The Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance series begins the new year Friday, Jan. 6 at the American Legion Hall Post #43, 143 Church St. The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by caller Chrissy Fowler with music by The All-Comer’s Band. 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.

At 7:30 p.m., there will be a potluck snack break; and at 8 p.m., the main contra dance will begin. This month’s tunes will be provided by Frigate featuring Steve Muise on fiddle and button accordion; Glen Loper on mandolin and tenor banjo; Steve White on guitar and percussion. Belfast’s Fowler will call.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the first time since the series’ inception in 2005, it is increasing the admission price for the main contra dance. As of Jan. 6, admission will be: $10 for those older than 20; $7 for 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 338-0979 or visit

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