Midnight Toast for Flying Shoes
Belfast — The Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance series continues Friday, Oct. 4, at the American Legion Hall Post No. 43, 143 Church St. The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by caller Chrissy Fowler of Belfast and music by the All-Comers Band, led by Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong. Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in.
The main contra dance begins at 8 p.m. with music by Midnight Toast (John Pranio, fiddle, harmonica; Glen Loper, mandolin, banjo, percussion; Bruce Rosen, piano, guitar) with dances called by Sue Rosen.
Driving piano, soaring fiddle and bright, crisp mandolin come together to make music guaranteed to keep dancers' feet moving till the midnight hour. Sue Rosen, from Newton, Mass., has called at dances and camps across the country, often with bands anchored by her husband, Bruce Rosen, on piano. Loper teaches mandolin in Portland and performs at dances throughout New England. Pranio has played traditional music on the fiddle since he was a teenager in New Jersey and currently organizes the monthly contra dance in Whitefield with his wife, Toki Oshima.
Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the main dance, the price is $10 for those older than 20; $7 for those age 13 to 20, as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. As always, anyone who brings a box fan for the windows gets a dollar discount. For more information, call Fowler at 338-0979 or visit belfastflyingshoes.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.