Swingin' Tern has reterned to Chatham!

Surgical masks now okay

Tern Event Banner May 21 2022 Sue Gola Rhythmic Heart

Sue Gola

Rhythmic Heart

This Saturday, May 21st

Saturday, May 21st 7:30pm—10:30pm

[Beginners’ Workshop & Check-In at 7pm]

Sue Gola & Rhythmic Heart

Anna Bosnick—fiddle; Norma Castle—flute, percussion; Doug Healy—guitar, banjo, djembe; Robin Russell—keyboard

Admission $15 [students $5]

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Chatham, NJ

Vaccination and N95/KN95 or surgical masks are required [see below for more information]

Never one to miss a beat, Rhythmic Heart pumps out chamber music to raise your blood pressure. Calling arresting contras worthy of a coronary, Pacemaker Sue will lead us in the systolic stomp. Don’t let your life be in vein, come hear the murmur of the crowd and join the fibrillation.

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Sue Gola

A long-time contra dancer, Sue Gola 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 calling at Tern

Rhythmic Heart

Rhythmic Heart mixes old-timey, jazz, Celtic, and New England traditional tunes with occasional notes of new age and rock. Rhythmic Heart features Anna Bosnick on fiddle, Norma Castle on flute and percussion, Doug Healy on guitar, banjo, and djembe, and Robin Russell on keyboard.

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Introducing our new
dance home in Chatham!
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Our new home is at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 200 Main Street, Chatham, NJ. Enter from Main Street and park behind the church. Return under the portico and enter up the wide steps. There are many restaurants within two blocks of the dance on Main Street: Indian, Soul, Italian, Pakistani, Chinese, Mexican, and American cuisines.
The view from the parking lot behind the church. Walk back to left for the main dance hall entrance. An elevator is available if needed through the door shown in this picture. 50 parking spaces are available in the church lot. A municipal lot may be accessed from Bowers Lane directly across Main Street from the church. The large train station parking lot is two blocks away. Street parking is available.
Large windows are on all four sides of the dance hall providing excellent ventilation. Air conditioning will be available for the summer.
The wood floor is well-worn with great percussive qualities! We can't wait to hear those balances! The kitchen, bathrooms, large foyer, and terrace are just off the dance floor.
Mass Transit from NYC and beyond
We are thrilled to once again have our dance easily accessible by mass transit. The Chatham train station is just two and a half blocks from the dance hall. Use New Jersey Transit from Penn Station in NYC and take the Morris & Essex line terminating at Morristown or Dover. Convenient train times to Chatham are lv 5:11/ar 6:15pm or lv 6:11/ar 7:15. Return trips leave Chatham at 10:35 and 11:35.
Covid Protocol

Proof of Covid Vaccination and wearing face masks are required.

In accordance with CDC and Folk Project policy, face masks are required within the building and while dancing. N95/KN95 masks are preferred but surgical masks have been added to the list of acceptable masks. Please bring your own N95, KN95, FN94, or surgical face mask—we’ll have extra masks at the ticket desk if you forget.

Remember to bring your vaccine card to show at the ticket desk. You will be turned away if you do not have a CDC Covid Vaccination card or approved record indicating you have been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks. Boosters are recommended.

We are maintaining a roster of dancers that have been vaccinated to speed admission at future dances. If you aren’t already on our vaccine list, you may expedite entry by sending an image of your Covid Vaccination card in advance to Doug at dheacock@aol.com. We will add your name to the roster. We are asking for email addresses should there be a need to contact you about an issue at the dance.


Please arrive early. We ask for your patience at check-in.

We will have some individually wrapped snacks for the break. You are welcome to bring your own snacks—if you plan to share, please make sure they are individually wrapped.

Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it [which can be refilled at the kitchen sink]. We will not be providing a punch bowl.

Upcoming Dances at Tern

Our dances are held on the first and third Saturday year-round, plus NYE. Regular dances run from 7:30 to 10:30pm with a beginners' lesson at 7pm.

June 4 – Donna Hunt & Grand Picnic

Good Things to Know
Contra dancing is aerobic. Wear comfortable, cool clothing. To protect our wooden floor, please bring non-marking, non-street shoes to change into.  
Volunteers are what makes our dance run. Click the volunteer email link below to help out and get free admission to a future regular dance.
Make a gift to Tern by sponsoring a dance which is a great way to celebrate your special occasion. Click the Sponsor email link below.
Hungry before or after the dance? There are several restaurants within two blocks of the dance on Main Street: Indian, Soul, Italian, Pakistani, Chinese, Mexican, and American cuisines
Go to our Facebook event page for this dance and click "Going"
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Let us know if you are coming:
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Please let us know if you’ll be coming on May 7th by replying Going on our Facebook event announcement. That will assist in our preparations. If you're on the fence, click Interested to stay in the loop. You can also help us out by clicking on the Invite button on the Facebook announcement and inviting friends you think would be interested in dancing again.

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