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May 21, 2019

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Sesquicentennial String Band's performs at town hall May 14

The Bluffton Sesquicentennial String Band's will perform a program titled American Fiddle Tunes at 7 p.m., Saturday May 14, in the third floor of the town hall, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick, of the village cultural affairs committee.

The concert is free and open to the public with donations accepted at the door.

"It is Bluffton's 150th Birthday and many plans are in the works to celebrate this summer. One of the events planned is a Historic Ball June 25," she said.

"In honor of this milestone, Bluffton has formed a community intergenerational string band to play for the ball, and we hope to attract people dressed in costume to do the dances of the early settlers."

"Now is the time to practice dancing in preparation for the big event, she added.

"On May 14 all are invited to come and learn how to Contra Dance to traditional tunes played by Bluffton musicians on strings, guitar, flutes and whistles. We will have a professional caller to teach the dances and talk us through the moves.any age that can skip or shuffle can contra dance," said Chappell-Dick.

"Contra dancing isn't square dancing; it's much simpler. No partner is necessary. Kids can come and they'll love it. No experience is necessary," she said. "You can come just to watch if you'd like," she said.