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!


Here's a preliminary wrap up report from the Funraiser organizers:
Over 130 attendees!
-10 paid staff (6 musicians, two callers, one workshop leader, and our artist, plus sound double-duty by Glen!)
-Over $100 in donations given above and beyond ticket price
- 13 non-board volunteers who gave their time to help set-up, manage ticket table, and help clean up
-4 new members, two renewed members (plus a few people said they were going to sign up online, so more are anticipated)
-Tasty tasty snacks! Whoa!
Stay tuned for the rest of the story

DEFFA Editorial Team

Upcoming Events

Tue 17

Portland Peace Singers

January 17, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Portland ME United States
Tue 17

Portland – Sacred Harp Singing

January 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland ME United States
Tue 17

Portland – Concert

January 17, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Portland ME United States
Wed 18

Blue Hill Scottish Country dance

January 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue Hill ME United States
Wed 18

Unity English Country dancing

January 18, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Unity ME United States
Maine Fiddle Camp
Acadia Trad School

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