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Rey Center: “Old Time Rules Will Prevail…”

August 26, 2009

The Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council Humanities To Go! Program to sponsor an entertaining musical program by Adam Boyce, titled “Old Time Rules Will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in New Hampshire and New England.”

The program will be presented on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rey Center in Town Square. This amusing and informative program is free and open to the public, and appropriate for all ages.

Fiddle contests evolved from being endurance events to playing a set number of tunes judged by certain specific criteria. Whether large or small, fiddle contests tried to show who was the “best,” as well as preserve old-time fiddling and raise money for local organizations. In recent years, the fiddle contest has declined significantly in New Hampshire and Vermont due to cultural changes and financial viability. The greatest legacies of the fiddle contest are the recordings made during live competition, a sampling of which are played during the presentation, along with some live fiddling by the presenter.

Adam Boyce, a 10th generation Vermonter and fiddler in his own right, has been involved with nearly every aspect of fiddle contests in New England since 1994, including judge, piano backup, as well as competitor. He was the 2000 Vermont division champion at the Northeast Fiddlers contest in Barre, Vermont, and has placed in nearly every New England state. Adam is also an Eastern style square dance caller who fiddles and calls simultaneously, and also plays piano backup for other fiddlers throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. You can also find Adam listed as a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council.

Rey Center Gallery programs highlight visual and performing arts, featuring local and regional artists, and are typically scheduled for the last Friday of the month during the summer and winter seasons. Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, NH, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. To register for this program or for more information please contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at www.reycenter.org or 603-236-3308.

Old Time Rules Will Prevail is one of over 250 programs and exhibits available to organizations statewide, through the Humanities to Go! Catalog. For more information contact the NH Humanities Council in Concord at 603-224-4071 or on the web at www.nhhc.org.

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