2nd-Saturday Contra

Dogtown will supply the music at our March dance.

Saturday, March 14, the music of Dogtown will be coming to us from Amherst, featuring Becky Miller on fiddle and piano; Tom Randall on piano, guitar, and mandolin; and Norb Spencer on accordion and piano. See and hear them play at one of our past dances here. The caller for this dance will be Rich Sbardella.
Saturday, April 11, we welcome New Haven’s venerable (since 1978) contra dance band The Fiddleheads—Jim Sirch, banjo, whistles, bodhrán; Willow Sirch, fiddle; Gary Wikfors, mandolin, mando-ephemera; and Norman Plankey, guitar. Read about them here and enjoy their music here. They’ll be joined by callers George Thompson and our own Jen Jasenski.
Saturday, May 9, we’re pleased to welcome back The Dead Sea Squirrels, i.e., Craig Edwards (fiddle, banjo, button accordion, guitar, mandolin, and vocals), Cathy Mason (fiddle), and Henry Yoshimura (guitar). Enjoy some of their music here, and meet up with them on Facebook here.

Our monthly 2nd-Saturday contra dances are held from 7:30–10:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Griffith Academy 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.

More photos here.

The regular adult admission for the monthly HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances is $12, $5 for students (with ID), and free for volunteers and children 12 and under. We are currently running a get-in-free promotion: If you haven’t danced with us in 2016–18, we’ll admit you for free; if you have danced with us but bring a friend who has not, we’ll admit both of you for free. In exchange for a half hour of their time, volunteers are also admitted free. 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.

Refreshments are provided halfway through regularly scheduled 2nd-Saturday Contra dances.

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 printable schedule of upcoming 2nd-Saturday Contra dances and all other HCD events here.

View a slideshow of a recent 2nd-Saturday Contra dance here.

View a video of a recent 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, and Haley.

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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