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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Thursday, July 24
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, July 25
Bristol  Annual Singing Weekend.   Come join us for a full weekend of singing on the coast of Maine, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25th through July 27th, 2014. Saturday, July 26 is the 12th Annual Maine All-day Singing at the Old Town House, Town House Rd, Union, Maine with dinner on the grounds. We will be singing on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10 - 4. We will be singing from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Denson edition. Books will be available for loan or purchase. This annual singing weekend occurs on the Saturday before the last Sunday in July (or the Saturday before the Sunday before the first Sunday in August). For more information, contact singing (at) mainesacredharp.org, For housing, email hospitality (at) mainesacredharp.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.
North Whitefield  Contradance with Velocipede and Dugan Murphy calling.   Contras and more at St. Denis Parish Hall, Rt.126.  8:00 P.M.  Info: 549-3820.
Winter Harbor  Derrick Semler & the Maine Line.   Last Friday Coffee House in Hammond Hall. No reservations and great desserts! Presented by Schoodic Arts for All.  7:00 - doors open at 6:00. Suggested donation for this event is ten dollars /under 12, free. For further info, call 963-7670, 963-2569, or go to www.schoodicartsforall.org/.
 
Saturday, July 26
Bar Harbor  Contradance with Big Moose, Ted Steele calling.   Jesup Library. 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and no partner is necessary. All dances are taught.   Info: 326-8300.
Canaan  Contra Dance with Kim Roberts and Velocipede.   8-10:30pm at Canaan Farmers Hall, 296 Main St. (Route 2, village). All levels welcome to dance in the beautiful upstairs  Admission $7.  FMI: Scott at 399-8454 or canaanfarmershall@gmail.com or www.canaanmaine.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.
Tenants Harbor  Contradance with Twisted Strings, John McIntire calling.   Blueberry Cove Camp, Tenants Harbor. Only $10, young children free, that 8 pm. Open to Everyone. Families Welcome. No Experience Necessary.  FMI, 832-5584, 701-7015, writer@midcoast.com or look for us on Facebook!
Topsham  (put your) HOE DOWN.   A Square-Dance Party Celebrating the New Farmer Movement in Maine. Will Mentor calling, music by Sassafras Stomp. 8 pm Saturday July 26th at the Topsham Grange, 47 Pleasant St, Topsham, ME. $5-$20 sliding scale donation; all proceeds benefit MOFGA's educational programs. Everyone welcome. For more information email newrootmusic@gmail.com
Union  Annual Singing Weekend.   Come join us for a full weekend of singing on the coast of Maine, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25th through July 27th, 2014. We begin the weekend Friday evening with a singing at the Bristol Mills Masonic Hall on Rte 130 in Bristol Maine. Bring your Red books..bring your Cooper books.  This annual singing weekend occurs on the Saturday before the last Sunday in July (or the Saturday before the Sunday before the first Sunday in August). For more information, contact singing (at) mainesacredharp.org, For housing, email hospitality (at) mainesacredharp.org.
 
Sunday, July 27
Belgrade Lakes Village  Seven Lakes Festival.   Maine Lakes Resource Center, 1:30-6:00 PM. Outdoor, by the water festival, celebrating conservation through the arts. Performers include: 2:00-Frigate, with Steve Muise, Glen Loper, and Fred White, 3:00-Analivia, with Lissa Schneckenburger, Liz Simons, and Finn Cohen, 4:00-Dos Eckies, ukabilly music with Eckhause and Eckhart, 5:00-Gawler Family. Clowning and Miming throughout the afternoon with Rick and Jackie Davis from Circus Schmircus. Conservation inspired dance pieces by, Droplet Dance, with Molly Gawler. Suggested Donation $12. Children and seniors $8. Food vendors and kids activities. Come join the fun! More Info about the day, including parking etc. http://www.mainelakesresourcecenter.org.
Union  Annual Singing Weekend.   Come join us for a full weekend of singing on the coast of Maine, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25th through July 27th, 2014. On Sunday, July 27, join us for the 5th Annual American Vocalist Singing. We will sing from 9:30 to 3:30 from the Sacred Harp, the Shenandoah Harmony, and the shapenote version of the American Vocalist. This singing will also take place at the Old Town House, Town House Rd, Union, Maine. This annual singing weekend occurs on the Saturday before the last Sunday in July (or the Saturday before the Sunday before the first Sunday in August). For more information, contact singing (at) mainesacredharp.org, For housing, email hospitality (at) mainesacredharp.org.
 
