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Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!
As with each summer, the board has just had the handoff meeting. Karen Wilson-Bell, our
president of the past four years, has left the board and will be spending more time teaching
regularly scheduled international folk dances and English country dances. Keep an eye on the
schedule for these dances. Pat Marron has also finished his service on the board. He will continue
working on Wednesday night contra band scheduling, and we'll see him regularly when Out of
the Wood or Out of Nowhere plays for dances. Thank you both so much for your dedicated
service to the SFS! Dan Gore, David Keckalo, Leonard Parks, and Bob Henager are joining the
We're going to really try to get more people involved in everything we do. For instance, we host
the Fall Arts preview on Labor Day in Comstock Park. It ends with a great free symphony
concert! If anyone is available to help out with the booth, setup, or break down, please contact
Sharon McGrew at firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you don't have time to volunteer, we'd love it if you could volunteer your opinions! Please
talk to any of the board members about concerns or ideas.
We hope to see you either at the Canotes contra Aug. 16th or the beginning of the new contra
cycle Wednesday Sept. 3 with Out of the Wood called by Ray Polhemus.
A life celebration
for the late Russ Nobbs will be held August 9th from 5:50 to 8:00 p.m. around the gazebo
shelter on the east side of Grant Park. Russ was a long, long time supporter of things folk and of
Spokane Public Radio. Everyone who knew Russ is invited. Canned food for the food bank will
Come honor Russ's life.
Lady of the Lake Fall Dance and Music Weekend
Oct. 3-5, 2014
Come dance with us at Camp N-Sid-Sen on Coeur d'Alene Lake, ID, an idyllic 257
acres of tall pine and fir forest. The weekend will feature contra and square dancing, music
and dance and instrument play shops, and sharing meals with old and new friends. Our bands
and callers for the weekend include:
a groovy folk dance band from the Pacific Northwest includes Dave Bartley; guitar and
tunesmith, Brandon Vance; fiddle, Marni Rachmiel; winds, and Russell S;
percussion. Kind of an all-star team, the band features members of other well-known bands;
KGB,The Syncopaths and Lift Ticket
among many others. Rave reviews have followed their
Contra and English Country dances up and down the West Coast.
The tunes are a mix of familiar favorites with a funky twist and new tunes, many by
band members and friends, with some pop moments, African rhythms, swing, and a wicked
sense of humor all swirling around in there. Exquisite tune-to-dance matching is a Contra Su-
tra hallmark and a part of the dance ecstasy experience.
is a dance leader, caller, and organizer for contras, squares, morris, and
family and community dances. A native of Vermont, she travels throughout New England and
beyond to follow and share her love of dance. Whether at a scheduled dance, a school event, a
wedding, a festival or a private party, Mary’s friendly enthusiasm is sure to please.
After clearing the table but before pie and coffee,
appears nightly at their home in Spokane playing old time, Canadian, New England, classic
country, and much much more. Band members are Sally Jablonsky; fiddle; Eugene Jablonsky;
bass and guitar; and Liz Dreisbach; clarinetist and tin whistle player.
Born and bred in Brasstown, NC, Larry B. Smith
was raised on the campus of the John C. Campbell Folk School. For almost 40 years, he has
shared the folk school community spirit through the leading/ teaching of traditional dance.
For sound, we are delighted to have Ken Glastre in the lead with Mitchell Frey. This team has
worked the LOL sound for many camps and is expert in making acoustic instrument sound so
Lady of the Lake Fall Weekend costs $180 per person. The weekend begins with din-
ner on Friday and ends Sunday at noon. Housing is provided in cedar cabins with bunk beds
for 8 to 12 people that overlook the lake. Camping is available.
Delicious meals are based around chicken and fish with vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy free
Registrations will be accepted from full-time participants only. We operate on a first-come, first
served basis. Online registration is available at www.ladyofthelake.org. Either the
full amount or a deposit of $80 is payable upon registration with the balance of $100 due by
For more information, email
or call Cindy Rakowski
Please consider registering in June or July. It will help our planning and make us very happy.
Has Your Membership Expired?
At the end of August all memberships in the Spokane Folklore Society expired.
You will continue to receive the newsletter until November, including information
about upcoming events and copies of the membership form. When you renew, you will not
only get discounts at dances, but you will be helping to support the mission of the Spokane