Roaring Jelly Dance Friends

Roaring Jelly Dances are on hiatus until at least September 2022.
however some Dances are happening again:
This email group has been to send announcements of when Roaring Jelly will be playing (mostly for our 3rd Friday ContraDances). 
As a (we hope not unwelcome) experiment, Members (subscribers) may now post (Moderated) messages to be able to share related news, such as Dance alternatives (NOT COVID reports or POLITICS). We doubt there will be a huge surge of messages, but think this may help keep us connected.
NOTE: We do not give your email address to anyone, but be aware if you post that your email address will be (partially) masked in our public message archive.
Roaring Jelly is a very large, friendly Contra Dance Band formed in 1970. We sponsor and play for the 3rd Friday Contra (and Square) Dances usually in Lexington, MA (usually September - June, but currently on hiatus) and sometimes other dances, both public and private.
Since 1970 about 400 musicians have contributed to the sound of Roaring Jelly. Some have stayed many years, other have passed through but briefly. As few as a handful or as many as 40 have gathered together at any given time - fiddles, whistles, flutes, trombones, accordions, mandolins, banjos, saxophones, clarinets, guitars, piano, bass, and percussion - ready to create music together. All have helped shape the sound of this ever-changing, vibrant band known for its spirited, joyful playing at local contra dances.
DANCES ARE ON HIATUS until at least September 2022
Come Dance with us, families, beginners, and singles are welcome! 
Our 3rd Friday Dance (September - June) is usually* held at the First Parish Hall (the white church opposite the Battle Green), 7 Harrington Rd, Lexington (Center), MA
Dances are 8-11 pm, (7:45 pm for all the basic introduction to Contra Dancing)
Admission is $8, teens $5, under 13 free; or $20 per family (2 adults and their minor children). 
Free refreshments at the break. Our June Dance is an Ice Cream Social.
Please check our website http://RoaringJelly.orgfor latest information. 
Our CD: "Roaring Jelly - Dynamite Music Since 1970" features Music Director Debby Knight and 34 band members playing over an hour of music (13 dance sets and waltzes) with a colorful 12 page descriptive booklet. Copies are available at our Dances ($5) or by mail ($8).
Roaring Jelly Celebrates 50!  (20 minute video)
Q&A with Roaring Jelly Celebrates 50!  (50 minute video)
Find many other videos from NEFFA (the New England Folk Festival):
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Updated: 2022-06-15

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