NORTH CREEK - This year, summer will be celebrated with the lilting strains of old time square dance music. The public is encouraged to attend a free community dance on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Tannery Pond Community Center. Dance with Dan Duggan calling Square, Circle, Reels and Contra Dances. No experience is needed. The dance will be preceded by an artists' reception for the Widlund's exhibit "Photograph: In and Out of Focus," from 5-7 p.m. in the Widlund Gallery of TPCC.
This community dance will be called by Dan Duggan who plays the hammered dulcimer, assisted by caller Paul Rosenberg, accompanied by Peggy Lynn on concertina and guitar and Frank Orsini on the fiddle.
Duggan is acknowledged as one of the finest dulcimer players and composers in the country. His renditions of traditional Irish and American tunes reflect his study and understanding of their original context. Now meet another side of Duggan - the patient, fun and enthusiastic country dance instructor. Come learn and laugh!
Lynn is a singer, songwriter and arts educator who brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, she gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs. Lynn's singing ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others.
Orsini is a prominent acoustic musician of upstate New York. He plays violin, viola and mandolin, and the Celtic harp. A versatile fiddler, singer and seasoned ensemble player, he has been on numerous recordings and been a member of many established groups with a strong following.
Rosenberg has been leading dances throughout the northeastern United States since 1986. He is known for his gentle but energetic, encouraging style, concise teaching, and offbeat sense of humor. He plays recorder and fiddle but gets his greatest satisfaction from enabling people who have never danced - especially the dance phobic - to not only get up and dance, but also to have a great time doing it and come back for more! His enthusiasm for dance and empathy with novices comes from his avoidance-at-all-costs and terror of dancing - until he discovered contra dancing at age 30.
Tannery Pond Community Center is at 228 Main Street, North Creek.