The Nelson, NH Monday Night Contra Dance will take place at Heberton Hall in Keene, NH on Monday, November 3rd. The town of Nelson requires their Town Hall space in preparation for the election to be held the next day. Heberton Hall is located next to the Keene Public Library at 76 Winter Street.
The Nelson dance has been held every Monday for the past 33 years. The dance is well known for its community spirit, volunteer performers and excellent cookies. Dancers of all ages and backgrounds come from near and far. Admission is $3.00 and volunteer musicians and dance callers will provide teaching and entertainment as usual.
The dance will return to Nelson the following Monday, November 10th. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org.
The NH State Council on the Arts is helping to support an outdoor barn dance this weekend at the Concord Market Days. The dance will take place from 6:30-8pm on Saturday night 7/19 on their South Main Performance stage, which is kind of near the Co-op. We have Mary DesRosiers calling, Randy Miller on fiddle, and her son Conor Sleith on keys.
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.