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! 

Rememberences of Keith Larson

Dancer, Keith Larson passed away 7/14/16, at his home with his family all around him. Keith was diagnosed with colon cancer in the summer of 2015. He turned 58 on 7/5/16. Keith moved to Maine with his wife Kathryn Larson in 1988. Keith and Kathryn had met at a dance festival and were avid dancers upon arrival in Maine. Keith and Kathryn have contributed to the dance community in many ways over the years. He will be most sadly missed on the dance floor, at the potlucks, and at the DownEast Country Dance Festival. Keith started his career in Maine as an elementary teacher and later found his niche as an elementary school librarian. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Larson, and daughters Lydia and Melody Larson. From Ketra Crosson

Keith was one of my favorite people to dance with. He was always smiling and liked to add a little clogging to the mix. He always made each dance fun. He was one of the people I always tried to get to dance with. Very fond memories of Keith and Westcustogo Hall. From Teri Wadding

"Whether I was calling or dancing, it was a joy to see Keith in the hall. My spirits always were lifted by his clearly evident love of dancing, of music, and of his fellow dancers. Even when he wasn't in a set, he would participate - smiling broadly, clogging exuberantly. It was especially beautiful to watch him dance with Kathryn, Lydia, and Melody. Keith was an inspiring dancer, but more importantly, he was a rare and special person." From Chrissy Fowler

(To Kathryn) I'm sending my warmest thoughts to you and your family. I loved spending time with you and Keith at the Mayo Street Arts dances. You both brought such a spirit of FUN! to the events. I think about him whenever I find myself trying to throw some fancy footwork into circle dances. I wanted to reach out because even though I only spent a little time with Keith, our conversations and interactions were so rich that I think about him regularly. I knew him mostly as a dancer, but from collaborating with you at the Mayo Street dances, I also saw how he supported you as a loving, enthusiastic and hard-working partner. From Jake Hoffman

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