Toughcats break in island dance floor

Jul 24, 2014
Photo by: Seth Macy Toughcats is a Fox Islands power trio of banjo, resonator guitar and drums.

North Haven — In the early 1900s, Calderwood Hall on Iron Point Road was heralded as one of the finest dance floor in Midcoast Maine. Due to a variety of factors, Calderwood Hall stopped having live music on the main floor in 1962. Herbie Parsons curated music and theater in the upstairs of the building in the 1990s and early 2000s, including performances by Jake Greenlaw; and an open mic where Colin Gulley first played banjo on island. Last year the hall was taken over by Cecily Pingree and, with the help and hard work of many islanders — most notably Charlie Pingree, who is on the cover of Toughcats newest album, “Rough Ones” — it was renovated into a beautiful venue, restaurant and bar.

Toughcats — Greenlaw, Gully and Joe Nelson — is the first band back and will help break in the new finish on the 100-plus-year-old dance floor proper Saturday, July 26, beginning 9 p.m. Admission at the door will be $5.

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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