Monadnock Folklore Johnny Trombly Scholarship Awarded
Many folks in Nelson will remember Bob McQuillen, the patriarch of contra dance musicians and dancers who wrote hundreds of tunes, held forth on the piano for 7 decades, and was a mentor and inspiration to literally thousands, through the dance community, and also through his career as an industrial arts teacher in Peterborough. He was a recipient of a 2002 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.Though he did not live in Nelson, he was a strong part of the culture here, and was a steadfast presence at the Nelson Monday night dance until shortly before his passing, at the age of 90, in 2014.
One of his (many) legacies was establishing The Johnny Trombly Scholarship, in honor of his mentor of that name. This scholarship is set up with the Nelson-based Monadnock Folklore Society, and it provides funds for students (18 or younger) to use for lessons, mentoring, music and dance camps, etc. in the area of traditional New England dance music (contra and square dancing).
As it turns out, one of the two current recipients, is actually a Nelson resident, which makes us extra proud.