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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.


2014 schedule:

January

  • Saturday, Jan. 11, West Point, NY (contact Joel & Renee Gonzalez at (914) 421-9122 or info@westpointball.org)
    Civil War Ball and dinner at the historic Hotel Thayer on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy with Eric Buddington and prompting by Marc Casslar, 6 to 11:30 pm; dinner at 7 pm (reservations and Civil War-era dress required)

February

  • 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)
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March

  • 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, 7-10 pm dance workshop 3-5 pm
    Note: historical dress is required for this event

April

  • Friday, April 4, Bennington, VT (www.benningtondance.org/)
    Contradance with Eric Buddington and caller Peter Stix

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  • Saturday, April 5, Cromwell, CT (information: 860-635-0501 or cromwellhistory@aol.com)
    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)
    Victorian/Edwardian Tea, with incidental music by Spare Parts. (Might be replaced with a brunch this year; check back for details.)

May

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  • 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.

August

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  • Friday, Aug. 1, Stockbridge, MA (stockbridgelibrary.org)
    Main Street in the 1860s: 18 stations of 1860s activities up and down Main Street, including period music by Spare Parts, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Stockbridge Library; ends with an ice cream social at the library's new (temporary) location

  • Friday, Aug. 8, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    Seaside Soirée at the historic Egg Rock Estate, dancing to music of various eras plus light refreshments, 7:30-10:30 pm

  • Saturday, Aug. 9, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    Grand Ball: A 19th-century Evening in Vienna: 23nd annual benefit dance for the Nahant Historical Society, with Eric Buddington on violin and Ben Bishop as prompter. Dancing from 7:30-11 pm; formal or semi-formal attire is requested, costumes of the 1860s through 1890s encouraged but not required

  • Sunday, Aug. 10, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    I'd Rather Dance than Fight: Afternoon Concert of World War I-era dance music at 1 pm, followed by afternoon tea and dancing; late 19th or early 20th century attire is especially welcome

  • Saturday, Aug. 16, Lenox, MA (www.lenoxcontradance.org/)
    Contradance at the Lenox Community Center, Liz and Bill with fiddler Eric Buddington and caller Nils Fredland, 8:00-11:30 pm

  • Sunday, Aug. 17, Lenox, MA
    Wedding at the Crane Estate

  • Thursday, Aug. 21, Concord, MA (www.neffa.org/Thurs.html)
    Contra dance at the Scout House with Eric Buddington and bassist Mark Murphy; calling by Marguerite Durant

September

  • Fri. Sept. 19 through Sun. Sept. 21, Silver Bay, NY (http://www.danceflurry.org/events_adirondack)
    Adirondack Dance Weekend on beautiful Lake George featuring contras, English country, waltzes and couples dances. Spare Parts plays contras and couples dances with Eric Buddington and Mark Murphy. Also playing this year are The Free Raisins, Karen Axelrod and Bare Necesseties (English); tango instruction by Kevin Magee; callers are Bruce Hamilton, Mary Wesley, Melissa Running and Rebecca Lay

October

  • Saturday, Oct. 4, Winsted, CT (http://ragtimeballwinstedct.weebly.com/)
    Ragtime Ball: travel back in time to when the U.S. entered the Great War; period attire (ca. 1917) encouraged to match the setting, the historic Winsted Elks Lodge
    afternoon dance workshop with Martha Griffin 2-4 pm

  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, near Cape May, NJ (for information: 609-889-2168 or CpMyVicDan@aol.com)
    Vintage Dancing in the Villas: a weekend of ragtime dancing and other events, with Naomi Morse on violin and precepting by Jan and Al Seabra, preregistration required
    Friday 8 to 11 pm: Welcome Dance to CD music (vintage or modern casual)
    Saturday 12 to 4 pm: Zoo stroll and picnic lunch
    Saturday 8:30 to 11:30 pm: Ragtime Ball with Spare Parts
    Sunday 1 to 3 pm: Ragtime Tea Dance with Spare Parts

  • Saturday, Oct. 18, Peterborough, NH
    Peterborough Fall Ball: 12 hours of dancing! Spare Parts with Eric Buddington and Mark Murphy on bass

November

  • Sunday, Nov. 2, Wethersfield, CT (www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm)
    Mostly Waltz dance with Bill & Liz 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

  • Friday, Nov. 7, Bennington, VT (www.benningtondance.org/)
    Contradance with Eric Buddington and caller Danielle Boudreau

  • Saturday, Nov. 8, Jamaica Plain, MA (lcfd.org/harvest-ball.html)
    17th Annual Harvest Ball: Gender-role-free Victorian-era ball with Eric Buddington and calling by Chris Ricciotti
    elegant, period, or festive attire encouraged but NOT required.
    candlelit potluck supper 5:30 pm; dessert potluck about 9:30 pm
    warmup waltzes at 7 p.m.; dance features elegant contras, squares and couple dances

December

  • Friday, Dec. 5, Stockbridge, MA
    Holiday Marketplace Cocktail Reception at the Berkshire Botanical Garden with music by Spare Parts

  • Saturday, Dec. 13, Salem, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/)
    Fezziwig's Ball: an evening of Dance and Merriment from the era of Dickens, with Susan Conger on violin; sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers; costume from the lifetime of Dickens (1812-1870) or modern evening dress requested
    dancing starts at 7 pm, following a lantern procession through town

  • Sunday, Dec. 14, Trenton, NJ (www.princetoncountrydancers.org)
    The Princeton Country Dancers Winter Cotillion:
    5:00 pm candlelit potluck dinner; 6:30 pm seasonal entertainment by local dance teams and carol singing for all;
    7:00 - 10:00 pm contra and English dancing, with Naomi Morse and a cavalcade of callers, plus
    a concert by the Cotillion Singers and dessert potluck at the break
    Festive or spiffy dress encouraged

  • Tuesday, Dec. 16, North Adams, MA
    Storey Publishing Holiday Party with music by Spare Parts

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