9-Hour Fundraiser Dance Extravaganza in May

We the organizers of Portland Intown Contra Dance have been doing a great job paying the bills and performers and raising money for needed costs when they arise (remember raising over $4,000 to purchase a sound system or when we raised $200 for an extra air circulator?), but that always leaves us with little money in the bank for a rainy day.  Nobody would want our dance to go away just because of a few slow evenings, right? 

Of course not.

Announcing The Portland Triple-Decker!

Let's get some money in the bank so we can run this ship with confidence!  It will start with a 30-minute waltz lesson by master Alex Hennings, then 9 hours of contra dancing with 3 bands and three callers.  We've got:

Calluna (Jesse Ball, Eileen O'Grady, and Gus Cantieni) from Western Massachusetts
Orono Contraband (Anthony Viselli, Ryu Mitsuhashi, Sam Furth, and Paul Riechmann) from Maine
Joy Compass (Jamie Oshima and Clara Stickney) from Maine

and

Dave Eisenstadter from Western Massachusetts
Quena Crain from New York City
Angela DeCarlis from Boston

Oh, and since it is a fundraiser, we figure we should have a 50/50 raffle.  How about that!

 
 Bring a few extra bucks to play the 50/50 raffle!

Bring a few extra bucks to play the 50/50 raffle!

 

See the event page for more details, invite your friends on Facebook, and download the flyer to share the news!

Dinner to Support PICD

Have dinner with us!

We had a such a good experience hosting a fundraiser dinner at B.Good back in November of 2017 that we decided to have another in April of 2018.  We will be gathering at downtown Portland's B.Good restaurant on Exchange Street in the Old Port the evening of Wednesday, April 25, 2018 and enjoy some good food while raising money for PICD! A portion of all proceeds from food, beverage, and beer sold that evening will go to our dance, for orders between the hours of 6 and 9PM.

See you there!

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The Pic'd Up Orchestra Has Room For You

 Fearless Leader, Emily Troll, conducting The Pic'd Up Orchestra 12/14/17

Fearless Leader, Emily Troll, conducting The Pic'd Up Orchestra 12/14/17

Did you see the open band play on December 14, 2017 and think that maybe you'd want to try playing along next time?  Have you otherwise wondered how it feels to make that toe-tapping hollering music you hear every Thursday night?

Here’s your chance to get involved.

 

Open Band - June 14, 2018

Piano - Clayton Clemetson

Fiddle - Clara Stickney

Fearless Leader - Emily Troll

Other Instruments - YOU!

 

In an open band, everyone is welcome!

Seriously.

The goal is simply to have fun playing together for dancers. If you’ve been playing fiddle for two days, come and saw away on your D string. If you’re a more experienced player, come share your music with the community. A good time is guaranteed for all. 

A great open band has a diverse array of instruments. Fearless Leader, Emily Troll, would especially love to recruit some trombone and trumpet players, so please spread the word, even to your friends who don’t dance yet. Think outside the box.

And for those folks wanting a little preparation, we will have a practice party to get ready the week before, time TBA. 

So are you in? If so, please email Emily at etroll@wesleyan.edu for more information. 

PICD Prepares for Pride

HELP US PREPARE FOR ANOTHER AWARD-WINNING PRIDE PORTLAND PARADE FLOAT THIS YEAR!

Portland Intown Contra Dance is hosting a series of craft parties to prepare a float for the Pride Parade in Portland in June 2018.  We will have the supplies - just bring yourself and a snack!

Check the PICD event calendar for craft dates and locations.  We also share updates about craft nights in the PICD Facebook group.

In 2017, Portland Intown Contra Dance won the award for best music-themed float at the Pride Parade.  Let's win it again in 2018!

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Go Roller Skating With Us!

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We enjoyed so much hanging out together at the fundraiser dinner at B.Good last December that we decided to get together just for fun! Meet us at Happy Wheels at 331 Warren Ave in Portland the evening of Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

This is Happy Wheels' regular weekly adult evening, so you must be 18 or older to attend.  Admission is $7, plus $2 if you got to rent skates ($3 for inline).  Drop in anytime between 7:30 and 10:00PM.

FMI about Happy Wheels: www.happywheelsme.com

Reflecting on 2017.

2018 has big shoes to fill.

Wowee has it been a brilliant year of dancing, friendships, and growth! With your support and the help of many volunteers, 2017 saw:

  • 60 dances hosted this year, even spreading the joy of contra in our city for free through our Friends of Congress Square Park summer series and the Pride parade
  • New callers and a new sound technician trained and booked for evenings - and continued support of several emerging musicians and bands as they played our venue
  • The artistic lives of 92 musicians and 28 callers supported
  • The inaugural PIC'd Up Orchestra Open Band evening, which was a roaring success
  • Experimentation with Advanced Contra dances to offer dance diversity and advanced skills
  • A strengthened dance community and a tighter network in our broader community - bringing joy and a sense of belonging to many
  • More dance managers trained (the folks who ensure each evening goes swell!)
  • A new sound system, which has enabled us to both be more sustainable and support other series
  • Support to the State Street Church, as they make much needed building repairs
  • And more...
 
 The PIC'd Up Orchestra, our open band

The PIC'd Up Orchestra, our open band

 

As 2018 rings the doorbell, we plan to open the door to be:

  • Training even more callers, sound techs, and musicians
  • Hosting more Open Band evenings
  • Hosting a delightful 9-hour dance called The Portland Triple-Decker!
  • Increasing minimum payments for performers, which makes us more sustainable as a series and allows us to contribute to the lives of artists even more
  • Adding more volunteers to share the fulfillment of bringing a dance series to life, and pass on important community building skills
  • Supporting a leadership conference hosted right here in Portland for dance organizers from across the country, so we can all learn from one another and add zest to many, many series
  • Beginning preparations for a dance weekend!

We are grateful, grateful, grateful for YOU and all the ways you've made PICD happen - by dancing, by inviting friends and spreading the word, by volunteering, by being a leader in our community, by donating... YOU are PICD.

May you stay merry,
May you share joy,
May you give and receive charity,
and may you have endless nights of dance and song.


Happy New Year. We wish a bright and beautiful new year to you and yours!

Calling 101 Registration Opens

Registration is now open for Calling 101 on Saturday, December 2!  This class, taught by Dugan Murphy, is designed for experienced contra dancers with absolutely no experience calling contra dances.  

Whether you want to call dances yourself or just get a more rounded understanding of the contra dance experience, this class may be for you.

Click here to read more and to register.  Class size is limited to 9 participants, so register soon!

 Calling students practicing with each other at the December, 2016 class

Calling students practicing with each other at the December, 2016 class

New PICD Open Band - YOU’RE invited!

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Have you ever wondered how it feels to make that toe-tapping hollering music you hear every Thursday night? Here’s your chance to get involved.

 

Open Band - December 14th 2017

Piano - Neil Pearlman

Fiddle - Clara Stickney

Fearless Leader - Emily Troll

Other Instruments - YOU!

 

In an open band, everyone is welcome!

Seriously.

The goal is simply to have fun playing together for dancers. If you’ve been playing fiddle for two days, come and saw away on your D string. If you’re a more experienced player, come share your music with the community. A good time is guaranteed for all. 

A great open band has a diverse array of instruments. Fearless Leader, Emily Troll, would especially love to recruit some trombone and trumpet players, so please spread the word, even to your friends who don’t dance yet. Think outside the box.

And for those folks wanting a little preparation, we will have a practice party to get ready the week before, time TBA. 

So are you in? If so, please email Emily at etroll@wesleyan.edu for more information.