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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Friday, July 31
Brunswick  International Folk Dancing.   at People Plus, 35 Union St., one block west of Maine St. Music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe, and around the globe. Dances are taught, no partner needed. All are welcome.  6:30pm Donation $8 ($5 for students, seniors). Info: 729-7402 or glsmonson@comcast.net
 
Saturday, August 1
Calais  Dallahan.   from Scotland, at One College Drive  7 pm $15 Info: (207) 214-2067
Falmouth  Ed Howe - fiddle and sound, Jamie Oshima - guitar, Ness Smith-Savedoff - drums, with Ted Steele calling.   at the Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Rd., next to the Town Office.  7:15-7:45 pm dance instruction, 8-midnight contras and more.Please bring clean shoes for dancing.  $10/7 students under 21, $5 students 5-12, under 5 free.  Info: Barry bajmagda@Juno.com or (207)358-9354
 
Sunday, August 2
Phillips  Dallahan.   from Scotland, at the Community Center  7 pm $15 Info: (207) 562-4445
Portland  International Folk Dance.   at Greenlight Studio, 49 Dartmouth St. - corner of Forest and Dartmouth St. We'll be dancing all around the world: Balkans, Israel, France, Greece, and more. Beginner friendly dances will be emphasized early in the evening. Some folks will be pot-lucking at 6:30 and socializing - bring something if you want to join us for a light supper - NO NUTS. Music for dancing will be averrable at this time also. 6:30-9pm Suggested donation: $5, $3 children. Beginners welcome Info: (207) 688-2293, or mwendt57@gmail.com
Portland  Shape Note Singing.   at the New Church, 302 Stevens Ave. Everyone is welcome to participate.    Info: (207) 216-3890 or www.maineshapenotesinging.org
 
Monday, August 3
Belfast  Scottish Country Dance classes.   at the American Legion Hall  7:30-9:30pm $3 Info: David Thompson (207) 469-3293
Portland  Dallahan.   from Scotland at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St.  7:30pm $15 Info: 761-1757 or http://onelongfellowsquare.com
 
Tuesday, August 4
Portland  Sacred Harp.   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 7-9 pm. Small donation appreciated.  Contact: vicki-adams @roadrunner.com, 216-3890
 
Wednesday, August 5
Harrison  Dallahan.   from Scotland at Deertrees Theater, 156 Deertrees Rd.   7:30pm $15 Info:583-6747 or www.deertrees-theater.org
Portland  Nathan Gourley and Laura Fedderson .   at Blue, 650 Congress St. Concert at 7:30 (ish), Irish session at 9 (ish) led by Elly Marshall and Bethany Waickman.    Info: 774-4111 or portcityblue.com
 
Thursday, August 6
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.
Eastport  International Folk Dance.   every Thursday afternoon from at the Eastport Art Center, 36 Washington St. Eastport, ME  4:30-6pm The first 2 trial months are free, after which the cost is $5 a session. 
 
Friday, August 7
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 with a community dance and contra dance. Part of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series. Everybody is welcome, come with or without a partner. Sassafras Stomp is Adam Nordell , guitar a  6:30pm $2 adults/$1 children  
Belfast  Contradance with calling by Chrissy Fowler and music by Sassafras Stomp.   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. Everybody is welcome, come with or without a partner. Sassafras Stomp is Adam Nordel, guitar & foot percussion, Johanna Davis, fiddle, with guest John Pranio, fiddle & banjo 8pm $10 for 21+, $7 for 13-20yo and adult All-Comers, $4 for kids, $1 off for anyone who brings a box fan for the window!  Info: 338-0979 or www.belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com
Brunswick  Folk Dance.   World music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, Western Europe, and around the globe. Good exercise, great fun. Many dances are taught. No partner needed. Best international folk dancing north of Boston! at People Plus, 35 Union St., one block west of Maine St., Brunswick. 6:30-9:00pm $5 FMI: 207-200-7577, brennan.mk@gmail.com, or www.folkdancebrunswick.com.
Naples  Ed Howe and Baron Collins-Hill with John McIntire calling.   community contra dance at the Singer Center, the former Grange Hall next to the post office. It’s benefit for the Taoist Tai Chi Society, Bridgton Chapter. Refreshments and 50/50 raffle available.  7 pm instruction, dance at 7:30-10:30 $10 Info: www.taoist.org/usa/locations/bridgton
Skowhegan  Twisted Strings.   in an outdoor concert under the big tent at the Rotary Club Lobster Bake, downtown Skowhegan.  5-8pm FREE! Info: www.SkowheganriverFest.com
 
