One and all are invited to partake of an evening of contra dancing Friday, July 3, at American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. The featured band is Sassafras Stomp, who also will provide sound. Belfast’s own Chrissy Fowler, a founder and leading light of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series, will call.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Fowler with music by the All-Comers Band; all musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps. The contra dance will run from 8 to about 11 p.m.

Fowler also spreads the joy of contra dancing at schools, community gatherings and private events. With wit and good cheer, she keeps things spicy enough for veteran dancers while helping novices find their groove.

With roots in Maine and Montana, Sassafras Stomp’s Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell tend roots of a more literal sort at their organic Songbird Farm in Unity. Their musical calendar is filled with a coast-to-coast slate of concerts, workshops, weddings and dances. Threading freely through the Celtic, New England, Acadian and old-time traditions, they play a style that feels contemporary yet, appropriately enough, deep-rooted.

Joining Davis (fiddle) and Nordell (guitar and foot percussion) will be multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, harmonica, mandolin) and local legend John Pranio. Co-founder of the North Whitefield Contradance, a member of the Henry Road Bandits dance band and a favorite instructor at Maine Fiddle Camp, Pranio is known for his elegant musicianship, unerring good taste and tireless efforts to introduce Beatles music into the standard contra dance repertoire.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $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. Those who bring along a window fan get $1 off. For more information, call 338-0979; email; or visit and the series Facebook page.

Belfast Flying Shoes is an affiliate of the Country Dance & Song Society and an official destination in the CDSS Passport to Joy program; bring your CDSS passport to the dance for a Flying Shoes stamp.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or