Contra dance benefit birthday bash

Feb 19, 2014
Photo by: J.P Fecteau A giant contra dance March 8 at Rockport Opera House will benefit a local family; pictured is last’s year’s benefit.

Rockport — A contra dance and dinner Saturday, March 8, at the Rockport Opera House will raise funds to directly benefit a local family currently dealing with childhood cancer.

A dinner bar generously provided by Café Miranda will open the evening at 6 p.m., along with an introductory contra workshop with Perpetual e-Motion and caller Will Mentor. The dance will run from 7 to 10 p.m.

One of the best-loved and innovative contra bands in the country, the two-person Perpetual e-Motion integrates technical and sonic innovations with traditional contra music traditions to create a enormous sound full of momentum and groove. Mentor is arguably one of the best callers in contemporary contra.

A $1,200 "dream weekend" raffle prize package includes a night for two at Lord Camden Inn; gift certificates for Francine Bistro, Cafe Miranda, the Waterfront and Boynton McKay; a sunset sail for two on the schooner Heron; kayak rental from Ducktrap Kayak; a dozen red roses from Lily, Lupine and Fern; gift cards from Rayr wines and Zoot coffee; deluxe spa treatment from Beauty Mark Spa; a massage with Tricia Schumann; Strand Theatre movie passes; a Swing and Sway dance lesson; and a Farnsworth family membership. The lucky winner can use the prizes all together to create one very active special weekend, use them separately over time or give them all away.

The event marks the fourth birthday benefit bash for Camden resident Shannon Thompson. In past years, Thompson has organized dance parties to raise funds for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti (2009), to offset major medical expenses for a friend (2010) and The Rig's programs for teens (2013.) Enthusiastic crowds raised more than $3,000 each year; last year's contra dance with this band and caller generated a whopping $4,000 donation.

This year’s main sponsor is Thrive Wellness, with additional sponsorship from Katie Urey, Parenting Coach and Nutrition Counselor; and M. Lamont McGaw, LMT, owner of Sea Street Massage. Additional support is provided by Hannaford, Good Tern Co-op and the raffle item donors.

All are welcome, including contra dance beginners. Tickets are $25 for the dinner bar, intro workshop and dance; and $15 for the dance and intro workshop only. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. All proceeds benefit the teenager and family.

Ticket sales are limited due to opera house regulations, and advance purchase is highly recommended. For more information and tickets, visit Tickets also are available at HAV II and Zoot Coffee in Camden.

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

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