As part of Coastal Mountains Land Trust's Arts on the Hill program, novice and seasoned dancers are invited to an outdoor contra dance Sunday, July 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. next to the hut at Beech Hill Preserve.

Sassafras Stomp, a farming duo who own Songbird Farm in Unity, will bring sweet, high-energy folk music to Beech Hill. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions and a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic roots sound. All dances will be taught and called by Belfast’s Chrissy Fowler, and everyone is welcome.

Participants are encouraged to bring along a picnic dinner to enjoy with fellow dancers on the lawn or in the hut after the dance. Suggested donation is $10, free for children younger than 12. In case of rain, the event will occur inside the stone hut. Visitors should be prepared for the .75-mile hike to the top of the hill; parking will be available in the field next to the trailhead on Beech Hill Road. To request a ride up the hill, contact the land trust at 236-7091.

Beech Hill Preserve is a 295-acre conservation property, managed for the complimentary purposes of maintaining its scenic beauty, historic value, grassland bird habitat and organic blueberry production. Coastal Mountains Land Trust, celebrating its 30th year, has protected more than 10,000 acres to date, offering 40 miles of trails for public access.

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