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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Thursday, March 26
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
Farmington  Concert with The Gawler Family.   Old South Church 227 Main St, Farmington. Concert is $15 and starts at 7:00pm. John and Ellen and their daughters Molly, Elsie, Edith and Edith Sponsored by: New England Celtic Arts.  FMI & reservations Phone:(207) 778-0424 www.necelticarts.com.
 
Friday, March 27
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  No dance this month, go to the DEFFA Festival.   Contras and more at St. Denis Parish Hall, Rt.126.  8:00 P.M.  Info: 549-3820.
Topsham  DownEast Country Dance Festival.   Mount Ararat Middle School, Topsham, ME. 7:30pm - midnight. Contradance featuring Riptide with Chrissy Fowler calling and The Stringrays with Sue Rosen calling. Price varies with festival sessions attended. Friday night only $12 adults/ $7 youth 11 - 21.  For more information call 563-8953, email festival@deffa.org or visit the festival website at www.deffa.org/festival
 
Saturday, March 28
Bar Harbor  Contradance with Big Moose.   Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mt. Desert Street. 7:30 - 10:00 pm. Admission $6.00 adults.  Info: 288-5620.
Bowdoinham  House Concert with Ryan McCasson and Eric McDonald.   House Concert at the Whittlesey 182 Ridge Road, Bowdoinham. 6:30 Potluck, 7:30 Music . Admission Suggested donation $10. For more info/directions David 522-4118.
Topsham  DownEast Country Dance Festival.   Mount Ararat Middle School, Topsham, ME. 10am - midnight. Over 20 bands performing. Contras, English, International, tango, waltz & more plus instrumental and singing workshops, jam sessions, performances and family fun. Evening Argentine Tango and International dance party and final contradance featuring The Don Roy Band with John McIntire calling and The Stringrays with caller Sue Rosen. Price varies with festival sessions attended. For more information call 563-8953, email festival@deffa.org or visit the festival website at www.deffa.org/festival
 
Sunday, March 29
Bowdoinham  DownEast Country Dance Festival Survivor Dance.   Bowdoinham Town Hall, School St. Spirited Singing (free) 11:30am - 12:20pm. Contradance 12:30 - 4:00pm with The Stringrays and caller Sue Rosen. $10 admission/ $8 with a festival bracelet. For more information call 563-8953, email festival@deffa.org or visit the festival website at www.deffa.org/festival
Portland  Scottish Social Dances.   This is a friendly announcement that, beginning March 8, we will be meeting on Sunday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Avenue, Portland for a variety of Scottish social dances for teens and adults. Live music, (unless we need the musician to dance). Feel free to bring friends and/or pass the word! Laura - laurascottdance@gmail.com and 207-650-2533.
 
Thursday, April 2
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.
Farmington  Documentary film with Live Music.   Farmington Historical Society presents, In The Blood, by filmmaker and composer, Sumner McKane, at the Old North Church located at the corner of High St and Church St downtown Farmington . In The Blood is a documentary film and multimedia presentation that illustrates the life, history and character of turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen and river drivers by creating a virtual journey into the historic Maine woods. Live music by Sumner McKane and Joshua Robbins, Pot Luck Supper starts at 5:30 pm Bring some food and come out early. Show starts at 7:00pm $15.00. Sponsored by: Farmington Historical Society and New England Celtic Arts. FMI & reservations 207-778-2006, http://www.farmingtonhistory.org/
 
Friday, April 3
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 Calling by Nils Fredland with music by Maivish.   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! Maivish: Jaige Trudel, fiddle; Adam Broome, guitar and cittern; Matthew Olwell, flute and percussion. Sound by Eric Weest Johnson. 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, April 4
Bath  Authentic Movement.   Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St.  10 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 to $30 on a sliding scale. Info: 725-9997 or dancingfewl@pobox.com.
Boothbay  Caribbean Night with Pan Fried Steel Drum Band.   Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue. Doors open for seating 30 minutes prior to perfomance.   Contact: 207-633-6855 Box Office 633-5159 boothbayoperahouse.com.
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.
 
