Living History Program on Ralph Page | Keene

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Living History Program on Ralph Page, Dean of American Folk Dancing

On Monday, February 25th at 7:00 pm the Historical Society of Cheshire County will feature a living history presentation in which Adam Boyce will portray Ralph Page, the Dean of American Folk Dancing. Ralph Page was born in the Munsonville section of Nelson, New Hampshire and he came to be remembered for his role in the revival of traditional folk dancing in America. Generations of Cheshire County residents followed Ralph Page around the Monadnock region to the dances that he called, and more than a few couples who met at his dances have been married now for over fifty years.

Accompanied by live and recorded music, Adam Boyce will share Page’s recollections and sometimes blunt but colorful commentaries on the “progress” of folk dancing. The program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council. Adam Boyce, a ten generation Vermonter, is a fiddler, composer, piano player, contra dance promoter and square dance caller. As a Humanities Scholar he has also done presentations on fiddle contests in New England and Charles Ross Taggart, the Old Country Fiddler.

Ralph Page called his first dance as a last minute substitute with no previous training. This experience would launch him into a 54-year career as a professional caller and dance teacher. He became an internationally-recognized authority on New England folk dancing and its traditions. A musician, composer and folklorist, Page authored several books on dance and music history, in addition to publishing his own monthly magazine Northern Junket for 34 years.

Ralph Page served as president of the Historical Association of Cheshire County for 15 years, and his considerable research on local history, folklore, and dance history added volumes to our knowledge of the Monadnock region. It is fitting that he will “return” to the Historical Society as portrayed by Adam Boyce. It will be an opportunity to learn about a local icon and an evening of fond memories for people who knew him. The event will take place in the Historical Society’s exhibit hall at 246 Main Street in Keene.

The Historical Society of Cheshire County was founded in 1927 and is committed to collecting, preserving, and communicating the history of Cheshire County. For more information, call 603-352-1895 or log onto www.hsccnh.org.

Keene World Harmony Chorus

Keene World Harmony Chorus

Saturday November 17, at 7:30 PM,

at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall,

69 Washington Street, in Keene.

Georgian lullabies, South African hymns and work songs, American Shapenote hymns, rousing Occitan choruses, delicate Bulgarian part songs: all are part of the repertoire of the Keene World Harmony Chorus; and will be performed on November 17, at 7:30 PM, at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall, 69 Washington Street, in Keene.
The World Harmony Chorus is a multi-age choir who loves unaccompanied singing, and particularly the chance to sing traditional folksongs from around the world.  The chorus was started two years ago and is led by Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan of Marlboro, Vermont. The Rowans are accomplished singers and teachers, having toured with the world-famous youth chorus Village Harmony; and are currently among that group’s teachers. They have studied with Petrana Kucheva of Bulgaria, and Malkhaz Erkvanidae of the Republic of Georgia; as well as many other international teachers.

Members of the chorus live in and around the Monadnock region and southern Vermont. Singers represent Keene, Westmoreland, Harrisville, Stoddard, Rindge and many other towns. All are amateurs, drawn together by their love of singing.  The concert is free, appropriate for all ages, and will be followed by light refreshments.

Noel Paul Stookey Concert | Keene NH

Noel Paul Stookey, best-known as Paul in Peter, Paul and Mary, will play in Keene this fall at a benefit concert for United Campus Ministry to Keene State College.  His program, “One Light, Many Candles,” is a multi-faith program in word and song created and performed by Noel Paul Stookey and his wife, the Rev. Elizabeth (Betty) Stookey, former Chaplain of nearby Northfield Mount Hermon School.

The couple will present “One Light, Many Candles” at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 18, at The United Church of Christ in Keene, located downtown at 23 Central Square.  Tickets are available now for $20/person.  They are available online at www.ucckeene.org or at the United Church of Christ office between 9:00am and 1:00pm on weekdays (603-352-4136).

