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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Saturday, May 23
Bar Harbor  Contradance with Big Moose, Chrissy Fowler calling.   Saturday May 23 at Jesup Library. 34 Mount Desert St. Bar Harbor. 7:30 to 10pm. $6 adults. Children free.  Questions, call Anne at (207) 460-2401
Belfast  Meteora - Kat Logan, Jim Loney and Will Brown.   An great evening of folk, trad., standards, originals and new arrangements highlighted by their well known tight three part harmonies. Saturday, May 23rd, 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St. in Belfast. Refreshments available. Suggested donation: reserved $10/$6 and $12/$8 at door. FMI contact: Will at 789-5276 or email willbe@tidewater.net
Canaan  Contradance with Bien Sur and calling by John McIntire.   Dancing 8-10:30pm at the Canaan Farmers Hall, Route 2 Canaan Village. All dances taught, everyone welcome, great dance hall atmosphere. Admission $8.  Info: canaanfarmershall@gmail.com
Monson  Finn (Finnish) dancing.   Schottische, jenka, polkka, waltz, & a few hambos & tangos. Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. $8/adult& family rates. 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Coffeeroom for relaxing. Great bullas (sweet Finnish coffee rolls), homemade desserts and delicious coffee. On Rte. 15, 2 miles south of Monson.  Call Alexandra for more info. including great local restaurants/B&B's, 997-3639.
Oakland  Droplet Dance Productions presents Stories of Water, with Molly Gawler, Lissa Schneckenburger, Nettie Lu Lanel and the Gawler Family.   Messalonskee Performing Arts Center (high school), 7:00. Come join the debut celebration of water and how it sustains us, thru story, dance song and the circus arts. Molly, will present solo dance and Cyr Wheel pieces. Lissa, originally from Maine, now a widely revered musician for her exemplary fiddling and singing will contribute songs of water. Nettie brings creative storytelling and Cirque de Soliel style German Wheel pieces to the collaboration.  Gawler Family will join the fun. This is an extraordinary event not to be missed! Advanced tix, $12, under12 and seniors $8, Families $30. At the door, $15/ $10 and $35 respectively. Info: (207)495-2928.
Rockport  Contra Dance with Jamie Oshima & Kathleen Fownes, Dugan Murphy calling.   Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. 7-10PM. $10 adults or $7 students. All proceeds benefit the Liberian Education Fund, a student-run nonprofit organization at Camden Hills Regional High School that sends underprivileged children in Liberia to school.   FMI Emma Trapani, etrapani2@gmail.com.
 
Sunday, May 24
Bar Harbor  Every Sunday, mostly Irish music session.   Every Sunday, 6-8 pm. Trail Head Cafe in Bar Harbor. Bring your instruments and join in, or simply drop in for an early evening of informal Irish pub music.   For more information and session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html.
Portland  Scottish social dancing.   Scottish social dancing at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave, Portland, with Laura Scott, $5. Live music, sit-ins welcome if also interested in some dancing.   Info 650-2533. laurascottdance@gmail.com.
 
Monday, May 25
Ellsworth  International Folk Dancing.   Dance to the world's music! Beginners welcome, no partners needed. Learn a Turkish wedding dance, a Greek warrior dance, or a Romanian lullaby. Dances are taught first hour, followed by requests. Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth. Ellsworth, 2nd and 4th Mondays, 5:30-7:30. Admission: $6.00. Info 460-3408
 
Tuesday, May 26
Portland  Sacred Harp.   Every Tuesday 7-9 pm at the First Parish UU Church at 425 Congress St Portland, ME 04101 This four-part singing tradition, also known as Shape Note Singing, originated in New England during the 19th century. Interesting, strong and soulful, Sacred Harp Singing is enjoying a revival nationwide. This is not a performance -- everyone is welcome to participate. Small donation appreciated.  Contact: vicki-adams at roadrunner.com, 207-216-3890
 
Thursday, May 28
Bangor  Bangor Shape Note Singing.   Shape note singing is a non-denominational community, musical, and spiritual event emphasizing participation, not performance. It is a cappella music and all are welcome, no experience necessary! 6:30-9:30pm. Admission: free.  contact information: contact leyland.delre@gmail.com for more information and directions or visit our facebook page: Bangor Shape Note Singers. Also listed on maineshapenotesinging.org
 
Friday, May 29
Brunswick  International Folk Dancing.   Music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe, and around the globe. Fridays, 6:30, at People Plus, 35 Union St., one block west of Maine St. Donation $8 ($5 for students, seniors). Dances are taught. No partner needed. All are welcome. Info: 729-7402 or brennan.mk(at)gmail.com.
 
