Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 24, 2014

School dance -- Civil War style

Arts program ends in rousing period fashion

The Andover Townsman

---- — A Civil War arts program came to a spirited end last week at High Plain Elementary School with an old-fashioned barn dance.

Fifth-graders grabbed their partners and spun around the gym demonstrating a variety of barn dances from the era to culminate the Civil War arts dance residency at the school.

The Wood Hill Middle School orchestra supplied some of the music, fiddling with artists-in-residence Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman. The pair of fiddling callers hails from Two Fiddles in New Hampshire.

Handmade period quilts crafted by the students were also on display.

The program was funded by grants from the Andover Coalition for Education and Massachusetts Cultural Council.