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Spokane Folklore Society
December Contra Dances in Spokane
In December, the SFS will host three contra dances including the opening dance of our Second Saturday dance series. On December 9, the 43rd annual Christmas dance will feature caller Penn Fix and band Reel Friends. This
holiday favorite welcomes dancers of all ages with an opening grand
march that includes trimming a tree followed by a variety of easy to
learn contras and more. Besides their rousing Irish and
New England tunes, Reel Friends will share some holiday tunes that
everyone is encouraged to sing along. A highlight of the evening is an amazing potluck dessert. The dance begins at 7PM and ends at 10PM. It is held at the East Spokane Grange hall, 1621 N. Park Rd in the Spokane Valley. General admission is $10, SFS Members and students $7, kids under 18 free.
Wednesday dances continue at the Woman’s Club Hall. On December 6th, Nancy Staub will call and Banna Damhsa will play Irish jigs and reels. On December 20, Susan Dankovich will call with the Prestwold Players. Newcomer
sessions begin at 7:15 PM followed by a two hour contra dancing
starting at 7:30PM. 1428 W. 9th. General admission is $10; SFS Members
and Students $7, kids under 18 free.
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.
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.
2023 Fall Folk Festival photos and video samplers are at this link...
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.
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in having the Folklore Society help
sponsor your event, please download this .pdf
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more about the Spokane Folklore Society: its organization and
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