No one should attend who does not feel well, or has Covid-19 symptoms.
We welcome prospective Band members to sit-in at Rehearsals to decide if they'd like to join the Band.
Roaring Jelly, begun in a Lincoln MA living room in 1970, named itself after the tune "Roaring Jelly", a well-known jig. The earliest printings of the tune seem to be as "Roaring Jelly" in Gow's 1806 "Complete repository of old and new Scotch strathspeys, reels & jigs, Part 3" (Edinburgh), and as "Smash the Windows" in G. Graupner's 1808 "Cotillions and Country Dances No. 2" (Boston MA).
Some believe 'Roaring Jelly' refers to gelignite (aka gelly), however the tune is at least several decades older than any gelatinous explosive - Nitroglycerin (1847), Dynamite (1867), Gelignite (1875). Another explanation is that the boiling required to make jelly can sometimes become furious and noisy 'roaring jelly', and if splattered may 'Smash the Windows' (an alternate name for the tune).
Our monthly dances run from 8-10:30 PM, usually on third Friday from September through June, except as noted in our flyer (and here). There is a 15 minute introduction to Contra Dancing at 7:45pm before the dance.
The address for our monthly dance is 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA 02420. It's at the (south-)west corner of the Green. There's a parking lot in back, via the driveway on the left (south) side of the church. The rear door, by the parking lot, is the one to use, and is usually open by 7:30. Take the stairs or the elevator to the 2nd floor.
To get there by bus, take bus lines #76 or #62, from Alewife. The last bus back to Alewife is around 10:15pm; check schedules, or ask for a ride at the Dance.
For more information, please call Deborah Gerstein at 781-259-0753, or email Michael at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practices are open for any acoustic instrument players to sit in who might join the Band.
Here are some samples from our CD:
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