When’s the next contra dance in Boscawen?

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It remains to be seen when we’ll once again be able to gather and dance in the Boscawen Town Hall. The scheduled lineup is below but check back to find out if these dances are actually happening.

Note that the Parson Sisters, a New Mexico duo previously announced as performing in June, have canceled their East Coast tour.

Mar. 16 CANCELED Tony Parkes with the High-Strung Strummers

Apr. 18  CANCELED Tod Whittemore with Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki & Sue Hunt

May 16  CANCELED Yaron Shragai with Tom Moreau & Dave Moore

June 20  Alice Morris & Gale Wood with yet-to-be-determined band (free!)

no dances July or August

Sept. 19  to be determined

Oct. 17  to be determined

Nov. 21  Tony Parkes with the Montville Project (free!)

Dec. 19  Dudley Laufman’s Winter Solstice Dance

Dances are held on the third Saturday of the month from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Boscawen Town Hall, in the basement of the Boscawen Congregational Church at 12 High Street near the junction of Routes 3 and 4.

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(The ground-level Boscawen Town Hall sign is hard to see even in daylight; just look for the church and have faith that the hall is underneath it.)

It’s really easy to find the church if you follow these directions: from I-93 take Exit 17 (17W if southbound) and follow signs for U.S. Route 4 West to Boscawen. You’ll go “straight” through a roundabout and a traffic light.  About 4 miles from the interstate, you’ll need to take a slight left turn to stay on Route 4 West. The church will be on your right after that turn. Overflow parking is available across the street at the fire station.

Be aware that GPS programs or online map services may want to take you somewhere else–like the Boscawen town office building or High Street in Concord’s nearby Penacook village.

Admission is $8 (one dollar off last year’s price thanks to an anonymous gift) while dancers aged 15-25 get in for $5 and those under 15 are admitted free.

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(This picture was taken at the East Concord Community Center, where the dance was held from 1995 to 2018.)

Never done this contra dance stuff before? If you can walk and process the caller’s spoken instructions, you can do this. It helps if you know left from right but that’s not absolutely required. The caller and a bunch of experienced dancers will be happy to guide you. All dances are walked through with instructions before the music begins and the caller will continue to remind you of the steps once the tune’s underway. You don’t need to bring a partner to the dance–but you’re welcome to bring a partner and/or friends and family.

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