Quiet Corner Contra


Friday, October 6, we welcome back to the bandstand The Wild Notes (John Kalinowski, accordion; Kasha Breau, keyboard; and Micky Koth, fiddle). Since 1998 they’ve been the band that “will change your O’Doul’s to Guinness.” You’re gonna love contra dancing to this terrific threesome. Read about them here. Don Heinold will be the caller for this dance.

Friday, November 3, we welcome three chicks—The Boom Chicks, to be exact. We’re talking about Julie Sorcek on flute and sax, Kasha Breau on keyboard, and Mickey Koth with her fiddle. “When ‘boom chuck’ just doesn’t do it for ya,” these three will get you dancing.” Read about them here. The caller for this event will be Don Veino. Note that due to a scheduling conflict only this event will be held at Mill Brook Place, 1267 Main St., Coventry (opposite the Bidwell Tavern; look for the CONTRA DANCE sign).

The November HCD Quiet Corner Contra dance will be held at Mill Brook Place.

December 1: Dogtown with caller Paul Wilde.
December 31: Wee Merry Banshees with callers Don Heinold & Jen Jasenski. This special HCD New Year’s Eve contra dance will be held at 1st Church in Middletown. See more information here.
January 5: Kingfisher with caller Jim Gregory.
February 2: Headwaters with caller Bill Fischer.
March 1: Dead Sea Squirrels with caller George Thompson.
April 5: First Time Stringband with Caller Jen Jesenski.
May 3: Headwaters with caller Rich Sbardella.
June 7: Wry Bred with caller Steve Holland.

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 7:30–10:30 p.m., with a free workshop for beginners from 7:15–7:30. 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. See a video of one of our dances here. Find out 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 $13 and $6 for students (with ID, please). Children 12 and under are admitted free. 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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