UPCOMING HCD 2ND-SATURDAY CONTRA DANCES
All attendees must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. Masks are optional (please bring your own). Also, as was the case prior to the pandemic, drinking water and paper cups will be provided, but if you prefer not sharing the water spigot with others, feel free to bring your own water. For details on special COVID related requirements, see the home page. Finally, because of the possibility of last-minute changes, check back here before coming to ensure our dance is still on.
Saturday, October 8, we welcome back the band Dogtown (Becky Miller on fiddle and piano; Tom Randall on piano, banjo, guitar, and mandolin; and Norb Spencer on accordion). They’re well known for old time country songs and hot northern and southern fiddle tunes. See and hear them play for one of our past dances here. The caller will be Yaron Shagri (of the band Chimney Swift).
Saturday, November 12, we’ll be dancing to a new—well, new to us—musical group, French Toast (Anna Bosnick, fiddle; Helen White, flute; and Robin Russell, keyboards), three jolly ladies from the New York metro area who play high-energy contras with an emphasis on great French Canadian tunes—hence, French Toast. Rich Sbardella will be the caller.
Our monthly 2nd-Saturday contra dances are held from 7:30–10:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield. If you’re new to contra dancing, or even if you want to brush up on your contra moves, join us prior to the dance, at 7:15, for a free beginner’s workshop. All contra dances are taught and prompted by the caller and our dances are smoke-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free. Find out more about contra dancing in general here, and read about our other monthly contra dance, the HCD Quiet Corner Contra dance here.
The regular adult admission for the monthly HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances is $13, $5 for students (with ID), and free for kids under 13 (must be vaccinated) and volunteers in exchange for 30 minutes of their time. Maximum per family: $30. If you’d like to be included on our roster of prospective volunteers, complete the form at the bottom of this page, including your name, email address, and “I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER” in the Subject field. Finally, if our admission charges represent a hardship for you, let us know. We are willing to work with you.
HCD CONTRA BULLETIN
We publish a newsletter, the HCD Contra Bulletin, that we email to our dancers a few days prior to each of our regular 2nd-Saturday Contra dances, reminding them of the upcoming dance and providing them with information about the dance. You can see the most recent edition of our newsletter here, and if you’d like to be added to the list of those who receive it, complete the form at the bottom of this page by including your name, email address, and “SIGN ME UP” in the Subject field of the form.
STILL GOT QUESTIONS?
If we haven’t answered all your questions about our HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances, we’ve prepared an FAQ flyer that might be just what you need. View or download it here.
View a video of a typical 2nd-Saturday Contra dance here.
The HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra Committee will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch with them concerning HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra by completing the form below.