Everyone is invited to an Independence Day evening of contra dancing Friday, July 4, at the American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. Dan Pearl will call dances and Riptide will play for the monthly Flying Shoes contra dance series.

Riptide wowed the BFS dancers during December’s eighth birthday dance, so it seems right to have them back to celebrate our nation's birthday. Born on a rundown side street in Portland, Riptide features dance favorite Glen Loper on the mandolin; Irish-style fiddle player Alden Robinson; and Owen Marshall, Notary Public, on guitar. They play vivid, imaginative music that thrills dancers throughout America.

Pearl, from Southborough, Mass., is delighted to be making his first appearance in the series and with a chance to visit Perry's Nut House. He has decades of experience calling for dances and camps from coast to coast, and has helped produce the NEFFA Festival for more than 30 years.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Chrissie Fowler with 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 contra dance will run from 8 to about 11 p.m.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults, $1 for children. For the contra, the price is $10 for those older than 20; $7 age 13 to 20, as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. As always, there is a dollar discount for every box fan brought in for the windows. 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 dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.