ROCKPORT – Belfast Flying Shoes, Rockport Opera House, and the Town of Rockport present a special Community Dance and Contra Dance at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., Saturday, Nov. 19, featuring the music of Wild Asparagus, the influential contra dance band from Western Massachusetts.

The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with Chrissy Fowler and Lisa Newcomb calling a community dance to lively music by the All Comers Band, which welcomes musicians of all ages, instruments and skill levels. Tunes are posted at, and the band will warm up at 6 p.m.

George Marshall will call the 8 p.m. contra dance with music by Wild Asparagus. The quartet of talented musicians has inspired dancers for decades with innovative arrangements at its home dance in Greenfield, Mass. and around the world. Vermont fiddler Becky Tracy is joined by husband and wife duo David Cantieni on winds and Ann Percival on piano and guitar. Marshall plays concertina and bodhran in addition to calling. They are sure to rock the opera house!

Dances will include simple and accessible community dances for all ages, and contras with lark/robin role terms plus a few couple dances like the waltz, polska and schottische. All are welcome.

Admission for the community dance is $1 children, $2 adults. Suggested admission for the contra dance is $15. Pay what you can, whether less or more. Masks are encouraged. For information and complete community care policy, visit or contact