December is one of the darkest months of the year, and we have a few holiday events to bring cheer to a few dark December nights!
Our Annual December Contra Dance and Holiday Potluck on Saturday, December 2
Join us for our December Contra Dance and Annual Holiday Potluck before the Dance! Visit with old friends and make new ones as we celebrate the season with this festive dinner and dance!
Bring a dish to share at our Holiday Potluck… it starts at 6pm.
New Dancer Workshop at 7:30pm. Beginners Welcome, No Partner Necessary…
The Contra Dance starts at 8PM with Greg Frock calling a lively program of contras to the Organic Family Band from Baltimore.
The Organic Family Band brings a range of musical experiences and styles to dance and folk music, blending jazz, Irish, Quebecois, Klezmer, New England, ragtime, rock, and more to create a soundscape that’ll keep you moving and grooving all night long! With veteran lead player Rebekah Geller (13) on fiddle, dad (and experienced jazz guitarist) Michael Raitzyk, older brother Jakob Raitzyk (18) on fiddle and foot percussion, and mom Judith Geller on french horn, The Organic Family Band carries on musical traditions and brings new life into the sound of dance/folk music.
Admission is $12 adults, $8 members (consider joining!), and $5 for Shepherd University students (with ID) and dancers under 12. The dance takes place at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building.
Come and Spend the Whole Day!
Earlier in the day, you can watch the Shepherdstown Christmas Parade, the Hicks with Sticks Border Morris will be in the parade at 10am, and will dance for the enjoyment of Holiday Shoppers on the McMurran Bricks at 11:30 and 2:00pm.
The town is decked out for the Holidays and shops and restaurants are putting out enticing things to make your day better… Wine Tasting, Holiday Decor and other things, most of which are posted on the Visitor Center Web Site…
Renaissance Holiday Concert with Tina Chancey and Brian Kay…
4 Centuries of Sacred and Secular music on Early Instruments.
Saturday, December 23, at 8pm at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
Take a little break from the holiday madness.
These two fine artists return to give us more music from the Renaissance and beyond to add to the beauty of the holiday season. Offering up soulful, heartbreakingly beautiful instrumentals, and songs to inspire your imagination, this promises to be a wonderful way to share the magic of the season with family and friends and a delightful way to spend a cold winter’s night.
TINA CHANCEY plays medieval fiddles, viola da gamba and renaissance, Old Time and Irish fiddle on roots music from Sephardic and Irish to medieval and jazz standards. Her particular specialty is the five-stringed pardessus de viole. A member of Ensemble Toss the Feathers (based in France), Sol y Sal and Trio Sefardi, she is a former member of the Folger Consort, the Ensemble for Early Music, New York Renaissance Band, Blackmore’s Night and more. Tina teaches, performs, improvises, produces recordings, composes and arranges (for the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble, the Washington Revels, and Rondo Publishing’s Celtic Gold series), writes popular and scholarly articles and directs a Christmas Collegium, on playing by ear and improvisation. The Versatile Viol is her 3-CD series featuring the viol in Scots-Irish music, French baroque music, and American traditional music. Tina has been given an Special Education Achievement Award by Early Music America and four Wammies for best classical instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association.
BRIAN KAY is a modern-day troubadour. Hailed as “Far-ranging”, “Brilliant”, and “Exciting”,-Cleveland Classical Brian performs throughout the US, both as a solo artist, and with a number of critically acclaimed ensembles. He has appeared on more than 10 album releases at the age of 32. His recent projects include “Play, Music!” a one-man show featuring music and songs from the plays of Shakespeare, co-direction of a Mediterranean music program with Cleveland’s baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire, and his latest original music release Moonsong.
Advance tickets will be $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members and $10 students, and $22 adults, $20 seniors, $18 members and $10 students at the door. Tickets will be available online from Brown Paper Tickets, or by mail (send a check with your order to SMaD, PO Box 1293, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.)
Don’t forget the January is our busiest month of the year with dances, concerts and music weekends featuring fiddle and bagpipes and those who play with them! See the concert and dance pages for details… to sign up for the weekends themselves as a musician… go to the Upper Potomac Music Weekends page!
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