BFS programs for 2022 include monthly events on First Fridays! All public events are below, please refer to our Public Health Policy (LINK coming soon) and check back often for updated offerings!

EVERY week ~ Flying Shoes Radio Hour An hour-long program that highlights the roots and branches of the contra dance music we love, here in Belfast and beyond; the musicians who play it with and for others; and the dancers of all ages that it inspires.

Mr. Mac – Bob McQuillen, probably laughing at a joke, and being paid to eat ice cream.

February 4 ~ Fri: Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ Mac’s Music and a Movie! At the Bazz (Basil Burwell Community Theater), 17 Court St in Belfast. 5:30 doors open, 6pm workshop followed by a movie and a jam session. Masks required for all; see BFS Public Health Policy (LINK coming soon). Sliding scale admission $5-20.

Join us as we celebrate Bob McQuillen, a beloved dance musician, teacher, and tunesmith from the Monadnock Region of NH. Learn some new tunes in a music workshop and join the All Comers Band session hosted by former ACB leader, Molly Gawler, and BFS Board Member, Ethan Tischler. Delight in watching “Paid to Eat Ice Cream: Bob McQuillen and New England Contra Dancing”, a 70 minute video about the NEA National Heritage Fellow and Maine Fiddle Camp staffer who carried a piano in his truck!

February 15 ~ Tues: Fireside Chats at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St in Belfast, 4:30-6:30 pm. Free! With Jennifer Armstrong and Chrissy Fowler. Dress warm and share your stories about community music & dance, and maybe even shoes that fly. BFS is the nonprofit partner for this “enthusiastic experiment meant to ignite conversations, boost empathy, and offer a platform for shared stories to help all of us set new intentions for our collective future.” Learn what inspired this new event series, here, and read about the Jan 20 Fireside Chat with Coastal Mountains Land Trust (including Leah Trommer, another dear and familiar face under the disco ball).

Jennifer Armstrong, professional musician and storyteller and past board member & All Comers Band leader, will be on hand with BFS Director Chrissy Fowler for the Feb 15 Fireside Chat

March 4 ~ Fri: Flying Shoes on First Fridays

February 4 ~ Fri: Flying Shoes on First Fridays

April 1 ~ Fri: Flying Shoes on First Fridays

May 6 ~ Fri: Flying Shoes on First Fridays