Some of the best fiddlers in Maine will gather Saturday night, May 1 at the Blue Goose Center, Route 1, for an evening of music and contra dancing to benefit the Maine Fiddle Camp’s scholarship fund.

The Maine Masters Fiddlers Showcase will begin 6:30 p.m. with a set by the Belfast Bay Fiddlers. At 7 p.m., a number of the state’s best fiddlers will take the stage including Fiddlin’ Tim Farrell, Greg Boardman, Frank Ferrel and Belfast’s Jennifer Armstrong.

The event showcases the people who are keeping local and regional traditional fiddle music alive. Most of the fiddlers are teachers at Maine Fiddle Camp, and most of Waldo County’s many fiddlers have been taught or influenced by these people, said event organizer Barry Crawford.

“A good way to put it is that these people are shining the flashlight on the path we are taking in learning these traditional tunes. The fiddle camp is the mecca for this resource,” he said.

Around 8:30 p.m., fiddlers will start providing the tunes for a traditional contra dance, putting all the mastery in context.

Admission will be $10, $30 for a family of four or more.

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