☼ ☼ ☼ First Saturday Contra Dance and Mary DesRosiers Benefit Dance | Peterborough

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents a benefit contra dance for internationally-known caller and musician Mary DesRosiers on Saturday, March 5th at the Peterborough Town Hall in Peterborough, NH.

On November 30, 2010, a devastating fire destroyed the home of Mary DesRosiers in Harrisville, NH. All of the contents of the house were destroyed. Beyond the usual possessions and keepsakes of a lifetime, this included a formidable music collection, many musical instruments and notebooks full of contra dances.

Mary DesRosiers at the microphone
Mary DesRosiers
Mary DesRosiers has donated her time and talents to many organizations and cultural events since she began calling and performing in the Monadnock Region in the 1980s. This contra dance is one of a series of events to raise funds to rebuild her home. For information about related benefits, visit http://www.marydesrosiers.com.

Many callers and many musicians are expected to perform for this event, which has been rescheduled following the weather cancellation of the dance scheduled for February 5th, 2011.

Dancing begins at 7:30 PM with 30 minutes of walzing, followed by contra dances from 8:00 until 11:30 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $10 with all proceeds going to Mary DesRosiers. The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Peterborough, NH. For more information call 413-369-4369. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.