Monday, July 28
Blue Hill  Downeast Folkdancers - International.   Beginners welcome. When: every other Monday, 5:00  Where: Emlen Hall at the Bay School, Blue Hill, ME (Rte 172 just past Tradewinds Market). Admission: $6. Instruction first hour, requests second hour. Note: The floor was recently refinished, and the folks at the school ask that we wear indoor/clean shoes. Please call or email ahead to be sure we are meeting. Contact: (207) 460-3408/esherwood1@roadrunner.com.
 
Thursday, July 31
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, August 1
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 Caller Chrissy Fowler and music by Perpetual e-Motion.   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.
Machias  Contradance with Alternating Heads, Dave Lavoie calling.   Machias Valley Grange, 1 Elm St, Machias, ME, 04654; off of Rte. 1. Instruction 7:30PM, Dance 8PM. Suggested donation - adult: $8; under 18: $4; child under 8:free; family:$15. All dances taught, beginners welcome, no partner necessary. Smoke-free, alcohol-free. Please bring clean shoes for dancing. FMI, 207-263-4982; -904-7623.
 
Saturday, August 2
Falmouth  Contradance with Sassafras Stomp, calling by Dave Eisenstadter.   Contradances and more at Falmouth Congregational Church Hall, 267 Falmouth Rd. next to the Town Office.  7:15-7:45 p.m. dance instruction, 8-midnight contras and more. Dessert potluck and door prizes during the break. Please bring clean shoes for dancing. $10/7 students under 21, $5 children 5-12, under 5 free.  Info Barry, bajmagda@Juno.com. (207) 358-9354.
 
Sunday, August 3
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.   7 - 9ish pm. Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave. (between Brighton Ave and Woodford St.) Join us for an evening of dances from the Balkans, Israel, France, Greece, and around the world. Beginner friendly dances will be emphasized during the first hour. $5, (children $3). Beginners welcome. Info: 688-2293 mwendt57@gmail.com
 
Friday, August 8
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.
Garland  Contra dance with Some Reel People, John McIntire calling.   Grand Hall in the village, just off Rt 94. Grange Supper at 5 pm, dancing at 7. Requested donation for the dance $8.  Info: Jim, 924-3925.
 
Saturday, August 9
Farmington  Contradance with the Rogers Borthers, Kim Roberts calling.   Farmington Grange, 126 Bridge St, West Farmington. All dances taught. 8-10:30PM. Dance $6, $15 family max. All welcome. No partner necessary. Info (207) 491-9928 or dance@starleft.org, www.starleft.org.
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.
Topsham  Contradance with music by Turnip the Beet and caller Michael Hamilton.   Located at 47 Pleasant St. Take 295 Exit 31 onto 196 East, go 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! No Family Dance or Potluck this month, both resume in Sept. 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, August 10
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.
 
Monday, August 11
Blue Hill  Downeast Folkdancers - International.   Beginners welcome. When: every other Monday, 5:00  Where: Emlen Hall at the Bay School, Blue Hill, ME (Rte 172 just past Tradewinds Market). Admission: $6. Instruction first hour, requests second hour. Note: The floor was recently refinished, and the folks at the school ask that we wear indoor/clean shoes. Please call or email ahead to be sure we are meeting. Contact: (207) 460-3408/esherwood1@roadrunner.com.
 
Wednesday, August 13
Trenton  Mostly Irish Slow Session.   Second Wednesday, mostly Irish slow session at the Trenton Grange. Suitable for all levels. Bring your acoustic instruments and join in, or simply drop in to enjoy listening to some tunes. 7-9pm.  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, August 15
Bangor  Contradance with music by Nashville, Tennessee's Turnip the Beet, Michael Hamilton 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.
Phippsburg  David Greely.   David Greely, Cajun fiddler and historian at the Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane. 7:30PM $10   Info: phone: 207-666-3709 email: pam@pamweeks.com.
 
