The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the next in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”
On April 14th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM., the dance will be held at the Fitzwilliam NH Town Hall with Mary Jones teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. Lovely music will be provided by Amy Englesberg and Nora Smith.
English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.
Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.
Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 209-3304 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org.
Directions to Fitzwilliam:
From Boston: Drive west on Route 2. Beyond Fitchburg, take 140 North. When 140 joins Route 12, continue north (left) on route 12 through Winchendon and into New Hampshire. When you reach Route 119 (blinking light), turn left onto Route 119. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. It takes approximately 50 minutes to reach Fitzwilliam from the junction of Routes 2 and 495.
From Connecticut and New York City: Go north on Route 91 past Hartford, Springfield and Greenfield. Turn off at exit 28A (Route 10 East). Go east on Route 10. After crossing the Connecticut River, turn left and continue to follow Route 10 North through Northfield and into New Hampshire. At the second traffic light in Winchester, turn right onto Route 119. Follow Route 119 through Richmond to Fitzwilliam. At Fitzwilliam Depot, take a sharp left (still on Route 119), and follow that road up to Fitzwilliam Center. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach Fitzwilliam from Greenfield, MA.
From Keene, NH: Go south on Route 12, through Troy. Continue south until you reach the blinking light at the intersection of Route 119. Turn right onto Route 119. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. Fitzwilliam is approximately 25 minutes from Keene.
From Nashua, Manchester, NH: Go west on Route 101 to Peterborough. At Peterborough, take 202 south. Stay on Route 202 through Jaffrey to Rindge. At the traffic light at the intersection of Route 119 in Rindge, turn right. Stay on Route 119 through the blinking light at the intersection of Route 12. The Fitzwilliam Common is at the top of the hill on your left. Fitzwilliam is approximately 1 hour from the junction of Routes 101A and 3 in Nashua.
The next dance on May 19 will be held at the Nelson Town Hall.