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Bethany Music And Dance - Barn/Contra Dance Series

Bethany Music and Dance (BMAD) parties are held once a month on a Friday night, beginning at 7:30 PM (please do not arrive before 7:30 PM).

Contrary to popular opinion, BMAD is not held on the same Friday each month but is planned around the schedules of the occupants of 312 Litchfield Tpke. The date of each month's party will be posted on this web site and on Bill's web site approximately two weeks in advance.

There is a lot of music and dance happening at each party, but you do not need to be able to play an instrument or sing or dance.

Bring a dessert or beverage to shareIt is potluck dessert or beverage. We'll provide the silverware, dishes, napkins, etc.

The music parties are acoustic; please leave your amplifiers at home. For the benefit of others who attend, please apply fragrances lightly. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house. Thanks for your cooperation.

The event is at: 312 Litchfield Tpke, in a big brown converted barn set close to the road. Theere are 2 driveways. One driveway has a purple mailbox with 312 on it and leads down and back a ways to a larger parking area, although from the road it won't appear to be that large. The other, with no mailbox, leads to a smaller, paved parking area. If there's not enough room, you can park on either side of the road.  Just be sure that neither wheel extends over the white line onto the road.
Parking: Please be considerate of our neighbors when you arrive or leave the party. Be quiet on your way to or from your cars and don't throw trash along the side of the road.
Please carpool as much as possible, as parking may be even more limited than usual, due to all the cool kids in attendance.


Lost? Call 203.393.3464. Need more information? Send an e-mail.


Note from Eric:

I'll be driving from East Haven, through New Haven, to Bethany. Anyone within the path of my drive may request a ride from me; please note I have room for two-three in my car, as I'm already driving two friends. We'd likely arrive around 8, leave around midnight. Last time I brought beer... while that helps loosen limbs up, I recommend bringing a cheap water bottle (in case it's lost in the shuffle), a handkerchief for perspiration control, and wearing shorts/kilts/skirts/dresses/loose & comfy clothes with closed-toe shoes!

The picture of the event features my cousin, who was visiting from Virginia last month; he's the guy smiling in the top right, under the person with the Afro. :) I may be in the picture, but it's hard to see!

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  • Eric

    wow, what can I say?! tons of fun, hot as hell, lotsa great people, happiness all around! I'm so glad the NHC crowd came, and look forward to next month's party!

    August 31, 2013

    • Gary

      sorry I missed the dance, is it always at the same place?

      August 31, 2013

    • Ellen

      Yes.

      September 2, 2013

  • Eric

    After last months' party, my face hurt from smiling so much! :) You're also not "stuck" with any one dance partner all night, as you're always "finding someone new!" Plenty of cute, adorable, funny, intelligent, weird, eccentric, and jovial people attend... will you?

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Ellen

      Eric, about the smiling and people, continue the dancing on Saturday, September 7 at Branford's contra dance (I've posted this in NHC and it's now in the "Suggested" events section). Bill will be the caller, and the band is also a great local band (some of the musicians were there on Friday). You won't want to miss this. Pass the word. Gail, there will be over 55's at the dance. All age groups are represented, but the ones of us who discovered contra dance earlier are still dancing and make up a good percentage. Hope to see you on the dance floor. If you come, look for me.

      1 · September 1, 2013

    • gail b.

      just reading now - thanx! tho i was already going to YS&B's late night swing venue, i actually checked out your suggestion and just rsvp's yes to brnfd contra too! crazy? unrealistic?

      September 2, 2013

  • gail b.

    BMAD was the closest one could ever come to going back to their 1975 hippie days. a most visually stimulating, alternative lifestyle, 'secretly open' house, must-experience, walking in wonderment...venue out there!

    September 2, 2013

  • gail b.

    i wish i stayed past 10 to do some dancing :(

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was there and had a great time, stayed until 2:30. I'm not sure if I meet any of you, I talked to a lot of people. Can't wait until the next one.

    August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think I remember you! I had on the light blue shirt. That was so much fun! Thanks for joining in.

      August 31, 2013

    • Jason

      I was wearing the polo shirt with wide vertical blue stripes. I've asked Eric to include his cell # next time, we usually require that of Event hosts.

      August 31, 2013

  • D'Arcy J.

    missed it as i had to catch up on rest... but pictures look great & look forward to going in the future!

    August 31, 2013

  • Bella Z.

    I am so glad you showed me this place! Amazing experience!

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    An absolute fun and unique experience! Sure, it was a little hot and crowded during the dancing--but well-worth the experience. It was super cool to see all the musicians playing in their small, make-shift and spontaneous groups, scattered about the house and yard. I definitely recommend checking this out!!

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Lorie

    Loved the music everywhere I turned! Too crowded for me to dance and way too hot inside. Wished the dancing started earlier. Real nice of them to share their home and barn with us. Will be going more to this event in the future as it was a very unique experience. My daughters talked about it all the way home : )

    2 · August 31, 2013

  • Nazorine U.

    There was more of a younger crowd, but overall it was a lot of fun!

    August 31, 2013

  • Dan

    Lots of fun! Quite a unique experience.

    2 · August 30, 2013

  • Jason

    I'll be coming late, around 9.

    August 30, 2013

    • Eric

      I'll be arriving around 9 too. ppl I'm picking up aren't quite ready

      August 30, 2013

  • Eric

    a great place to meet up would be the patio in back. BYOB or snack to share. I'm driving 3 people including my older sister who is visiting from Los Angeles! wear comfy clothing, closed toe shoes or sneaks! bring a sense of humor & a smile!

    August 30, 2013

  • Lorie

    Like Andre I also watched you tube and saw kids. My teenage daughters would love this. Kristen is learning guitar and loves music. I'd like to bring them but if not ok too.......

    August 30, 2013

    • Eric

      Bring your daughters ... I think they'd love it!

      August 30, 2013

  • Ricky

    We should meetup for Happy Hour (5-7pm)at Firehouse 12 before going to BMAD. They have great hh specials and free appetizers!!
    Who's interested?

    August 30, 2013

  • Jason

    I've seen young kids at this, including dancing, playing instruments, and sometimes ignoring all the goings-on and just playing foosball or going into the yard. Be aware, this dance floor gets VERY crowded, it may be a little overwhelming to a small person. I think I've seen kids dancing some of the more open, less crowded, less complicated dances...not sure if they're doing all the dances. Also, dancing doesn't start until 10pm.

    1 · August 30, 2013

    • Lorie

      Ok thanks Jason

      1 · August 30, 2013

  • Andre

    I watched the YouTube video and definitely something I want to do. I noticed many kids on the video, therefore I would like to bring my 12.5 year old boy and 9.5 girl. It's my weekend with them and Sarah would love the instruments. Is that cool with the group also ?

    August 30, 2013

  • D'Arcy J.

    I'll try to make it - I've been once before; it's awesome! I'll be driving from the Milford area if anyone wants to join me, or maybe could drive & meet up in East Haven.

    August 24, 2013

    • Eric

      best to meet there... I'm picking up two people (so far) in New Haven. East Haven would be out of your way!

      August 24, 2013

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