Community Contra Dance Sat. June 22, 7-10 pm

Photo credit Elissa Paquette


The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by G.A.L.A. will host its last dance of the current season on Saturday, June 22. 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. Shari was led to her first contra dance in Dover, NH back in 2007 and has been fully engaged in it ever since.

Music will be provided by Cathy Mason and Sarah Jane Nelson.

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.

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 the website at, call the office at 603-569-1500, or email

More than 200 bags collected from Town Cleanup Day

A little rain didn’t deter the many volunteers who showed up last Saturday morning at G.A.L.A.’s building on Bay St. to participate in the annual Town Cleanup Day.  More than 200 bags were handed out, along with gloves and vests donated by Huggins Hospital, as volunteers tackled one street at a time, determined no litter was left behind.  Along with the many full blue bags placed along the roadside for collection by Town of Wolfeboro Solid Waste were tires, mailbox pieces, and other items ranging from couch cushions to a toolbox.  As of Sunday afternoon, the town filled three pickup truck loads of blue bags and debris with many more left to gather this week.  

Every year seems to draw a few more volunteers.  This year’s event coordinator, Ivette Babylon, used the Huggins Hospital sponsorship to purchase more signs and a banner for Pickering Corner, which apparently made a difference.  Volunteers fueled up with coffee donated by Lucas Roasting and homemade muffins donated by Ivette.   G.A.L.A. thanks all of the volunteers who helped show their small-town pride by participating in this year’s cleanup effort.  Of course, any day is a good day to pick up litter, just be sure that if you are near the roads you wear bright colors and be mindful of traffic.  If you would like to lend a hand in helping to coordinate next year’s cleanup effort contact G.A.L.A. Board Member, Ivette Babylon by calling 603-569-0169 or

NH Makerspaces are getting organized!

Look out! Makerspaces from across NH are getting organized thanks to the support from the NH State Council on the Arts. G.A.L.A. was proud to host the most recent meeting of this budding network and be joined by a couple of great guest speakers from FIRST Lego League, Frank Grossman and Kristi Scarponi. Thank you Robert Cole for taking some great photos from the event! Check out the rest of the photos here:

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