Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance series faves Sassafras Stomp, with caller Sarah VanNorstrand, return for the Friday, March 2, event at the American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St.

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Community Dance, called by Chrissy Fowler and 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 begin at 8 p.m. Caller VanNorstrand, an avid contra dancer since her teens, co-founded a contra prom at her high school in upstate New York. Since her debut as a caller in 2006, she has built a nationwide following with a style that combines clarity, enthusiasm and an infectious sense of joy. She will be sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Sassafras Stomp whose Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell, with roots in Maine and Montana, tend roots of a more literal sort at their organic Songbird Farm in Unity. As the string duo Sassafras Stomp, they play a coast-to-coast slate of concerts, workshops, weddings and dances. Threading freely through the Celtic, New England, Acadian and old-time traditions, their style feels contemporary and yet, yes, deep-rooted.

Joining the duo will be multi-instrumentalist and local legend John Pranio. Co-founder of the North Whitefield Contra Dance, a member of the Henry Road Band and a favorite instructor at Maine Fiddle Camp, Pranio is known for his elegant musicianship, unerring good taste and tireless efforts to make Beatles music part of the standard contra dance repertoire.

Sound will be provided by Glen Loper. Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults, $1 for children. Admission to the contra dance is $10; $8 for youth age 13 to 20 and adult All-Comers; and $5 for children. Those who bring along a window fan get a dollar off. For more information, call 338-0979; email; or visit and the Facebook page.

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