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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Rochester Caller’s Collective
Band:  Tempest!

Come celebrate Peggy’s Birthday with us!

Tempest featuring swinging guitar by Chuck Abell and high-energy fiddling by Tim Ball.  The callers (Sharon Perry, Chuck Abell, Margaret Mathews, Maxine McDonald, and Bob Fabinski) are a local group of callers who meet regularly in the Dempsey living room to try out new dances and practice calling skills.  And tonight, which just happens to be Peggy Dempsey’s birthday, is the perfect evening to celebrate birthdays, dancing, calling, dynamic musicians, and our great community.  Don’t miss this dance!

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   David Eisenstadter
Band:  Montage

Jane Knoeck on keyboards, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin and banjo.  This trio of amazing musicians plays music with a sophisticated French accent:  wacky, unconventional, quirky and energetic, their music is always fun and danceable.  We welcome back David Eisenstadtler who called for us in July.  We truly enjoyed his dances and can’t wait to hear what he brings us this month.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Contranella

Welcome Back to Megan and Charlie Beller with John Wobus!  With style and improvisation, this group brings an excitement to dances not to be missed.  One of our local favorites, Sharon Perry, will be calling tonight.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Fern Bradley
Band:  Serendipity

Serendipity is Molly Jaynes, fiddle, Laurie Williams, flute, and Barb Seppeler, keyboard. Fern Bradley has been part of the mid-Atlantic and New England dance scene for more than 25 years. New dancers and experienced dancers alike appreciate her relaxed teaching style, warm voice, and her knack for choosing dances that are just the right fit for the mix of dancers on the floor.  What could be better than dancing to live music?  Come on out and join us.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg
Band:  Eric Rounds, Mark Henry and Brian Williams

Great local musicians will be on stage tonight with the easy-to-dance-to, wonderful-to-listen-to music.  Tom and Myra are Canadian callers, who specialize in leading dances for all ages and levels of experience. They bring people together on the dance floor with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fun.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins

Band:  Over and Under

Sherry Nevins is coming from Seattle to call for us. Come find out what dances are popular on the Left coast!

Over and Under is a long-time favorite local band.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: David Eisenstadter!
Band: Free Raisins!

A young caller from Nelson New Hampshire teams up with Free Raisins, a Boston based band playing energetic New England contra dance music. Free Raisins is Audrey Knuth on Fiddle, Jeff Kaufmann on Mandolin Trumpet and Feet, and Amy Engelsberg on Piano and Accordion.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Maxine MacDonald
Band: Harmonic Vines (Tom Santarsiero, Werner Cuesters and Anne Maroney)

 Excellent, seasoned musicians in a new band formation will provide fun and danceable music.  Maxine is known for her well-chosen dances and perfectly timed calls.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Orzechowski and Ball

Tim Ball on fiddle and Sophie Orzechowski on accordion with Chuck adding in some guitar, we’ll have high-powered music tonight.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald and Bob Fabinski
Band:  Oxymorons

Come on out for a good time and to recognize and appreciate our local musicians and callers.  Our local talent are the strong foundation on which we build our weekly dance and we’re so glad to have them in our community.  Two familiar dancer/callers, Bob Fabinski and Maxine McDonald will share the stage tonight with their well-chosen dances.  Musicians will be long-time fiddler Bob Berch, piano player Margaret Mathews, and Jeff Folkins playing concertina and percussion, Chris DeGolyer on accordion, and Mark Dumont on Flute.

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