Contra Dance – Oct 22nd with Alice Morris


Community members dancing in the Great Hall during last month’s dances.

The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by G.A.L.A. continues on Saturday, October 22nd 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 beginner 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 Alice Morris, who, although she began long before in the Midwest, has called dances around New England for 15 years.

Fiddle, piano, hammered dulcimer and Irish flute are just some of the instruments played by this 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.

Pianist Demaris Rohsenow has also played hammered dulcimer, recorder and concertina in her 40 year career performing in both concerts and contra dances..

Meredith Village Savings Bank generously sponsored this month’s contradance. More information is at or 603-539-6460.

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 is invited to pay what they can and no one will be turned away for financial reasons. 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.

Meredith Village Savings Bank generously sponsored this month’s Contra Dance. For more information about this event call the office at 603-539-6460, or email

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