Sunday, April 01, 2007

Ashley's Swing

The Down East Country Dance Festival is over for this year, and it was a HUGE success by our estimation. This is one event that Maine folk dancers & musicians look forward to all year long, and that helps get us through the dreary end-of-the-winter-almost-spring weather and yard conditions! fiddlehedz & friendz gave a well-received performance, playing polkas at a workshop presented by our friends Sandy and Jim. The jam group now looks forward to playing for a contradance this coming Friday in Turner, and that means practicing dance sets!
Did you say you want more information on the contradance? Well, here it is...
Friday April 6th from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Turner Elementary School, 91 Mathews Way in Turner
$5 Adult/ $3 Students/ $20 Family Maximum
All welcome, no partner needed, all dances taught.
fiddlehedz & friendz will be playing tunes, and our fiddling friend Ellen Stevens will call the dances.
Proceeds will benefit the Turner Community Playground Fund. I don't know what sort of equipment schools look for... I like the idea of something that is environmentally friendly, non-plastic, doesn't fade & peel over time, and is safe for kids. Wood seems great but then I think about treating it with preservative and kids getting splinters. So, what does an eco-conscious playground committee use for criteria in selecting new equipment?
Ashley's Swing comes from Jerry Holland's Collection of Fiddle Tunes. I don't know if Jerry Holland was thinking of playground swings when he wrote this tune, or if he was thinking of Ashley MacIsaac, but I thought of playground equipment when I saw the title!

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