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Ludwig: This one's for you
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NH SIDEHILLER    Posted 08-01-2001 at 11:50:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A few years ago I met a man from Gardner named George Hodgdon. He is a retired milkman. I met him at a dance in Hopkinton, NH. He was the caller and I was there to see if I could learn anything from him. I do some calling of the old-fashioned New England type myself but soon found that I was very much outclassed by this old gent. If I could learn a quarter of what he knows I'd be mighty pleased.
Is he anyone you know?


Ludwig    Posted 08-02-2001 at 08:10:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know him by name but when I was unemployed last winter I spent some time talking to the old gents down at Suzette's diner in town. They wouldn't open up to me until the day I snowshoed the three miles into town during our "blizzard". Shoot there wasn't even 6" on the road where I was, I used the snowshoes 'cause I needed the exercise.
They thought my snowshoes were the greatest thing, I have the wood and gut kind, anybody else around here thats got 'em has the aluminum kind and I can still out run anybody for miles around in 30" of snow, proved it this winter too!

I haven't had alot of chance to get to know too many older people here, I think the fact that I don't talk funny throws them off. Too many 'r's in my speech you might say.


Robin Hood    Posted 08-01-2001 at 16:17:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Sidehiller, maybe I asked you, mabe I didn't, where in NH are you? I am down near Peterboro. I presume your into Contra dancin, no?

Robin Hood


NH SIDEHILLER    Posted 08-01-2001 at 20:53:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thornton, which is right directly between Ellsworth and Livermore. And no, I don't do contras, I do squares...more specifically, "singing" squares. Check out the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival if they still have it up on their website. I know contras rule down in your part of the state. You're in Bob McQuillen country.
Had two roommates at UNH from Peterboro.


Burrhead    Posted 08-01-2001 at 16:53:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Last good Contra callers I knew of was Ollie North and Casper Weinburger.. Now they made it a dance huh??? I'll just be swanee.


Robin Hood    Posted 08-01-2001 at 18:29:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, now sir, from your point of view, I could not in good conciencse (sp) provide a valid arguamnet, since i most redialy agree. (Dang it, yourn right)

However, the Contra dance is an old style, simialr to asquare dance, affair that I think Mr. SideHillewr could elaborate better than this dummy


Burrhead    Posted 08-03-2001 at 12:20:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was just picking at you.

We have the dancing round here once a month and have all my life. I just never heard it called contra. We have swing ang square dancing. Some of that may over lap into contra??.


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