Sunday, April 5
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.   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
 
Wednesday, April 8
Boothbay  Windham Chamber Singers.   Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue. Doors open for seating 30 minutes prior to perfomance.   Contact: 207-633-6855 Box Office 633-5159 boothbayoperahouse.com.
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, April 10
Boothbay  Ellis Paul.   Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue. Doors open for seating 30 minutes prior to perfomance.   Contact: 207-633-6855 Box Office 633-5159 boothbayoperahouse.com.
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 damce with Reel People and calling by John McIntire.   Garland Grange. 7-10 pm. $7 singles/$12 families.  Info: Georgia Prickitt 277-3961 and/or Jim Bunn 924-3925.
Portland  Community Contra Dance.   Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Avenue, Portland, in the Jessie Auditorium. Public welcome. 7-9pm. OPEN BAND led by the Violin Movers, calling by Kathryn Larson. $5 / $20 max per family. All ages, all dances taught, no experience necessary. Nice wood floor!! Parking is in small parking lot right at school on Brighton Avenue, or on Albion or Capisic Streets adjacent to school.  FMI Jenny 332-6217, portlandfootmad@gmail.com.
Portland  Community Contra Dance.   Music by Kickit (Jenny Van West--fiddle, Greg Bjork--mandolin, Kevin Johannen--piano), calling by Maggie Robinson. $5 / $20 max per family. All ages, all dances taught, no experience necessary. Nice wood floor!! Parking is in small parking lot right at school on Brighton Avenue, or on Albion or Capisic Streets adjacent to school.  FMI Jenny 332-6217, portlandfootmad@gmail.com.
 
Saturday, April 11
Farmington  Contradance featuring Franklin County Fiddlers with John McIntire calling.   Farmington Grange, 126 Bridge St., West Farmington. Family dance with all-comers band 6:30-7:30. Adults $2, Children $1. Potluck snacks at 7:30. Evening dance 8-10:30pm. Admission $6, $15 family max. All welcome. No partner necessary. Info (207) 491-9928 or dance@starleft.org, www.starleft.org.
Orono  Contradance with Orono Contraband, Bill Olson calling.   7:30pm downtown at the Keith Anderson Center next to Woodman's Bar & Grill! Come check out the new Orono Contra Dance. ***Dance Specials*** include discounts at local establishments, raffles, food for sale, new lighting, and more. Beginner session at 7:30 with the dance beginning at 8:00. Special Half-time show with the Orono Acro-yoga team!!! For Info: contact oronocontraband@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/oronocontraband/info or call 207 974 7007.
Topsham  Contradance with Sassafras Stomp, calling by Dugan Murphy.   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. Formerly the North Yarmouth dance. 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: 233-4325, fiddle103@yahoo.com deffa.org, contradancetopsham.wordpress.com and find us on Facebook.
 
Sunday, April 12
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.
 
Thursday, April 16
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, April 17
Bangor  Contradance with music by Sassafras Stomp and Maggie Robinson 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.
Winter Harbor  Open Mic for musicians.   Schoodic Arts for All Open Mic for musicians April 17, 7pm. Here is your chance to have 9 minutes of fame on the stage of Hammond Hall. Musicians, bands, and singer/songwriters; amateurs and professionals alike  This is an alcohol, tobacco, and profanity free fun family event. If you need early set up time, email Dennis at privateroadmusic@roadrunner.com.
 