Betty and Noel Paul Stookey will also offer a “Meet and Greet” session following the concert to discuss the program and a variety of topics, as well as answer questions.  A special ticket ($10/person) is required.  “One Light, Many Candles” reflects the diversity and integrity of individual faith seeking a global spiritual community.  Max Carter, PhD, of Guilford College in Indiana writes this about “One Light, Many Candles:” Betty and Noel Paul Stookey blessed the Guilford College community with their deeply moving “One Light, Many Candles” program.  Combining Betty’s insightful and dynamic words about the power of God’s revelation through the multi-faith community and Noel’s guitar and vocals, the presentation touched our hearts and inspired us to see our religious diversity as a source of strength – leading us to delight in that of God in everyone.”  The Rev. Gary Vencil of Brooksville, Maine says: “Betty’s reflections and Paul’s music led us to an experience of and respect for unity in diversity, and opened our hearts and minds to an insightful and productive conversation after the presentation.”  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

Keene Family Dance

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Mary DesRosiers

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check our online calendar to see who will be performing at our next dance!

Keene Family Dance

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Kathy Torrey

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check our online calendar to see who will be performing at our next dance!

Keene Family Dance

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.

All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check our online calendar to see who will be performing at our next dance!

 

Keene World Harmony Chorus Begins

Keene World Harmony Chorus  Led by: Lynn Mahoney Rowan & Will Thomas Rowan

Wednesday evenings 7 – 9

at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church

Sing beautiful harmonies from:      * The Republic of Georgia       * Bulgaria         * South Africa            * Quebec              * North America                *and MORE!!

11 weeks, Sept. 5th – Nov. 14th (Plus a concert)

Tuition: $140 or $15 per session

Contact:mahoney.rowan@gmail.com802-451-0425

Animaterra Women’s Chorus Invites New Members

Animaterra Women’s Chorus

Invites Prospective New Members to a

Welcome Reception
Tuesday, September 4
Langdon Place in Keene, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Animaterra Women’s Chorus will hold a Welcome Reception for all women in the Monadnock Region who love to sing. The reception is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, at Langdon Place, 136 Arch Street in Keene. There will be a reception from 6:00-7:00 pm with refreshments and a chance to meet and talk with current Animaterra singers. From 7:00-9:00 pm, there will be an opportunity for prospective members to sing with the chorus in its first rehearsal of the season. “Our welcome reception on September 4 is an open invitation to the women in our area to come and see what we’re all about,” said Allison Aldrich, artistic director of the group. “Our organization provides a wonderful environment for our members not only to share their love of music but also to develop deep and lasting friendships. We invite all women who love to sing to join us. There are no auditions, just the willingness to learn and have fun.”

Animaterra is a women’s chorus in the Monadnock Region that celebrates world cultures and diversity, and promotes peace and understanding through song. It offers an environment of learning and shared musical artistry in which women, whether beginners or experienced, can express themselves through music. No auditions are required-just a love of singing.

Information about how to join will be available at the reception. The event is free of charge.

For more information, call 603-209-3304, send e-mail to animaterrasings@gmail.com, or
visit http://www.animaterrasings.org.

Wyman 250th Anniversary Dance | Keene

The Wyman Tavern Celebration Dance will be held on July 28th, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.

The featured dance master will be David Millstone and the musicians will be the “Wyman Tavern Players” (Joyce Crouch, piano, Rebecca McCallum, fiddle, and Carol Compton, recorders). David will call dances from the 18th Century to the present. Refreshments will be served.

Period dress is encouraged, but not required.   Admission is $8.00.

From 7:00 to 8:00 pm, dancers are welcome to visit the Wyman Tavern to walk through one of the region’s oldest and most historic homes.  For more information, contact Kathy Schillemat at 603-352-1895 or hscc@hsccnh.org.

Wyman Tavern 250th Anniversary | Keene

The Wyman Tavern is celebrating its 250th Anniversary this summer.

To begin the celebration, the Historical Society of Cheshire County will host a Birthday Festival at the Wyman Tavern (339 Main Street, Keene) on June 16th from 11 am to 4 pm.  The festival will include crafts and foods from the Wyman Tavern period(1762-1815), re-enactors in period dress, 18th Century games, storytelling, and music from the period provided by Allison Aldrich, Hunt Smith, members of the Contra Dance band, “Trip to Nelson” (Richard and Lizza Backes and Matt Garland), young musicians from the Waldorf High School on Harp (Lily Hanft) and fiddle (Perrin Ellsworth-Heller) and others.

Admission is by donation (suggested donation: $5/person, $10/family).  Period dress encouraged but not required.  For more information, contact Kathy Schillemat at 603-352-1895 or hscc@hsccnh.org.