Even quilt patterns were not immune to our passion for dancing. . .”Star of the East” , “Derby,””Gamecock”, were all names of famous Clipper Ships of a past era; they were also the names of contra dance tunes.
The text is from the article “Along the Contra Trail,” by Ralph Page, in Northern Junket: Folkdances, Contras, Squares, Folklore, Recipes, 1953. Click here to read it online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.
artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2014