BELFAST — Local participatory arts nonprofit, Belfast Flying Shoes (BFS), presents the final Sundays in the Park, produced in collaboration with Belfast's Department of Parks & Recreation and the Belfast Bay Fiddlers. The series concludes on Sunday, October 3, at Steamboat Landing on Belfast's waterfront.
Sundays in the Park starts at 2:30 p.m. with a percussive dance workshop on Cape Breton step dancing, to help participants discover and practice exciting ways for their shoes to fly, followed by a 3:30 p.m. music workshop focusing on a distinctive branch of the contra dance music repertoire – Cape Breton tunes. Guest performers and workshop participants will strut their stuff at the 5 p.m. concert and showcase, and the event concludes with a 6 – 8 p.m. jam session hosted by the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, who welcome all vaccinated jam session participants of any age, instrument, and experience level.
The October 3 event features Portland-based Katie McNally (fiddle) and Neil Pearlman (piano and Cape Breton step dancing). Locals may know Neil from Maine Fiddle Camp (MFC) and as the co-host of recent online MFC "Maestro Bistro" events, or from his podcast, TradCafe.
Pearlman began dancing at age 3 and started soon afterward on piano, continuing to blaze his own trail making music that ranges from traditional to avant-garde. Both McNally and Pearlman grew up playing Scottish and Cape Breton music – McNally in Boston, and Pearlman in Portland – and they are passionate educators, sharing the traditions through their touring and teaching.
Sundays in the Park is free and open to the public, with suggested donations on a sliding scale of $1 to $35. The October 3 event is sponsored by First National Bank.
Current Maine CDC guidelines for outdoor events will be followed – and bring a mask. For details, visit the Belfast Flying Shoes website (belfastflyingshoes.org) or contact email@example.com.
Belfast Flying Shoes was founded in 2005 with a mission to bolster the spirited dance and music community in Midcoast Maine. In addition to Sundays in the Park, BFS programs include the Flying Shoes Radio Hour on WBFY, programs at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center, a concert series for older adults, school residencies, and public dances.