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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Sunday, December 21
Pownal  NO International Folk Dance.   Dance on vacation this month.    Info: 688-2293 mwendt57@gmail.com
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.
 
Thursday, December 25
Eastport  International Dance.   International Dance, each Thursday, 4:30 to 6:00, Eastport Art Center, Eastport, ME. All are welcome. No charge.   Info: dovie1@juno.com.
 
Friday, December 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 music by Henry Road, John McIntire calling.   Contras and more at St. Denis Parish Hall, Rt.126.  8:00 P.M.  Info: 549-3820.
 
Saturday, December 27
Bar Harbor  No Contradance with Big Moose in DEC.   No dance this month, dance resumes in January. 7:30 - 10:00 pm. Admission $6.00 adults.  Info: 288-5620.
 
Wednesday, December 31
Topsham  The However Manyth Annual New Year's Extravaganza Contradance.   2nd time at the Topsham Grange Hall, 47 Pleasant St. Take 295 Exit 31 to 196 East, go 1 mile, turn Right on 201/Maine St, go 1/2 mile to a left turn on Pleasant St, and there it is. Music by Velocipede - Julia Plumb, Baron Collins-Hill & Friends. Calling by Maggie Robinson & Richard Green. Contradance 8:30PM til we run out of dancers sparkling cider toast at midnight. $13, $10 seniors/students "Kitchen Free" Potluck, finger food n desserts are good! FMI email me at jeffraym@gmail.com or Call or text 712-2837, please leave a message if I do not answer, I have a day job, yikes.
 
Friday, January 2
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 Chrissy Fowler and music by The Gawler Family Megaband.   Ellen Gawler, fiddle; Molly Gawler, fiddle; Edith Gawler, fiddle and banjo; Tyler Yentes, fiddle; Elsie Gawler, cello; Bennett Konesni, guitar and banjo; John Gawler, banjo, guitar, and harmonica. Sound by Eric Weest Johnson. 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 partner. 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!  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.
 
Sunday, January 4
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.
Portland  International Folk Dance.   7 - 9ish pm. Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave. (Time and venue may change for this month - check for update before you head out.) We'll be celebrating all around the world with dances from the Balkans, Israel, France, Greece, and more. Beginner friendly dances will be emphasized during the first hour. If you have a favorite international hors d Info: 688-2293 mwendt57@gmail.com.
 
Friday, January 9
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.
Lewiston  Contradance with John Cote and Emily Troll, calling by Dugan Murphy.   The Freewill Folk Society is pleased to have John Cote of Perpetual e-Motion and Emily Troll of Anadama on Friday, January 9th, at Bates College, with calling by Dugan Murphy. In the Muskie Archives (70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston ME) , beginner's lesson at 7:30, dancing from 8pm to 11pm. No experience necessary.  Questions? Email freewillfolk@gmail.com. Visit our website www.freewillfolksociety.weebly.com.
 
Saturday, January 10
Dexter  Contra Dance with caller John McIntire & live music by Some Reel People.   Contra dance at the UU Church with Some Reel People, John McIntire calling. All dances are taught, all ages welcome. 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Admission: $7 singles, $12 families.  More info, Jim 924-3925.
Farmington  Contradance with Pineland Fiddlers with Ellen Gawler and Kim Roberts calling.   Farmington Grange, 126 Bridge St, West Farmington. All dances taught. Family Dance (sit-in band, bring your instruments), 6:30 -7:30. Contra 8-10:30PM. Dance $6, $15 family max. Family Dance $2/$1. All welcome. No partner necessary. Info (207) 491-9928 or dance@starleft.org, www.starleft.org.
Orono  Contra dance with guest band Acoustic Contraption.   Keith Anderson Community Center on the Benoch Road in Orono. Beginner lessons at 7:30 Dance at 8:00. All ages welcome all dances taught. Marsh Island Band is celebrating it's 35th season of dances in Orono this year.. Info: marshislandband@gmail.com, facebook, or call 207 884 8663.
Saco  Old time community Contradance with T-Acadie members, Pam Weeks and Bill Olson.   Saco Masonic Lodge, 252 Main St. above Biddeford Savings Bank. Family/community dance for all ages, all dances taught, no partner needed. Dinner of Chicken or Veggie Pot Pie, with salad, rolls and dessert at 6:00 for $10.00. If you come to both it is $18.00 and children under 12 are free to both. Benefit of The New School Intensive Studies.The New School is an innovative high school (with plenty of contradancers) in Kennebunk. This dinner and dance benefits students going to Puerto Rico to volunteer at a Marine and Ecology Research Center mapping coral reefs for climate change indicators, and a group going to Canada to learn French and Canadian history.  For information call 207-985-3745 or e-mail marylyn.wentworth@tnsk.org.
Topsham  Contradance with music by Light Reaction and Caller Maggie Robinson.   2nd Saturday Contradance, formerly in North Yarmouth, now at the Topsham Grange! Music by Light Reaction, Kathleen and Jim Fownes, with guest Jamie Oshima, and Caller Maggie Robinson. Located at 47 Pleasant St. Take 295 Exit 31 onto 196 East, go about 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, Dance 8:00-11:00. $10/$7 Students & Seniors. Info: 233-4325, fiddle103@yahoo.com deffa.org, contradancetopsham.wordpress.com and find us on Facebook
 
