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Sue Gola &
This Saturday, September 15th 
Hands Gola
In-Tent-City features Betsy Richards on fiddles, Graham Richards on acoustic guitars, Seth Richards on keyboard, electric bass, guitar, and David Richards on percussion.

Do you sometimes feel like a teepee and other times like a yurt? Clearly you're two tents so you'll feel right at home In-Tent-City. With patented existential intensity, In-Tent-City gets persistent attention coexistent with Sue's consistently competent contra content. Abstention of discontented malcontents is intentional.
This is a DOUBLE DANCE: 
The afternoon session from 4-6pm will feature fun, quirky and playful contras - some will be challenging, some will be a bit silly. Comfort with basic and intermediate steps is expected.
The evening session from 8-11pm will be our usual all-level evening dance.
Afternoon Playful Contras 4-6 pm  Admission$10 / $5 students
Dinner Break 6-8 pm **   
Beginners' Lesson 7:30 pm
All-Level Evening Dance 8-11 pm   Admission$12 / $5 students 
14 Hanover Road, East Hanover, NJ 07936 [detailed directions below].  
** At the dinner break visit one of the two dozen restaurants within two miles by clicking here and here.  The hall will be open for those that wish to "brown-bag" it.
Sue Gola
Sue Gola caller
A long-time contra dancer, Sue was drawn into calling contras in 2014. Since then, she has called at dances both large and small throughout the Northeast. Sue gives instructions concisely and clearly, and has a friendly way about her that makes dancers feel welcome.

Sue Gola calling at Swingin' Tern
Sue Gola calling at Swingin' Tern

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This all sibling band creates groovy music to make dancers' experience fun and "in-tents." They shape a danceable adventure from a musical background in Classical, Bluegrass, Irish and Oldies-but-Goodies. Do not be surprised if you chance upon some Modern Pop in the course of the dance. Betsy uses fiddle and voice to make your heart and feet soar. Seth lays down rock solid dance rhythms with piano and bass. David throws in some punch with percussion, while Graham adds spice and everything nice on top with his guitar and voice.   
In-Tent-City plays Catapult
In-Tent-City at Catapult
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In-Tent-City plays Catapult!
In-Tent-City plays Catapult!

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A Note about our admission: 
Our admission fee allows us to continue to provide exceptional talent for our dances.  For those that are so inclined, we encourage folks to occasionally give $15 or whatever you feel comfortable with. This extra support will help us continue to feature excellent bands and callers.  Better yet, you can sponsor a full dance, caller or band to celebrate your special event.  See the "gift" box below.  You will earn our e ternal gratitude. 

 Upcoming Swingin' Tern Dances
Our dances are held on the first and third Saturday year-round, plus NYE
Regular dances run from 8 to 11pm with a beginners' lesson at 7:30pm.
October 6:  Alexandra Deis-Lauby & Brooklyn Swing Ensemble
     FREE DANCE to celebrate Gail Yazersky's birthday
October 20:  Melanie Axel-Lute & Jigaplex
November 3:  Diane Hartzell & Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes
November 17:  Tom Amesse & Blue Jersey
December 1:  DOUBLE DANCE - Will Mentor & Pete's Posse
December 15:  Donna Hunt & Peter, Paul, Ed, Garry
December 31:  NEW YEAR'S EVE - Bob Isaacs & Organic Family Band   
Please note: 
Please bring a dessert for the break [homemade goodies are especially appreciated]!
To protect the wooden floor, please bring non-marking, non-street shoes to change into.  Contra dancing is aerobic.  Wear comfortable, cool clothing.   
Volunteers are welcome. People like you keep our dance running. Become part of the Tern family -- help out and get a free pass to a future regular dance. Contact Virginia at for more info.
Hungry for something to eat before or after the dance?  There are two dozen restaurants within two miles of the dance, some within walking distance.  A map of the area restaurants can be found by clicking here or here .   
Have comments or suggestions about Swingin' Tern? Please email 

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Swingin' Tern is brought to you by The Folk Project,
an organization of 650 music and dance enthusiasts.

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Visit The Folk Project weekly concert series at The Minstrel
To immerse yourself in contra dance videos, View our videos on YouTube 
to let your friends join in on the fun. 

Make a gift to Swingin' Tern!
Would you like to help support Swingin' Tern and the contra dance community by making a tax-deductible donation? Your generosity helps us to improve the dance and bring in more top bands and callers.
If you wish, you may make your donation to Swingin' Tern for a particular dance evening. This is a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or any other occasion!  You can sponsor a caller or band or the entire evening. We would be happy to acknowledge your gift at the dance, unless you'd rather remain anonymous. In any case we gratefully appreciate your support!
Please contact Leigh at to make arrangements or to learn more. [Please don't send your check directly to the Folk Project.]
Directions to First Church Parish House
14 Hanover Rd, East Hanover NJ
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Swingin' Tern Dances is held at the First Church Parish House on the corner of Hanover Road and Mount Pleasant Avenue . The Parish House is across Mount Pleasant Avenue from the historic Church. It is a large white building that faces Hanover Road and has a big parking lot next to it. Dancers should use the entrance at the top of the front stairs.

The most direct highway access is from Route 10 (see specific info below).  Route 10 has many restaurants, fast food joints, gas stations and other services.  Please note that although some sections of Route 10 are also called Mount Pleasant Avenue, the church is not on Route 10 but on a road that runs parallel to Route 10 for about a mile. It is known to locals as "Old Mount Pleasant Avenue."

From I-287 - Northbound or Southbound:
Take Exit 39 for Route 10 East.
In approximately 3.5 miles, exit by the Ford dealership (sign says: "To River Road / Okner Pkway"), which takes you onto Mount Pleasant Ave. Turn right at the second light (Hanover Rd) then an immediate left into the parking lot of the Parish House.

From the Morristown area (alternative to I-287):
Take Columbia Turnpike (510) towards Florham Park. Turn left on Hanover Rd. (6th light after Route 24). Turn right into the parking lot of the Parish House just before the road ends at a T-intersection with Mount Pleasant Ave.

From Chatham or Madison (Main Street-Route 124):
At the Chatham/Madison border, turn onto Brooklake Road [at the Lukoil gas station].  Turn right (from Chatham) or left (from Madison).
Go approximately 4 miles on Brooklake until just before the road ends. Turn right onto Hanover Rd. Cross over Columbia Turnpike (510) and keep going. Turn right into the parking lot of the Parish House just before the road ends at a T-intersection with Mount Pleasant Ave.

From I-78:
Exit 48 -- Route 24 West to exit 7A onto Route 124 Chatham. Then follow directions above.

From I-280:
Exit 4 for Route 609 / Eisenhower Parkway going South. Turn right onto Route 10 West.
Go about 0.8 miles to exit for Okner Parkway / Florham Park. Turn left at the end of the exit, go straight to cross Route 10, then turn right at the T onto Old Mount Pleasant Ave. Continue straight about 0.7 mile and turn left at the light onto Hanover Rd. Take immediate left into parking lot of the Parish House.

From Garden State Parkway or New Jersey Turnpike:
Take Exit 145 from GSP or Exit 15W from NJTP to go onto I-280 West then follow directions above.