Welcome to the Banne Dahmsa
Spokane Folklore Society
The 41st Annual SFS Christmas Dance
Saturday December 11, 2021 7PM-10PM
East Spokane Grange 1621 N Park Rd
Admission: $8 for SFS members; $11 for non-members; under 18 are free
are all invited to our annual Christmas Dance Saturday December 11 at
the East Spokane Grange. Nora Scott will teach and call dances easy for
newcomers and family members. The Irish band Banne Damhsa will mix
holiday tunes with reels and jigs. The evening includes a four decade
tradition of an opening grand march and ornament exchange. Festive
attire is encouraged. Please note that proof of vaccinations and masks
Check out www.spokanefolkfestival.org for details on the
Virtual Festival , available to view and listen indefinitely.
SFS Membership Renewals
Spokane Folklore Society Memberships expire August 31. We
appreciate your continued support.
We are very happy we are able to resume with dances in the Fall.
Please send in your memberships to make sure that you continue
to receive updates about our upcoming Fall events from the Newsletter
and the SFS E-List.
Help Support Your Folklore Society with Your Amazon Purchases
by Judy Lungren, SFS TreasurerHere’s
a great way for members to support your favorite nonprofit, the Spokane
Folklore Society! When you make a future purchase with Amazon, Amazon
in turn will donate a percent of your purchase to SFS. Simply log in to
then search for and select “Spokane Folklore Society” from the list of
charities. After that, whenever you shop on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com,
and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to SFS. It doesn’t sound
like a lot, but if enough of our members use this service, then it will
really add up. Thanks for supporting your Folklore Society.
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.
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.