Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts (DEFFA) is a non-profit membership organization whose goal is to nurture and promote the living traditions of folk music and dance in Maine. We publish a monthly newsletter with news, calendar listings, information, and other items of interest to the Maine folk art, music, and dance community. DEFFA also hosts the annual Down East Country Dance Festival in March of each year, a weekend long celebration of traditional and international music, dancing, and fun! 

Remembering Keith Larson

On July 14, Keith Larson, long-time contra dancer and clogger from New Gloucester, lost his battle with cancer. Our hearts are with Kathryn and their daughters, as well as extended family and friends. Keith was a joyful spirit on the dance floor, clogging his way through the dance with an attentive connection to his partner and neighbor of the moment. He was a kind and gentle soul, and many people will miss him. The DEFFA newsletter team will be collecting reminiscences of Keith to compile, edit, and publish in the next newsletter and on-line at www.deffa.org. Anyone interested in writing a short note is encouraged to email it to editor@deffa.org There will be a service on July 23 at 10 am at the Congregational Church in New Gloucester.

 

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Upcoming Events

Mon 25

Ellsworth Int Folk

July 25, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ellsworth ME
Mon 25

Belfast Scottish Country dance

July 25, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Belfast ME
Tue 26

Portland – Sacred Harp Singing

July 26, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland ME
Wed 27

Farmington – Concert

July 27, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Farmington ME
Wed 27

Blue Hill Scottish Country dance

July 27, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue Hill ME
Wed 27

Portland concert/session

July 27, 7:30 pm
Portland ME
Maine Fiddle Camp
Acadia Trad School
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