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Canceled Event: Contra Dancing in New Hampshire Then and Now

May 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment · 100th Anniversary, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been postponed.  We will be rescheduling this for the Fall season, so please check our library calendar in the Fall.


Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!

Plan to join us for this fun family friendly program on May 30th from 7-8:15 PM at the Manchester City Library.  For more information please visit our library calendar on our website ( or call Yvonne at 624-6550. This program is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

See you at the contra dance!


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