Ridge Kennedy & Blue Jersey Band

The chatter in Chatham is that Blue Jersey is the talk of all the towns. Ridgewood say his Collingswood be enough, but with a band to Rockaway the night, you’ll Wanaque up in the center line. Ewing seen nuthin’ yet as those born to be Wildwood go Alloway over Andover. So Ironia your Oxford, use your Gillette, put on your Cologne and grab a guy from Manville, a Lacey lady of Verona or your Palmyra. If life Hazlet you down, you’re crying Mahwah and you’ve given up Hope, come say Ho Ho Kus you’ll Sea Bright talent at the Summit of entertainment for just a Little Silver. Orange you glad Swingin’ Tern will have you saying thank you Allamuchy as you land in Pleasantville?



Masks and vaccinations are no longer required since Morris County remains at the Green/Low Covid case level.






Swingin' Tern presents Ridge Kennedy with Blue Jersey Band
Ridge Kennedy
Photo of Ridge Kennedy
Ridge Kennedy calling at Philadelphia

The Ridge Kennedy Way to Dance

Something old, something new
A dance that is chunky,
Then one that is smooth
Another one, funky
Most are in lines,
but sometimes a square
or circles, or triplets
or even in pairs
New dancers, we welcome
I’ll teach you your part
Long timers, surprises
We’ll spring from the start
(If not a surprise
then perhaps something rare?
A treasure forgotten,
brought out for fresh air?)
Our goal: To delight you
Just give us a chance
Put on your best smile
and come to the dance

Blue Jersey Band
Photo of Blue Jersey Band
Blue Jersey Band at Swingin' Tern

The Blue Jersey Band plays traditional and contemporary contra dance tunes.  They have played contra dances in NJ, PA, NY, and surrounding areas since 2000.  Their large repertoire includes jigs, reels, waltzes, Quebecois, Irish, French, and swing tunes. The Blue Jersey Band features Louise McClure on fiddle, Frank Ruck on mandolin, Ellen Ruck on guitar, and Ed Jankiewicz on bass.


  • Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required as Morris County has remained at the Green/Low case level for several months.
  • We once again welcome contributions of home-baked [or not] goodies to share at the break.
  • Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. Water bottles may be filled at the kitchen sink.

Hourly Schedule

Dance Schedule

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Beginner's Workshop
Learn the basics or help the newcomers.
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
The main event.


Jun 03 2023


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm




St. Paul's Episcopal Church
200 Main Street, Chatham, NJ