In October, 2004, Lisa Sieverts sat down with old-timers Frank Upton, Renn Tolman, Barney Quigley, and Dudley Laufman, to collect some stories about contra (square) dancing and Nelson. These short videos were edited from the 90 minute interview. As of December, 2020, only Dudley remains with us.

Frank Upton tells a story of Quig being lectured by Ralph Page, to no avail. 3:37

Why is Nelson a place unique in the world of contra dancing? Various ideas are presented, with great enthusiasm! 2:31

Barney Quigley tells the story of a prank on the stage of the Nelson Town Hall, involving a saxophone and an egg. Then Renn regales us with a story of the musician’s attempt to outwit Ralph Page.  3:24

Nelson’s first singing caller, Happy Hale, is recalled by Frank, Renn, and Dudley.  3:36

Barney Quigley narrates the adventures of some Nelson boys going to the Woodchopper’s Ball in Jaffrey. 2:16

Paul Tuller of Dublin was the videographer. These videos are hosted on the Monadnock Folklore Society YouTube Channel.

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In October, 2004, Lisa Sieverts sat down with old-timers Frank Upton, Renn Tolman, Barney Quigley, and Dudley Laufman, to collect some stories about contra (square) dancing and Nelson. These short videos were edited from the 90 minute interview.

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