If you are visiting the Greenfield contra dances and looking for a place to stay, we have listed a few ideas below for you to check out. This list does not indicate our recommendation, but is simply a list of options in the area. Please keep in mind that Western MA is home to a vibrant academic community of five colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, UMass Amherst), numerous community colleges, and private boarding schools. During move-in weekends and graduations weekends, lodging may not be available.
Please be advised that campgrounds in Western MA fill up early for holiday weekends. We recommend planning your travels in advance.
Additional hotels are located in Hadley, MA.
If you are looking for lodging within the contra dance community, we might be able to help connect you to dancers in our community, with some advanced notice. Please send us an email to inquire.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to call contra dances? Learn from Bob Isaacs! The series will be run 4 Saturdays in the Fall: 9/15, 9/29, 10/20, and 11/3/18, 12:00-4:00 PM at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield.
By Liz Sturgen
One of the most visible things the Friends of Greenfield Dance does is put on special events! These are the products of the hardworking Events Committee, currently composed of Liz Sturgen, Katie Olmstead, and Kate Kelliher, with the help and support of the FGD board members.
By Orin Nisenson
What is a Hambo? Hambo is a traditional dance that originated in Sweden in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a couple dance in 3/4 time, danced to music played with a strong accent on the first beat and a tempo that varies from moderate to fast (100 to 120 beats per minute). The Hambo is a dance with a fixed pattern and tunes almost always have a corresponding eight measure structure.
Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with music by Calluna (Jesse Ball, Gus Cantieni, and Eileen O’Grady).