Caribbean Contradance June 5th


Finally winter has left us and summer is close.
And with it comes our special June dance...the Caribbean Contra!

To celebrate, our hall will be festively decorated and we will have some special treats for refreshments.
And, if you like, come dressed in Caribbean style. (If you do, you will get a discount on the admission fee.)
The music will be by "Balter" and Peter Stix will be the caller.

Balter is made up of Peter Blue on accordions, nyckelharpa, and percussion, fiddler John Potocnik, Tom Wetmore on bass, drummer Marcel Smith, and Carol Mandigo playing guitar. And they will be joined by two special guests...Rachel Polens playing conga and recorders and Solvei Blue on clarinet and percussion.
While all these musicians are well versed in traditional contradance tunes, they will be adding a Caribbean twist to some of our favorites. And they probably will have a few surprises for us as well.

Peter Stix is a well-known caller and teacher of New England contradances. He has been calling for more than 25 years in many parts of the country but now concentrates on leading dances in and around the Capital District. It is a real treat to have Peter join us in Cooperstown and he will surely put his own stamp on this fun event.

Peter says the band's name means "to dance without particular skill or grace but with extreme joy".
So come BALTER with us on June 5th!

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