April starts with a Tempest, and Ends with a Celebration of May Day!

Come and Join us for our First Saturday Dance!

Saturday, April 2, 8PM at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building.

The fabulous BOB ISAACS calls his original contras to the innovative driving music of TEMPEST. All the way from New York, Tempest is composed of Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar and Harry Aceto on bass. Please join us for delicious potluck snacks at the break and a free introductory dance-figure lesson at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for nonmembers, $8 for members and $5 for dancers 12 years and under, as well as Shepherd U students with Rambler cards.

Here’s a video of the band playing for a dance…

May Day! May Day!

Saturday, April 30 (Tentative Schedule)

Join Morris Dancers, Musicians, Maidens, Fools, Mystical Creatures and Merry Revelers all to celebrate the spring in this annual event in the center of Shepherdstown.  All are invited to join in the fun… dressing in celebratory spring attire or costume to suit the occasion for the parade down German Street to the Maypole.

At the Maypole there will be singing, pariticpatory dances, morris dance performances and other revelry including our mayor’s annual address to celebrate Arbor Day with a poem by Wendy Maddox. The Padstow Horse will cavort about the green (see video below) to the Padstow May Song, and the traditional morris cake will be served to bring good luck, prosperity and fertility to the new season.

At the end of the Ceremony, our 22ft tall maypole will be wrapped, while others dance a lively spiral dance around it and small children wrap their own smaller maypoles on the periphery!

There will be ongoing morris dance performances later in the day! Come and join us!

May Contra Dance!
Saturday, May 7 8PM

Local favorite Steve Gester calls contras to the Irish flavored band featuring Jeff Thomas on concertina, WAMMIE award winning guitarist, Pat Egan and Tabby Finch on piano.

Please join us for fabulous potluck snacks at the break and a free introductory dance-figure lesson at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for nonmembers, $8 for members and $5 for dancers 12 years and under, as well as Shepherd U students with Rambler cards.

This will be our last regularly scheduled dance until September!

 

End of April/May post.

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