lovely church.
Directions to the Church: The church is on Chesham Rd. 1 mile off of route 101 in the small village of Chesham (Harrisville).
Call 603-827-2905 with any questions.

 Posted by on October 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm
Oct 232010
 

The following is from Arthur Davis. Sounds like a great dance for a good cause.

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Hi everyone,
As you may have heard, I am part of a group at Brattleboro high school that is going to Cuba in November. We will be in Cuba for a week under a humanitarian license granted by the New York Institute for Cuban Studies. A large part of our time will be spent working at community centers in Havana and Pinar del Rio that work with children with Down Syndrome through the arts. As part of our fundraising effort, we are holding a contra on October 29th at Green St. School in Brattleboro. Andy Davis will be calling, with music by Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, and possibly myself. It will begin at 7:30 and there is a suggested donation of $10. If you have any questions please call me at 257-1819 or email me at jugglingmaster@yahoo.com.
This is a truly amazing opportunity for a high school group to go to Cuba and we hope to see you on the 29th.

Oct 212010
 

Ticket $15 / $12 senior, student, (advance)

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claudia_schmidtClaudia opened “The Folkway Remembered” concert series at the Peterborough Historical Society last January. She nurtured old friends and made new friends, and it is a pleasure to welcome her back to New Hampshire.

Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.

From lying on sandy beaches under an endless barrage of northern lights, to the expected anguish and frustration of spinning tires on cars stuck deep in snow, from the age-old struggle of change between adolescence and adulthood to the observation of sheer idiocy, she leaves it to the imagination of her audience to conjure their own images of her storytelling and song. No interpretation of a Claudia Schmidt song or story is wrong-she invites audiences to tie their associations to her style.

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present, bring people to expect a relationship between themselves and memories driven deep with the passage of time. The concert is an endless display of self-realization through humor and longing, leaving audience members yearning to become an integral part of her world.

Oct 112010
 

The Nelson, NH Monday Night Contra Dance is canceled November 1st. The town of Nelson requires the space in preparation for the election to be held the next day.

The Nelson dance has been held every Monday for the past 25 years, except for natural disasters such as the ice storm of 2008. 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. All are welcome.

While the hall will be dark on November 1st, the dance will continue as always the following Monday, November 8th. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org.

Oct 112010
 

The Nelson, NH Monday Night Contra Dance is canceled November 1st. The town of Nelson requires the space in preparation for the election to be held the next day.

The Nelson dance has been held every Monday for the past 25 years, except for natural disasters such as the ice storm of 2008. 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. All are welcome.

While the hall will be dark on November 1st, the dance will continue as always the following Monday, November 8th. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org.

Oct 082010
 

Village Dance Series
Family Contras & Squares
Dancing 6:30 ~ 9:30 pm
new!! POTLUCK SUPPER 5:30 new!!

Saturday, November 20
Evening Star Grange – Dummerston Center, VT
Becky Tracy, Keith Murphy and Andy Davis
fiddle, piano, accordion and calling

Adults: $7 Children: $4 Families: $20
Beginners welcome All ages and abilities are welcome Refreshments
Middle and High School students admitted free All dances taught

INFORMATION: Robin or Andy Davis (802)257-1819 village@dancingmasters.com
These dances are co-sponsored by New England Dancing Masters

Directions to Pierce’s Hall in East Putney:
From I-91 exit 4, take Rt 5 north. Go through the village of Putney and continue north 2 miles. Turn right onto East Putney Falls Road and go 0.5 miles. The driveway to the hall is on the left, just after passing Pierce Road.

Directions to the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center:
From Brattleboro or from I-91 exit 3, take Rt 5 north. Go through one light and continue north until you see Middle Rd. veering off to the left. Take this road to the four way stop in Dummerston Center. The Grange is off to your right.
From Rt 30, cross the Covered Bridge in West Dummerston, turn right and continue winding uphill until you reach the four way stop in Dummerston Center. The Grange is straight ahead.

Oct 082010
 

Village Dance Series
Family Contras & Squares
Dancing 6:30 ~ 9:30 pm
new!! POTLUCK SUPPER 5:30 new!!

Saturday, October 16
Evening Star Grange – Dummerston Center, VT
Andy Toepfer – caller and guitar
Laurie Indenbaum – fiddle Jill Newton – fiddle

Adults: $7 Children: $4 Families: $20
Beginners welcome All ages and abilities are welcome Refreshments
Middle and High School students admitted free All dances taught

INFORMATION: Robin or Andy Davis (802)257-1819 village@dancingmasters.com
These dances are co-sponsored by New England Dancing Masters

Directions to Pierce’s Hall in East Putney:
From I-91 exit 4, take Rt 5 north. Go through the village of Putney and continue north 2 miles. Turn right onto East Putney Falls Road and go 0.5 miles. The driveway to the hall is on the left, just after passing Pierce Road.

Directions to the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center:
From Brattleboro or from I-91 exit 3, take Rt 5 north. Go through one light and continue north until you see Middle Rd. veering off to the left. Take this road to the four way stop in Dummerston Center. The Grange is off to your right.
From Rt 30, cross the Covered Bridge in West Dummerston, turn right and continue winding uphill until you reach the four way stop in Dummerston Center. The Grange is straight ahead.

Oct 082010
 

This dance marks the start of Northern Spy’s 30th season– mark your calendars now for our big 30th anniversary celebration on November 14, which will start an hour earlier than usual, at 7 PM, with couple dances and continuing at 8 PM with contras, squares, and more.

The talented musicians on stage are Bill Shepard, Thal Aylward, and Andy Stewart, fiddles; Rick Barrows, mandolin, mandala, tenor banjo; Alan Graham and Mary Jo Slattery, guitars; and Carol Compton on piano, recorders, and accordion. We’re delighted this fall to be welcoming back a former member of the band, the multi-talented David Murray on flute and whistle.

No previous experience is necessary, and those of you on this list are encouraged to bring friends with you to introduce them to the joys of traditional New England music and dance. (One good way is to forward this message to a friend and set up a date for supper beforehand!)

Please bring non-scuffing shoes with you to the hall, so you can change there and avoid scratching the floor. The entrance to the dance is on the side next to the Congregational Church in downtown Norwich, just half a mile from Exit 14 of I-91.

Oct 082010
 

Sat. and Sun. Oct. 29 (8:30pm) & 30 (6:30pm), Donations Appreciated!
The Terry Landis Band
Waitress “Terrasita” returns with family and friends after their hugely successful CD RELEASE PARTY last fall to enthrall us again with her beautiful collection of “world/jazz” music, some new work, some originals, all impeccably crafted and soulfully arranged for a musical performance of joy and delight.

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195
David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20+ years!
Serving fine Italian cuisine, featuring our own homemade pasta.
Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2; Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8 Closed Monday.ght.

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