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Spokane Folklore Society
Spring is coming. Put away your winter “blahs” by going dancing. It will do you good. Remember that we have dances every Wednesday night until the end of June. And we have an additional dance on the second Saturday of every month. If you wonder how that hap-pens, week after week, with very little effort on your part, you might talk with one of our busy board members.
Every week we have a band to provide live mu-sic. Be sure to thank the band at the close of the evening. And thank Pat Marron who plays in a band and coordinates the schedule of bands for Wednesday night dances. Nora Scott is one of our marvelous contra callers and she also coordinates the schedule of all the other contra callers. It would be nice to thank her and your contra caller of the evening. The bands and callers for our Second Saturday contras are coordinated by Sharon McGrew.
At every dance we have a crew that arrives early and sets up the hall with sound equipment and tables and chairs, etc. Nathan Anderson frequently takes care of this, with assistance from Eric Johnson and Herb Bonallo. We really appreciate their contribution to the enjoy-ment of our dances. And we also appreciate those danc-ers who stay and help put things away.
There are eight experienced dancers who have volunteered to be “dance angels” to welcome new danc-ers and ask them to dance. They are especially busy on the third Wednesday of the month when we have a group of “Meet-Up” people come to dance with us. Fred Lear sends out the invitation and the first time dancers really appreciate having experienced partners ready to dance with them.
At each dance one of our board members is there to welcome you and make certain that everything is ready for the dance to begin. Sometimes everything runs smoothly, sometimes not, but usually you won't notice any problems because of their efforts. Our board mem-bers are Karen Wilson-Bell, Tashie Dial, Sharon McGrew, Herb Bonallo, Eric Johnson, Pat Marron and Justin Graham. We currently have an open position on the board. If you would like to join us, please talk with any of our current members.
We also have committees that organize special events (including the Fall Folk Festival) and take care of general operations (depositing the money, paying bills, planning, recruiting, publicity, newsletter, website). If you think it would be interesting to help in any of these areas, on a one-time or recurring basis, please talk with any one of us.
Most of all, please keep dancing and making mu-sic. In addition to the fun, sociability, and exercise, we are preserving an American tradition.
Scholarships to Lady of the Lake Fall Dance Weekend
Your Board of Directors has decided to make two partial scholarships available to Lady of the Lake Fall Weekend Camp, October 3, 4, and 5. The camp is located on the East shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. There will be many hours of dancing to live music, classes for aspiring musicians or dance callers, plus opportunities to play in the water. It should be a great weekend. Any SFS member may apply. Applications will be considered in three categories: young dancer or musi-cian (under 30), service to the SFS (committee or board member), or financial need. Please send your letter of application so that it reaches our P.O. Box no later than September 1. Please provide your con-tact information, the category you are applying under, and a paragraph or two telling us why you would like a scholarship to attend LOL Fall camp.
Family Dance Time and Potluck
6:30 pm family foods potluck 7:00 pm dancing FREE admission
Susan Dankovich, caller: sponsored by St. John Cathedral Family Dance Band sponsored by the Fall Folk Festival
enter at south door follow signs to Great Hall
more information: (509)533-9966 firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John Cathedral E.12th and S. Grand Spokane
Coming to Spokane - Well Known Harpist Laurie Riley
When: Saturday, May 10
Where: Christ the King Angelican Church, 2103 E. Mission Ave., Spokane, WA
What: Two workshops in the morning followed by a concert at 7:00 p.m.
The two Workshops are: "Techniques for Accurate and Expressive Playing" and "Getting Up to Speed"
Workshops are $20 each, Concert is $15
Contact: Susan Miles (Soupymiles@aol.com) Phone: (509) 342-2617
"I didn't know a harp could do that!" is a remark often heard at Laurie Riley's concerts. She is known for her ability to make a harp sound like a whole new instrument. Audiences feel her music as a visceral experience. Among her many credits, Laurie has appeared in concert as harpist to The Chieftains, was the first American harpist to be invited to judge and perform for the prestigious International O'Carolan Festival in County Roscommon, Ireland, and has toured throughout the US and in Canada since 1985. She plays traditional, ethnic, and contempo-rary selections from around the world, as well as compositions of her own, on the rare double-strung harp. She has recorded twelve albums of harp music, authored numerous books, and made several instructional videos. Her mu-sic has been featured on American Airlines and on the Narada Collections, and she has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered. She also judges harp competitions and teaches in the US and abroad.
