Hearts Delight

Central New York contradance band Hearts Delight consists of David Smukler on fiddle or calling, Laurel Sharp on whistle and recorder, Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, Zeke Smukler on mandolin, banjo, and other instruments, and John Wobus on piano. David is a well-known CNY contradance caller, instrumentalist, and organizer who also calls English Country Dances. David has been in many bands including For Old Times Sake and Three Wheel Drive. Laurel plays a mean whistle and has been known to throw in a bit of bombard or digeridoo. Laurel is also in Three Wheel Drive as well as Two Laurels (with Laurie Hart) and Near Mrs . Eileen grew up playing both violin and fiddle and adds a smooth sound to ensemble. Eileen also often plays for contradances and English Country Dances with Tom Hodgson, and plays for English Country Dances with John. Zeke grew up in a household filled with music and has mastered a plethora of instruments, usually playing the mandolin for the group. John, who provides the group's rhythm, is also in Contranella with Megan and Charley Beller and Rosie's Ready Mix, with Hope Grietzer and Curt Osgood.

To date, Hearts Delight has played mostly in Syracuse but David, Laurel and John have played dances throughout upstate New York for two decades.

Recent & Upcoming Hearts Delight Appearances

Date/Time What? Place Caller
Nothing scheduled.

 

Too late for these

Date/Time What? Place Caller
Friday
January 11, 2002
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Bob Nicholson
Saturday
June 1, 2002
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Catherine Burns
Friday
January 10, 2003
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Joyce Rossbach
Friday
June 13, 2003
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Joyce Rossbach
Friday
September 12, 2003
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Bob Nicholson
Saturday
January 3, 2004
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Joyce Rossbach
Friday
August 13, 2004
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Hilton Baxter
Friday
November 5, 2004
8:00PM
ContradanceCooperstown, NY
Otsego Dance Society

First Presbyterian Church, Pioneer and Church Streets
Katy Heine
Thursday
March 24, 2005
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Richard Sauvain
Friday
May 20, 2005
8:00PM
ContradanceSkaneateles, NY
Cabin Fever

First Presbyterian Church, 97 East Genesee Street (Rt. 20)
Tom Calwell & Myra Hirschberg
Friday
May 27, 2005
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Peter Blue
Friday
October 28, 2005
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Bob Nicholson
Thursday
December 22, 2005
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Ceidlen Beller
Saturday
January 7, 2006
8:00PM
English Country DanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
David Smukler
Saturday
March 4, 2006
7:30PM
English Country DanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Carmen Giunta
Saturday
March 11, 2006
2:30PM
English Country DanceToronto, ON
Toronto English Country Dancers

St. Barnabus Church Hall, 175 Hampton
David Smukler
Saturday
March 11, 2006
7:30PM
ContradanceToronto, ON
Toronto Country Dancers

St. Barnabus Church Hall, 175 Hampton
David Smukler
Thursday
May 4, 2006
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Kenny Wilson
Saturday
May 20, 2006
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

Madison Hall, NYS Rt. 20
Tom Calwell & Myra Hirschberg
Thursday
October 26, 2006
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Richard Sauvain
Saturday
November 4, 2006
7:30PM
English Country DanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Carmen Giunta
Saturday
December 30, 2006
8:00PM
English Country DanceBuffalo, NY
Queen City Country Dancers

Unitarian-Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave
David Smukler
Saturday
March 24, 2007
8:00PM
ContradanceMilford, NY
Upper Susquehanna Contradance

Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, North Main St., St. Route 28
David Smukler
Thursday
March 29, 2007
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Ceidlen Beller
Saturday
June 30, 2007
8:00PM
English Country DanceBuffalo, NY
Queen City Country Dancers

Unitarian-Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave
Pam Goddard
Sunday
September 16, 2007
7:30PM
English Country DanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street
David Smukler
Saturday
September 22, 2007
8:00PM
ContradanceMorrisville, NY
Morrisville Dance

Madison Hall, NYS Rt. 20
Sharon Perry & Gary Kielar
Thursday
October 18, 2007
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Sharon Perry
Saturday
October 20, 2007
10:30AM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Phylla Mae Fall Festival

Pastime Athletic Club, 1314 N. Salina Street
Kathy Anderson
Saturday
October 20, 2007
1:00PM
English Country DanceSyracuse, NY
Phylla Mae Fall Festival

Pastime Athletic Club, 1314 N. Salina Street
Bob Nicholson
Friday
November 16, 2007
8:00PM
ContradanceSkaneateles, NY
Cabin Fever

First Presbyterian Church, 97 East Genesee Street (Rt. 20)
Bob Nicholson
Saturday
December 29, 2007
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Sarah Ziegler & David Smukler
Sunday
January 6, 2008
7:30PM
English Country DanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street
Richard Sauvain
Friday
March 21, 2008
8:00PM
ContradanceCrary Mills, NY
North Country Community Contra Dance

Tri-Town Community Center
Beth Robinson
Thursday
May 8, 2008
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Sharon Perry
Saturday
May 31, 2008
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Carmen Giunta
Thursday
October 9, 2008
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Katy Heine
Friday
January 23, 2009
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Katy Heine
Friday
March 20, 2009
8:00PM
ContradanceCrary Mills, NY
North Country Community Contra Dance

Tri-Town Community Center
David Smukler
Sunday
April 5, 2009
6:30PM
English Country DanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street
Richard Sauvain
Thursday
September 24, 2009
8:00PM
ContradanceRochester, NY
Country Dancers of Rochester

Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road
Eric Rounds
Saturday
January 30, 2010
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

Madison Hall, NYS Rt. 20
Open mike
Saturday
June 19, 2010
8:00PM
English Country DanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
David Smukler
Saturday
October 26, 2013
8:00PM
English and ContraSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 876 Dewitt St
Sarah VanNorstrand
Friday
July 11, 2014
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
David Smukler
Saturday
November 22, 2014
ContradanceMorrisville, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

Madison Hall, NYS Rt. 20
Bob Nicholson
Friday
January 9, 2015
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Bob Nicholson
Friday
May 22, 2015
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Hilton Baxter
Friday
July 22, 2016
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
David Smukler
Saturday
September 17, 2016
8:00PM
ContradanceSyracuse, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers

United Church of Fayetteville, 320 E Genesee Street
Bob Nicholson

 

Note there is some controversy as to whether the name Hearts Delight needs an apostrophe, and if so, where.

 

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