As I set out to write this month’s Folknotes, there is a convergence of information about some members of the music and dance community who are bravely facing health problems. Though it is a more solemn topic than we generally address here, I hope that this will help to focus energy and prayerful thoughts in the lives of these individuals.
Marianne Taylor has been a central figure on the New England contra dance scene for decades. Her recent struggle with cancer has not diminished her spirits, but she is no longer able to be active. Her dear friend Sylvia Miskoe has written the following words about her:
I first met Marianne in 1955 at a dance workshop in Exeter, NH. I don’t remember if it was Scottish Country Dance or square/contra. She was 24, married to Conny Taylor (Cornell), and pregnant with their first child. A beautiful dancer, a confident woman, just the perfect role model for me, a college junior.