Community contra dance at Freedom’s Dirigo Grange
FREEDOM - Kick up your heels at a community dance and a contra dance on Friday, February 16 at the Dirigo Grange in Freedom Village, on the corner of Rte 137 and High Street. Chrissy Fowler will call the dances to lively traditional music provided by John Pranio on fiddle and harmonica, Toki Oshima on guitar, and Noah Fishman on mandolin and bass.
The community dance starts at 6:30 p.m., with a social break and snacks at 7:30 p.m., followed by the contra dance at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation, on a sliding scale of $1-$10 per person. The dance is open to the public and culminates a contra dance residency at the Mill School. The Mill School offers a three-day, multi-grade classroom to children ages 6 to 14, housed in a renovated grist mill in Freedom Village. The arts residency was supported by the outreach fund of Belfast Flying Shoes, a non-profit that produces monthly community and contra dances in Belfast.
According to Chrissy Fowler, who led the residency and is on the board of Belfast Flying Shoes, "Contra dancing at the Mill School has been great. They focus on nurturing the individual within the context of the community circle – a perfect fit for contra dancing. We're looking forward to sharing the joy with the larger community in Waldo County."
For more information about the Mill School, visit www.themillschool.org or call (207) 382-3130.