Autumn Equinox Dance Sept. 27th



Bring songs to sing from 5 until 6:30 – we’re going with an animal theme this time.

Please bring a dish to share during the potluck, and a plate and utensils for yourself, if you want to be environmentally friendly.

Beginners are welcome at this dance – contra dancing is for everyone, regardless of experience!

New Moon Dance this Saturday!

JPG New Moon DanceThis Saturday, June 28th, learn to flirt the old fashioned way – community singing and dancing at Dewey Memorial Hall on Main Street in Sheffield.

Here’s the order of events:
singing school 4:30 – 6:30 pm
potluck supper 6:30 – 7:30 pm
contra dancing 7:30 – 11:00 pm

Community Singing School in the “Shaped Note” style of The Sacred Harp
Led by Allison Steel
Sacred Harp is foot-stompingly powerful four-part harmony a cappella singing and one of America’s oldest musical traditions. (more info below)
Contra Dance
music by Calamity Physics, with guest fiddler Eric Buddington
Called by Steve Howland
Contra dancing is a form of social dancing — like square dancing, but better. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience level.

$8 students | $10 adults | max. $25 for families with children under 12

The Sacred Harp is a hymnal, first published in the 1840s, containing a wide variety of sacred music with roots in folk songs, fiddle tunes, ballads, plainsong… The book features “shaped note” notation, a system invented in Albany in 1802 to help people learn how to read music.  The terms “Sacred Harp” or “Shaped Note” now refer to the style of music associated with the hymnal (which was last republished in 1991).  All levels of experience (and inexperience) are welcome. Songbooks will be provided.  Learn more about Sacred Harp:


New Moon Dance

New Moon Dance
And Sacred Harp Singing School
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
at Dewey Memorial Hall
Rt. 7 in Sheffield Mass.
music by
Calamity Physics
With special guest fiddler Eric Buddington
and calling by
Steve Howland
and Sacred Harp (Shaped Note) singing school led by
Allison Steel
4:30-6:30 Singing school, no experience necessary
6:30-7:30 Potluck supper, bring a dish to share
7:30-8:00 Family dance for beginners and kids
8:00-11:00 Contra Dance

Thanks for coming!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to our Spring Fever Dance last night!  It was a rip-roaring delight!

Thank you to Fern Bradley for calling and to Eli Hetko, Alex Kramer, and Erin Lobb from the 5 Mile String Band for playing the night away!

Remember, our next dance is on Saturday, June 28th

1st Annual Spring Fever Dance

On Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
the Sheffield Contra Dancers and Dewey Memorial Hall proudly present

The 1st Annual Spring Fever Dance

with Fern Bradley
and the 5 Mile String Band

5:30-6:30  Community sing-along
6:30-7:30  Potluck supper: bring a dish to share & please bring your own plate and utensils.
7:30-8:00  Family dance: dances geared toward children and beginners.
8:00-11:00 Contra dances
$10 adults
$8 students
and no more than $25 for families with children under 12
No experience necessary.  Fun for all ages.
The 5 Mile String Band: Eli Hetko, Alex Kramer, Erin Lobb photo: Victor Kashirin

The 5 Mile String Band: Eli Hetko, Alex Kramer, Erin Lobb
photo: Victor Kashirin