Saturday, April 18
Bath  Authentic Movement.   Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St.  10 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 to $30 on a sliding scale. Info: 725-9997 or dancingfewl@pobox.com.
Bowdoinham  Contradance withT-Acadie, calling byWill Mentor.   Dancing is BACK at Bowdoinham Town Hall!! Special afternoon and evening dance with renowned Vermont caller, Will Mentor, and music by T-Acadie (Pam Weeks, Jim Joseph, Bill Olson). Bowdoinham Town Hall, School St., Bowdoinham. 4-6PM: challenging contras and squares; 6-7:30 Potluck Dinner (bring a dish) and a tune or 2 (bring an instrument)! 7:30: Beginners' session ; 8PM contradance. All welcome; no partner necessary; all dances taught. Admission: afternoon $8, evening $10, both $15. For more information: pam@pamweeks.com; 207-666-3709.
Trenton  Contradance with Velocipede, calling by John McIntire.   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, April 19
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 - International Folk Dance.   Details for April yet to be determined. Enjoy traditional music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, France, Greece, and around the world. Social Hour 6 - 7 pm Potluck, music jam, chat.   Contact Marie for information 688-2293, mwendt57@gmail.com.
 
Friday, April 24
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, April 25
Bar Harbor  Contradance with Big Moose, Kim Roberts caller.   College of Atlantic. Gates Auditorium. 105 Eden Street. 7:30 - 10:00 pm. Admission $6.00 adults.  Info: 288-5620.
Eastport  Fiddlers' Showcase & Family Dance.   Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington St, as a benefit for Maine Fiddle Camp. 7PM Showcase; 8:30 Dance. Adult-$10, student- $5, under 5-free, family-$30. Dances taught; no partner necessary; please bring clean shoes. Music by "All-Comers" Band, calling by Local Talent; refreshments provided; 50-50 raffle. **To perform in the Fiddles' Showcase and/or play in the All-comers band, all ages, all levels, solo or in a group.  Please contact Mary Sossong: msossong@yahoo.com, on Facebook, call (805)645-9323 or call/text (207)904-7623.
 
Sunday, April 26
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.
 
Thursday, April 30
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
 
Saturday, May 2
Falmouth  DEFFA Annual Meeting & Contradance.   Contradances and more at Falmouth Congregational Church Hall, 267 Falmouth Rd. next to the Town Office. 6pm, DEFFA annual meeting. Dance Free for DEFFA members who attend the meeting! 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.
Newry  Contra dance with John & Ellen Gawler of Buttermilk Hill Band.   Contra dance with John & Ellen Gawler of Buttermilk Hill Band at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge (www.mahoosucmountainlodge.com) in North Newry. 5:30 potluck supper, 7 concert, 8 dance. Cost is $10, children under 16 $5. 50/50 raffle. All dances taught. FMI: 207.824.2073.
 
Sunday, May 3
Mercer  Zemya.   Zemya, an a cappella ensemble of 4 women. Passionate about the unifying power of music, Zemya is inspired by some of the world's most colorful cultures. The concert will take place at 1 PM at the Mercer Community Center on 1015 Beech Hill Road in Mercer. Admission is $7, children free. The Community Center is located 4 miles east from New Sharon on Rt 2, or 8 miles west on Rt. 2 from Norridgewock, and is at the corner of the intersection in Mercer with a blinking orange light. This is the 3rd event in a series of 4 events supported by the Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. For more info contact: Dorothy at 587-2361 or chris.beeuwk@gmail.com
 
Thursday, May 7
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, May 8
Portland  Community Contra Dance.   Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Avenue, Portland, in the Jessie Auditorium. Public welcome. 7-9pm. OPEN BAND led by the Violin Movers, calling by Kathryn Larson. $5 / $20 max per family. All ages, all dances taught, no experience necessary. Nice wood floor!! Parking is in small parking lot right at school on Brighton Avenue, or on Albion or Capisic Streets adjacent to school.  FMI Jenny 332-6217, portlandfootmad@gmail.com.
 
Saturday, May 9
Orono  Contradance with Orono Contraband, Bill Schubeck calling.   7:30pm downtown at the Keith Anderson Center next to Woodman's Bar & Grill! Come check out the new Orono Contra Dance. ***Dance Specials*** include discounts at local establishments, raffles, food for sale, new lighting, and more. Beginner session at 7:30 with the dance beginning at 8:00. Special Half-time show with the Orono Acro-yoga team!!! For Info: contact oronocontraband@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/oronocontraband/info or call 207 974 7007.
 
 
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