Community Contra Dance with Old Favorite

This month’s Community Contra Dance organized by local nonprofit Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) will feature the five-piece band Old Favorite and caller Don Veino. The dance takes place on Saturday, June 23rd at the Great Hall in Wolfeboro’s Town Hall from 7-10pm. No partners needed, family-friendly, and dancing is easily learned by all ages in the first couple dances of the evening.

The five band members of Old Favorite are old friends, who began playing together once a week for the sheer pleasure of it. And eventually, the music got so good that the band named itself—for an old Irish tune—and began playing out, first at contra dances and festivals, and then in clubs and concerts. The band knows how to drive ‘er, as they say at Cape Breton dances. Bringing disparate backgrounds, but sharing a love for well-played tunes and well-wrought songs, Old Favorite features Emery Hutchins on concertina and bodhran; flute player Sarah Hydorn; fiddler Burt Feintuch; guitarist and vocalist John Carew, and Bill Zecker on piano and octave mandolin. Don Veino is a caller out of Concord, MA who says, “I love to create opportunities for dancers to have fun, no matter the group size or level of experience.” Don has called at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) multiple times, starting in 2015 and is excited to call his first dance for the G.A.L.A. Community.

The dance takes place on Saturday, June 23rd at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall” from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, with the first half hour dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance. 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 musical performance.

The Contra Dance admission is $8.00-adults; $5.00- 6-18; 5-and under free. Large families or those under financial hardship are encouraged to pay only as able since all are welcome! Bring an extra pair of non-black-soled shoes, or brush them at the door to protect the wooden floors. See G.A.L.A. at, for volunteering or more information or contact, 603-569-1500.

Our June Workshop!

Bee-Friendly Gardens and Landscapes
Thursday, June 28th, 5:30-7:30pm
At the Chocorua Public Library
With Dr. Cathy Neal

Our next workshop is Bee-Friendly Gardens and Landscapes with Cathy Neal. This workshop takes place on Thursday, June 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Chocorua Public Library at 25 Deer Hill Rd, Chocorua, NH. This workshop is generously funded by the Tamworth Foundation and comprises a series of five Tamworth workshops. We are very excited for this opportunity.

Dr. Cathy Neal is an Extension Professor and horticulture specialist at the University of New Hampshire. She works with property owners and landscapers to help them select and care for landscape plants in sustainable ways focusing on establishing pollinator habitat, wildflower meadows, and rain gardens. She is the author of several fact sheets and books including Best Plants for New Hampshire Gardens and Landscapes, and Planting for Pollinators in Northern New England. In her spare time, she watches and photographs the birds and bees in her own garden. We are so lucky to have her!

This workshop will help you think like a bee! We’ve all heard that honey bees are declining, but here in NH we have many other pollinators that are also important to agriculture and the environment. Learn about what our native bees and other pollinators need to survive. You can help support these pollinators, even on a small scale, by planting flowers and making safe places for the bees to live. We’ll discuss the best plants for bees, how to create a meadow garden, and how to make simple nesting boxes. Plant some seeds and take home a seedling to start your bee-friendly garden! Please come comfortably dressed for the weather in case we are planting outside.

This workshop takes place on Thursday, June 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Chocorua Public Library at 25 Deer Hill Rd in Chocorua Village, NH. 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.


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