Feb 252013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the last in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On May 19th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM., the dance will be held at the Nelson NH Town Hall, 7 Nelson Common Road, Nelson, NH, with Robin Haydn teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. Lovely music will be provided by Doug Creighton and Pat McPherson.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 209-3304 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org.

Feb 252013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the next in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On April 14th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM., the dance will be held at the Fitzwilliam NH Town Hall with Mary Jones teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. Lovely music will be provided by Amy Englesberg and Nora Smith.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 209-3304 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org.

Directions to Fitzwilliam:
From Boston: Drive west on Route 2. Beyond Fitchburg, take 140 North. When 140 joins Route 12, continue north (left) on route 12 through Winchendon and into New Hampshire. When you reach Route 119 (blinking light), turn left onto Route 119. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. It takes approximately 50 minutes to reach Fitzwilliam from the junction of Routes 2 and 495.

From Connecticut and New York City: Go north on Route 91 past Hartford, Springfield and Greenfield. Turn off at exit 28A (Route 10 East). Go east on Route 10. After crossing the Connecticut River, turn left and continue to follow Route 10 North through Northfield and into New Hampshire. At the second traffic light in Winchester, turn right onto Route 119. Follow Route 119 through Richmond to Fitzwilliam. At Fitzwilliam Depot, take a sharp left (still on Route 119), and follow that road up to Fitzwilliam Center. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach Fitzwilliam from Greenfield, MA.

From Keene, NH: Go south on Route 12, through Troy. Continue south until you reach the blinking light at the intersection of Route 119. Turn right onto Route 119. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. Fitzwilliam is approximately 25 minutes from Keene.

From Nashua, Manchester, NH: Go west on Route 101 to Peterborough. At Peterborough, take 202 south. Stay on Route 202 through Jaffrey to Rindge. At the traffic light at the intersection of Route 119 in Rindge, turn right. Stay on Route 119 through the blinking light at the intersection of Route 12. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. Fitzwilliam is approximately 1 hour from the junction of Routes 101A and 3 in Nashua.

The next dance on May 19 will be held at the Nelson Town Hall.

Feb 222013
 

Country_Corners_webIn earlier times, contra dancing, circle dancing, and other traditional dancing was a common way to pass the time, have fun, and socialize. We are delighted to have Mary DesRosiers leading a family dance. Mary is one of New Hampshire’s finest dance callers,with a deep knowledge of New England folk traditions. On this evening we invite families and individuals of all ages to come and enjoy a variety of dances and singing games. You’ll have a lot of fun, and by the end of the evening, without realizing it, you’ll have learned a little history as well. Randy Miller, one of the Monadnock Region’s most accomplished fiddlers, will be providing music for the event, accompanied by Gordon Peery on piano.

Admission is free. Questions? Give us a call at 603-924-3235.

Bass Hall
Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove Street
Peterborough NH

Feb 182013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the next in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On March 17 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM., the dance will be held at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough Historical Society), 19 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH, with David Millstone teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. Lovely music will be provided by Karen Axelrod on keyboard and Aldo Fabrizi on violin.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Future dances on April 14 and May 19 will be held at the Fitzwilliam Town Hall and the Nelson Town Hall, respectively.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org.

Feb 182013
 

Ralph Page orchestra

Living History Program on Ralph Page, Dean of American Folk Dancing

On Monday, February 25th at 7:00 pm the Historical Society of Cheshire County will feature a living history presentation in which Adam Boyce will portray Ralph Page, the Dean of American Folk Dancing. Ralph Page was born in the Munsonville section of Nelson, New Hampshire and he came to be remembered for his role in the revival of traditional folk dancing in America. Generations of Cheshire County residents followed Ralph Page around the Monadnock region to the dances that he called, and more than a few couples who met at his dances have been married now for over fifty years.

Accompanied by live and recorded music, Adam Boyce will share Page’s recollections and sometimes blunt but colorful commentaries on the “progress” of folk dancing. The program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council. Adam Boyce, a ten generation Vermonter, is a fiddler, composer, piano player, contra dance promoter and square dance caller. As a Humanities Scholar he has also done presentations on fiddle contests in New England and Charles Ross Taggart, the Old Country Fiddler.

Ralph Page called his first dance as a last minute substitute with no previous training. This experience would launch him into a 54-year career as a professional caller and dance teacher. He became an internationally-recognized authority on New England folk dancing and its traditions. A musician, composer and folklorist, Page authored several books on dance and music history, in addition to publishing his own monthly magazine Northern Junket for 34 years.

Ralph Page served as president of the Historical Association of Cheshire County for 15 years, and his considerable research on local history, folklore, and dance history added volumes to our knowledge of the Monadnock region. It is fitting that he will “return” to the Historical Society as portrayed by Adam Boyce. It will be an opportunity to learn about a local icon and an evening of fond memories for people who knew him. The event will take place in the Historical Society’s exhibit hall at 246 Main Street in Keene.

The Historical Society of Cheshire County was founded in 1927 and is committed to collecting, preserving, and communicating the history of Cheshire County. For more information, call 603-352-1895 or log onto www.hsccnh.org.

Feb 082013
 

Peterborough, NH: Snow Ball (22nd annual)

The original all-day Contra Dance! 12 glorious hours of dancing from Noon-Midnight! 4 great bands & callers!
Peterborough Town House
1 Grove St
Peterborough NH

Performers

Callers

Will Mentor
Lisa Greenleaf
Warren Doyle
Steve Zakon-Anderson

Bands

Arigana Highway
Nor’easter
Stringrays
Latter Day Lizards

Admission $24.00

Balcony Food by the Harrisville Morris Women

Feb 082013
 

John and Ed playingPeterborough, NH: The Peterborough Fall Ball (19th annual)

Description: An all-day Contra Dance celebrating Fall! 4 bands, 4 callers and 12 glorious hours of contra dancing!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
noon – midnite
Admission: $24.00

Anadama with Quena Crain
Perpetual e-Motion with Bob Isaacs
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Becky Tracy, Keith Murphy, and Neil Pearlman with Steve Zakon-Anderson
The Gaslight Tinkers with Adina Gordon

Peterborough Town House
1 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH

For more information: (phone): (413) 369-4369; Email: zakon-anderson@comcast.net

Feb 072013
 

The Brattleboro Memorial Day Dawn Dance will be held on Sunday May 26, 2013 at the Gibson Aiken Center at 207 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT. The
Dawn Dance, which takes place each year on Memorial Day and Labor Day,
draws dancers from far and wide for the chance to dance the night away
to a selection of the finest musicians and callers in the country.

The contra dance begins at 8:00pm and ends at 7:00am, and features three
bands and three callers including Lisa Greenleaf with Tidal Wave, Steve
Zakon-Anderson with Perpetual e-Motion, and Maggie Jo Saylor with
Nor’easter.

General admission is $25 ($20 for seniors and students).
For more information , go to www.dawndance.org.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://dawndance.org

Feb 072013
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church.  NO experience is necessary.  If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you have any questions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

Note that there will be no Nelson Sing on Sunday, March 10th. We encourage Shape Noters to instead attend the Western Massachusetts Convention: http://www.wmshc.org/convention.html