Halcott Center — The Catskills Folk Connection will host its first square dance for the 2018 season on Sunday, May 20, from 2 -5 pm at the Halcott Grange. The Grange has been a traditional venue for square dances for nearly a century and continues to host many types of community gatherings. Its rural location is in Halcott Center, a beautiful agricultural valley north of the Village of Fleischmanns on Route 3.
John Jacobson and the Tremperskill Boys will offer music, dance calls and instruction in the tradition of the late legendary fiddler and caller, Hilt Kelly. Beginners are welcome and all dances will be taught. At the same time, for those who remember Hilt, his familiar calls will bring pleasure to the dance.
Join us for an afternoon of family fun! Admission for adults is $7; children 12 and under are free. Refreshments will be available. The CD “Tunes I Learned From My Dad” recorded by Hilt and Stella Kelly, will be available for sale. For more information contact Ginny Scheer, 607- 326-4206 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CFC’s blog www.catskillsfolkconnection.blogspot.com.
Catskills Folk Connection’s mission is to preserve and celebrate the folkways of the Catskills. The organization will continue to offer monthly square dances through the fall in different parts of the Catskills, ending with the annual Fiddlers! event at Roxbury Arts Group in October. This summer Catskills Folk Connection will host a booth featuring Catskills foodways from farm and forest at the Meridale Dairy Fest in June and again at the Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville in September. Autumn will see the opening of CFC’s exhibit “Folk Art in Stone” to be shown at the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi, followed by the Catskills Folk Lyceum with two presentations, one on bluestone quarrying in the Catskills and the other exploring the on-line archive created by two groups in Walton about the life and music of the late Grant Rogers, who was known as the ballad singer of the Catskills. Finally, in December Catskills Folk Connection will be documenting the Christmas Parade of Lights in Downsville, a unique community celebration.