Lyceum Contra Dance

7:00 PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014
Oak Meadow Montessori School

In honor of the Littleton Tercentennial, the Lyceum is sponsoring an old-fashioned New England contra dance—free of charge and no experience necessary.

The dance will take place on Saturday, 2 August starting at 7 PM at the Oak Meadow Montessori School at 2 Old Pickard Lane (Littleton)—just off Great Road, Rt 2A/119 on the way to Acton.

The evening features live music provided by the band Maivish. Maivish draws inspiration from traditional sources, reinterpreting the old and contributing to the new with their hypnotic and scintillating melodies and grooves. At its core, the group is a collaboration between American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Broome who have been performing together as a duo for over a decade.

All the dances will be called by Nils Fredland. Nils has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. He draws his material from a large and varied repertoire of dances, ranging from the centuries-old “chestnut” contra dances, to the most cutting-edge contra dance choreography that exists today.

Contra dances are traditional line dances and each dance will be explained ahead of time by Mr. Fredland—you simply have to know your left from your right.

You will also be asked to wear soft-soled shoes for dancing—we don’t want to leave marks on the school hall floor. If need be, you can dance barefoot!

~ 2014-2015 Lyceum Schedule ~

Five O'clock Shadow

Five O'Clock Shadow
Friday 26 September, 2014
7:30 pm

At its core, these six vocalists produce rock solid leads and harmonies, while exploring instrumental mimicry and creating unique textures that excite, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Throughout its 23 year history, Five O’Clock Shadow has redefined the possibilities of vocal music by incorporating mouth percussion, real-time digital effect processing and innovative writing and arranging into its critically acclaimed live performances and recordings. What’s more, these guys love what they do, and their joy is contagious!
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King Philip's War - Michael Tougias
Friday 7 November, 2014
7:30 pm

King Philip's War was America's first major Indian war and it was our country's bloodiest war in history. It took place in 1675 and was named for Metacom, a leader within the Wampanoags who had been given the nickname King Philip by the English because of his haughtiness. Littleon was directly impacted by King Philip's war; according Herbert Joseph Hardwood, King Philip's war "fell heavily on the settlement of praying Indians of this place [Littleton], and caused the plantation to be practically deserted by them, thereby opening the way for the entry of white people which followed soon after (Proceedings of the Littleton Historical Society, No 1, 1894-1895)." Come hear renowned author Michael Tougais discuss the events leading up to this bloody conflict and how it impacted New England communities, both native and colonists.
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Michael Tougias

Alex the Jester

Alex the Jester
Friday 30 January, 2015
7:30 pm

Have you ever seen a court jester perform? Not very likely! Come see Alex the Jester perform daring stunts, mind-bending sight gags, musical capers and physical feats! The audience will be encouraged to get engaged… not only in egging him on and cheering, but in assisting him with his pranks (when the spirit moves them)! Alex the Jester’s humor has many levels so three generations can laugh together, often for different reasons.
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The Hardtacks: Folk Music of the Civil War Era
Friday 20 March, 2015
7:30 pm

The Hardtacks explore the American Civil War though unique combinations of period music and visual materials. You'll hear Marek Bennett and Woody Pringle perform songs such as "Dixie", "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "Home, Sweet Home" and "Ring, Ring De Banjo". This dynamic and engaging session will feature instruments such as banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, accordion, whistle, and guitar, and challenges participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history.
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The Hardtacks

All Lyceum events begin at 7:30 pm and are held in the Littleton High School Auditorium, Littleton, MA (Directions). Click on "Ticket Information" in the navigation to learn about purchasing individual or season tickets. Tickets can now be purchased online!