Sunday, January 11
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.
 
Wednesday, January 14
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.
 
Friday, January 16
Bangor  Contradance with music by Bumbershoot (Emma Walsh and Pepin Mittlehauser) and Danielle Boudreau 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.
Durham, NH  Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend.   UNH Memorial Union Building. 7:30   Information: ralphpage.neffa.org or (603) 397-0042.
 
Saturday, January 17
Bowdoinham  Contradance at Bowdoinham Town Hall will be on hiatus for the winter (heating) months.   The dance will be back in April with T-Acadie and Will Mentor calling! Thanks for your support!   Info (207) 666-3709 or email pam@pamweeks.com.
Bowdoinham  House Concert at the Whittleseys.   Ti Acadie (Pam Weeks, Jim Joseph and Bill Olsen) will liven up the barn on Saturday, January 17. Potluck at 6:30, music at 7:30 182 Ridge Road, Bowdoinham. Suggested Donation: $10.  For directions or more info: David at 522-4118
Durham, NH  Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend.   UNH Memorial Union Building. 9:00 AM Dancing all day; workshops on dance, music and calling. Retrospective Dance Session: One Hundred Years of CDSS. Grand dance 8:00. Celebration of the life and music of Bob McQuillen all weekend. Information: ralphpage.neffa.org or (603) 397-0042.
Trenton  Contradance with Perpetual eMotion, calling by Danielle Boudreau.   Contras at Trenton Grange Hall, junction of Rtes. 230 and 3 just south of Hancock County Airport in Trenton. All dances taught, beginners welcome. No partner necessary.  8:00 p.m.  $8/$5 students. Contact Pam 244.4193.
 
Sunday, January 18
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.
Durham, NH  Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend.   UNH Memorial Union Building. 9:15 AM Dancing all day; workshops on dance, music and calling.  Information: ralphpage.neffa.org or (603) 397-0042.
 
Friday, January 23
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, January 24
Bar Harbor  Contradance with Big Moose.   College of Atlantic. Gates Auditorium. 105 Eden Street. 7:30 - 10:00 pm. Admission $6.00 adults.  Call (207)288-5424 if any questions.
Portland  Contra Dance.   Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St. Enter at rear of building, off Deering Place, and head downstairs to Fellowship Hall. Potluck Supper 5:00pm, Dancing 6:00-8:00pm. Fun, easy social dances for all ages with live music by Jeff & Maggie and friends, All dances taught. No partner necessary, Kids welcome! Suggested donation of $5 per person, $10 max per family. FMI: 233-4325, fiddle103@yahoo.com
 
Sunday, January 25
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.
 
Friday, January 30
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.
Lincolnville Center  Contradance.   Contra dance at the Community Building on Rt 173. Karl's Dad Reunion with John McIntire calling. 7 pm.  More info, Mary humm@midcoast.com or Jack jackbsilverio@gmail.com
 
Saturday, January 31
Vassalboro  No contradance this month!.   East Vassalboro Grange Hall, Main Street(Route 32), East Vassalboro. Fifth Saturday Dance Series. The heat is shut off.  Questions call 207-923-4216 or 207-649-2765.
 
Sunday, February 1
Topsham  Annual DEFFA FUNraiser Contra dance.   Featuring two callers and two bands! Held at the Topsham Grange, 47 Pleasant Street. Everybody is welcome! Dancing will be 1pm-6pm. Bring a potluck snack item to share!  FMI: Corallina Breuer breuer.coral(a)gmail.com.
 
 
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