French and Scottish music will share the spotlight at a double-header contra dance taking place this Friday, Aug. 10, at Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library. Providing the music for an hour-long family dance, starting at 7 p.m., will be vintage Canadian-born fiddler Maurice Pelletier backed up by his wife Marie on spoons and Don Cunningham on guitar. Joining them will be caller Cindy Larock, who will lead attendees in a selection of fun and easy contras and other “jigs and reels” dances which have their roots in the old-time kitchen parties of Quebec. At 8 p.m., caller Maggie Robinson and the band Groove Train will take over the stage. This dynamic young musical group was founded by pianist Neil Pearlman and fiddler Lilly Pearlman, siblings who have performed from a very young age with their parents and younger brother in The Highland Soles, a highly regarded Scottish music and dance ensemble based in Portland. Neil graduated from Columbia University last June, did a musical tour of Europe earlier this summer and is now living and performing in Boston. Lilly will return to her studies at Barnard College in New York City this fall. The Pearlmans will be joined by fiddler and violist Julia Plumb, a 2005 Bates College graduate who resides in Nobleboro, where she has a private music practice through which she instructs string students of all ages. The Maine Folque Co-op is pleased to be able to bring such a variety of talent together to entertain such an equally diverse population from the community. The evening will kick off with some classic French Canadian tunes from the bow of our 89-year-old French fiddler and, with Groove Train, will evolve into a fiery Scottish-Irish free-for-all laced with bits of jazz and even Latin music. And we anticipate having dancers from age 5 to 85 – or beyond - on the floor, from first-timers to seasoned contra dance veterans, which makes the occasion more fun for everyone involved. The multi-generational/multi-cultural character of the activity coincides well with the Folque Co-op's mission to honor Maine's cultural heritage by bringing the generations together through traditional music and dance. Those interested in simply listening to the music and watching the fun on the dance floor are also invited to attend. A special highlight of the evening will be a demonstration of Scottish Highland and/or Cape Breton stepdancing by the Pearlman siblings. To make the event accessible to all, the cost to attend has been kept purposely low, with admission to the family dance set at $1 per person, and admission to the contra dance set at $5 with a reduced rate of $3 for students. Due to a generous grant from Wei-Li Restaurant, an Auburn business known for its dedication to supporting youth arts programming in the Twin Cities, all of the proceeds from this event will go towards future multi-generational folk music activities planned by the Maine Folque Co-op. The Lewiston Public Library is located at 200 Lisbon Street at the corner of Park Street in downtown Lewiston. On street parking there is free on evenings and weekends. Callahan Hall, which is located on the third floor of the library, is accessible by elevator and is also air-conditioned. More information is available by calling the Folque Co-op at 207-782-0286, or sending a message via the “Contact Us” link above.