Contra dance set for Feb. 24 in Wolfeboro

WOLFEBORO — Puckerbrush will provide the tunes for the contra dance at the the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s newly renovated “Great Hall” on Saturday, Feb. 24. The dances run from 7-10 p.m., 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.

Puckerbrush is 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, playing fiddle and mandolin; Gale Johnsen from Porter, Maine, on fiddle; Peter Kimball from Ossipee, on guitar; and Candace Maher from Eaton, 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.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for 6- to 18-year-olds, and kids 5 years and under are 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.

This winter cobntra dance series is hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is a nonprofit organization based in Ossipee, NH working to translate sustainability education into local action that is practical, effective, and fun. GALA is also looking to fill a few volunteer shifts for the upcoming dances this year. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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