Saturday, May 30
Vassalboro  Contradance with Phelps Family Band and Lani K. Calling.   East Vassalboro Grange Hall, Main Street(Route 32), East Vassalboro. Fifth Saturday Dance Series. All dances begin with Pot luck at 6:30 pm Dance 7:30 - 10:00. No partner necessary, beginners welcome, all dances called. Students $6.00, adults $8.00 or $20 Family of four. Questions call 207-923-4216.
 
Sunday, May 31
Bar Harbor  Every Sunday, mostly Irish music session.   Every Sunday, 6-8 pm. Trail Head Cafe in Bar Harbor. Bring your instruments and join in, or simply drop in for an early evening of informal Irish pub music.   For more information and session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html.
 
Thursday, June 4
Dover, NH  Contradance with Lamprey River Band (Peter Yarensky, Sarah Mason, Burt Feintuch, Steve Panish, Sarah Hydorn, Bill Zecker), calling by Peter Yarensky and Sarah Mason.   Contras at City Hall. Guest callers and musicians welcome.  8-10:40 p.m. $7/5 students Info 603-664-2513 or peter.yarensky@unh.edu or http://nhcountrydance.com.
 
Friday, June 5
Belfast  Träd Weekend with lydia ievins and Andrea Larson.   An intensive workshop for dance musicians in Scandinavian fiddle traditions. June 5-7, 2015.   For more info, glowing testimonials, and online registration: www.lydia-andrea.com/trad.
Belfast  Community Dance with an open All-Comers Band, calling by Chrissy Fowler.   American Legion Hall, 143 High St.(entrance on Church St.) in Belfast. Part of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series. Everybody is welcome, come with or without a partner. 6:30 p.m. $2adults/$1children.  Info 338-0979 or belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com, www.belfastflyingshoes.org/.
Belfast  Contradance with Calling by David Smukler and music by Raz de Maree.   American Legion Hall, 143 High St.(entrance on Church St.) in Belfast with a community dance and contra dance. Part of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series. Raz de Maree: Eric Favreau, fiddle; Sabin Jacques, accordion, bones, and foot percussion; Stuart Kenney, upright bass and banjo; Rachel Aucoin, piano. Sound by Stuart Kenney. 8 p.m. $10 for 21+, $7 for 13-20 yo as well as adult All-Comers, $4 for kids. $1 off for anyone who brings a box fan for the window! Everybody is welcome, come with or without partner. Info 338-0979 or belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com, www.belfastflyingshoes.org/.
Brunswick  International Folk Dancing.   Music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe, and around the globe. Fridays, 6:30, at People Plus, 35 Union St., one block west of Maine St. Donation $8 ($5 for students, seniors). Dances are taught. No partner needed. All are welcome. Info: 729-7402 or brennan.mk(at)gmail.com.
 
Saturday, June 6
Belfast  Träd Weekend with lydia ievins and Andrea Larson.   An intensive workshop for dance musicians in Scandinavian fiddle traditions. June 5-7, 2015.   For more info, glowing testimonials, and online registration: www.lydia-andrea.com/trad.
 
Sunday, June 7
Bar Harbor  Every Sunday, 6 - 8 pm.   Trail Head Cafe in Bar Harbor. Bring your instruments and join in, or simply drop in for an early evening of informal Irish pub music.   For more information and session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html.
Belfast  Träd Weekend with lydia ievins and Andrea Larson.   An intensive workshop for dance musicians in Scandinavian fiddle traditions. June 5-7, 2015.   For more info, glowing testimonials, and online registration: www.lydia-andrea.com/trad.
Portland  Shape Note Singing.   First Sunday of every month from 1-4 pm at The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. This four-part singing tradition, also known as Shape Note Singing, originated in New England during the 19th century. Interesting, strong and soulful, Sacred Harp Singing is enjoying a revival nationwide. This is not a performance -- everyone is welcome to participate. Small donation appreciated.  Contact: vicki-adams at roadrunner.com, 207-216-3890
Portland  International Folk Dance.   6 - 9ish pm. Greenlight Studio (49 Dartmouth St. - corner of Forest Ave. and Dartmouth St.) We Light potluck if you care to share food with others. NO NUTS - this is a nut-free facility Off-street parking available in front of the studio. Suggested donation: $5, (children $3). Beginners welcome. Info: 688-2293 mwendt57@gmail.com
 
Monday, June 8
Ellsworth  International Folk Dancing.   Dance to the world's music! Beginners welcome, no partners needed. Learn a Turkish wedding dance, a Greek warrior dance, or a Romanian lullaby. Dances are taught first hour, followed by requests. Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth. Ellsworth, 2nd and 4th Mondays, 5:30-7:30. Admission: $6.00. Info 460-3408
 
Wednesday, June 10
Ellsworth  Second Wednesday mostly Irish slow session.   Second Wednesday, mostly Irish slow session at the Unitarian Church in Ellsworth Maine. Suitable for all levels. Bring your acoustic instruments and join in, or simply drop in to enjoy listening to some tunes.   For more information and session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html.
Unity  English Country Dancing - music by the North Star Sisters, dancing led by Nancy Rosalie and John McIntire.   Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts on Depot St. Everybody is welcome. All dances taught. 7-9:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5. Info: 568-7597 or circleleft@uninets.net.
 