Saturday, August 8
Farmington  Anadama (Bethany Waickman, Amelia Mason, Emily Troll) with Rickey Hart calling.   West Farmington Grange Hall 126 Bridge St., West Farmington. All dances taught. No experience necessary. No family dance this month 8-10:30pm $6 adults, $5 students, $15 family max Info: 491-9928 or dance@starleft.org, www.starleft.org
Monson  Finnish dancing with Alexandra & friends.   at the Finnish Farmers Hall on Rt 15, 2 miles south of Monson Village. Live music for schottische, jenka, polkka, waltz, & a few hambos & tangos. Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. Coffee room for relaxing. Great bullas (sweet Finnish coffee rolls), homemade desserts and delicious coffee 7:30pm - 10:30pm $8/adult & family rates Info: Alexandra, 997-3639
Topsham  Party of Three, caller TBA.   At the Grange Hall located at 47 Pleasant St. Take 295 Exit 31 onto 196 East, go less than one mile, turn Right onto 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! No family Dance or Potluck this month, back in September.  Beginner session 7:30, Dance 8-11pm $10/$7 students and seniors Info: 233-4325, fiddle103@yahoo.com, contradancetopsham.wordpress.com and find us on Facebook
Winter Harbor  Sheep Island Rovers with Jon Archer calling.   An evening of mostly contra dances but a few polkas, schottiches, waltzes and other unusual couple’s dances, at the beautiful historic Hammond Hall in downtown Winter Harbor (just past the only Bank, on the left) No partners necessary, all dances are taught. 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. 7:30pm  $5 admission Contact Jon Archer at 461-6631
 
Sunday, August 9
Bangor  Mostly Irish music session .   at Geaghan's Irish pub in Bangor. 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 2-5pm  Info: 873-4134 or email watervillesingings@mainesacredharp.org
 
Monday, August 10
Belfast  Scottish Country Dance classes.   at the American Legion Hall  7:30-9:30pm $3 Info: David Thompson (207) 469-3293
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 (beginners 5:30 - 6:00, intermediate/advanced 6:00 - 6:30), followed by requests. Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth, 2nd and 4th Mondays, 5:30-7:30 Admission $6 Info: 460-3408
 
Tuesday, August 11
Portland  Sacred Harp.   Every Tuesday 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 7-9 pm Small donation appreciated.  Contact: vicki-adams @roadrunner.com, 216-3890
 
Wednesday, August 12
Ellsworth  Mostly Irish music SLOW session.   Second Wednesday at the UUCE. Bring your instruments and join in. All levels welcome: all tune played at a pace you can afford  7-9 pm  For more information and some session tunes visit http://www.acadiatradschool.com/AcadiaTradSchool-SessionTunes.html
Portland  John Carew and Friends.   at Blue, 650 Congress St. Concert at 7:30 (ish), Irish session at 9 (ish) led by Elly Marshall and Bethany Waickman.    Info: 774-4111 or portcityblue.com
Portland  Tomato/Tomato.   from New Brunswick at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St  7:30pm  $15 Info: 761-1757 or http://onelongfellowsquare.com
Stonington  Scottish Country Dance classes.   at the Island Community Center off School St.  7pm  Info: Mike or Dawn 348-9308
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.   7-9:30pm Suggested donation is $5 Info: 568-7597 or circleleft@uninets.net
 
