Special Events

ELM CITY ASSEMBLY – Saturday January 23, 2016

Last year’s ball had to be cancelled due to inclement weather, so they’re trying again! Dances taught in the afternoon, called briefly at the evening dance. Calling will be by Graham Christian, evening music provided by Karen Axelrod, Peter Barnes and Eric Martin.

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Three special dance events that take place annually are the Boston Playford Ball (March), the New England Folk Festival (April), and the Reel Nutmeg Ball (May).

THE BOSTON PLAYFORD BALL

This ball has been going for over thirty years. There are practice sessions in Arlington, Mass. in the months leading up to the ball. During the ball, some dances are not called at all (“for those who know”) and the rest of the dances are called once or twice through, so dancers with a fair amount of English country dance experience will probably feel most comfortable attending. We will post further details on this page when they become available.

NEFFA

Every year in April the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) puts on an amazing weekend-long folk extravaganza in Mansfield, Mass. In addition to numerous sessions of English Country dance, one can also attend sessions, workshops and demos in contradance, couple dance, various world folk dance forms, and waltz, to name a few. There are also singing and instrumental demos and jam sessions, a crafts hall, and food concessions – if you have a sweet tooth and love baked goods, don’t miss the Lithuanian layer cakes! Admission may be paid by the day or the whole weekend, and if you apply early enough, volunteer work opportunities can help offset some of the cost of admission.

This year’s festival took place April 24-26, 2015. For more details and a full schedule as the date draws near, check the website: NEFFA

REEL NUTMEG BALL

The Reel Nutmeg Ball is a very friendly, fun ball, usually featuring dances for the moderately experienced dancer. The dances are run through in the afternoon and are called through several rounds in the evening. Period attire is not required, but folks like to dress up to varying degrees – because it’s fun, and who doesn’t want to play Lizzie Bennet, or even Cinderella for the evening? Any Willoughby wanna-be’s out there? Historically there has been a regular showing of KECD dancers at this ball. We will post a flier here for the next Ball in the spring.