“Hospice fairy” Cher Jones dances during a performance by Willy and Clayton Clemetson.
“Hospice fairy” Cher Jones dances during a performance by Willy and Clayton Clemetson.
Belfast Flying Shoes and Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County have teamed up to bring live music to residents and staff at Tall Pines Retirement and Healthcare Community in Belfast.

In August, Hospice Volunteers Director Flic Shooter sought help to realize her wish to provide “safe, physically distanced, outdoor concerts each week to provide a cheery distraction” for residents. The program builds on Flying Shoes’ previous music and movement programming at the Residence at Tall Pines.

Performers have included Willy and Clayton Clemetson, Jamie Oshima and Alisa Amador, John Pranio and Toki Oshima, the Gawler Sisters, and Jennifer Armstrong. Musical selections have included traditional fiddle and banjo tunes, early rock ’n’ roll, old-time country music and more. Residents also make requests.

Throughout the pandemic, hospice volunteers have helped in the Commons at Tall Pines by greeting residents through closed windows, uploading music to digital music players, and distributing gift bags and appreciation notes. For six weeks this spring, HVOWC coordinated with local church groups to provide daily meals for Commons staff.

Belfast Flying Shoes produces public dance and music events and offers community outreach programs. For more information, visit belfastflyingshoes.org.

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County provides non-medical support for patients and families at the end of life, as well as bereavement support services and a lending library. Visit hospicevolunteersofwaldocounty.org for more information.