Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage invites one and all to its inaugural Porchfest Sunday, Aug. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. Events will include music, art, tours, displays and games for the whole family.

The first tour stop is Jon Ippolito and Joline Blais’ porch, where visitors will find a warm welcome, cold lemonade, healthy snacks and a map of events. On the next porch, Margie Shannon will offer a spinning demonstration including a variety of beautiful fiber arts on display.

Fest-goers are encouraged to bring their instruments so they can join a “slow jam” on Bill and Sarah Smith’s porch — enjoy learning a new tune by ear at a comfortable pace with others, it's all about the groove. Folks are welcome to bring a tune of their own to share and teach.

A short stroll down the road leads to the "Instant Choir" porch, where Deb Hensley and friends will be leading spontaneous circle songs. On the way, stop in at Pat and Brooks Blakesley's porch to make a plaster cast of a fossil or taste-test a variety of delicious tomatoes and garden fare.

Porchfest also offers a face painting booth, where the kids get to paint the adult's faces; Frisbee tossing on the Common House lawn; and creating gigantic bubbles at Jeffrey Mabee and Judith Grace’s porch. There will be sidewalk art makers and the chance to create a chalk course on the road for resident unicyclists to navigate. The afternoon will end on Amy Adamson and Jenny Davis' porch with a rockin' dance party.

Porchfest also offers an opportunity to take a peek inside the homes (there are still a few for sale), learn about sustainable gardening practices and low-impact living throughout the day. Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage’s mission is to be a model affordable, environmentally sustainable, multi-generational cohousing community that is easily accessible to Belfast; includes land reserved for agricultural use and open space; and is an innovative housing option for rural Maine.

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage is located on Village Road, just west of Belfast and not far off Route 3. For directions, visit and/or contact or 323-6149.

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