Welcome to the
Spokane Folklore Society
September Contra Dances in Spokane
Wednesdays. September 6- September 13- September 20
SFS is hosting two free introductory contradance lessons on Wednesday
night September 6 and 13 from 7:30 to 9:30PM at the Woman's Club Hall,
1428 W. 9th.Everyone is welcome including those who already
are familiar with contradancing. Our callers will teach contras within
the context of an evening of dances. Here is a great opportunity to
learn about this wonderful community style dance that includes lively
folk music and energized and smiling folks. Dress is casual. No
partners are necessary. Gender Free calling. And no admission.The
official dance season begins Wednesday September 20 at the Woman's Club
Hall. A pizza party starts at 6:45 for all those interested in knowing
more about the Spokane Folklore Society. The contradance begins at
7:30 with music from our beloved Jam Band and multiple callers.
The SFS Board has decided to continue to host dances on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays through January, 2024. For more information about this dance series as well as our second Saturday dances see Calendar of Dances.
As a result of a recent poll of SFS members, there will be no Covid protocols in place until further notice. Good health is required. Masking is respected.
Fall Folk Festival photos and video sampler are at these links...
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 (editor Brent Smith)
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.