Sundays in the Park (SiP) is a new BFS program, launched in 2021 in partnership with City of Belfast Parks and Recreation Department and the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, and held at Steamboat Landing on Front Street in Belfast. BYO chair, instrument, and mask — BFS will bring the purple dance boards!
Here’s the schedule (Updated for Oct 3 event!)
- 2:30 pm ~ Percussive Dance Workshop, to help us discover and practice exciting ways for our shoes to fly
- 3:30 pm ~ Music Workshop, focusing on a distinctive branch of our contra dance music repertoire
- 5:00 pm ~ Concert and Showcase, for our guest performers and workshop participants to strut their stuff — BYO blanket or chair
- 6:00 pm ~ Open Jam Session, for all instruments and skill levels, hosted by the Belfast Bay Fiddlers (The BBF welcomes all players who have been vaccinated for Covid-19)
These events are open to the public, with suggested donations to support the program on a sliding scale of “Free to $35”, and we welcome sponsors.
Public Health Guidelines ~ In keeping with guidelines from partners and BFS Board, on Oct 3, we ask everyone to wear a mask, even outdoors, especially those who are not vaccinated for Covid-19. Everyone must wear a mask inside the Boat House (per City guidelines for municipal buildings) and we will limit attendance as needed. The Belfast Bay Fiddlers welcome all jam session attendees who are vaccinated for Covid-19. Contact [email protected] if you have questions.
October 3 ~ Cape Breton music & dance with Katie McNally (fiddle) and Neil Pearlman (fiddle and Cape Breton step dancing). Learn more about the performers via their websites (Katie, Neil). This final Sundays in the Park event is sponsored by First National Bank.
July 18 ~ Irish and Irish-American music & dance with Alden Robinson (fiddle), Christian “Junior” Stevens (button accordion and concertina), Miles Isacke (banjo & guitar) and Jackie O’Riley (sean-nós Irish step dance). Learn more about the performers via their websites (Alden, Junior, Jackie).
August 22 ~ Franco-American music & dance with Don Roy (fiddle) and Cindy Roy (piano and Franco-American step dancing). Learn more about the Don & Cindy via their website, and get details about their 2018 National Heritage Fellowship award, here, including this video. (We had to postpone this event, due to complications of weather and Covid. We will reschedule Don & Cindy sometime in 2022.)