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latest CD: Returning Heroes
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for booking, email or call Bill at 413-442-9172
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.
- Friday Feb. 14 through Sunday Feb. 16, Saratoga Springs, NY (www.flurryfestival.org/)
DANCE FLURRY! schedule for Spare Parts:
Cross-Step Waltz Basics with Susan de Guardiola: Friday 7:15 pm, City Center Mtg Rm 2
Waltzing to Waltz Book 4: Friday 8:15 pm, City Center Mtg Rm 2
Waltzes by Women for All (Liz, Britany Orlebecke, Emily Troll and Rachel Aucoin): Saturday 9:45 am, City Center Mtg Rm 2
Zwiefachers 101: Saturday 12:45 pm, City Center Rm B/C
The Triangle Quadrille: Saturday 4:15 pm, Saratoga Music Hall
Tango Milonga: Saturday 10 pm, City Center Mtg Rm 1
Argentine Tango Lesson: Sunday 1 pm, City Center Mtg Rm 1
Farewell Contra (Liz): Sunday 4:00 pm, City Center Rosenberg Hall (Rm D)
- Sunday, March 2, Wethersfield, CT (www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm)
Mostly Waltz dance 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
Saturday, March 15, Holliston, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/rh)
Returning Heroes Ball: commemorate the American Civil War with an evening of 1860s contra-dances,
quadrilles, waltzes and polkas, sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, with Eric Buddington
on violin and dance instruction by Barbara Pugliese
dance 7-10 pm, workshop 3-5 pm
Note: historical dress is required for this event
- Friday, April 4, Bennington, VT (www.benningtondance.org/)
Contradance with Eric Buddington and caller Peter Stix
- Saturday, April 5, Cromwell, CT (information: 860-635-0501 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Juleps & Viragoes Ball of the Rebellion, 1865 Presidential Ball: a formal Civil War ball in
the Town Hall sponsored by the Cromwell Historical Society, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Terry Brettman and Jim Strein
- Saturday, April 12, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
10th Annual Grand Civil War Ball sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical
Society, in the beautiful ballroom at the Century Club, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Martha Griffin.
- Sunday, April 13, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
Ragtime Brunch at Carmen's Restaurant in the beautiful lobby of the 1908 Lackawanna Railroad Station (now a Radisson Hotel), 10-2.
- Saturday, May 10, Wethersfield, CT (http://www.reelnutmeg.org/)
Afternoon rehearsal for Reel Nutmeg's English Country Dance ball
- Saturday, May 10, Essex, CT (www.sailingmasters.org/ball1814/)
1814 Commemoration Ball in the Essex Town Hall, 8-11 pm, with Eric Buddington on violin and prompting by Susan de Guardiola
No experience required, period dress is encouraged but not required. Be a part of living history, join the fun, and step back in time
with an evening of period dancing and music.
- Sunday, May 11, Colonie, NY (www.danceflurry.org/)
Buhrmaster Barn Special Dance with Eric Buddington
afternoon English Country Dance, followed by
potluck, followed by 6-9 pm contra dance
- Saturday, May 17, Woodstock, CT (http://momentsintimedance.org/)
1914 Ragtime Ball, part of Woodstock Centennial Ragtime Weekend at Senexet House, with Eric Buddington on violin.
- Saturday, May 31, Guilford, CT (http://guilfordct375.org/ai1ec_event/guilford-civil-war/)
Guilford in the Civil War, part of Guilford's 375th anniversary celebration, all-day reenactment event; Spare Parts with Eric Buddington will be part of
the musical program from 5:30-7 pm.