I've often wondered whether my parents attended NEFFA. They loved to square dance, and very possibly may have attended square dances at NEFFA. I don't recall any mention of "Neffa" during my childhood, but perhaps the acronym N.E.F.F.A. for the New England Folk Festival Association wasn't used as a word back then. I do recall frequent mention of favorite square dance callers (e.g., Ralph Page, Ted Sannella) and musicians (Joe Perkins and his orchestra). The names Angie Taylor, Connie Taylor, and Marianne Taylor were also mentioned. In the 1960's I attended a few dance classes taught by Marianne.
|Nancy and Angie|
When I mentioned my parents as "Nick and Cut Nichols," she instantly recognized the names. "You are the daughter of Nick and Cut Nichols?!?" she exclaimed with much excitement. She immediately introduced me to Angela Taylor, who was sitting at a nearby vending table, selling hand-sewn items.
Lifetime award to Angela Taylor
|Nancy and Andy (Angie Taylor's niece, daughter of Marianne Taylor)|
|Dancing to "Marianne Taylor's Favorite Dances" April 2011|
"The History of the New England Folk Festival 1944-1994" published by NEFFA during for its 50th Anniversary Festival. See text online.
*Looking for the photo of Walter, I discovered that I had already posted it in this blog last year, when I wrote about music lessons.