Oct 252014
 

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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance

 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson, NH Second Saturday Contra Dance on March 8th, featuring Luke Donforth with Celticladda.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH at 7 Nelson Common Road. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on February 8th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with Bo Bradham on fiddle and Gordon Peery on piano.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on January 11th, featuring Don Primrose with Heathen Creek.

Caller Don Primrose from Sullivan, NH, is well-known for his able guidance of the weekly Monday night dance in Nelson. He is also the founder of the Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene, NH.

heathencreek2.jpgA New England-based group, Heathen Creek has played around the region. They are known for their inventive compositions and exciting musical arrangements. Heathen Creek are Maia Rutman on fiddle, Mark Koyama playing mandolin and Pete Johannsen on guitar.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dec 092013
 

There will be a contra dance in Nelson NH on Tuesday, December 31st. Potluck dinner at 7 PM, dancing until we’re done. Music and calling by Harvey Tolman, Lloyd Carr, Gordon Peery, Roger Treat, Allison Aldrich, Hunt Smith, Matt Garland, Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Lisa Sieverts, and friends.

Nov 122013
 

It’s the 16th annual Christmas Night dance at the Nelson Town Hall. Amy Cann and Bob McQuillen will provide tunes with the normal Nelson variety of callers. Festivities begin at 8:00 pm. We’ll stop dancing early because there will be a dessert potluck afterwards so bring treats. Admission is free — the Monadnock Folklore Society sponsors this dance as a gift to the community.

Once upon a time, in the town of Nelson, a wonderful tradition was born.

Ten years ago or so, the callers and dancers at a Monday Nite Contra Dance
realized that Christmas was going to fall on a Monday that year. Imagine
the dilemma! Nelson has always held a public contra dance on Monday nights.
If they were to skip Christmas, then the world record would end. Not
wishing to jeopardize the record, and wishing to see good friends and family
again, the tradition began!

It’s a Christmas night dance. It starts at the usual 8pm time. This year
Bob McQuillen will be on piano, Amy Cann will be on fiddle with plenty of
guest musicians and callers. It’s always a good night!

One year we had three feet of snow. But Bob McQuillen drove up for the
dance, Don Primrose showed up to call and there was a family visiting from
New York that wanted to dance on Christmas Day. We couldn’t get into the
hall because of the snow, so we moved the furniture from our living room and
Bob played his accordion. That night was my favorite of all the Christmas
dances.”

This story about one of Nelson’s traditions was submitted by Val Van Meier.