On February 29, 2024

BarnArts holds second community Contra Dance of the year on Friday

Courtest BarnArts
BarnArts Center for the Arts is hosting its second Community Contra Dance on March 1 at Barnard Town Hall. The event  features a potluck, dancing, and music by Blind Squirrel. Participants are welcome of all ages and experience levels, and partners are encouraged to mix and swap. The event is free, and donations are appreciated.

Friday, March 1, at 6 p.m.—BARNARD­—The next BarnArts Community Contra Dance will be held at the Barnard Town Hall, 115 North Road, Barnard on Friday, March 1. A potluck begins at 6 p.m. and dancing will go from 6:30-9 p.m. The potluck part of the event, sponsored by The Mountain School, will feature a plethora of dishes from the unique Vershire school’s cooking class.

Music will be provided by local favorites Blind Squirrel with calling by Erin Smith. Blind Squirrel features Upper Valley musicians and ardent dancers Erin Smith and Steve Hoffman on fiddle, Suzanne Long on fiddle/cello, Christina Jeske on whistle, and Chip Hedler on guitar.

They have been an ensemble for nearly a decade and their love of the music and the joy ofplaying together for dancers keeps them going. Their repertoire draws on French Canadian, southern old-time, celtic, and northern New England traditions.

All ages and experience levels are welcome to join in on the fun! Many students from The Mountain School will be in attendance, learning contra dancing for the first time. Come with a group, as a couple, or by yourself and be ready for a lively night making new friends. Partners are mixed and matched before each dance and everyone has plenty of dancing opportunities.

Community members are also welcome to just come for the potluck, watch the dancing,and see what it’s all about.

Please bring indoors shoes to keep the dance floor clean.

The event is free, with donations appreciated.

For more info and to reserve a spot, visit: barnarts.org.

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