Now October’s growin’ thin, and November’s comin’ home . . .
I never move into October without having these lovely lyrics come into my head. It’s from Turning Towards the Morning, a song Gordon Bok wrote, way back in 1975. I probably heard it for the first time a year or two later, and I’ve remained enchanted with the song all these years.
We’re moving into the time of year where there are many ancient folk traditions celebrated. At the end of October, Sawhain, an ancient Celtic festival on which, with typical modern American distortion, the “tradition” of Halloween has sprung. On the other hand, perhaps the strongest original American tradition is the Thanksgiving holiday that follows, though that too has been subject to increased commercial influence. We hardly dare mention Christmas in that regard, but will note the more relevant Solstice. Read more
Jeff Petrovitch is the caller for an evening of lively contra dancing with music provided by Randy Miller and David Kaynor on fiddles, and Gordon Peery on piano.
Jeff is rapidly becoming a favorite caller on the New England dance scene thanks to his enthusiastic delivery and ever expanding repertoire of new innovative dances as well as classic contras. Randy Miller has been at the heart of the New England dance scene since the early 1970’s, and in addition to playing is the author/complier of several tune books. David Kaynor is well known as a dance caller, but this evening is a rare opportunity to hear his equally stellar fiddling expertise.
The evening begins at 7:30 with a workshop for beginners, and those who want a bit of refreshing. The main dance starts at 8:00. Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and students. The Nelson Town Hall is in the center of Nelson, NH. For more information call 603-827-3044.
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Come to the Nelson Town Hall for a wonderful evening of contra dancing with caller Cindy Green and the twin fiddling of Amy Cann and Carey Bluhm, backed up by Gordon Peery on piano. Cindy is known for calling that is easy to follow, with interesting twists, and humorous repartee to get everyone moving quickly. Expect some new dances as well as classic contras, and maybe a square or two.
Newcomers and those wanting a refresher are welcome at 7:30 for a workshop that will include tips on how to waltz, for those 3/4 shy. The main dance starts at 8:00. Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and students.
The Nelson Town Hall is in the center of Nelson, New Hampshire. For more information call 603-827-3044.