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

Sun 11

Portland – Brunch Concert

December 11, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Portland ME United States
Sun 11

Waterville Shapenote singing

December 11, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Waterville, Maine 04901 ME United States
Sun 11

Portland – Concert

December 11, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Portland ME United States
Mon 12

Ellsworth – Int’l Folk Dancing

December 12, 5:30 pm
Ellsworth Maine Select a Country:
Mon 12

Belfast Scottish Country dance

December 12, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Belfast ME United States
Acadia Trad School
Maine Fiddle Camp

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