Quiet Corner Contra


Other than filling out the waiver/contact-tracing form described on the home page, for those attending HCD Quiet Corner Contra dances there are no other pandemic related restrictions.

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.

Friday, January 6, we welcome back some old friends of ours, the New Haven contra dance band Fifer’s Delight, playing their cache of “eclectic, traditional tunes with plenty of punch; good bass, midrange and treble to keep the toes tapping.” Read all about them on their Facebook page here. With them will be caller Liz Nelson.

Friday, February 3, the First Time String Band, made up Sally Rogers, Howie Bursen, Deck Nieforth, and Dan Lanier, will have you rushing to get on the dance floor. These four will have you not only dancing but snapping your fingers to their beat. The caller for the evening will be Jen Jasenski.

Not enough contra dancing for you? Check out HCD’s other contra events, HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances, held in Wethersfield on the second Saturday of every month. More information here.

HCD Quiet Corner Contra dances are held on the first Friday of each month (except no dances in July and August) at the Patriots Park Lodge, Coventry, from 8:00–11:00 p.m., with a free workshop for beginners from 7:45–8:00. We have a live band at all our dances, and each dance is taught and prompted by a caller. Our dances are smoke-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free. Find our more about contra dancing in general here, and read about our other monthly contra dance, the HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dance here.

The regular adult admission for our monthly contra dances is $12 and $6 for students (with ID, please). Children 12 and under are admitted free but must be vaccinated. There is no additional charge for the home-made refreshments we provide, nor is there an extra fee for enjoying the awesome view of Coventry Lake. If our admission charges represent a hardship for you, please let us know. We are willing to work with you.

View a video of a typical HCD Quiet Corner Contra dance here.

The HCD Quiet Corner Contra Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Dennis, Joyce, and Ruth.

The HCD Quiet Corner Contra Committee will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch with them concerning HCD Quiet Corner Contra by completing the form below.

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