The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on May 4, featuring Tod Whittemore with Rodney Miller, Glen Loper, and Peter Siegel. Come early and participate in Greenerborough, New England’s Green Living Expo and Festival.
Caller 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.
Musician Rodney Miller is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling. Over the past thirty years Miller has toured the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Australia and Denmark and he has recorded over ten albums. Many of his original compositions have gone on to become fiddle tune standards. In l983, Rodney was designated a “Master Fiddler” by the National Endowment for the Arts.
They will be ably backed in Peterborough by Glen Loper playing mandolin and tenor banjo and Peter Siegel on guitar.
Greenerborough, taking place from 10 AM through 4 PM, is part home show, part tech fair, and part farmer’s market. It’s a fun-filled festival with music, sheep dog demonstrations and more. Greenerborough is entertaining and informative for folks of all ages with a wide variety of interests. More information is available at http://www.greenerboroughnh.com.
The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $8 or $6 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.