Community Contra Dance, April 23rd with Puckerbrush


The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) continues on Saturday, April, 23rd at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s newly renovated “Great Hall”. Last month’s dance had a great turnout with more than 80 attendees joining in this traditional community event. 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. 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.

The headline band for April’s dance is Puckerbrush, a lively quartet of musicians who live in the puckerbrush of northern New Hampshire and western Maine. They play acoustic music from the Old-time, Celtic and French Canadian traditions, with a little bit of Klezmer and Nordic music showing up at times. The band is made up of Shana Aisenberg, from Wolfeboro NH, playing fiddle and mandolin; Gale Johnsen, from Porter ME, on fiddle; Peter Kimball, from Ossipee NH, on guitar; and Candace Maher, from Eaton NH, playing accordion, cello, flute, and penny-whistle. Eric Rolnick will be calling the dance with the Puckerbrush. Eric is from Conway and you may have also seen him with the Mango Groove Caribbean steel band.

Dance admission fees are as follows: $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, and $3.00 for children under 12, and $25 for a household of up to seven people. 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. For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer visit their website at, call the office at 603-539-6460, or email

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