Abe Noe-Hays says:

I have never canceled a dance for any reason, but this early snowstorm is a beast. With key performers unable to get to Putney, the snow falling hard, and most folks still having on summer tires, I think calling off the evening’s festivities is the only way to go.

The Putney dance is canceled on Saturday, Oct0ber 29, 2011.

Mavi Dance | Mariposa

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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Fiddle Workshop | Concord NH

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Concord Community Music School
Concord, NH        7:00 PM

“Making Fiddle Tunes Come Alive” This is a participatory workshop on how to get  the “DANCE” into dance fiddling. Open to both fiddlers and classical violinists. 23 Wall Street  603-228-1196 or to register or for more information

Fiddle & Cello Workshop | Keene

Monadnock Region

Fiddle & Cello Workshop


Greg & Jessie Boardman

Accompanied by Mary Cay Brass on Piano

Saturday, November 5, 2011

At The Starving Artist

10 West Street, Keene, NH 03431

1:00 pm – Advanced

2:00 pm – Intermediate (and Advanced)

3:00 pm – Beginner (and Intermediate and Advanced)

4:00-5:00 pm – Contra Dance!


Participants will receive sheet music and an online link to recorded tunes to prepare for the workshop.  Students do not need to know all the tunes in their level to participate.  $3o.

Email or call (207) 344-3106 or (207) 772-3868 ASAP for more info!

Peterborough Historical Society Annual Meeting: Music and More!

Join the Peterborough Historical Society in celebrating its 109th Annual Meeting with a Peterborough History Cabaret and Silent Auction.  The History Cabaret will feature songs and stories all with a Peterborough flavor performed by local musicians and storytellers, including Hunt Smith and Allison Aldrich, Liz Backes, August Watters, Gordon Peery, Lorraine Walker, and Jim Grant.  The program will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm with wine and hors d’oeurves. Admission is free and open to the public.

Musical selections include songs by forgotten Peterborough composers Marie Greene and Alfred Clarke as well as famed Peterborough composer Edward MacDowell.  Among the stories that will be shared are the Tale of Old Joe Russell, the Lady in Derby’s Window and Fletcher Dole, the Milkman of Our Town.  Rounding out the entertainment will be two short films with footage of Peterborough in the 1920s and 1930s, including a look at an old-fashioned toboggan run at the Peterborough Golf Club.

In conjunction with the cabaret, the Society is holding a silent auction with goods and services donated by members and local businesses. The offerings include a Wellness Center membership, antiques, photographs, and gift certificates as well as unique items like a tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA, a garden consultation and a weekend at a Cape Cod cottage. Bidders can place a bid at the Historical Society through October 22 or view the items and leave a bid online. All bidding will close during the History Cabaret.

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Swedish Fiddle Concert | Saxton’s River

Special Dinner & Concert Event!

Folk Fiddling Across Sweden: A Smorgasbord of Musical Traditions

lydia ievins & Andrea Larson
a visual & audio tour of Swedish fiddle traditions

at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT

Sunday, 10/23/11
6:00 Smorgasbord dinner
7:15 Concert

Tickets: $15 for dinner & concert, $10 for concert only
Reservations encouraged: / 802-869-2960

Presented by Main Street Arts
Sponsored by Doug Cox, Violin Maker

Contra Dance | Monadnock Quaker Meeting

Contra Dance – benefit for Gibara, Cuba Quaker Meeting

Location: Monadnock Quaker Meeting, 3 Davidson Rd., Jaffrey.

Look for sign on east side of Rte. 202 about 3.5 miles south of Rte. 101/202 intersection in Peterborough, or 3 miles north of Jaffrey on Rt 202. (Phone at Meetinghouse: 532-6203)

When: Friday, October 28, 7:30- 9:30pm

Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation

Caller: Tim Van Egmond, Montague, MA, with Noname Band from Ashburnham, MA

Families and children welcome! Refreshments provided. Please bring soft soled shoes for dancing inside.

Questions? call Marisa 603-930-6780 or email:

Workshop | Music of Zimbabwe | Keene

There will be an all-day workshop on choral music of Zimbabwe given by Brendan Taaffe and sponsored by Animaterra Women’s Chorus
on October 29, 2011
The event is from 10:00 – 3:00 pm at the Monadnock Waldorf School, 99 South Lincoln Street, Keene, NH.

Here are Brendan’s words about his workshops: “we will focus on the songs I learned/ collected while I was in Zimbabwe in the spring. I worked with singers in Mhondoro, Chikore, Seke and Chitungwiza to record and document the traditional makwayera repertoire. The songs range from church choruses to songs for a rain-making ceremony to folk songs about a bachelor’s hapless attempts to impress the girls. Some have mbira accompaniment, some are acapella: all are a joy to sing. Along the way, I’ll create a context for the music by sharing stories and showing pictures of the trip.”
Brendan is a well-known singer, songleader and musician from Greenfield, MA. You can find out more about him here:

Animaterra is underwriting most of the cost of this event, so it’s very affordable: $25 for the whole day, including some kinds of refreshments. You will want to bring a bag lunch and water to drink. Join us for a wonderful day of singing and getting to know Brendan and the wonderful women of Animaterra!

Feel free to spread the word to the women in your singing group as well as other friends and family!

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot right away by emailing