The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on October 6, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with The Mystic River Trio.
Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.
Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.
The Mystic River Trio is Stephen Thomforde playing smallpipes, flute, and saxophone, Rick Kaufman on mandolin and Jeff Kaufman playing piano with foot percussion.
Stephen Thomforde is a woodturner and bagpipe maker living in Medford, Massachusetts. He is also an avid musician and plays Scottish Bagpipes of varying sizes and Wooden Flute. Jeff Kaufman is a multi-instrumentalist who lives in Boston and plays with the band The Free Raisins. He has performed in Peterborough, NH many times. Jeff’s dad, Richard, is playing in Peterborough for the first time.
The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $10 or $7 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