Nearly New Years

It’s time Sheffield Contra’s New Years Dance. Hope you can join us!

Check out our Facebook event to learn more:

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:

Strawberry Season Dance TONIGHT!

Hey guys! Tonight we’ll be hosting our annual “Strawberry Season” dance tonight.  And…(spoiler alert)…there will be strawberries for snacking!  Our very own committee member Hannah Chamberlain will be calling, and music will be provided by the downright virtuosic musicians Clara Stickney and Jamie Oshima.

The dance will start at 7:30 PM with a quick lesson, as usual, with the main event running between 8:00 and 11:00.  Suggested donations are $8 for students, $10-15 for adults, and a max of $25 for families.  And again, the location is at Dewey Memorial Hall on 91 Main St., in Sheffield, MA.  Call us at 413.717.1255 if you have questions. Click here to download the poster.

October Contradance 2017

Come out to Dewey Hall on Saturday, the 28th of October and contra dance to the music of Cedar Stanistreet, with Alison Stevens calling.

7:30-8:00 | Beginner contra lesson
8:00-11:00 | Contra dancing with music from Cedar Stanistreet

Details of the band members to follow soon!

Suggested donations: $8 for students, $10-15 for adults. No experience necessary, contra dances are all taught. No partner necessary, either! We’ll see you there!

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