To launch its exhibit, The Civil War, the Peterborough Historical Society is presenting a Civil War Ball, on Friday, March 25, at 7:30 PM. This gala event is open to the public, and promises to be an instructive and entertaining evening.
Dances from the Civil War era will be taught by David Millstone, a dance caller, historian, and documentary film maker from Lebanon, NH. David is an excellent teacher, however he notes that the dances from this period, which include circle, square, and longway set dances (as well as polkas and waltzes) are not complicated – they can be easily enjoyed by those with little or no dancing experience.
Music is provided by the band Spare Parts, a trio of flute, fiddle and piano who specializes in period dance music. The group has recorded a CD called The Civil War Ballroom, and a companion book, The Civil War Ballroom Band Book. We are especially delighted to have this illustrious trio playing for this event.
Dancers are invited to appear in period costume, however this is not required, and everyone is welcome. While everyone will be encouraged to dance, those who are unable to should feel welcome to come and observe. David Millstone will be providing some narrative about the history of the dances, though the primary emphasis will be on dancing and having fun.
The setting is the Peterborough Historical Society’s Bass Hall, a lovely chestnut-paneled room that serves as an elegant venue for the dance. Light refreshments will be provided.
Admission is $12. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, as the capacity of the hall is limited. They are available from the PHS Website (click here) , or at the PHS office, 19 Grove St. in Peterborough, NH. For more information you may also call PHS at 603.924.3235.