Free Program for Children

A free Wilderness Skills Workshop for Children
Sunday, December 10th

10am – 2pm
At 3 Pork Hill Rd, Ossipee, NH

Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce the next workshop in a new Youth Track of their popular Re-skill-ience Workshop Series.  The youth track will be geared toward six through twelve year-olds in the same homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills that have defined G.A.L.A.’s ongoing workshops. These hands-on classes are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience, this time with a focus on youth! The next workshop in the series is titled Wander and Wonder – a Wilderness Skills Workshop for Kids, and will be led by Tom Belluscio, certified Maine Wilderness Guide and Certified First Responder. Also, this class is free!

 

Grab your coat and other winter attire along with water and a packed lunch, because on Sunday, December 10th we’re hitting the woods with Tom Belluscio for four hours of adventure, fun, and learning!

 

Tom will kick things off with a crackling campfire and a brief chat on how to prepare for being outdoors in the winter. From there we will explore the surrounding woodland for animal tracks as we gather natural materials for the next portion of the class — shelter building! Tom will teach about just what it takes to spend a comfortable night in the woods. Once our proper shelters are built, Tom will wrap things up with a bit of a challenge. Can you get a fire going if you only had one match? The workshop will end with a recap of the day, a cup of hot cocoa and s’mores!

 

This free youth track class takes place on Sunday, December 10th from 10am-2pm at 3 Pork Hill Rd in Ossipee, NH. This workshop is being offered for free thanks to the generous support from an anonymous donor advised fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Space is limited to 15 participants. And the age range for this class is children 6-12. Pre-register HERE or by calling 603-539-6460. Also, keep up to date with our Facebook Event. 

 

 

Let’s Dance Again!

November 25th
Community Contra Dance

7pm – 10pm
All ARE WELCOME

The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) continues on Saturday, November 25th 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.  Don Stratton will be calling the dance.  Don is a dance caller who brings a welcoming and relaxed style to the mic.  From Bristol, Vermont, he calls primarily in Vermont and surrounding states.  His repertoire includes modern New England contras as well as southern squares and big circle dances.  Through it all he strives to lead interesting dances that will bring smiles to experienced dancers and novices alike.   Don also plays fiddle for the contra dance band Red Dog Riley.   When he is not calling or playing for dances, he teaches biology at the University of Vermont.

Tom Moreau and David Moore will be providing live music to accompany Don’s calls.  Tom is a contra dance fiddler from Candia, NH.   He plays a wide variety of styles including Old Time, Quebecois and Eastern European tunes.  He also enjoys playing for couples dances. He fiddles for the contra dance duo Gypsy Minor.  He primarily plays in New Hampshire and often performs at NEFFA and the DownEast Contra Dance Festival. Tom is also an avid contra dancer and works as a software engineer.

David Moore is a piano accordionist based in Lee, NH. He primarily plays with the gypsy jazz and contra dance band Through the Culvert. David Moore has been playing music since he was 8 years old.

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 www.galacommunity.org, call the office at 603-539-6460, or email josh@galacommunity.org

 

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ABOUT CONTRA DANCES:

The name “Contra Dance” refers to partnered folk dance styles, where couples dance in two facing lines. Contra dance is a hybrid of English country dances and French court dances. At the end of the 17th century, French dancers began to incorporate the English country dances with steps from their own court dances and in turn called these dances contra-dance, or contredanse. Many of the moves called out during the dance originate from the French terminology.

The contra dance was very popular throughout America from the 1700’s well into the 1800’s, but with the arrival of the square dance, waltz, swing, and other forms of dance it’s popularity was mostly confined to rural areas. It is interesting to note that before the contra dance’s revival it was not known to be called a night of “Contra Dancing.” Rather it had other names such as: Barn Dance, Kitchen Junket, Old Timers Ball, and The Dance. These dances were held in church halls, grange halls, town halls, barns, and even places like kitchens and living rooms. There was a time in New England when contra dances were so popular that one band might be booked 6 nights in a single week!

 

Wildcrafting Witch Hazel Infusion

Make a Medicinal Witch Hazel Infusion

Saturday, November 11th
10am – 12pm
At the Tamworth Town House

Local organization Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce the next feature in their 2017 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.  The next workshop, Wildcrafting Food & Medicine in fall – making a medicinal witch hazel infusion, takes place on Saturday, November 11th from 10am – 12pm at the Tamworth Townhouse located at 27 Cleveland Hill Rd.

Carol is an incredibly skilled and practiced herbalist. She instructed four workshops for us during 2017 and this is her last one! You do not want to miss it! Join us to make traditional real witch hazel from fresh harvested twig bark to add to your medicine chest.  Witch hazel is a wonderful medicinal understory tree/shrub.  It’s astringent action is known to revitalize congested veins and prolapsed lower organs, reduce aching and night cramping of legs, clear nasal congestion, and aid skin repair whether from cuts, bruises, burns or ulcers.  It is commonly used to clean wounds, dry up a wet rash, or splash on after bathing or shaving to tone skin.

You may have never used the real thing as most bottles found in pharmacies contain water and rubbing alcohol with the synthetic scent of witch hazel.  One company makes a product with distilled witch hazel which is extracted scented oil added to rubbing alcohol and only one marketed brand is still real traditional witch hazel extract.  Therefore, you will be able to really notice this wild medicine working! Please bring a potato peeler and/or sharp whittling knife.  Also, dress for the weather rain or shine.

This workshop takes place from 10am – 12pm at the Tamworth Townhouse at 27 Cleveland Hill Rd. The cost to participate in the workshop is $20. 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.

Feel free to visit our FACEBOOK event for any updates and reads.

Hope we see you there before the snow takes over!