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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:
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/sep/30/shape-note-singing

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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

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

A Marvelous Moondance

On Saturday, October 26th,
the Sheffield Contra Dancers and Dewey Hall present

A MARVELOUS MOONDANCE with the Russet Trio
and caller Eric Hollman

5:30-6:30  Community sing along: Led by musical cousins Ruth Kress & Isaac Shipman.
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 dancing!
$10 adults
$8 students
and no more than $25 for families with children under 12
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Announcing: Band and Caller for Spring Fever Dance

Folks, we have a band! And a caller!
The Spring Fever Dance will be called by Eric Hollman and we’ll enjoy music from David Paton‘s band, Wildcat Creek.
To kick off this new dance series we’re going ALL OUT! The evening of Saturday, March 23rd will include singing, dancing, and a pot luck.
4:30-6:00 Community singing.
Folk songs, show tunes, and rounds. All ages welcome
6:00-7:00 Pot luck supper. 
Please bring your own plates and utensils, and a dish to share
7:00-8:00 Instruction and Family Dancing 
Great for beginning dancers of all ages
8:00-11:00 Contra and Square Dances
Everyone welcome
Come for the singing, come for the dinner, come for the dancing, come for the conviviality!
Saturday, March 23rd, 4:30-11:00 pm
Dewey Hall, Sheffield Center, MA
$10 adults
$8 students
and no more than $25 for families with children under 12