Region One Rally 2018

2018 Region One Rally
The New England Unit proudly presents an Airstream Country Jamboree for your enjoyment August 9-12, 2018, centrally located at the North Haverhill Fairgrounds in North Haverhill, NH. The theme is country and the food is local. There will be activities that range from our own private train car on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway to hiking, biking, kayaking, farm tours and the local culture of Hanover NH, the home of Dartmouth College. We also plan a range of seminars for your learning enjoyment.

We will source nearly all of our food from local farms. The corn and tomatoes will be grown for us by 4 Corners Farm in nearby South Newbury Vermont and the eggs for your breakfast will be laid by chickens at Green Bough Farm only ten minutes from your plate. King Arthur Flour of nearby Norwich, VT will supply the flour for the pancakes and the maple syrup will be produced from nearby trees. The ice cream is the best you have ever tasted by Hatchland Dairy in North Haverhill. Coffee, by its very nature, is not local and it will be supplied by Peet’s Coffee and Tea of Berkley, CA, the original craft coffee purveyor. Picture 200 Airstreamers at one long table as afternoon turns to evening, enjoying a farm to table dinner featuring a pig roast starring a formerly local pig. Add a few instruments and a caller and a square dance will cap off the entertainment on Saturday night.

We are planning on having a private car on the Cog Railway on the New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

This promises to be a memorable event so sign-up today and then shine up those boots and get out your cowboy hat. If you have questions just ring the virtual triangle and I will be in touch. -Doug Hart

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Spring is in the air. St. Patrick’s Day and the Vernal Equinox this month promise good luck and the start of camping season is near. With that said, any good cowboy will tell you that the music and dance is a grand tradition.

Music and Dance

The R1R will be providing superb music and dance in keeping with our Country Jamboree theme. As Saturday evening’s entertainment we have planned a “Barn Dance” with a live multi-piece band and a caller who is successful at helping inexperienced dancers have a great time.

Just for your reference, here is our caller, David Millstone’s philosophy:

“A few words about my philosophy for calling these events: At weddings and other private parties, the greatest number of people are not experienced traditional dancers. My aim is to get everyone moving as quickly as possible and as much as possible. In my opinion, this is not the appropriate venue to teach some complicated series of dance figures; people are not there to learn the latest hot, complex move. People are there to have fun, not to get a difficult brain workout! Consequently, unless I know that there will be a lot of experienced dancers there, I pick dances that can involve all ages, from youngsters through seniors. It’s helpful to let women in particular know to bring some comfortable shoes for the dancing; swinging on a barn floor in high heels isn’t fun!”

David has procured a renowned regional band that he has worked with before in calling dances such as ours. They play traditional instruments including twin fiddles, banjo , guitar and mandolin. Their repertoire includes New England tunes, Appalachian tunes and Quebecois tunes.