Category Archives: Events

Drinks, Dissent, and Community Building

– written by Hearth Ember, Matthew Reese I’ve heard academics use the term “contact zone” to describe forums for discussion. Contact zones are not comfortable. They are not environments where the participants should expect to be coddled. Contact zones are spaces where discussion can flow freely and participants are held accountable for what they say,Continue Reading

Hearth Highlights – October 2016

Hearth Highlights – October 2016

Over the past three years, Miranda’s Hearth has grown from a sporadic group of mostly strangers meeting in random apartments to an active, creative community throughout the Greater Boston area.  The array of events being offered this October is a perfect example of how far we’ve come and how much we enjoy it. We’re kicking offContinue Reading

Getting Bach into Folk Dancing

Getting Bach into Folk Dancing

-written by Hearth Member, Matthew Reese I grew up on classical music. To say I was a snob or “that guy” with headphones who air conducts on the bus is an understatement. I barely even knew there were other genres until I was a sophomore in high school. My parents exposed me to other kindsContinue Reading

CALL FOR MUSICIANS WITH WALTZ MUSIC

CALL FOR MUSICIANS WITH WALTZ MUSIC

Every fourth Sunday, Miranda’s Hearth hosts Waltzdays, an evening of live music and dancing at The Democracy Center in Harvard Square We’re looking for musicians who can play about two and a half hours worth of waltzes. These don’t have to be traditional waltzes: as long as you can play in 3/4, we can danceContinue Reading

From Falcon Ridge to the Democracy Center

From Falcon Ridge to the Democracy Center

-written by Hearth Member, Matthew Reese Earlier this month, I attended the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival for the first time. Over the course of the weekend, I observed how integral this event is for so many of its attendees. Many of the thousands who attend go every year, some of them, like Hearth Founder Miranda Aisling,Continue Reading

From Seed to Plate: An Engaging Discussion in Food Ways

From Seed to Plate: An Engaging Discussion in Food Ways

-written by Hearth Member, Robin Miller We covered a lot of ground (pun intended) at the last Hearth Dinner. Before our journey from seed to plate at the Democracy Center, I did quite a bit of reflecting on my own adventures with seeds and plates. I grew up in a small town in northern IllinoisContinue Reading

A Curmudgeon’s Masquerade

A Curmudgeon’s Masquerade

– written by Hearth Member, Matthew Reese As A Midsummer Night’s Waltz fast approaches and I was bored at work, I decided to kill some time researching and writing about the relationship between the history of masquerades and the Hearth. I had lots of fun with the researching part (did you know Gustav III ofContinue Reading

Waltzing, To-ing, and Fro-ing

Waltzing, To-ing, and Fro-ing

– written by Hearth Member, Matthew Reese Last night was a delight. We had another good turnout for our continuing lively evenings of waltz at Miranda’s Hearth. I don’t think I’m ever going to get tired of it, nor will I ever want any of these nights to end. This month was particularly special. Clayton Clemetson—theContinue Reading

Why We Dance

Why We Dance

-written by Hearth Member, Matthew Reese “This is why we dance.” That is the most special sentence I’ve heard spoken on the dance floor. A woman dear to all at my local contra dance—something of a community grandmother—approached me and a friend whom I had just waltzed with. “I want you guys to know, it isContinue Reading

Why We Ask People What They Make

Why We Ask People What They Make

When we ask people what they make, the object or activity they come up with is the least interesting part. What we really what to know is why and how and when and where they make things. Do they create with unrelenting drive or through curious dabbling? What does it feel like, smell like, soundContinue Reading