Dec 262013
 

27th Annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend Takes Place January 17-19, 2014 at UNH-Durham
Celebrate a New England Tradition With an Enjoyable Weekend of Fine Contra & Square Dancing!
“The Essence of the Past Driving the Spirit of the Future”

The 27th Annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend (RPDLW) is being held at the University of New Hampshire on January 17, 18 and 19, 2014. The annual three-day event features some of the finest callers and musicians from New England and across the country, and provides people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to dance and socialize in a warm and friendly setting. The RPDLW runs from 7:30pm on Friday evening until 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon. Attendees can register for the entire weekend, or pick-and-choose the sessions of interest to them. Both pre- and on-site-registration is available. The RPDLW takes place at the Memorial Union Building on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. A complete schedule of events and registration information can be found at www.ralphpage.neffa.org.

Callers for the 2014 RPDLW are three well-known and accomplished professionals (and legends in their own time); Dudley Laufman, Susan Kevra and Lisa Sieverts. All three of these dance masters are known for their clear calling style and genuine connection with the dancers. Dudley, Susan and Lisa will be accompanied by three fabulous bands: Mavish (Adam Broome, Jaige Trudel and Matthew Olwell); Calliope (Amy Cann, Vince O’Donnell, Carol Compton, Ray Salvo and Bruce Randall); and a wonderful local combo, Trip to Nelson, for the Friday night dance.

A very special part of the Weekend each year is the Retrospective on Saturday that highlights a prominent caller, musician or dance style. The 2014 Retrospective will focus on: Mentors: Keeping the Traditions Alive. This special session will focus on dances and careers of many legendary Leaders of traditional dance.

In addition, there will be Workshops on calling, music and dance for those who wish to hone their craft or improve their skills in any of these areas. Workshops are lead by the talented callers and musicians on staff for this Weekend.
The Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend is sponsored by the Ralph Page Memorial Committee of the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) with additional support from the University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities.

The full weekend adult fee is $80 (lodging and meals not included). Admission to individual sessions may be purchased a-la-carte:

o $13 each: Fri. evening; Sat. morning; Sat. afternoon; Sun. morning.
o $8: Sun. afternoon.
o $20: Saturday night.
o Children under 12 are free.
o See web site for additional discount opportunities!

For more information on the Weekend, its schedule and registration; please go to www.ralphpage.neffa.org. Further details may also be obtained by contacting Dave Bateman, Ralph Page Committee Chairperson, at 603-397-0042 or rpdlw.registrar@comcast.net.

Dec 232013
 

Don Primrose is the caller and local band Trip to Nelson provides the music for a family-friendly evening of music and dance.

Family and beginners dance 6:30 – 7:30, then a dessert potluck, followed by a regular contra dance from 8 – 10:30

Admission $8 / kuds 6 – 12 $3, under 6 free

Please bring a pair of soft soled shoes for dancing.

Temple Town Hall, route 45, Temple, NH

Sponsored by the Temple Community Collaborative and Temple Recreational Commission

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on February 8th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with Bo Bradham on fiddle and Gordon Peery on piano.

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

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on January 11th, featuring Don Primrose with Heathen Creek.

Caller Don Primrose from Sullivan, NH, is well-known for his able guidance of the weekly Monday night dance in Nelson. He is also the founder of the Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene, NH.

heathencreek2.jpgA New England-based group, Heathen Creek has played around the region. They are known for their inventive compositions and exciting musical arrangements. Heathen Creek are Maia Rutman on fiddle, Mark Koyama playing mandolin and Pete Johannsen on guitar.

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

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 1st, featuring Mary Wesley calling with Russell Orzechowski and Roger Kahle.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday TECHNO Contra Dance on February 1st, featuring Dave Eisenstadter with Julie Vallimont and friends.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on January 4th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with TBA.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dec 092013
 

There will be a contra dance in Nelson NH on Tuesday, December 31st. Potluck dinner at 7 PM, dancing until we’re done. Music and calling by Harvey Tolman, Lloyd Carr, Gordon Peery, Roger Treat, Allison Aldrich, Hunt Smith, Matt Garland, Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Lisa Sieverts, and friends.

Dec 072013
 

mummersOn Saturday, December 21, 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 performed by The Solstice Sisters(Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, Heather Bower, & Allison Aldrich) and friends; 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.

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Dec 012013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on December 7th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with Dave Langford and Karen Axelrod.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Fiddler Dave Langford is an experienced and versatile veteran of 20 years of playing for contra dances, weddings, parties and late night sessions. Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive. Karen Axelrod plays piano for contra and couple dances. She is known for her lyrical, yet danceable, playing.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.
Dave Langford and Karen Axelrod