BELFAST – Local nonprofit Belfast Flying Shoes (BFS) presents “Sundays in the Park,” an event series produced in collaboration with Belfast’s Department of Parks & Recreation and the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, on Sunday, Aug. 22, at Steamboat Landing on Belfast’s waterfront.

Sundays in the Park 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 Aug. 22 event features Franco-American musicians Don Roy (fiddle) and Cindy Roy (piano and Franco-American step dancing). The Maine musicians grew up immersed in the melodies and rhythms of Franco-American music, and after decades of performing and teaching throughout the U.S., the couple was awarded the prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellowship in 2018. Don and Cindy actively foster community music-making and appreciation of traditional music, including through the unique fiddle orchestra Fiddle-icious.

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 again on Oct. 3; for details, visit the Belfast Flying Shoes website at belfastflyingshoes.org or contact belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com.

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.