This past Saturday, Pat MacPherson, Mary Wesley, and I attended the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Traditional Arts Conference in Concord, NH. I had some great conversations with Barry Bergey, Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts; Lynn Martin Graton, Acting Director & Traditional Arts Coordinator; Catherine O’Brian, Arts in Education & Arts in Health Care Coordinator from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts; and Bill Ross, Head of Special Collections at University of New Hampshire (where our collections are).
I also met several luminaries from the New Hampshire contra dance community, including fiddler Rodney Miller and his wife Jane, and two CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award recipients, Bob McQuillen and Dudley Laufman! Whew. It was a thought-provoking day, ending with a dance to Bob and Dudley’s music at the community barn dance. Making connections with great people and like-minded organizations, and the potential for developing partnerships for our upcoming Centennial celebration, is the best part about going to these conferences!
Rima Dael, Executive Director, Country Dance and Song Society