2nd-Saturday Contra


In addition to filling out the waiver/contact-tracing form described on the home page, we recommend that all those attending HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances are vaccinated, boosted, and masked. 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.

Saturday, December 10, we’ll have a wild contra time dancing to the Wild Notes (Mickey Koth on fiddle, flute, whistle and recorder; John Kalinowski on concertina, accordion, fife, spoons and bones; and Kasha Breau on harp, piano and vocals. Read about this great contra band here, and hear them play at a contra dance here. The caller will be Steve Holland.

Saturday, December 31, come celebrate the coming of 2023 with our New Year’s Eve Contra Extravaganza at First Church, 190 Court Street, Middletown (directions here; parking behind the church and on the street), from 8:00–12:15, with a lesson at 7:45 and a toast at midnight. Music will be provided by The Wee Merry Banshees (Mickey Koth, fiddle; Robert Messore, guitar; and Liz Raymond, fiddle), with callers Don Heinold and Jen Jasenski. Suggested donation for this event only: adults, $20; students, $15. Feel free to bring finger foods to share. More information here.

Not enough contra dancing for you? Check out HCD’s other contra events, HCD Quiet Corner Contra Dances, held in Coventry on the first Friday of every month (except summers). More information here.

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.

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.

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 is made up of (l. to r.) Steve, Rob (chair), Pam, Jen, Sal, Jay, Brad, Victoria, Haley, and Bill.

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.

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