Community Contra Dance with Binding Energy & Shari Shakti

Photo credit Elissa Paquette

The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by G.A.L.A. continues on Saturday, October 27th at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall”. Dances run from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with the first half hour dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance, and neither experience nor a partner is required. Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines and enjoy the live music.

Many first-time dancers are planning to return for another evening of great music and fun. Instruction and the evening’s calls will be from long-time contra caller Shari Shakti, accompanied by the back-by-popular demand band, Binding Energy.

Shari was led to her first contra dance in Dover, NH back in 2007 and has been fully engaged in it ever since. She now lives back in her home state of Maine and has discovered the joy of calling, with incredibly rich mentorship from Dugan & Dela Murphy. Her first full night of calling at the 2017 Portland, ME (PICD)Halloween dance, found her sporting a symbolic butterfly outfit, representing the spreading of her official calling wings.

Since then, Shari has called a variety of dances, ranging in size from small to 120+ dancers. She enjoys the diversity and watching the dancers having fun! She has called in ME, NH, MA, and CT so far. She has also participated in a Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts fundraiser dance, HenryFest in Yarmouth, ME, Portland’s Congress Square Park, and will call as a part of Beantown Stomp (March 2019) in Cambridge, MA. She’s looking forward to more travel and opportunities to spread the joy that is contra dancing!

Fiddle, piano, hammered dulcimer and Irish flute are just some of the instruments played by Saturday evening’s three musicians, who share musical specialties, including Celtic, French-Canadian and Scottish music.

Dr. Paul Lizotte, fiddler with Boston-based Floorplay, who in his spare time is a professor of English at Nashua’s Rivier University, has been playing fiddle for 20 years, including being awarded a NH Humanities Council Traditional Arts Apprentice grant for further studies with fiddle master Rodney Miller. Irish whistle and wooden flute musician and instructor Jim DiCarlo has, when not teaching physics, performed for 20 years with some of the northeast’s top fiddlers. Brad Robinson will join in on guitar.

Dance admission fees are as follows: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for 6yr-18yr olds, and 5yr and under free. Anyone experiencing financial hardship or large families are welcome to pay as able. In an effort to protect the newly refinished wood floor in the Great Hall participants are encouraged to bring an extra pair of shoes for dancing that do not have a black sole. If you are unable to bring extra shoes there will be a brush at the door for you to remove dirt and snow before entering.

G.A.L.A. is also looking to fill a few volunteer shifts for the dances this year if you are interested. Attendees and community members are also encouraged to bring a snack to share for the snack table for it turns out that dancing can build an appetite! If you do bring a snack, G.A.L.A. asks you to consider healthy options with little or no processed sugar, such as nuts, crackers and cheese, fruit, or chips and salsa for example.

For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer visit their website at, call the office at 603-569-1500, or email

November Workshop

Knife Sharpening & Tool Care

With Geoffrey Burke

Sat., November 3rd, 9-11am
At the Tamworth Town House

We are excited to announce the next feature in the 2018 NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience.  Our next workshop is Knife Sharpening and Tool Care with Geoffrey Burke. This workshop takes place on Saturday, November 3rd from 9 – 11 am at the Tamworth Town House at 27 Cleveland Hill Rd. This workshop is generously funded by the Tamworth Foundation and comprises a series of five Tamworth workshops. We are very excited for this next feature!

Tamworth resident Geoffrey Burke has been professionally building all-wood traditional small craft for over 35 years. He has taught boatbuilding for many years and in many locations including the WoodenBoat school in Brooklin, ME, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, VT,  and our own Community School in Tamworth, NH. Geoff has his own shop and has cared for and maintained all of his tools over the years.

Are you knives “duller than an old boot”? Is using your scissors like cutting wood with a butter knife? We can fix that! In this workshop Geoff will cover the theory and practice of sharpening all sorts of edged household tools and cutlery. We will look at what you need in the way of sharpening stones, hones, and grinders without breaking the bank. We will practice the techniques needed to get your implements truly sharp.

All the sharpening tools and stones will be provided; just bring whatever you have that needs to be sharpened and some safety glasses/eye protection. This includes knives, scissors, lawn mowers, chisels, planes, screwdrivers (yes, they need to be sharp), axes, shovels, scythes, and any other type of hand or power tool that has a sharpenable blade or edge.

This workshop takes place on Saturday, November 3rd from 9 – 11 am at the Tamworth Town House at 27 Cleveland Hill Rd. The cost to participate in the workshop is $15 to hold your place. Pre-registration is specifically requested for this event to be sure enough supplies will be provided. Please register HERE  or by calling 603-539-6460.

You can also follow along on our Facebook page!

Community Makerspace Visioning Night, Tuesday, Oct 9th

Curious about what’s going on at 23 Bay St.? The former site of Wolfeboro Power Equipment was purchased last fall by local nonprofit Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) to establish a Community Makerspace. This milestone was made possible with a grant from the Northern Borders Regional Commission matched by a successful grassroots fundraising campaign.


Last month more than 70 people convened at the Wolfeboro Town Hall for the first of two community-wide visioning nights. The tremendous about of feedback generated from that event has been summarized and used to plan this next follow-up event happening Tuesday, October 9th, 5:30-8:00pm at All Saint’s Church in Wolfeboro.

Tuesday’s event will be informative and engaging for people who are brand new to the concept of a makerspace, as well as those who have attended previous G.A.L.A. visioning nights and hard hat tours. This is the final public forum before floor plans will be generated by the team of architects.

This event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments will be provided, as well as a supervised “kids corner” to help make the event more accessible for families. Both year-round residents and visitors alike are encouraged to attend.

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