Friday 3/22 - Sunday 3/24, 2019

Larks/Ravens non-residential Boston contradance weekend

Performers

Callers

Bands

Plus an open band, led and anchored by the Free Raisins.

Venue

Cambridge Masonic Hall
1950 Mass Ave Cambridge MA (map)

Schedule

Full details to come, but for now we're planning on dancing:

Friday: 7pm-11pm
Saturday: 9:15am-11pm
Sunday: 10am-3pm

Saturday or Sunday morning will start with a family dance. This is open to everyone, not just families, but will have dances targeted at very young dancers.

Pricing and Registration

Estimating costs, we should break even at about $90/person. Trying to make this accessible to as many people as possible, we're offering a sliding scale from $50 to $150. If you're able to pay toward the higher end, that's what makes it possible for us to offer admission to others below cost. We also have volunteer spots available.

Kids below dancing age are free.

Everyone needs to register and pay in advance, and we may sell out. Register here.

Gender and Roles

All calling will be gender-free, with Larks/Ravens terms. The bathrooms will also not be gendered. This event is not gender or role balanced, and anyone is welcome to dance either or both roles.

Food

Meals

You can bring food, buy food at the supermarket across the street, or eat at one of the many nearby restaurants. There is refrigerator and freezer space available at the hall, as well as a microwave. We're planning on breaks for lunch and dinner on Saturday.

Snacks

There will be plenty of snacks at the hall, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. There will be light snacks out most of the time, and more substantial snacks Sunday around lunchtime. If you have dietary restrictions there's a space for that on the registration form.

Housing

Housing isn't included, but we will try to match out-of-town dancers with local dancers who are willing to host. There's a bit asking about this on registration.

Transportation

Public Transit

Public transit is a great way to get to and from the hall, which is at the Porter Square stop on the Red Line Subway, the Fitchburg Line Commuter Rail, and the 77, 83, 87, and 96 buses. For detailed directions and schedules Google Maps works well: Cambridge Masonic Hall.

Driving

Parking is different each day:
Friday:
Parking meters on Mass Ave or at metered municipal lots in Davis Sq.
Saturday:
The parking lot at the Kennedy School (map) a short walk away is free to use on Saturdays and Sundays.
Sunday:
All parking meters and residential spaces are free on Sunday.

Please don't park in the big shopping center lot across the street from the hall, because they tow.

Accessibility

See BIDA's general accessibility information. The venue is not wheelchair accessible. Unlike BIDA's regular evening dances, this event is low-fragrance; see the registration form for more details.

Kids and Childcare

We're planning to offer childcare Saturday and Sunday, probably until dinner time. There will also be a family dance Saturday or Sunday morning.

Sponsors

This weekend is a joint project of the JP Gender Free Contra Dance and Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates.