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About adventuresofaleece

Candidate for MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Formerly Executive Director of the BerkShares local currency program in Western Massachusetts and Director of Programs at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. Former line cook and prep cook at Txikito Cocina Vasca. Writer, teacher, and traveler.

Nov 2019 Contra

Harvest Moon Contra on Sat. Sept. 22nd

In keeping with time-honored tradition, our September 22nd “Harvest Moon Contra” will be graced by the music of our very own Mountain Laurel Band! Calling will be by David Kaynor. Invite your friends!

7:30 – 8:00 PM – Beginner’s lesson
8:00 – 11:00 PM – Contra dancing
All dances taught. No partner or experience necessary.

Suggested donation: Student: $8 | Adult: $10-15 | Family: $25 max.

The Mountain Laurel Band, which includes Joe Baker, Bonner McAllister, and Donny MacLean, was the house band for the Sheffield Contra Dance for a very long time, and we are honored to have them back every September.


Photo credit: B. Docktor Photography, used by permission

Thanks to B. Docktor for allowing us to share her photo from the dance tent at Oldtone Roots Music Festival. We think it captures the joy of contra dancing beautifully! You can find out more about B. Docktor Photography at her website:

Save these dates! Sheffield Contra 2017

This just in: Quena Crain will call our next dance on June 24th 2017. Our dancing and her calling will be accompanied by music from “Crosstrail,” made up of Eric Buddington, Tony Pisano, and Becky Hollingsworth.

And while you’re keying that in to your calendar, save the dates for our September 30th and December 30th dances, too. CHANGE OF PLANS! Our fall dance will now take place on Saturday, October 28th, (with Cedar Stanistreet) and our winter dance will take place on Friday, December 29th, (with music by Riptide and calling by Jon Greene!)

2017 season contra poster