Spokane Folklore Society
Answer Phone: (509) 598-9111.
P.O. Box 141
Spokane, WA 99210-0141
Questions about the folklore society?
email myspokanefolklore@gmail.com
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Support our Business Members:

Kit "KayCee"Brennick, State Farm Insurance
4407 N Division St, Suite 610
Spokane, WA 99207
Bus: 509-483-5540 Fax: 509-592-2098

CHallanger Coaching   Specializing in “Helping Women Get Out of Their Heads and into Action” since 2001.

 Kay Rowley, Rowley Rentals, LLC

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SFS Board Ready for a New Season

Elections were held recently by mail to confirm board members whose terms are up or who are new to the board. We have one new member, Carol Pinkerton-Ewens—welcome, Carol!

Our members for the 2017-2018 season are:

Tashie Dial, President

George Taylor, Vice President

Leonard Parks, Secretary

Eric Johnson, Treasurer

Nancy Staub, Publicity

Chet Jahns, member at large

Carol Pinkerton-Ewens, new member at large

Sylvia Gobel, member at large. Sylvia is also the Director of the Fall Folk Festival and SFS liaison to the FFF Committee.


Thank you to all who returned your ballots! And please thank our board for serving when you see them! We’re every one of us volunteers in this authentic local organization to preserve and promote folklore activities in our area. And, the thousands of people who show up at the annual FFF prove that many people are interested and drawn to it.

After some end-of-the-year fun and a little summer break, these people are the ones who make our dances, concerts, and other events happen. For a few hints of what’s planned for the coming year, see page 2.





FFF: Friend of the Festival Fundraising Campaign 2017F

by Sylvia Gobel, Director

Thanks to all of you who have already donated to support the Fall Folk Festival.

We need to raise about $25,000 in dollars and in-kind donations to produce the festival. Dollars donated are used to pay for rent, sound equipment, craft supplies, publicity, printing, security and required building staff.

The committee wants to keep the festival free so that it is accessible to everyone. Please consider a donation of time and/or money so that the festival can remain a vibrant annual happening in the Spokane community.

Please make checks out to Fall Folk Festival and mail to PO Box 9768, Spokane, WA 99209.

Donation forms are available on our website www.spokanefolkfestival.org. You will be thanked in the festival program if donations are received by October 1. The festival takes place November 11 and 12 at Spokane Community College.



Not Just Beginner’s Luck at the Slow Jam

By Duane Nightingale

I had been receiving KayCee’s jam emails for over a year before I got the nerve to go. As a beginning fiddler, it's tough to put your budding musicianship in public view. I've been to contra dances and have dreamed about being skilled enough to play for a dance. I also knew KayCee’s jam practices contra dance tunes, and with the help of seasoned players, the jam group performs at the dances periodically. So, after three years of fiddling, I went to KayCee’s jam, met really nice, encouraging people, and became hooked on playing dance tunes.  

The first dance I played at was in April and KayCee’s jam practice was one week before. KayCee had all the music ready for us: enlarged,  guitar chords inked in bold, and some of the tricky accidentals highlighted. We dug into the tunes and at first it sounded pretty rough, but KayCee slowed us down and it cleaned things up a lot. We all laughed at the end of the jam when KayCee said we just needed to speed up the tunes from 80 beats per minute to 120 bpm. 

When the dance gig arrived I was nervous because I still couldn't play all the tunes at a good dance tempo. I started to relax a bit when experienced fiddlers, Scott and Margie, arrived to sit in front of the microphones and lead us. I found a comfortable spot as far back on the stage as I could find, and thoroughly enjoyed making music for the dance. There was nothing perfect about my playing, but I had taken my first step toward being a dance fiddler. And what fun!

A few other fun facts: my fiddle teachers include John Sylte and JayDean Ludiker. In high school I played guitar and sang in a bluegrass band, Running Wild. I retire in 4 months from the Navy and want to join a dance band.

Editor’s note:

The slow jam will meet on Sunday, August 13 from 6 to 8 pm at KayCee Brennick’s home. Contact her at (509) 994-0639 or kbrennick@comcast.net for information. Yes, the jam is continuing over the summer!



Fall Weekend October 6-8

Join Friends old and new for the Lady of the Lake Fall Dance and Music Weekend. It is one of the longest continuously running contra dance camps in the entire Northwest. Fall Weekend was founded by Penn Fix and friends in 1981, and it has been held every year at Camp N-Sid-Sen on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene ever since.

This year we have a great staff lined up:

The Stingrays, with Rodney Miller, Max Newman, and Stuart Kenney

Lisa Greenleaf, caller

Floating Crowbar, with Don Thomsen, James Hunter, Rick Rubin and Morgan Anderson

Sam Keator, teaching Irish dancing

And more!

All the information you need is at: