Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 26, 2022 and Island Ad-Vantages, May 26, 2022 and The Weekly Packet, May 26, 2022
Steel drum music will fill the night air every Monday this summer
For over 25 years, the Blue Hill Town Park has been the place to spend occasional summer evenings dancing or just listening to calypso tunes played by the steel pan bands brought to life by the late Carl Chase. This summer, this energetic and uplifting music will entertain audiences every Monday night, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, according to a press release.
All of the performances, commonly known as pan dances, will continue the long-established tradition of collecting donations to support local causes rather than charging an admission fee. Two groups of musicians will headline the performances, Flash! in the Pans and the Pan Coalition.
Flash! is the community steel pan band based in Blue Hill. Flash! will play on nine Mondays, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Each performance will be hosted by a local nonprofit organization, including Healthy Peninsula, the Master Gardener Volunteers of Hancock County, the Word Literary Festival, At Home, the Simmering Pot, the Ark Animal Shelter and Peninsula Pan.
Pan Coalition is a collaborative effort between the two youth pan bands of the Pan Institute—Planet Pan and the Rhythm Rockets—and the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band, a professional band based in Brooksville. They will be joined by other performers on the five Mondays they play in the park. The fun will start on these evenings at 6 p.m. with local food trucks on site; families are encouraged to picnic.
For the full schedule, look for posters in Blue Hill, view Coming Events in this newspaper, or visit flashinthepans.org.