Friday, June 12
Brunswick  International Folk Dancing.   Music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe, and around the globe. Fridays, 6:30, at People Plus, 35 Union St., one block west of Maine St. Donation $8 ($5 for students, seniors). Dances are taught. No partner needed. All are welcome. Info: 729-7402 or brennan.mk(at)gmail.com.
Chesterville  The Wiles in concert.   Folk, Blue Grass and Old Time concert at historic Chesterville Meeting House. Friday, June 12 at 7:30 pm with pre-concert jam session open to audience members starting at 6:30. Admission is by donation with proceeds to support accessibility improvements to the Meeting House. Corner of Borough Rd and Zion Info call (207) 778-3767.
Garland  Community Contra dance.   7 in the Grange Hall just off Rt 94. Music by Some Reel People, John McIntire caller. Everybody welcome. Suggested donation $7. Also before the dance, public supper (ham) at 5. Supper is $7. More info, 924-3925.
 
Saturday, June 13
Farmington  NO Contradance this month.   See you in August! Farmington Grange, 126 Bridge St, West Farmington. All dances taught.   Info (207) 491-9928 or dance@starleft.org, www.starleft.org.
Topsham  2nd Saturday Contradance, formerly in North Yarmouth, now at the Topsham Grange! Desperate Measures with Caller Dave Eisenstadter.   Located at 47 Pleasant St. Take 295 Exit 31 onto 196 East, go less than 1 mile, turn Right on 201/Maine St, go less than 1/2 mile to a left turn on Pleasant St, and there it is. Contras and more, most dances taught. Bring clean shoes for dancing! Bring water! Family Dance 6:00 ($3/$12), Finger-Food Potluck 7:00, Beginner session 7:30, Contra Dance 8:00-11:00. $10/$7 Students & Seniors. Info: 712-2837, jeffraym@gmail.com, deffa.org, contradancetopsham.wordpress.com and find us on Facebook.
Winter Harbor  Sheep Island Rovers with Jon Archer calling.   An evening of mostly contra dances but few polkas, schottisches, waltzes and other unusual couple dances at the beautiful historic Hammond Hall, downtown Winter Harbor(just past the only Bank, on the left).  7:30 pm. No partners necessary, all dances are taught. $5 admission. If you're coming from a long way bring a sleeping bag and stay the night at our place and see the park on Sunday. Contact Jon Archer at 461-6631.
 
Sunday, June 14
Bangor  Second Sunday mostly Irish open session at Geaghan's Irish Pub.   Second Sunday mostly Irish open session at Geaghan's Irish Pub. 5 to 7PM. Bring your instruments and join in, or simply drop in for an early evening of informal Irish pub music.   For more information and session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html.
Bar Harbor  Every Sunday, 6 - 8 pm.   Trail Head Cafe in Bar Harbor. Bring your instruments and join in, or simply drop in for an early evening of informal Irish pub music.   For more information and session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html.
Waterville  Sacred Harp Singing.   First Baptist Church, 1 Park St. The shapenote singing is primarily from the The Sacred Harp which consists of hymns, fuging tunes, anthems, and other songs in a style rooted in Colonial New England. Books are available for loan or purchase. 2-5 p.m. The singing is a free, participatory event, not a performance. Info: 873-4134 or email Watervillesingings(at)mainesacredharp.org.
 
Friday, June 19
Bangor  Contradance with music by the Orono Contraband and Dugan Murphy calling.   Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park Street, downtown Bangor.  Beginners' session at 7:30 PM; dance at 8. All ages welcome; all dances taught. Admission $8/$20 families. For more information: bangorcontra@gmail.com; 941-9727.
Brunswick  International Folk Dancing.   Music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe, and around the globe. Fridays, 6:30, at People Plus, 35 Union St., one block west of Maine St. Donation $8 ($5 for students, seniors). Dances are taught. No partner needed. All are welcome. Info: 729-7402 or brennan.mk(at)gmail.com.
 
