I started going to contradances with my Mom in the1960s and 70s. She loved to dance! I loved playing "fiddle music" and joined The Silvermans (or Silverman Trio) in 1975 to play for contradances in around Acton and Weston. Later in College, I played for a variety of dances at Hampshire College, Smith and Mt Holyoke, started the Northampton Contradance with Fiddle Hill in 1995 and have been performing and organization contradances ever since. 2020's Covid put the kybosh on social activities, but now that everyone's been vaccinated, I'm hoping to start up the dance in Granby again in 2022!
1977-1980 Marlborough, Acton, Lincoln, Weston, Wellesley contradances with the Silverman Trio providing music and various callers
1980-1985 Amherst, Northampton, Belchertown, South Hadley, Holyoke contradances with Pieces of Neck and Backwoods Medicine providing music, various callers including Ralph Sweet and Kammy Kaynor
1986-1994 Amherst, Belchertown, Pelham, Shutesbury, Montague contradances with Crackerjack providing music, David Kaynor, Ralph Sweet callers
1995-1997 Northampton Contradance with Sweet Blend (later Fiddle Hill) providing music, David Kaynor, Ralph Sweet, Susan Elberger, John Freeman, Lisa Greenleaf and George Marshall
1997-2008 The Belchertown Contradance with music by Fiddle Hill and various callers
2009 - 2018 Various contradances at the South Hadley Town Hall with various performers and callers
2018-2020 Granby Contradances with Fiddle Hill and various callers
2020 - 2022 Covid19
2022 - ASO Contradances hoping to have a presence at NEFFA, a table hopefully, as well as signup sheet for Granby contradancing. Several callers from this list have already signed up to call the dances. Music will be provided by Fiddle Hill and friends.
Please note the new button at the bottom of the stack is for "Balkan Dance". It's a website I am working on that describes Balkan dancing, the music and history of Balkan Dance!