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Spare Parts has performed for social dances, concerts, period events and dance camps from Alaska to Maine. Bill Matthiesen on piano and Liz Stell on flute combine with one or more "spare parts du jour." Some of our favorite "spare parts" include fiddlers Eric Buddington, Ruthie Dornfeld, Naomi Morse, Frank Orsini, Mark Bagdon, Anne Hooper, Cathie Whitesides, Susan Conger, George Wilson, and Rebecca McCallum ... cornetist Peter Ecklund ... and bassists Ben Davis, Mark Murphy and Larry Unger.

2014 schedule:


    Fri. Sept. 19 through Sun. Sept. 21, Silver Bay, NY (http://www.danceflurry.org/events_adirondack)
    Adirondack Dance Weekend on beautiful Lake George featuring contras, English country, waltzes and couples dances. Spare Parts plays contras and couples dances with Eric Buddington and Mark Murphy. Also playing this year are The Free Raisins, Karen Axelrod and Bare Necesseties (English); tango instruction by Kevin Magee; callers are Bruce Hamilton, Mary Wesley, Melissa Running and Rebecca Lay


  • Saturday, Oct. 4, Winsted, CT (http://ragtimeballwinstedct.weebly.com/)
    Ragtime Ball: travel back in time to when the U.S. entered the Great War; period attire (ca. 1917) encouraged to match the setting, the historic Winsted Elks Lodge
    afternoon dance workshop with Martha Griffin 2-4 pm

  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, near Cape May, NJ (for information: 609-889-2168 or CpMyVicDan@aol.com)
    Vintage Dancing in the Villas: a weekend of ragtime dancing and other events, with Naomi Morse on violin and precepting by Jan and Al Seabra, preregistration required
    Friday 8 to 11 pm: Welcome Dance to CD music (vintage or modern casual)
    Saturday 12 to 4 pm: Zoo stroll and picnic lunch
    Saturday 8:30 to 11:30 pm: Ragtime Ball with Spare Parts
    Sunday 1 to 3 pm: Ragtime Tea Dance with Spare Parts

  • Saturday, Oct. 18, Peterborough, NH
    Peterborough Fall Ball: 12 hours of dancing!


  • Sunday, Nov. 2, Wethersfield, CT (www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm)
    Mostly Waltz dance with Bill & Liz featuring waltzes, waltz mixers, and other couple dances (every 3rd tune is a tango, foxtrot, swing tune, or other couple dance),
    3-6 pm preceded by free lesson

  • Friday, Nov. 7, Bennington, VT (www.benningtondance.org/)
    Contradance with Eric Buddington and caller Danielle Boudreau

  • Saturday, Nov. 8, Jamaica Plain, MA (lcfd.org/harvest-ball.html)
    17th Annual Harvest Ball: Gender-role-free Victorian-era ball with Eric Buddington and calling by Chris Ricciotti
    elegant, period, or festive attire encouraged but NOT required.
    candlelit potluck supper 5:30 pm; dessert potluck about 9:30 pm
    warmup waltzes at 7 p.m.; dance features elegant contras, squares and couple dances


  • Friday, Dec. 5, Stockbridge, MA
    Holiday Marketplace Cocktail Receptionat the Berkshire Botanical Garden with music by Spare Parts

  • Saturday, Dec. 13, Salem, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/)
    Fezziwig's Ball: an evening of Dance and Merriment from the era of Dickens, with Susan Conger on violin; sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers; costume from the lifetime of Dickens (1812-1870) or modern evening dress requested
    dancing starts at 7 pm, following a lantern procession through town

  • Sunday, Dec. 14, Trenton, NJ (www.princetoncountrydancers.org)
    The Princeton Country Dancers Winter Cotillion:
    5:00 pm candlelit potluck dinner; 6:30 pm seasonal entertainment by local dance teams and carol singing for all;
    7:00 - 10:00 pm contra and English dancing, with Naomi Morse and a cavalcade of callers, plus
    a concert by the Cotillion Singers and dessert potluck at the break
    Festive or spiffy dress encouraged

  • Tuesday, Dec. 16, North Adams, MA
    Storey Publishing Holiday Party with music by Spare Parts

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