Celebrate New Year’s with Contra Dances

[feather_share] December 28, 2014

Contra dancing is very popular in the Monadnock region.  While often confused with country line dancing, it is really more like square dancing except that partners face each other in a line (opposite, or contra, to each other).  There is a caller and live music accompaniment.  This week there are two contra dances that feature accompaniment by Hunt and Allison Smith, and others.

Hunt & Allison Nelson Town Hall


Ring Out the Old in Nelson

Each year the Monadnock Folklore Society organizes a New Year's Eve contra dance and pot luck dinner at Nelson Town Hall. The dinner starts at 7:00; dancing follows at 8:00.  This year musicians and callers include Allison Adrich, Hunt Smith, Harvey Tolman, Roger Treat, Lloyd Carr, Lisa Sieverts, Matt Garland, Perin Ellsworth-Heller and others. Cost is $5.00; utensils and dinnerware provided.

Ring in the New in Keene

On Friday (January 2) Keene Public Library hosts a family contra dance with calling by Allison Aldrich Smith, who will also play accordion. Hunt Smith will join her on fiddle.There will also be square and circle dances. The fun, free event, held in Heberton Hall, begins at 6:30.

A Special Congratulations

Hunt and Allison will be playing for Governor Maggie Hassan’s Inauguration Open House along with the Live Free and Pie Contra Dance Orchestra!  The Orchestra is Matthew Garland, Brea Arvidson, Samuel, Sarah and Rachel Foucher.  Their performance will be held on January 8 from 4:40 – 6:30 at the State House in Concord.


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