June 22, 2018
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Harlem Shake coming to Belfast on Friday

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — The Miami Heat did it. So did a Norwegian Army squadron, the University of Georgia swim team and dancers from the English National Ballet.

And on Friday, it’s Belfast’s turn to try its collective hand — or feet — at the Harlem Shake, a silly dance craze that is burning up the Internet.

Beginning at 4 p.m., everyone is invited to show up at the Main Street stoplight to shake their way up a city block to the Key Bank building.

“People are encouraged to dress crazy, bring props, bring drums, get a little wild, because it’s March — and what else do we have to do in March?” asked Breanna Bebb of Our Town Belfast, which is helping to publicize the event.

She said the community event will be filmed and used on the website of her organization, which is kicking off a “Healthy Main Streets” initiative.

That is something that Our Town Belfast is doing in connection with the statewide Main Street Maine network, Bebb said. That nonprofit group — part of the Maine Development Foundation — has $1.6 million to help 20 Maine communities promote workplace wellness.

“We’re creating a wellness committee with representatives from at least 10 small businesses in the downtown,” she said of the Belfast efforts. “We’ll be helping to connect employees with area resources in nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation.”

According to Bebb, Belfast has many options that already are offered through Waldo County General Hospital and through the Healthy Waldo County organization.

“It’s really a matter of promoting those,” she said. “Helping employers encourage employees to take advantage of those resources.”

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