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Outdoor Concert Series: Betsy’s Band

July 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm |

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This July 18 (rain date July 19) event will feature Betsy’s Band, who will put on a traditional New England country dance and concert! Betsy’s Band comes to us from Cornwall, where they regularly accompany some of the most talented dance callers in the region, and are joined by an enthusiastic community of all ages. Callers Bob Livingston and Rachel Gall will guide willing participants through traditional dance figures like circles, squares, and a reel or two as Betsy’s Band plays for the CHS’s first-ever community dance! Come out with comfortable shoes for easy participation or bring a picnic blanket to enjoy this great New England traditional music.

This country dance and concert will take place on the beautiful CHS lawns at 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. Grounds are open for seating and picnicking from 5 PM, and the music begins at 6 PM. All of the CHS outdoor concerts are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and food, or pick up a delicious meal or snacks from a food truck, which will be on site from 4:30 – 7:00pm!

This concert is the second in the 2019 season of the Connecticut Historical Society’s outdoor concert series on summer third Thursdays, which presents the work of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP), a statewide initiative that documents diverse cultural traditions and shares the artistic creations and community cultural practices of folk artists living throughout Connecticut. The concert series is generously supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America N.A., Trustee, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the CT Office of the Arts/DECD.

For more information about the artists, please click here.

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