Nelson Monday Contra Dance Canceled for One Night Only on March 11

Nelson Monday Contra Dance Canceled for One Night Only on March 11

The Monadnock Folklore Society alerts the community that on Monday, March 11, the Monday contra dance will not be held. The Nelson Town Hall will be used for the town election the next day and is not available for the dance.

The Monday contra dance will take place as usual the following Monday, March 18.

 

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Dance Canceled Saturday January 6

The January Peterborough Contra Dance scheduled for Saturday, January 6 has been canceled due to the incoming snowstorm that is expected to impact the area during the times when dancers would be driving to and from the dance.

Come to our upcoming events in Peterborough: The Snow Ball on Saturday, January 20 from noon to midnight, and the February Contra on Saturday, Feb. 3.

☼ ☼ ☼ Unusual Mondays

The Nelson Monday Night Contra Dance will be held on Christmas night, December 25, 2023. There will be a dessert potluck at about 9:30 PM, bring a treat to share.

The Nelson Monday Night Contra Dance will be held on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2024, at the regular time.

No jam session for musicians on these dates.

The Nelson Monday Night Contra Dance on January 23, 2024, will be canceled due to the Presidential Primary taking place the next day.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | January 6, 2024

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the January First Saturday contra dance in the historic Peterborough Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street.

Ben Sachs-Hamilton will be calling with music from Crossover trio: Len Bittenson – fiddle, viola, recorders; Alex Cumming – accordion and keyboard; Carol Bittenson – fiddle.

– The dancing begins at 8:00 PM

– Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM

– Admission is sliding scale $12-20. $30 family, or pay what you can.

– Gender-free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins

– This is a mask-optional event.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance that has flourished in New England since the 1700s. 

Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. 

Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

For more information call 603.547.5831.

The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Snow Ball | Masks Required | Saturday, January 20, 2024

The 29th Annual Snow Ball
Saturday, January 20, 2024

Dancing from noon to midnight

Mary Wesley with the Moving Violations

Will Mentor with Casey and Molly and Sam Zakon-Anderson

Lisa Greenleaf with Oliver Scanlon, Jeremiah McLane, Owen Marshall

Steve Zakon-Anderson with Stomp Rocket

Admission: $28.00 

Peterborough Town Hall
1 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

Face Masks are REQUIRED, KN-95 or equivalent

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Thanksgiving Eve Contra Dance | November 22, 2023

The annual Thanksgiving Eve Contra returns for the first time since 2019.

Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with Oliver Scanlon on fiddle and mandolin, Rose Jackson on fiddle, Helen Kuhar on guitar, and Sam Zakon-Anderson on keyboards. Masks required.

No workshop

Admission: Sliding Scale $12 – $20

Dancing 8:00 to 11:00 PM

Peterborough Town Hall
1 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

MFS COVID Policy Note that KN-95 type masks are required for this event

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance | December 2, 2023

Fiddler Cedar Stanistreet
Fiddler Cedar Stanistreet

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the December First Saturday contra dance in the historic Peterborough Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street.

Hannah Johlas will be calling with music from Sycamore: Cedar Stanistreet – fiddle, Michael Sokolovsky – guitar and feet.

Hannah Johlas is a contra dance caller and organizer based in western MA. She loves introducing new dancers to the joys of contra, as well as sharing interesting dances with good flow with more experienced crowds. Her number one priority is always that dancers have a great time!

Cedar grew up playing both classical violin and traditional fiddle music and studied violin performance at the Crane School of Music. For the past ten years, he has played for contra dances across North America with bands including Nor’easter, Cardinal Direction, Maivish, and Cloud Ten. His spirited, rhythmic playing and clear tone keep dancers on their feet. In between gigs, Cedar can be found at home in Brattleboro, Vermont, growing vegetables, baking bread, and birdwatching. He also repairs violins, violas, and cellos.

Michael Sokolovsky is a contra dance guitar player. Michael hails from New England where he was exposed to folk music through family friends early in life. After studying music in college, he discovered contra dancing and has been dancing and playing since. When not playing for a local dance around New England or with Uncle Farmer, Michael co-hosts and produces the Queer Jewish comedy podcast, “Xai, How Are You” and works on his homestead in Western MA.

– The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. 

– Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

– Admission is sliding scale $12-20.$30 family, or pay what you can.

– Gender-free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins

– This is a mask-optional event.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance that has flourished in New England since the 1700s. 

Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. 

Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

For more information call 603.547.5831. 

The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/2HRtFiso7

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023

Luke Donforth headshot, a white male with beard and glassesLuke Donforth calling with Sycamore:
Cedar Stanistreet, Michael Sokolovsky, Jake Grieco

8 PM – 11 PM, new dancer orientation at 7:30 PM

1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

COVID Policy: http://bit.ly/MFSCOVID

Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday September 2.

Contra dance is a fun, easy style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

– The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. 

– Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

– Admission is sliding scale $12-20.

– Roles will be larks/robins for this evening

– Mask optional.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603-547-5831 or visit www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra, or www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | August 5, 2023

Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band

8 PM – 11 PM, new dancer orientation at 7:30 PM

1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

COVID Policy: http://bit.ly/MFSCOVID

Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday August 5th.

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on August 5, featuring Tod Whittemore calling with music from the Sugar River band.

Contra dance is a fun, easy style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

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.  He helped start the Peterborough first Saturday and NEFFA Thursday night dances. Tod has called dances all over the world and is known for his humor, energy, and infectious love of dancing. He is known for his singing squares, and sometimes yodeling squares.

Joining Tod on stage is the Sugar River Band. The Sugar River Band is a family band (all now adults) led by fiddler Jane Orzechowski, with her son Francis (on piano or accordion), son Russell and daughter Sophie ( both of whom play fiddle, piano, and accordion). Sarah Bauhan will join the band on flute and whistle.

– The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. 

– Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

– Admission is sliding scale $12-20.

– Traditional gender roles will be used for this evening

– Mask optional.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603-547-5831 or visit www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra, or www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Caller Tod Whittemore