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Peterborough contra dance to cap off ‘Mr. Mac’ remembrance


PETERBOROUGH — Bob “Mr. Mac” McQuillen will be memorialized with a service, reception and contra dance Saturday, May 3.

McQuillen, a National Heritage Fellow and a legend in the contra dance community who wrote more than 1,500 tunes, died Feb. 4 at 90.

A Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War, McQuillen taught industrial arts at Peterborough High School and then at ConVal High School for 34 years.

Family and friends will be coming from across the country to remember McQuillen with stories, music and dancing at Saturday’s event, which organizers have termed the “Kwackfest” after one of many McQuillenisms.

The memorial service will be held in the gym of ConVal High School in Peterborough at 2 p.m. A reception follows at Monadnock Country Club, High Street, Peterborough, from 4 to 8 p.m. The contra dance begins at 7 p.m. at the Peterborough Town House. During the dance, Bass Hall at the adjacent Monadnock Center for History and Culture will be open as a gathering place.

For more information, call 567-4430 or check the “Remembering Mac” page on Facebook.

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