The Nelson, NH Monday Night Contra Dance is canceled November 5th. 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 27 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.
While the hall will be dark on November 5th, the dance will continue as always the following Monday, November 12th. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit

Keene World Harmony Chorus Begins

Keene World Harmony Chorus  Led by: Lynn Mahoney Rowan & Will Thomas Rowan

Wednesday evenings 7 – 9

at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church

Sing beautiful harmonies from:      * The Republic of Georgia       * Bulgaria         * South Africa            * Quebec              * North America                *and MORE!!

11 weeks, Sept. 5th – Nov. 14th (Plus a concert)

Tuition: $140 or $15 per session


☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson Solstice Party | Nelson Town Hall

On Saturday, December 22, we’ll hold our Annual Solstice Party starting at 7:00 PM. The Monadnock Folklore Society brings this community event to the Nelson Town Hall each year, admission is $5, and treats are appreciated for the dessert potluck. This year the evening will begin with a holiday concert featuring a selection of traditional and original seasonal music; as part of the concert, this year’s Johnny Trombly Scholarship recipient  will entertain us with their musicianship. The Folklore Society invites you to bring along your favorite holiday dessert and we’ll supply the beverages for the intermission. After the concert the chairs and benches are cleared to make way for a traditional New England Contradance. Unfortunately, or not, the dance is often interrupted by various groups of unsavory characters presenting their idea of seasonal entertainment. These diversions, sometimes involving costumed individuals making complete fools of themselves or performing ancient ritual dances to help us through this dark time of the year, are generally tolerated as once they are applauded and fed we can return to dancing the night away.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Laura Winslow with Gift of the Marcii

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on September 8th, featuring  Laura Winslow with Gift of the Marcii.

Laura Winslow is a member of the current generation of young contra dance callers who are learning the tradition of New England folk dance. Her mentors include Lisa Greenleaf and Bob Isaacs, both popular dance leaders in the Monadnock region.

Gift of the Marcii is a family band, consisting of two brothers and their mother. Andrew and Aaron Marcus are also members of the band “Giant Robot Dance” with another pair of brothers, the Van Norstrands. Peggy Marcus has provided dance rhythm piano for her sons for many years.

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 Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Chris Morgan Concert | Peterborough

Chris Morgan was a favorite performer in the early days of the Folkway in Peterborough. His repertoire includes  Irish and Scottish folk songs, and humorous songs by Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, Dave Frishberg, Spike Jones, himself, and many others. Anyone who is allergic to laughter should not come to this show, as the audience is sure to be in stitches throughout the evening. Possibly Chris will threaten to play his rendition of the William Tell Overture on his accordion, though he has been known to abstain from this if he can collect enough of a bribe from the audience.

Chris has been performing in the New England area since the 1970s.. He co-founded The Morgans, a Connecticut-based folk music group with whom he still performs. Based in Boston, he collects and designs puzzles and does landscape photography. His main hobby is living beyond his means.

Admission is $15. PHS Members, students, and senior citizens are $12. You may purchase your ticket at PHS through PayPal, or at the office of the Peterborough Historical Society, at 19 Grove Street, Wednesday through Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.