Contra Dance | Brattleboro

Contra Dance at the Stone Church Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

April 8, 2012

Nils Fredland, callingwith Nor’easter

Cedar Stanistreet, fiddle

Max Newman, guitar

Julie Vallimont, piano

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income

Contra Dance | Brattleboro

Contra Dance at the Stone Church Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

March 11, 2012

Rebecca Lay, callingwith Anadama

Amelia Mason, fiddle

Emily Troll, accordion

Bethany Waickman, guitar

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)

$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income

Farm Appreciation Night | Keene

A night of merriment and tribute to local farmers and eaters of farm fresh food.

Dinner 5-7 PM

Melanie Everard 5:30 – 6:45 PM

Down to Funk 7 – 7:45

Cold River Ranters 8 – 8:45

Contra Dance 9 – 11 PM

$5.00, farmers free!

At Stonewall Farm

Keene World Harmony Chorus Winter Session

Keene World Harmony ChorusWednesday nights starting February 1st in Keene, NH
Lynn and Will Rowan are continuing their world harmony teen andadult community chorus for men and women on Wednesday nights from 7 – 9pm in Keene, NH.
The first session will be on February 1st.
Participants will learn to sing traditional songs fromNorth America, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa,Bulgaria, Quebec, Corsica, and more; no previousexperience or music-reading ability required.
Tuition will be $150 or $15 / session.  12 weeks total Feb. 1st – April 18thWith a concert on April 25th
Lynn and Will Rowan have traveled the world collecting songs. They are veteran workshop leaders with Northern Harmony andRenewal, teachers for Village Harmony, and members of theaward-winning trio Windborne.  Lynn and Will have an energetic,easy-going teaching style.  In singing with them, you learn not onlythe notes, but also new ways of using your voice and you hearstories from all the places these songs come from.
Chorus rehearsals will be held at the Unitarian Church in downtown Keene, NH.
For information, please contact: 802-451-0425  or

Animaterra Open Sing for Prospective Members

Animaterra Women’s Chorus
is welcoming new members on

Tuesday, Feb. 7

6:00 pm

at Langdon Place – 136 Arch Street, Keene
There will be a reception for new and prospective members at 6:00and the first rehearsal of the season will be from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. atLangdon Place, 136 Arch Street, Keene.
Tuition for the season is $60. The spring concert will be May 19 and 20.
Animaterra sings music of the world’s traditions, and creates a joyful andnurturing community of women and song. No auditions or previous experiencenecessary.
For more information email

Interested in CDSS Summer Camps for Dancers and Musicians?

The Monadnock Folklore Society maintains a Group membership with the Country Dance and Song Society. One of the benefits of Group membership is that we can recommend people for the following items:

1.      Groups can nominate 1 or 2 people for priority admission to CDSS summer camp programs
2.      CDSS matches some scholarships that Groups offer to their members.

Please go to for more details on each of these programs.

Fiddle Camp North, April in Mass.

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to have fun and learn more on your fiddle?

If you did, I’d like to invite you to attend Fiddle Camp North, April 13-15, Charleton, MA. Even if you didn’t, join us anyway! We’ll have an enjoyable variety of workshops and jams at multiple levels and in different styles to keep you happy for the weekend.

Fiddle Camp North is a weekend-long celebration of the Fiddle in Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish, Cape Breton, and New England styles! Our goal is learning — and having a great time doing so!

I’m the Fiddle Coordinator and will be teaching quite a few workshops.  Our staff will include Alan Kaufman, Skip Gorman, Martin Grosswendt, and possibly more instructors.  All are traditional players with excellent teaching and performing experience. We generally teach by ear, but many classes will have handouts also.

Fiddle Camp North is held in conjunction with Mandolin Camp North. The two Camps will be held at Prindle Pond Conference Center, a beautiful wooded setting in Charlton, Massachusetts.  Buildings are heated, and meals (including vegetarian option) are provided as part of the tuition package. Thursday night lodging is available for those traveling a long way, whether driving or flying to FCN.

