We Are Back!!!
After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, we are back with some great concerts online and our first in-person events since March 2020! For your safety at ALL of our in-person events, we are requiring full vaccination (please be prepared to present your card at the door), and masking. We care about the safety of ALL of our members. Thank you!
Upper Potomac Dulcimer Concerts this weekend!
Every year since 1988, we have co-sponsored concerts with the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest, and like last year, these concerts are again online. You can listen for free, but we encourage you to make a donation to help cover the costs, and to keep them coming. In case you have missed our concerts, we have done online concerts for all of the Upper Potomac events and you can find them on the Upper Potomac Concerts YouTube Page.
As part of the Upper Potomac English Dance musician’s weekend, we are co-sponsoring a concert and two dance events.
Friday, April 29, at 8PM: Concert with Paul Oorts and Dave Wiesler
Join us for a concert with these two consummate musicians who are part of 3 popular dance bands together and are favorite accompanists many years at our Fiddle Summit. Paul Oorts, is a native of Belgium, and is adept on many things with strings including mandolin, tenor banjo, guitar and bass, and also plays musette accordion. Dave Wiesler is well known for his prowess on the piano, and his brilliant compositions of dance music for English, contra and waltz forms. Together, they will give a concert sure to satisfy our most discerning audiences. Concert admission is $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMaD members, and $10 students. Vax and Mask required!
English Country Dance Afternoon Workshop & Evening Dance
Saturday, April 30, 2022 Workshop 2-5pm Evening Dance 8-11pm
English country dancing draws from a tradition dating to the 1600s. Revived in the early 1900s, the modern form includes folk, classical, and modern music, with corresponding dances that range from stately to romping, jaunty to driving, that can be playful, serious, sweet or meditative.
An afternoon workshop, and an evening dance is designed to be enjoyable for dancers of mixed abilities to experience old favorites and learn some new dances as part of the Upper Potomac English Dance Musician’s Weekend workshop activities and co-sponsored by Shepherdstown Music and Dance.
Dance leader, Melissa Running will be leading the workshop and evening dance. Her clear teaching and knowledge of the dances make her programs both lively and fun, and full of interesting dances.
Liz Donaldson and Tina Chancey provide the music for the afternoon program, the evening dance will feature the Oorts-Wiesler Orchestra, which includes many of our favorite local musicians in a large ensemble led by Paul Oorts and Dave Wiesler.
Cost: $15 per session, or $25 for both.
$12 per session or $20 for both for SMaD members.
Attendance will be limited to 50 dancers for maximum enjoyment. For your convenience, tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Vax and mask Required! At the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown.
May Day in Shepherdstown! Sunday May, 1 at 12:00 Noon
Join us for a traditional English May Celebration on the McMurran Lawn with participatory singing, dancing and weaving of the Maypole. There is no parade this year. Find out more on the Facebook page.