Saturday, June 20
Bowdoinham  Contradance with John McIntire calling and music by the Orono Contraband (Anthony Viselli, Sam Furth and friends).   Bowdoinham Town Hall, School Street in Bowdoinham. Beginners' workshop 7:30, dance 8 p.m. $10 adults/$7 students and seniors.  Info (207) 666-3709 or email pam@pamweeks.com.
 
Sunday, June 21
Bar Harbor  Every Sunday, 6 - 8 pm.   Trail Head Cafe in Bar Harbor. Bring your instruments and join in, or simply drop in for an early evening of informal Irish pub music.   For more information and session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html.
Pownal  Community Folk Dance - Family Dance.   4:30 - 6 pm, Pownal town hall, (Mallett Hall on Rt. 9 just north of blinking light at Elmwood Rd.) All welcome (even if you and all others in your family are over 18.) Dance, dance, dance around the world and back. International fun for all ages. Potluck and music jam at 6 pm. (preceding the regular monthly folk dance) Suggested donation: $2 per person. Info: 688-2293 mwendt57@gmail.com
Pownal  International Folk Dance.   6 - 9ish pm. Pownal town hall, (Mallett Hall on Rt. 9 just north of blinking light at Elmwood Rd.) Enjoy traditional music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, France, Greece, and around the world. Social Hour 6 - 7 pm Potluck, music jam, chat. Mixed level dances will be taught from 7 to 8 pm. followed by requests. Suggested donation: $5, (children $3) (Includes the family dance at 4:30.) Beginners welcome. Info: 688-2293 mwendt57@gmail.com
 
Monday, June 22
Ellsworth  International Folk Dancing.   Dance to the world's music! Beginners welcome, no partners needed. Learn a Turkish wedding dance, a Greek warrior dance, or a Romanian lullaby. Dances are taught first hour, followed by requests. Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth. Ellsworth, 2nd and 4th Mondays, 5:30-7:30. Admission: $6.00. Info 460-3408
 
Friday, June 26
Brunswick  International Folk Dancing.   Music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe, and around the globe. Fridays, 6:30, at People Plus, 35 Union St., one block west of Maine St. Donation $8 ($5 for students, seniors). Dances are taught. No partner needed. All are welcome. Info: 729-7402 or brennan.mk(at)gmail.com.
North Whitefield  Contradance with Sassafrass Stomp, Kim Roberts calling.   Contras and more at St. Denis Parish Hall, Rt.126. Nova; Kathleen Fownes on fiddle,Jim Fownes piano, Jamie Oshima guitar, Ness Smith-Savedoff on drums with Chrissy Fowler calling. 8:00 P.M.  Info: 549-3820.
 
Saturday, June 27
Bar Harbor  Contradance with Big Moose.   Jesup Library. Mt. Desert Street. Bar Harbor. 7:30 - 10 pm. $6 adults. Children under 12 free! All dances taught. Beginners Welcome.  Questions, please contact Anne. ( 207)460-2401.
Monson  Contra dance returns to the Finn Hall.   Contras and squares mixed with couples dances. All dances taught. Music by Bien Sur, John McIntire calling. On Rte. 15, 2 miles south of Monson. Dancing 7:30-10:30 pm. $8. Call Alexandra for more info. including great local restaurants/B&B's, 997-3639.
 
Sunday, June 28
Bar Harbor  Every Sunday, 6 - 8 pm.   Trail Head Cafe in Bar Harbor. Bring your instruments and join in, or simply drop in for an early evening of informal Irish pub music.   For more information and session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html.
 
Monday, June 29
Bar Harbor  Acadia Trad School music festival.   Concerts, music classes, workshops, and sessions all week.    Visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com for the complete schedule of events.
 
Tuesday, June 30
Bar Harbor  Acadia Trad School music festival.   Concerts, music classes, workshops, and sessions all week.    Visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com for the complete schedule of events.
 
Wednesday, July 1
Bar Harbor  Acadia Trad School music festival.   Concerts, music classes, workshops, and sessions all week.    Visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com for the complete schedule of events.
 
Thursday, July 2
Bar Harbor  Acadia Trad School music festival.   Concerts, music classes, workshops, and sessions all week.    Visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com for the complete schedule of events.
Dover, NH  Contradance with Lamprey River Band (Peter Yarensky, Sarah Mason, Burt Feintuch, Steve Panish, Sarah Hydorn, Bill Zecker), calling by Peter Yarensky and Sarah Mason.   Contras at City Hall. Guest callers and musicians welcome.  8-10:40 p.m. $7/5 students Info 603-664-2513 or peter.yarensky@unh.edu or http://nhcountrydance.com.
 
Friday, July 3
Bar Harbor  Acadia Trad School music festival.   Concerts, music classes, workshops, and sessions all week.    Visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com for the complete schedule of events.
 
 
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