Flannel Shirt contra at Watts Hall

Dec 10, 2013
The late Joel Cartwright was passionate about organic gardening. The Flannel Shirt Fund honors that passion by awarding grants to school garden programs.

Thomaston — A special benefit contra dance with Perpetual e-Motion, one of the most popular dance bands in the Northeast, is set for Friday, Dec. 20, at Watts Hall, Main Street/Route 1, beginning 8 p.m.

Proceeds will support the Flannel Shirt Fund, which helps kids in school plant, grow and harvest gardens; and prepare their own food. The fund is in memory of Joel Cartwright, a passionate gardener, generous volunteer, enthusiastic contra dancer and budding musician who took his life at age 24. As a student, he had received Bowdoin College's Community Service Award after founding the school's organic garden, which continues to supply college cafeterias.

Joel's grandfather Roger founded and called contra dances in Maine; and Joel's father, Steve, coordinates a monthly contra dance in Thomaston.

Perpetual e-Motion offers a blend of traditional and modern contra tunes, fused into high-energy music that electrifies young and old. The band is just two guys, although through miraculous electronics it sounds like a lot more players. Ed Howe puts out sound from an electric violin and hand-built footboard, while John Cote plays a Godin Synth guitar, handles vocals, foot percussion and a didgeridoo.

The caller will be Chrissy Fowler, well known to the contra dance crowd as the founder/champion of the Belfast Flying Shoes monthly dance, one of the best-attended contra dance series in the state.

Suggested donation minimum is $20. The Flannel Shirt Fund has, since 2008, awarded grants to school garden programs from Blue Hill to Kennebunk, seeding the concept of sustainable local food, healthy living and a community working together.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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