BELFAST — Local nonprofit Belfast Flying Shoes presents its first public, in-person programming since March 2020. “Sundays in the Park,” an event series produced in collaboration with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, kicks off Sunday, July 18, at Steamboat Landing on the waterfront.

Each event starts at 2:30 p.m. with a music workshop focusing on a distinctive branch of the contra dance music repertoire, followed by a 3:30 p.m. percussive dance workshop, to help participants discover and practice exciting ways for their shoes to fly. Guest performers and workshop participants will strut their stuff at the 5 p.m. concert and showcase, and the event concludes with a 6 to 8 p.m. open jam session for musicians of all ages and experience levels, hosted by the Belfast Bay Fiddlers.

The July 18 event features Irish and Irish-American music and dance. Alden Robinson (fiddle) and

Alden Robinson

Christian “Junior” Stevens (button accordion and concertina) have played together for years — in Irish sessions in greater Portland, with their bandmates in the Press Gang, and on staff at Maine Fiddle

Miles Isacke

Camp. Joined by Miles Isacke (banjo and guitar), the trio of Maine musicians will impart their skills and knowledge of the tradition. Boston-area dance teacher Jackie O’Riley will lead a workshop in old-style

Jackie O’Riley

Irish step dancing, sean-nós dance, and will demonstrate her percussive dance skills.

Sundays in the Park is free and open to the public, with suggested donations on a sliding scale of $1 to $30, and Belfast Flying Shoes welcomes individual supporters and business sponsors. Current Maine CDC guidelines for outdoor events will be followed.

Sundays in the Park happens on July 18, Aug. 22, and Oct. 3; for details, visit the Belfast Flying Shoes website ( or contact

Belfast Flying Shoes was founded in 2005 with a mission to bolster the spirited dance and music community in Midcoast Maine. In addition to Sundays in the Park, BFS programs include the Flying Shoes Radio Hour on WBFY, programs at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center a concert series for older adults, school residencies, and public dances.