Come kick up your feet
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WILMINGTON- An evening of community contra and square dances will take place at Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 3, from 7:30 to 10 pm. Calling the dance will be Andy Davis, of Brattleboro. He will be joined by Thal Aylward, of Windsor, on the fiddle, and Carol Compton, of Keene, NH, on piano. Davis adds accordion to the sound and provides expert prompting of the dances.

Contra dances are the New England cousin of American square dancing. Contra dancing includes square dancing and both styles will flow seamlessly from one to the other. The basic step is a comfortable walking step. Figures include swing, promenade, dosado, allemande forward and back, among many others. Both beginning and experienced dancers are encouraged to attend.

The program will include traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. All the dances will be taught with a brief and helpful walk through. Come to dance, visit with friends, enjoy this beautiful historic old hall, and celebrate downtown Wilmington’s comeback after Irene’s wrath.

Davis, Aylward, and Compton have been playing traditional New England dance music for many years. This event is an opportunity for families and friends to come together to enjoy one of New England’s revered traditional pastimes. Admission is by donation. For more information or directions to the hall contact Carlotta Gladding at (802) 464-2892 or Davis at

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