The Hancock County Fiddlers Showcase & Contra Dance will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Emlen Hall at the Bay School, on South Street/routes 172/175. Admission is $10, free younger than 5, with a $30 maximum for families. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund at Maine Fiddle Camp, a family-oriented music camp in Montville focused on Maine’s traditional dance music.

The showcase will start at 6:30 p.m. with music from Big Moose, the house band for Bar Harbor’ first Saturday dance series. At 7 p.m., the individual showcase acts will commence and immediately following is a community contra dance, with the All-Comers Band playing tunes and Chrissy Fowler of Belfast calling. George Fowler of Brooklin, a Maine Fiddle Camp instructor and longtime local fiddler, will anchor the All-Comers Band, just as he does for the regular second Friday dances in Emlen Hall. Doug Protsik, director of Maine Fiddle Camp, will be on hand as master of ceremonies.

The Hancock County Fiddlers Showcase & Contra Dance features  many wonderful fiddlers from across the county, many of whom are connected to Maine Fiddle Camp, as campers or instructors. The various acts include amateurs and professionals, span several generations (seven decades) and hail from several of Hancock County’s regular contra dances including those in Bar Harbor, Winter Harbor, Trenton and Blue Hill. The full range of fiddle tune traditions will be presented including Maine’s own flavors of Scots-Irish, French and Scandinavian music. Attendees can expect a few surprises too.

The event is a project of fiddler and MFC enthusiast Barry Crawford of Monroe. Monroe has organized several other fundraisers for the MFC Scholarship fund, notably the Waldo County Fiddlers and Master Fiddlers showcases at the Blue Goose in Northport. For this new showcase, he has enlisted the help of Judith Chittenden, a Hancock County fiddler and member of Big Moose; and Fowler, who regularly calls dances across Hancock County and runs the Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance series.

For more information about the event, call Crawford at 323-1081. For more information about the fiddle camp, visit