The public is invited to a pasta dinner and contra dance Friday, March 19 at Lincolnville Central School, Route 235. Ti’ Acadie, a well-known Maine dance and folk trio, will provide the music and calling. The event is a benefit for Partners for Enrichment, the volunteer nonprofit that brings arts and science enrichment programs to the K-8 students of Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville.

Dinner, featuring pasta, salad, bread and homemade desserts, will begin at 6 p.m. and the dancing at 7 p.m.  Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Advance tickets are available at Appleton Village School, Hope Elementary School and Lincolnville Central School. Snow date for the event is April 2.

Based in Bowdoin, Ti’ Acadie (pronounced TEE ah kah DEE) features Pam Weeks, Jim Joseph and Bill Olsen. All have been performing for decades, and they have been together as a group since the mid-1990s.

Ti’ Acadie is a dance band and folk trio from Maine, part of the region including the Canadian maritime provinces known as Acadia (“Ti’ Acadie” is slang for “a little Acadia” in French). Weeks and Joseph love Cajun music and decided to attend the Cajun/Creole week at Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia a number of years ago. They came back to Maine eager to start a Cajun band (Jimmyjo & the Jumbol’ayuhs) and to incorporate a new direction into Ti’ Acadie. Since then, they have been down to southwest Louisiana several times to investigate the musical link between northern Acadian and southern Cajun music.

The two musical forms have been separated for hundreds of years, yet are so closely related. Ti’ Acadie not only plays Cajun and Acadian music, but also Quebecois, New England, old-time southern tunes and songs and original tunes written by Weeks, which range from sizzling reels and jigs to mesmerizing airs and sweet waltzes. Ti’ Acadie is equally at home playing concerts, community dances, festivals, contra or Cajun dances and town celebrations or presenting interactive dance and music programs in schools.

For more information about Partners for Enrichment or the contra dance event, call Jane Cummons at 763-4471.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.