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The Telegram
  • Otsego Dance Society to hold contradance

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  • The Otsego Dance Society will begin its fall season with a contradance on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. The band will be Idlewild, with Michael Kernan calling.
    Idlewild is a four-piece band from the Binghamton area, made up of Tom Quigley on fiddle and guitar, his wife, Marie, on bass, Amy Shapiro playing fiddle and Danielle Spindler Swart providing guitar backup.
    They have been playing traditional tunes together for many years in various groupings and now their newly-formed band is simply "old hands in a new circle," offering a lively and imaginative sound, full of musical surprises.
    Kernan is a long-time contradancer from Albany who started calling a few years ago. Since his initial guest spots at local venues, he has called at numerous dances and festivals in Massachusetts and eastern New York, including regular appearances at Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs.
    Contradancing is a traditional New England dance form that is social and easy to learn. Singles, couples and families of all ages are welcome. No experience is needed, since all dances are taught and walked through.
    Dancing will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m., with a break for refreshments. Beginners should come on time, since there is more instruction during the earlier dances.
    Suggested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers and free for children 12 years of age and younger. The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Church streets.
    For more information, call 607-965-8232 or go to www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com.
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