BOWDOINHAM CONTRA DANCE SERIES
Third Saturday contra dance at Bowdoinham Town Hall! We have been running this dance, in one of Maine's premier dance halls, for over 30 years. the Town hall is located on School Street in Bowdoinham, at the top of the hill.. For GPS users, address is 13 School St. , Bowdoinham 04008. For regular "directions" follow I-295 north or south to exit 37 (Bowdoin/Bowdoinham exit). Take Rt 125N (towards the East from 295) about 1.2 miles to School St. Turn R on School St. at Bowdoinham Church of the Nazarene. Town hall is at the top of the hill and parking is in front of the town office/library. There is a beginners' session at 7:30 PM and the dance runs from 8-11. Info: 207-666-3709 or firstname.lastname@example.org Donation is $10, ($8 for students and seniors).
August 17, 2019 Music tonight by Ed Howe and friends. We've had Ed play for the August dance for several years. This is always a really exciting dance because it comes right after the end of Maine Fiddle Camp. That means some campers from "away" hang around for the dance and the "and friends" (musicians and caller) are also folks who have been at Camp. This year hometown favorite (and Fiddle Camp instructor) Maggie Robinson will be calling!! Do NOT miss this dance it will be a lot of fun!!! As always, beginners' workshop at 7:30, dance 8-11PM.
September 21, 2019. "Dance Extravaganza" tonight!!! Music tonight (click on the names to read more!) by Cathy Mason (from Boston) on fiddle; Pam Weeks (from Maine) on fiddle; Steve Arkin (from Boston) on 5-string banjo; Mitch Reed (from Louisiana) on bass and fiddle; Bill Olson (from Maine) on guitar and calling. Old time southern Appalachian, New England, French Canadian music, maybe a Cajun waltz or two. This will be night of blending many musical genres and old and new dances (contras and probably a few squares!) called by Bill. Please come on out and bring a friend!! As always, beginners' workshop at 7:30, dance 8-11PM.
October 19, 2019 Tonight, music by "the Bowdoinham Bunch": Alden Robinson (fiddle), Tamora Goltz (fiddle), David Stimson, (guitar). caller will be Pat Danscen from Colorado!!.
November 16, 2019. Music by T-Acadie, calling by Bill Olson
December 21, 2019 Tonight, music by STEAMPACKET: Glen Loper on mandolin; Tamora Goltz on fiddle; David Stimson on guitar +++. Maggie robinson calling
February 15, 2020 TONIGHT!! Special event!! Early evening community/family dance at 6:15 with all-comer's band (all are welcome to come play or dance or both!!) Admission is FREE for the family dance!! For the main evening contra dance music provided by the Pineland Fiddlers (all youth group led by Ellen Gawler) and Silas Rogers on guitar. these kids are GREAT!! Calling by Pam Weeks. Timing: family dance 6:15-7:15; beginners workshop 7:30; main dance 8-11PM. Donation $10 ($8 for students and seniors). Come out!! bring a friend!!
March 21, 2020 NO DANCE! We will be at the Down East Country dance festival in Topsham. The "survivors' dance' WILL be at Bowdoinham Town Hall on Sunday the 22nd. See DEFFA web page for details
April 18, 2020 Music by "The Bowdoinham Bunch" (Tamora Goltz and David Stimson) caller TBD
May 16, 2020 A "Maine Fiddle Camp Dance"!! Music by Doug Protsik and Louise Strong and friends.
August 15, 2020 Music TBD, Luke Donforth, from Vermont, calling!