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 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.