Thursday, August 13
Eastport  International Dance.   meets 4:30 to 6:00 pm. every Thursday afternoon from at the Eastport Art Center, 36 Washington St. Eastport, ME.   The first 2 trial months are free, after which the cost is $5 a session. Info: dovie1@juno.com
 
Friday, August 14
Brunswick  Folk Dance - World Music and Dance.   from the Balkans, Israel, Western Europe, and around the globe. Good exercise, great fun. Many dances are taught. No partner needed. Best international folk dancing north of Boston! at People Plus, 35 Union St., one block west of Maine St., Brunswick 6:30-9:00pm. All are welcome. Donation $5 FMI: 207-200-7577, brennan.mk@gmail.com, or www.folkdancebrunswick.com.
 
Saturday, August 15
Bowdoinham  Ed Howe, Jamie Oshima and Stuart Kenney with Will Mentor calling.   Afternoon/evening contras & squares at the Bowdoinham Town Hall, School Street in Bowdoinham. 4-6PM “Challenging contras and squares”, 6-7:30 Potluck dinner (bring a dish), 7:30 Beginners' workshop, 8-11PM contra dance  Afternoon session: $8, Evening $10, both for $15. Info (207) 666-3709 or email pam@pamweeks.com
 
Sunday, August 16
Bar Harbor  Big Moose Contra Dance Band with Chrissie Fowler calling.   Jesup Memorial Library 34 Mt. Desert Street in Bar Harbor from 7:30 -10PM. Suggested donation $6.00. Please note that this one dance will be on Sunday due to the library's annual awesome book sale at our regular evening.     Questions? Anne (207) 460-2401
 
Monday, August 17
Belfast  Scottish Country Dance classes.   at the American Legion Hall  7:30-9:30pm $3 Info: David Thompson 469-3293
 
Tuesday, August 18
Harrison  Heather Pierson Trio.   at Deertrees Theater 156 Deertrees Rd  7:30pm $15 Info:583-6747 or www.deertrees-theater.org
Portland  Socks in the Frying Pan.   at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St. in their 1st U.S. tour.   7:30pm $15 Info: 761-1757 or http://onelongfellowsquare.com
Portland  Sacred Harp.   Every Tuesday 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 7-9 pm Small donation appreciated.  Contact: vicki-adams @roadrunner.com, 216-3890
 
Wednesday, August 19
Bethel  Socks in the Frying Pan.   at 73 Main St. Presented by New England Celtic Arts  7 pm $15 Info: 824-2328
Mexico  Heather Pierson Trio.   at the Green Church, 163 Main St. Presented by NE Celtic Arts.  7 pm $15 Info: 562-4445 or www.celticarts.com
Portland  Tommy Carthy Family Band.   at Blue, 650 Congress St. Concert at 7:30 (ish), Irish session at 9 (ish) led by Elly Marshall and Bethany Waickman.   Info: 774-4111 or portcityblue.com
Stockton Springs  Monthly open mc plus.   with featured performer continues at Sandy Point Community Hall, is at 684 US Rt. 1. Happytown Band from Orland, playing folk and Americana. Open mic, at 6:30 pm, presents entertainers of all stripes, including comedians, storytellers, musicians, and comics. Featured performer at 8 pm.  Admission is $3 to $10 on a sliding scale. Light refreshments are available. For more info, contact Dave or Fran at 567-4044 or daveandfranplus@gmail.com.
Stonington  Scottish Country Dance classes.   at the Island Community Center off School St.  7 pm  Info: Mike or Dawn 348-9308
 
Friday, August 28
North Whitefield  Contradance with Midnight Toast, Sue Rosen calling.   Contras and more at St. Denis Parish Hall, Rt.126. Midnight Toast - Bruce Rosen piano, Glen Loper mandolin, John Pranio fiddle, Sue Rosen calling. 8:00 P.M.  Info: 549-3820.
 
Thursday, September 3
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.
 
 
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