Kwackfest Celebration July 1, 2023

Save the date: Saturday, July 1, 2023!

Kwackfest Logo showing photo of man wearing a hat and playing accordionBob McQuillen (aka Mr. Mac, Kwack, and Uncle Bob) would have been 100 years old this year on June 27th. Bob himself said, “I want a party for my 100th birthday in the Peterborough Town House!”

In Bob lingo, “your wish is my command” and so the Monadnock Folklore Society is having a party for, and celebration of, Bob McQuillen in Peterborough, NH all day and evening on July 1, 2023, the “KwackFest,” if you will.

We’re inviting all of Bob’s friends and family to come to join us and celebrate his life and his many contributions to the world of contra dance, to Peterborough, and to the Monadnock region. There will be music, dancing, stories, food and more.

Save the date! Put July 1 on your calendar now.

Crowdfunding now open! Help support this event and buy the last of Bob’s Tunebooks.

We’d love to hear your ideas for ways we can celebrate Bob — send emails to

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Thanks to our funders

The KwackFest is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts.

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