A half-dozen or so of our Folque Co-op musicians provided the fuel for dancers' feet at Family Night at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester on August 27, 2015.
Designed to evoke the spirit of an old-time barn dance, the event featured a variety of dance tunes -- from jigs & reels to waltzes & two-steps -- performed on fiddles, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and upright bass.
Leading attendees in an assortment of basic circle dances, square dances and contras was caller Cindy Larock of Lewiston, who added some extra rhythmic dash to the music with her wooden spoons. “No prior dance experience is required to participate,” she emphasized in publicizing the event, “just a sense of fun, and a comfortable pair of shoes!”
Cathryn Anderson, coordinator of Pineland Farms' education programs, encouraged people of all ages to attend, including those who would prefer to just sit out and tap their feet while they watch the fun on the dance floor. There were craft activities for younger tots to enjoy, and picnicking on the grounds was also welcome.
Earlier that afternoon, the Folque Co-op musicians performed a lively program of jigs-&-reels music for the residents at Clover Manor Retirement Community in Auburn.