☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, June 1, 2024

Peterborough Contra Dance on June 1 featuring Ben Sachs-Hamilton calling with music by 

Stove Dragon:

Oliver Scanlon  (fiddle, mandolin, feet, vocals)

Rose Jackson fiddle(fiddle, vocals)

Sam Zakon-Anderson keyboards

with guest Helen Kuhar guitar (no Max Newman this gig)

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance

– The dancing begins at 8:00 PM until 11 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.

– Open jam 6-7:30 in the lobby

Four of New England’s finest contra musicians come together into a single kindly dance-beast: meet Stove Dragon, breathing in notes and breathing out smoldering rhythms and flickering melodies, igniting dancers’ feet and toasting listeners’ ears.

Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, mandolin, feet, vocals) and Rose Jackson (fiddle, vocals) fill the room with melodic lift and tight, dynamic double-fiddle harmony, while Sam Zakon-Anderson (keyboard) and guest Helen Kuhar on guitar are a beating heart of fiery piano-guitar groove.

Stove Dragon draws on the combined tool kits of their individual experiences touring with Pete’s Posse, Nor’easter, Polaris, The StringRays and more. Their music propels you forward through snappy New England tunes, punchy French Canadian sets, smooth and driving Irish reels, delightful improvisations, and trad-inspired originals, all infused with the subtle warmth of excellent musicianship.

Let Stove Dragon take you for a spin, but hold on tight!

We have some free admission slots in exchange for home baked goods, contact kelly.strauss@gmail.com

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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, May 4, 2024

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on May 4 featuring Chloe Levine calling with music by Carol, Len, and Ben.

Carol Bittenson: fiddle
Len Bittenson: fiddle, viola, recorders
Ben Hemmendinger: piano & accordion

Masks optional.

Dancing from 8:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can. We have some free admission slots in exchange for home baked goods, contact kelly.strauss@gmail.com

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

Open music jam, traditional tunes 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy folk dance style that 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 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. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on April 6th. featuring music from Windfish with Don Veino calling.  

Masks optional.

Windfish is Perin Ellsworth-Osanya (fiddle), Ben Hemmendinger (accordion), and Garrett Cameron (mandolin, percussion).

Dancing from 8:00 PM until 11:00 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.

Open music jam, traditional tunes 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy folk dance style that 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 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. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.
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☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 2nd. featuring Chloe Levine calling with music from The Gaslight Tinkers.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM.
Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM
Admission is on a 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.
Open music jam 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy 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. 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.

Chloe Emma White Levine (she/her) is a Brooklyn-born caller and lifelong dancer currently based in Somerville, MA. In the 10 years since she got started in a teen calling class with Atlanta dance leader Seth Tepfer, she’s traveled throughout the Northeast calling for communities of all shapes and sizes. Now, she’s stoked to be making her Peterborough debut with the iconic Gaslight Tinkers!
African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It’s the genre-bending future of the music of the past.

The Gaslight Tinkers’ blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and Celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012, the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals. Playing what The Valley Advocate describes as “Music that consistently fizzes and pops with unexpected textures and turns,” The Gaslight Tinkers’ shows are packed with delightful surprises, elated crowds, and exuberant musicianship. The sound and energy of I-shea, Clara, Elie, Garrett, and Peter are universally irresistible.

www.thegaslighttinkers.com

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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance | February 3, 2024

Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday, February 3rd., mask optional, gender-neutral calling with “Larks and Robins”.

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on February 3rd. featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with music from David Langford on fiddle, and Sam Zakon-Anderson on Keyboards.  

– 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.
– Open jam 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy 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. 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.

Steve Zakon-Anderson wandered nervously into his first evening of contra dancing, in Francestown NH in 1980, completely unaware how it would alter his life.  He was instantly “addicted”,  began calling for contras three years after that, and has not slowed down in the 40 years since.  Steve has been a regular caller for dances at the Peterborough Town House since 1985, as well as traveling widely to dance events, camps and festivals.  He has called dances and taught workshops in calling, contra dancing and couples dancing, in almost every state and numerous other countries as well.  Steve is appreciated by dancers for his clear teaching, energetic calling and sense of humor. 

Fiddler Dave Langford is an experienced and versatile veteran of 20 years of playing for contra dances, weddings, parties and late-night sessions. Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive

Sam Zakon-Anderson was raised on music and dance. From sleeping beneath the piano at Peterborough contra dance as a toddler, his journey has unfolded, leading him to play for contra dances nationwide for the past decade. Sam’s infectious positivity and musicality, bring a unique lively energy to the stage, and his grooving piano style makes him an unmistakable force that delights dancers.

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.

This is a mask-optional dance. 

☼ ☼ ☼ 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

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday, November 4, 2023

Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday, November 4

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on NOVEMBER 4, with our own Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with musicians Eric Boodman on fiddle and feet and Sam Zakon-Anderson on keyboards.

Contra dance is a fun, easy folk dance style that 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. The dance has a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $12-20 sliding scale. $30 Family rate.

Masks optional.
Gender-free calling terms: Larks and Robins

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.

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

 

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☼ ☼ ☼ KwackFest: A Celebration of the Bob McQuillen Centennial Saturday, July 1, 2023

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Photo of Bob McQuillen writing tunes while holding a mandolin

The life of legendary New England contra dance musician and traditional music composer Bob McQuillen will be celebrated with a festival in Peterborough Saturday, July 1.

Running from 1 to 11 p.m., KwackFest commemorates the 100th birthday of the National Heritage Fellow who died in 2014. A longtime resident of Dublin and Peterborough in the Monadnock region and a fixture at contra dances throughout the Northeast and in Washington state, McQuillen drove to dances in a Jeep with a license plate reading “KWACK.”

Bob McQuillen was a contra dance musician, ConVal High School shop teacher and weightlifting coach, and, in his own way, a philosopher. He was a mentor to many, and his impact on the lives of his students and his fellow musicians was profound.

The event will be held in the Peterborough Town House and the adjacent grounds of the Guernsey Building. It will feature dancing, music, food trucks, and more. Admission is free.

KwackFest is sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society and supported in part by grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Country Dance and Song Society. An Indigogo campaign is raising additional funds for the event and also to cover costs of printing McQuillen’s 15th and final tunebook, which features tunes he wrote for each town in the state.

For more information on KwackFest, please visit HTTP://kwackfest100.com.

 

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The Peterborough Contra Dance Returns June 3, 2023

Steve Zakon-Anderson calling

Alex Cumming accordion, piano
Carol Bittenson fiddle
Len Bittenson fiddle, viola, recorders

Saturday, June 3

Dancing from 8 PM – 11 PM

New Dancer Orientation at 7:30 PM

Admission is FREE for this month thanks to a generous donation

Masks optional, vaccination recommended, and please don’t come if you feel ill in any way.

Calling will be non-gendered