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!


DEFFA’s annual afternoon contra dance celebration to raise funds to support our mission, including the DEFFA Scholarship fund. Two bands (T.B.A.) and Two callers (T.B.A.) in an afternoon of dancing and visiting with friends. Finger food and desserts potluck, bring snacks to share! $15 at the door, $12 for students/seniors, $3 discount for DEFFA members! We need volunteers so if you are interested in volunteering to help set up, clean up, or sit at the entrance table, let us know! Contact membership@deffa.org

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