The purpose of BMAD is to provide a safe place for people to gather in the love of traditional music and dance. Respectful and sober behavior are critical to the continued joy and pleasure of these gatherings. Please respect the house, the grounds, the neighbors, and the neighborhood, as well as other people attending BMAD. If you're interested in merely partying and are not interested in sharing the love and enjoyment of traditional music and dance, then this is not the event for you.
The next Bethany Music and Dance (BMAD) is Friday, ______, 7:30 PM
information and directions for BMAD Questions? e-mail, phone: 203.393.3464

Celebration of May
Sunday May 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Rain or shine! (outdoors if sun; indoors if rain)


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Maypole dance

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April 17, 2014

Bill Fischer, Contra Dance Caller
Photo by Marilyn Catasus

Bill Fischer
Contra Dance Caller
Click here for a definition of contra dance
Drummer & Seasonal Ritual Leader

Bill's schedule      Contact Bill

Watch Bill in action!

Worcester (MA) Contra Dance
2/13/10: Contra Mixer | Contra Dance
2/11/12: Spiral Dance 4/12/14: Spiral Dance
Northboro (MA) Contra Dance:
3/17/12: Contra Dance

Woodbridge, CT, 10/16/10: Family Dance
Hamden, CT, 6/23/12: Barn Dance
New Haven, CT, 2/8/12: Pecha Kucha New Haven presentation in which Bill outlines his "mission statement": Holding Hands with Strangers

Bill has been calling dances for over thirty years, starting out in New Haven, Connecticut with the contra dance series that has been a fixture of the folk music and dance scene since 1976. In addition to contra dances in and around the northeast, he has called at various dance camps regionally and nationally.

Much of his calling activity centers on special occasion "barn" dances including the monthly musical event BMAD at his home in Bethany, CT. Other such events include school dances, private parties, special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, and dances in extended care facilities where he has done dances for people using wheel chairs and walkers.

Besides calling, he plays penny whistle for concert settings and hurdy-gurdy for special events, often with his wife Mickey Koth (the fiddler in the band Wry Bred) when they are sometimes known as Out On A Whim. He has also danced in and played music for performing dance groups in and around the northeast In addition, he calls maypole dances annually in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. Of late, he is also performing at events playing djembe. Four times a year he and Mickey host ritual gatherings honoring the Solstices and Equinoxes. All of this activity is a manifestation of his commitment to fostering community through dance, music, and ritual.

Contact Bill: e-mail, phone: (H) (203) 393-3464 (C) (203) 314-0221            Click here for a list of Bill's past dances & events
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Bill's schedule:
2014
April
Friday, April 18 Contra dance, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 9:00 PM, with Wry Bred
Saturday, April 19 Impact II, Anvil Place, New Britain, CT. 1:00-3:00 PM
Thursday, April 24 Knot What You Imagine, 20th Leonardo Challenge, Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT, 5:30 to 9PM with Out On A Whim
May
Friday, May 2 CLP dance, St. Michael's Community House, Litchfield, CT, 7:30 PM, with Still the Homegrown Band
Saturday, May 3 Maypole dance, Grace Church School, Manhattan, NY, 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 3 Maypole dance, Wakeman Town Farm, Westport, CT, 3:30 PM, with Mickey Koth & Kendall Alderman
Sunday, May 4 Celebration of May, with Maypole dance, at Out On A Whim Farm, Bethany, CT, 2:00 PM, with Out On A Whim
Saturday, May 10 Maypole dance, Massaro Community Farm, Woodbridge, CT, 1:00 PM, with Mickey Koth & Kendall Alderman
Saturday, May 10 Maypole dance, Granby, CT, 3:00 PM, with Mickey Koth & Kendall Alderman
Friday, May 16 Fundraiser for Sound Affect, our house, Bethany, CT, PM
Saturday, May 17 Poughkeepsie Contra Dance, Poughkeepsie, NY, 8:00 PM, with Wry Bred
Sunday, May 18 CLP dance, St. Michael's Community House, Litchfield, CT, 7:30 PM, with Still the Homegrown Band
Saturday, May 24 Mystic Contra Dance, Mystic, CT, 8:00 PM, with French Connection
Saturday, May 31 Wedding dance, New Haven, 3:00 PM-ish, with Wry Bred
June
Saturday, June 7 Quiet Corner Contra Dance, Storrs, CT, 8:00-11:00 PM, with Wry Bred
Saturday, June 14 Contra Dance, Mystic Sea Music Festival, Mystic, CT, 3:00-6:00 PM, with O'Wryly (Wry Bred with John Kalinowksi, accordion)
Saturday, June 14 Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, 8:00-11:00 PM, with Oh, Reely?
Saturday, June 21 , 5:30 PM, Bethany, CT
July
Saturday, July 12 Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, 8:00-11:00 PM, with O'Wryly (John Kalinowksi, Mickey Koth, Robert Messore)
August
Saturday, August 2 Wedding dance, Guilford, CT, 8:00 PM, with Wry Bred
Saturday, August 23 Wedding dance, South Hadley, MA, afternoon, with Wry Bred
Saturday, August 23 Wedding dance, Old Lyme, CT, evening, with Wry Bred
September
Saturday, September 20 Swingin' Tern Contra Dance, East Hanover, NJ, 8:00-11:00 PM, with Wry Bred
Tuesday, September 23 , 5:30 PM, Bethany, CT
October
Saturday, October 11 Private party, Goshen, CT, 7:00 PM, with with O'Wryly (John Kalinowksi, Mickey Koth, Robert Messore)
November
Saturday, November 8 Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, 8:00-11:00 PM, with Dogtown
Saturday, November 15 New Haven Contra Dance, Branford, CT, 8:00-11:00 PM, with Wry Bred
Thursday, November 20 Glenside Contra Dance, Glenside, PA, 8:00-11:00 PM, with Wry Bred
December
Saturday, December 13 Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, 8:00-11:00 PM, with Fiddleheads
Sunday, December 21 , 5:30 PM, Bethany, CT
Click here for a list of Bill's past dances

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