The Camps will open Friday at 12:30 PM for registration, jamming, and instruction. We’ll have hands-on workshops, round robin demonstrations and guided jam sessions (at multiple levels) for three days, a Friday night “meet the faculty concert,” a formal concert Saturday night, and lots of time for jamming and getting to know each other. If you’re there for Fiddle Camp, it’s fine to attend any of the Mandolin Camp sessions as well that pique your interest. Fiddle and mandolin are tuned the same.

Most of the classes are hands on, practical learning situations, covering different styles and repertoire, bowing techniques, improvising, chords, and many more topics. A few are demonstrations or mini-concerts, but even in these classes the intention is for you to take something away that you may want to learn or speak with the instructors about later. You are encouraged to bring a recording device (such as an MP3 recorder).

Details and registration are at .  Please register through that website, although we’ll have a Facebook event up soon for Fiddle Camp North.

If this is your first time at Fiddle Camp North or Mandolin Camp North, Mike Holmes (our esteemed Camp Director) has generously offered a $100 discount if you register by February 19th.

Dave Reiner

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance

Old New England: Deanna Stiles, Bob McQuillen, Jane Orzechowski

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance on February 4th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with Old New England providing excellent music. This is Greenerborough Day in Peterborough so dancers, especially those coming from afar, are encouraged to come to town early and enjoy the Greenerborough festivities.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors. The dance takes place in the historic Town House, at the corner of Grove and Main Streets,  in Peterborough, NH. For more information: (phone): (413) 369-4369; Email:

Burns Night at the Waterhouse | Peterborough

Traditional Scottish Dinner with Music & Festivities

The Waterhouse Restaurant & Bar (downtown Peterborough, NH)  is hosting a traditional Burns Supper on Wednesday, January 25th, beginning at 6 p.m. Burns Suppers are held worldwide on the birthday of Robert Burns to celebrate the life and poetry of this 18th century Scottish poet. The whole evening of traditional foods and festivities costs $50 per person, which includes a champagne and appetizer reception, 5-course dinner, Scottish ale, Scotch whiskey, and an evening of live entertainment.

The Burns Supper opens with a champagne and Scottish appetizer reception at The Bar from 6-7 p.m. Attendees will then move into the main dining room for a 5-course dinner. Welcoming remarks will be made by emcee Mary Desrosiers, followed by an introduction of the Haggis, (a traditional Scottish dish made famous in a Robert Burns poem), which will be lead into the dining room by bagpiper Cam Webster (NH School of Scottish Arts).  His sister, Marielle will entertain us with a traditional Scottish Fling dance.

Authentic live fiddle music will be played throughout the evening featuring Brendan Carry-Block , Scottish Fiddle National Champion, accompanied on guitar and mandolin by Eric McDonald.  Further, in between dinner courses, entertainers will recite Burnsian poetry and songs. You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy this fun-filled tribute to Scotland’s beloved bard!

Waterhouse Restaurant & Bar
18 Depot Street, Peterborough, NH 03458


The Waterhouse Restaurant & Bar offers a Mediterranean-influenced menu using fresh, locally sourced produce, meats, and cheeses. An exceptional wine list and a collection of classic cocktails are offered with meals or at the Bar.; a substantial Bar menu is also available. Hours: Tues-Sat, 5p.m.-10p.m.; Sunday brunch 11:30a.m.-
3:00p.m., Bar opens at 4p.m.. Waterhouse Restaurant & Bar, 18 Depot Street, Peterborough, NH 03458, 603-

Report from Ralph Page Legacy Dance Weekend: Fosters Daily Democrat Newspaper

Special to the Democrat
Monday, January 16, 2012

DURHAM — From hemlines to dance moves, the University of New Hampshire looked like a town dance from the old west Saturday—that is if they wore sneakers and watches or used a microphone to call out steps.

At the 25th annual Ralph Page Memorial Dance Legacy, sponsored by UNH and the Center for Humanities, those who participated in the three day weekend, which ran Friday to Sunday, not only celebrated the Granite State caller’s life, but also took part in a tradition he helped keep alive—contra and square dancing.

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