Friday 3/20 - Sunday 3/22, 2020
Larks/Ravens non-residential Boston contradance weekend.
- Calluna: Eileen O’Grady, Gus Cantieni, Jesse Ball
- The Yaysayers: Eric Boodman, Jon Cannon, Julie Vallimont
- Kingfisher: Cecilia Vacanti, Jeff Kaufman
Plus an open band.
VenueCambridge Masonic Hall
1950 Mass Ave Cambridge MA (map)
Family DanceThere will be a family dance, probably either Saturday or Sunday morning. It will be open to everyone, not just families, but will have dances targeted at very young dancers.
While the rest of the weekend requires advance registration, if you want to come just for the family dance you're welcome to. If you do, it's BIDA's usual $5-$15 for adults and $3 for kids.
Open BandThere will be two open band slots, both open to anyone who would like to play. The slots will feel pretty different:
The family dance will be very relaxed. No microphones, not much leading, just playing tunes acoustically.
The regular dance will be more intense. We'll be playing to a full hall with lots of leading / orchestration. If you have a pickup or clip-on mic, that would be good to bring.
Sets for the evening open band: TBD
HoursIn 2019 the hall was open the following times:
- Friday: 5pm-11:30pm
- Saturday: 9am-11:30pm
- Sunday: 9:30am-5pm
Pricing and RegistrationLast year we asked for $50-$150/person, and did a little better than break-even. We're planning to admit more dancers this year, so we think we're able to move the price a bit lower, to a sliding scale of $30-$130. 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.
We will admit the first 150 dancers first-come-first-served. If these 150 slots all are claimed within the first week (before Tuesday November 19th) we'll pause registration and announce a lottery for the remaining slots.
To keep things simple, tickets are full-weekend, but if we sell out we may be able to make some additional part-weekend slots available for non-peak times.
Everyone needs to register and pay in advance. Kids below dancing age are free; just mention them on your registration.
Gender and RolesAll 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.
MealsYou 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.
SnacksThere 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.
HousingHousing 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.
Public TransitPublic 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.
- Friday and Saturday:
The parking lot at the Kennedy School (map) a short walk away is free to use when school is not in session.
Parking meters on Mass Ave or at metered municipal lots in Davis Sq.
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.