Events for Bob

There will be a series of events on Saturday, May 3rd in Peterborough NH to celebrate the life of Bob McQuillen.

  • 2-4 PM Memorial at ConVal High School (184 Hancock Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458)
  • 4-8 PM Reception at the Monadnock Country Club (49 High Street 03458)
  • 7-11ish Dance at the Peterborough Town House (1 Grove Street 03458). Musicians and callers welcome to perform, send email to if interested so we can keep track.

More details will be posted as they become available.

Town Hall Renovation Budget Approved at Town Meeting

With a 79% majority vote, the Town Hall Renovation Budget ($305,900) was approved at the Nelson Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 11th. While the majority of the renovation is funded from Town reserves, a local fund-raising effort raised $80,000 towards the Town Hall work. These donations were essential to the passage of this budget at Town Meeting and the Monadnock Folklore Society is grateful to all who contributed.

During the renovation, the Monday Night Dance will move to the Peterborough Community Center at 25 Elm Street on Monday, May 5th, and then will move to Heberton Hall in Keene on Monday, June 9th. We expect to return to the Nelson Hall by mid-August.

The work to be done on the Town Hall includes the following scope:

  1. Separate the structure from the Connector Building.
  2. Elevate the structure above its foundation.
  3. Remove the rubble foundation.
  4. Pour new concrete foundation.
  5. Reinstall granite capstones.
  6. Install drainage systems both inside and outside of new concrete walls.
  7. Pour concrete footings for posts and pour new concrete floor.
  8. Remove exterior siding from East wall.
  9. Straighten walls and level floor to best achievable plumb and level.
  10. Re-sheath East wall with OSB and reinstall siding.
  11. Reinforce roof bearing posts with steel channel iron or wood.
  12. Reinforce floor with additional wood timbers and floor joists.
  13. Reinforce roof trusses with additional framing members.
  14. Renovate window sash and front door using funds from a Moose Plate Grant.
  15. Remove furnace from Storage Room in Town Hall.
  16. Relocate furnace from Storage Room to Library Furnace Room.
  17. Install duct work for heating or introduction of ambient air for ventilation.
  18. Install fan and floor registers to bring heated or ambient air into the Town Hall.



Date & Time: Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: First Baptist Church / 190 Main St. / Brattleboro VT

On tour in early May to celebrate their latest album, “Abundance,” Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, and cellist, Natalie Haas, will be performing in downtown Brattleboro at the First Baptist Church on Sunday, May 4. Theirs is a concert that spans the courtly traditions of Scottish music to the boisterousness of the pub with haunting Gaelic laments and airs, raucous dance tunes and improvisations based on traditional and recently composed tunes. Acclaimed worldwide, these two consummate performers are passionate and spellbinding. They have an expressive palette and stunning technical range. The duo carries on musical conversations that weave around each other, support one another and playfully exhort and entertain each other and their audiences.
Fraser is recognized as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced and tours and leads workshops and performs with cellist Haas all over the world to great acclaim. Their concerts in Brattleboro are especially meaningful to them because of the community of kindred spirits in this area. This is a concert that will leave you entertained, inspired and uplifted.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Concert at 7PM / 802-257-1571 for more information
TICKETS: $18 in advance, seniors / $21 at the door. For on-line purchase: In person, Everyone’s Bookstore, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro VT; The Toadstool, Colony Mill in Keene NH; World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield MA.