Welcome to the
Spokane Folklore Society
April Contra Dances.
Square & Contra Dance. April 8, Saturday
are all in for a special treat at our April 8 Saturday dance with
special guest caller Bev Young from Missoula. Originally from North
Carolina, Bev will teach fast moving squares along with some
interesting contras. Here's your chance to learn from one of the best.
For this special evening. our favorite sister duo, Sally and Ruthie
Jablonsky will play old time fiddle tunes. The dance will be held at a new location: the Sinto Center, 1124 W. Sinto, two blocks west of Monroe and two blocks north of the REI store. The dance begins at 7PM.
Wednesday Night Contras
regular first and third Wednesday contra dances will continue this
month. On April 5 Nancy Staub will be calling and Banna Damhsa will be
playing. On April 19 Karen Wilson Bell will be calling and the
Prestwold Players will be providing the music. Both dances begin at
7:15 PM with a newcomer session followed by a two hour dance beginning
at 7:30PM. These two dances are held at the Woman's Club Hall, 9th and
Proof of vaccinations are required at all SFS dances.
the recommendation of our callers, the SFS board has decided to host
dances at the Woman's Club on 1st and 3rd Wednesday through December. We
are reducing the number of dances each month in order to make them more
special. The first dance on September 21st is free to those current
SFS members; by joining SFS at the dance you will save $10!
SFS Covid Protocols for Indoor Dances
board of the Spokane Folklore Society has decided to require the
proof of vaccination in order for participants
including dancers, musicians, callers, sound techs and anyone else to
be involved in one of our sponsored dances. You must bring your COVID
CDC card or a copy of it on your phone and show it at the door.
By doing this, you will be registered and will not be required to
show it at the next
dance. You will not be able to participate unless you have been
registered .Masks are optional - as weather permits windows will
be open to provide more air flow. This way, we are doing
everything we can to get us all dancing and playing music again,
whatever it takes. See you on
the dance floor!
It is time to renew your SFS membership. If
you are joining for the first time, your membership will help to fund
the operations of the SFS. In addition, you will receive $3 discounts
at our Wednesday dances. Also, you will receive our monthly newsletter
as well as any updates and announcements. You can join by accessing the
membership form through the following link. Link for a full year membership Fill it out and mail it
in with a check.
Newsletters Archived on SFS Website
Older editions of the
Spokane Folklore Society Newsletter can be found on the SFS website
starting from September 2020 (link at left). There are some great
articles to read.
Starting in September we added several feature columns to the
newsletters. Please enjoy our Callers Corner featuring articles by all
our regular callers.
Forty Years Ago showcases some of the people and events that were
highlights of the early years and got the SFS started on its path to
success. Penn Pals is a column where Penn Fix interviews people that
have been instrumental in starting and keeping folk traditions alive in
the Spokane region.
Current Newsletter (new editor, Brent Smith, so new newsletters are forthcoming)
And now some of our older newsletters are available as well
We can help you get in touch with
other people in the
Spokane, Washington, area who are interested in music, dance, and folk
arts. Find out what's happening
on the calendar
Our major project of the year is
Fall Folk Festival.
One of our main
activities with SFS is Contra
Dancing. Contra dancing is a type of traditional
New England. Dancers face each other in "contra" lines and move up and
down the formation as couples in figures directed by a caller. The
Reel is a dance in this style. You don't have to be experienced - the
teaches all the moves. Special clothes are not necessary. No partner is
needed - Singles and couples are invited. Check the calendar
for the contra dance schedule. Click
here more details and some pictures and links to video of a
typical local Contra dance.
If you are interested
in having the Folklore Society help
sponsor your event, please download this .pdf
here. (Acrobat reader required)
If this is your first
visit to our site, please read
more about the Spokane Folklore Society: its organization and
We hope that you will join
and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.