May 242014
 
Photo of Existing Light Bar in Nelson Town Hall

Photo of Existing Light Bar in Nelson Town Hall

Nelson, NH. April 28, 2014.
After the Monday night dance in Nelson, dancers, musicians and Monadnock Folklore board members carried equipment, fans and even the old violin case that is used to collect the three-dollar dance admission to a neighboring barn in preparation for the renovation of the Nelson Town Hall.

The joke every Monday night is that the musicians & callers get paid in cookies. Don Primrose’s commanding voice will boom this announcement across the hall every week. But the dance does have a cost. The piano was purchased several years ago when the old one just couldn’t stand up to the vibration of feet balancing and fingers on its keys any longer. The hall rent increases every few years and the lighting for the stage is ancient and was rigged “temporarily” twenty years ago using plumbing piping, and if you listen carefully there is a hum from the stage lighting due to the electrical circuit.

Monadnock Folklore Society would like to make an investment in the future by upgrading the lighting to LED fixtures and a more conventional method of hanging the lights. LED fixtures have the added benefit of cutting electricity cost and hopefully helping to keep our rent increases to a minimum, with no hum!

Sound equipment is costly and heavy. Volunteers arrive every week to set up the equipment and speakers, soundboard, cables and microphones. Our goal is to make this easier and improve the quality of sound by installing a lockable soundboard and permanently mounted speakers.

The dance has come full circle and we need your help, please support this campaign to improve the lighting and sound system with a donation to Monadnock Folklore Society. The much needed improvements will cost $12,000.

Please go to our Donations page, or click the Donate button below.

Thank you for supporting the future of dance in Nelson.




 Posted by on May 24, 2014 at 11:23 pm
May 212014
 
Memorial Day Dawn Dance is this weekend on Sunday, May 25.
 
The English portion is in the afternoon (2:30-5:30) at the Stone Church.
 
The evening contras begin at 8 PM at the Gibson-Aiken Center on Main St. across from the Stone Church in downtown Brattleboro.
 
It’s advisable to buy all tickets on line.
 
See the web site (<http://www.dawndance.org> for the full line-up of the contra dance.

Afternoon English Dance (2:30-5:30pm) – where tickets are limited to prevent overcrowding…

The English Country Dance portion of the Brattleboro Dawn Dance takes place at the Stone Church (across the street from the Gibson Aiken Center on the corner of Grove and Main streets).

BRAD FOSTER Caller
Rebecca McCallum fiddle
Aldo Fabrizi mandolins
Peter Barnes piano / guitar

English tickets sold separately on line.  <http://www.dawndance.org>
Memorial Day English Dance Ticket,  $10
Good for the English Dance portion (2:30 – 5:30 PM) ONLY.
Available Qty: 37 as of 5/21/14
May 192014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on August 2nd, featuring Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band.

For the summer months, the Peterborough dances will be held at the Peterborough Community Center near Route 101.

Caller Tod WhittemoreCaller Tod Whittemore has been calling dances for forty years, having been lucky enough to begin his career at the time when famous callers Ralph Page and Duke Miller were still active in the Monadnock Region. Tod has called dances all over the world, and is known for his humor, energy, and infectious love of dancing.

The Sugar River Band plays traditional fiddle music on fiddles, piano, and accordion. The group is led by Jane Orzechowski. Her musical children include: Francis who plays piano, bouzouki, and accordion; and Russell, Neil, Sophie who all play fiddle, piano and accordion. Traditional arts apprenticeship grants have helped to support each of them to learn contra dance piano playing from Bob McQuillen of Peterborough, NH.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

May 192014
 

lisasieverts2.jpgThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on July 5th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with fiddler George Wilson and Larry Unger on guitar.

For the summer months, the Peterborough dances will be held at the Peterborough Community Center near Route 101.

George Wilson personifies the New England fiddle tradition, with its strains of French Canadian and Cape Breton fiddling — which in turn have strong Irish and Scottish influences — all fused together with Yankee ingenuity to create a genuine New England style.

Larry Unger, guitarist, has been a full time musician since 1984, and has presented a diverse range of musical performances at contra dances, waltzes, dance weekends, dance camps, festivals, and concerts all across the United States and in Canada, France, Scotland, Denmark, and Sweden. He’s one of the busiest contra dance musicians around, playing for more than 150 dances every year.

Caller Lisa Sieverts is featured regularly at the Nelson Monday contra dances and she serves on the board of the Monadnock Folklore Society.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

The dance takes place at the Community Center in Peterborough, NH at 25 Elm 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.