Saturday, August 16
Bowdoin  David Greely.   David Greely, is an extraordinary Cajun fiddler and historian from Breaux Bridge, (southwest) Louisiana. This month David will bring his music to the home of Pam Weeks in Bowdoin. Concert will start at 7PM and will be followed by a jam session so bring your instruments! Donation: $10-15.  Info: phone: 207-666-3709 email: pam@pamweeks.com.
Bowdoinham  Contradance with Perpetual eMotion, calling by Dugan Murphy.   Contras at Bowdoinham Town Hall, School Street, at the top of the hill. One of Maine's finest and longest running dance halls, Bowdoinham has been hosting contradances since 1976. Beginners' session 7:30, dance 8-11PM $10 adults, $7 students and seniors  Info: 207-666-3709, email pam@pamweeks.com.
Monson  Contradance with music by Velocipede and calling by John McIntire.   The Finn Hall, Rte. 15. Traditional New England "barn" dances with superb callers & musicians. Divine homemade desserts. All ages welcome - dances taught. 7:30-10:30pm. $8/adult, & family rates. 6:30pm, free international dance instruction w/Mike Levinsky.  Info: Alexandra Conover Bennett 997-3639.
Trenton  Contradance with Turnip the Beet, Michael Hamilton calling.   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, August 17
Portland  International Folk Dance cancelled this month only.   On vacation this month, see you in September.    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.
 
Wednesday, August 20
Stockton Springs  Concert by the Gawlers, preceded by open mic.   An exciting new monthly series held at the Sandy Point Community Hall at 684 US Rt. 1. It's only 15 minutes from Belfast. From May through October on every third Wednesday there will be an open mic at 6:30 pm, followed by a featured performer. The Gawlers are a fun loving, folk singing, fiddle playing family you won't want to miss! This month only there will also be an ice cream social at 6:00 pm, by separate donation. Admission to the concert and open mic is on a sliding scale from $3 to $10, with children under 18 free.  Info: 567-4044 or daveandfranplus@gmail.com.
 
Friday, August 22
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 Toast, Bruce Rosen, Glen Loper, John Pranio, Sue Rosen calling.   Contras and more at St. Denis Parish Hall, Rt.126.  8:00 P.M.  Info: 549-3820.
 
Saturday, August 23
Canaan  Contradance with Twisted Strings and calling by Dugan Murphy.   Dances held at the Canaan Farmers Hall, 296 Main St. Canaan Village. dances taught. Everyone invited. No partner necessary. 8pm Dance. Only $7, $20 max families.  More Info: 399-8454 or canaanfarmershall@gmail.com.
Thomaston  NO DANCE THIS MONTH.   New Location Next Month.    FMI, 832-5584, 701-7015, writer@midcoast.com or look for us on Facebook!
 
Monday, August 25
Blue Hill  Downeast Folkdancers - International.   Beginners welcome. When: every other Monday, 5:00  Where: Emlen Hall at the Bay School, Blue Hill, ME (Rte 172 just past Tradewinds Market). Admission: $6. Instruction first hour, requests second hour. Note: The floor was recently refinished, and the folks at the school ask that we wear indoor/clean shoes. Please call or email ahead to be sure we are meeting. Contact: (207) 460-3408/esherwood1@roadrunner.com.
 
Friday, August 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.
Winter Harbor  Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers.   Last Friday Coffee House in Hammond Hall. No reservations and great desserts! Presented by Schoodic Arts for All. Team-up of two Premier Folk Singer/Songwriters. 7:00 - doors open at 6:00. Suggested donation for this event will be twelve dollars /under 12, free. For further info, call 963-7670, 963-2569, or go to www.schoodicartsforall.org/.
 
Saturday, August 30
Bar Harbor  Contradance with Big Moose, Pepin Mittlehauser calling.   Jesup Library. 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and no partner is necessary. All dances are taught.   Info: 326-8300.
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.
Vassalboro  Annual Blueberry Buckle Contradance with the Mazie Newell Family Band, Richard Green 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.$8.00 or $20 Family of four. Questions call 207-441-6653.
 
Friday, September 5
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 Caller Chrissy Fowler and music by Ari, Mia, & Bethany.   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/.
 
Saturday, September 6
Falmouth  Contradance with TBA.   Contradances and more at Falmouth Congregational Church Hall, 267 Falmouth Rd. next to the Town Office.  7:15-7:45 p.m. dance instruction, 8-midnight contras and more. Dessert potluck and door prizes during the break. Please bring clean shoes for dancing. $10/7 students under 21, $5 children 5-12, under 5 free.  Info Barry, bajmagda@Juno.com. (207) 358-9354.
 
 
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