Community Contra Dance with Brier Hill Band, Saturday, Jan 26th 2018

(Wolfeboro, NH) The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) kicks off 2019 on Saturday, January 26th, at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall”. Dances runs 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.

The headline band for January’s dance is Brier Hill Band. Brier Hill has been playing local farmer’s markets and dances in the Wolfeboro/Ossipee area for the last six years. Named for one of the roads in Canaan Valley where they started playing, the band serves up standard New England dance tunes drawn from the French Canadian and British fiddle traditions that make up most of the contra dance repertoire. Brier Hill is comprised of Lane and Scott Evans, Patrick O’Hagin, Michael Haeger and Tim Morrison. Eric Rolnick will be calling the dance with the Brier Hill.

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 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. 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 www.galacommunity.org, call the office at 603-569-1500, or email josh@galacommunity.org

Last Night Contra Dance with String Equinox

Photo credit Elissa Paquette

The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) will deviate from its monthly 4th Saturday schedule to offer a Community Contra Dance as part of the Wolfeboro Last Night Celebrations on Monday, December 31st from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Great Hall in the Wolfeboro Town Hall. The dance will feature a live performance by String Equinox accompanied by caller Gale Wood. The first half hour will be 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. Follow up your fireworks this year with some fancy footwork at the community contra dance.

String Equinox is comprised of Beverly Woods and Shana Aisenberg. Beverly sings and plays hammered dulcimer, tsimbl, piano, organ and other keyboards, piano and chromatic button accordions, 6- and 7-string guitars, autoharp, mandolin, bouzouki, pennywhistle, hand percussion, fretted dulcimer, folk harp, concertina, nyckelharpa, tenor banjo, and hurdy-gurdy. Beverly also calls contra dances. Shana is an acoustic multi-instrumentalist, composing, playing, recording and teaching diverse styles from traditional Appalachian, Celtic and New England contradance music to eastern European Klezmer, Balkan, Nordic, bottleneck blues and jazz. Beverly and Shana Aisenburg multi-talented musicians. You can expect to see a variety of instruments highlighting some traditional contra tunes at this dance.

As part of the Wolfeboro Last Night Event, this Community Contra Dance is FREE and open to all ages. 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. For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer visit their website at www.galacommunity.org, call the office at 603-569-1500, or email aislinn@galacommunity.org

GALA Donor & Volunteer Appreciation Party 2018

 

We want to celebrate YOU! The annual G.A.L.A. Appreciation Party is one of our favorites events because the only thing on the agenda is to celebrate and honor all of the people who contribute in so many different ways to fulfilling G.A.L.A.’s mission – and that includes you! You’re invited to join us next Tuesday, December 11th, at the Wolfeboro Corinthian Yacht Club from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The ceremony and G.A.L.A. updates will start at 7pm.

As a small grassroots organization, our success is inextricably linked to the commitment and dedication of our volunteers and donors, so while we extend gratitude to the G.A.L.A. community every day, at our Appreciation Party we get to put a few people on the spot!

Join us to find out who will receive the famous Watering Can and Pitchfork awards, hear a few highlights from the year, and most importantly get a chance to connect with the rest of the G.A.L.A. Community. Do you have anyone in your life who you’d like to introduce to G.A.L.A.? This is a great opportunity to do so! Bring a friend or two or three!

Our Appreciation Party this year will be hosted at the Wolfeboro Corinthian Yacht Club located at 12 Corinthian Way. There will be heavy appetizers, sweets, and refreshments. Please also feel free to bring a drink of your choice and “finger food” to share if you wish. Contact G.A.L.A. Director, Josh Arnold, at 603-344-5009 if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

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