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The Reel Thing

Welcome to the Internet home of The Reel Thing, a western Connecticut-based musical group which specializes in:

Contra dances
Live, costumed, authentic 18th century colonial dances and concerts
Traditional dance workshops for children and adults
Family or community "barn" dances.

Our band is made up of experienced, professional musicians who have a passion for folk music, dancing and performing.

Bill Campbell - guitar, bass guitar
Gwen Glasser - fiddle, guitar, piano
Fran Hendrickson - piano, keyboard, accordion
Sue Hill - fiddle
Julie Sorcek - Flute, piccolo, saxophone, bodhran

We are glad you stopped by our site, and hope you will look over our site and contact us for your next function.
Be sure to visit our My Space site for sound clips and videos from past performances.

Exciting news!! The Reel Thing was featured in
the Executive Pursuits column in the Business section of the New York Times on Saturday, May 3, 2008!

2009 Calendar of Events

  • February 5, 2009 with caller Patricia Campbell - Edgewood Magnet School family dance , Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, CT, 6:30 to 8 PM
  • March 12, 2009 with caller Patricia Campbell - parent association of Housatonic Valley Waldorf School community dance, Dodgingtown, CT, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • March 20, 2009 with caller Patricia Campbell - father/daughter Girl Scout dance, Darien Town Hall, Darien, CT, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • March 21, 2009 with caller Patricia Campbell - Georgetown Association community dance, Gilbert and Bennett School, New Street, Georgetown, CT, 6 to 8 PM
  • April 11, 2009 with caller Patricia Campbell - community dance to benefit Relay for Life, Washington Depot Town Hall, Washington Depot, CT, 7 to 9 PM
  • May 23, 2009 - Mystic contra dance, German Club, Route 27, Mystic, CT, 8 to 11 PM with caller Bill Fischer
  • July 11, 2009 - HCD contra dance, American Legion Hall, Old Wethersfield, CT, 8 to 11 PM, with caller Ralph Sweet

    We work extensively with caller Patricia Campbell, to provide an exciting experience for your group, at any dancing level. Whether you are considering a community dance, barn dance, or workshop through your school, library, religious organization, parks and recreation or continuing education department, Patricia Campbell and the Reel Thing will work with you to provide a memorable event. CLC member schools and libraries can check our CLC listing for member benefits. You can also apply for funding for Patricia and the Reel Thing for your organization through Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and through New England Foundation for the Arts' NEST program.

    Patricia Campbell is a dance leader and consultant with experience calling dances for families, schools, libraries and other community organizations. She also specializes in authentic 18th century dance and music for historical societies and re-enactment events. Her repertoire includes New England contradance, Colonial/18th century dance, square and folk dances. Participants experience the fun and joy of traditional dance through Patricia's lively and clear guidance.

    Check out what people are saying about the Reel Thing's workshops, dances and performances.

    The Reel Thing in colonial costume

    For additional contra and colonial dance and music resources, please go to our links page.

    For more information about us, if you are interested in being on our mailing list, or to book us for your event, e-mail us.

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