Website and music blog: http://laurierileymusic.wordpress.com/
In print: books, DVDs and CDs available at the above address
Download Laurie's music from http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/LaurieRiley
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/laurieharping?feature=results_main
St. Paddy’s Contra Dance March 8th 2014
Please join us
Saturday, March 8th at the East Spokane Grange!
Emily Faulkner will be calling dances to the tunes of the
River City Ramblers.
7-10 pm with a lesson for beginners at 6:45.
Please bring a potluck snacks to share at the break.
Your favorite treat will be there if you bring it!
Admission is $8 for Folklore Society members and students, $10 for non-members.
Directions to East Spokane Grange: 1621 N. Park Road
Coming from Spokane
Exit I-90 at Broadway
Turn right (east) on Broadway at end of exit
Turn left (north) on Park Rd. -- cross over I-90.
First building on the left after crossing Mission
Coming from Coeur d'Alene or Spokane Valley
Exit I-90 at Argonne
Turn right (north) on Argonne at end of exit
Turn left (west) on Trent
Turn left (south) on Park Rd.
Last building on right before Mission
Call for Info 747-2640 www.spokanefolkore.org
Have you ever wished you could think of a way to give someone a treat that was calo-rie free? Do you ever wish you could get a friend to try contra dancing, because you think they would like it? Have you ever wished you had the power to issue “Get in Free” passes to other dancers (or even yourself). Talk with our President, Karen Wilson-Bell. She has gift passes, which you may purchase for $5 each. Each one can be used for one free admission to our Wednesday night dances.
Lady of the Lake June Music and Dance Week
June 22-28, 2014
The annual Lady of the Lake Music and Dance Camp is scheduled this year for June 22-28. Come join us at Camp N-Sid-Sen on Coeur d'Alene Lake for a week of outstanding music and dance set in a 257 acre pine and fir forest. There is nearly a mile of lake shore, hiking trails, boats, and beach. The camp has a beautiful new dance hall, multiple work-shop sites, cleaned tidy cabins, delicious food and more.
Registration for this week opens today! Register on-line at www.ladyofthelake.org to ensure a spot at this fantastic camp! All regis-tration is on-line this year. After you register, be sure to send a check right away while you are thinking about it as your registration is not com-plete until we receive a check. Our bands for this year include Elixir , Roguery, and Back by popular demand caller Seth Tepfer More information below.
Lady of the Lake June Music and Dance
June 22-28, 2014
Our bands for this year include Elixir, a high energy dance
band and caller combination that blends superb calling, driving fiddle
and guitar playing, and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement
of a full horn section. Fiddler Ethan Hazzard-Watkins per for ms
traditional and original music with driving energy, passion and
grace. Trumpeter Jesse Hazzard-Watkins mixes keen musicality,
skillful and accurate technical playing to create beautiful music in a
variety of genres. Anna Patton plays clarinet with great verve, clarity
and harmonic whim, drawing on a richly eclectic musical background.
Owen Morrison’s fiercely rhythmic guitar playing has
thrilled dancers across the country. Nils Fredland combines skillful
calling with playing trombone in the band.
We also have the contra dance and English country dance
band Roguery. Dave Bartley’s r eputation pr ecedes him, the mandolin
and guitar wizard and composer of over 300 fiddle tunes. He
plays with numerous bands including KGB and Bag O’Tricks. Anita
Anderson’s piano playing is always conscious of the dancer s,
driving the rhythm as she also enhances the melody. Shira Kammen,
fiddler extraordinaire, has a rich and long history of musical training
and interests, from medieval music to ethnic and celtic dance music.
The talent in Roguery is further augmented by long time dance musician
Jim Oakden, performing on an absurd array of instruments in a
wide range of traditional and ethnic styles including contras, ECD,
Irish and Cape Breton.
Back by popular demand, SethTepfer has been a regular
caller at Lady of the Lake because he has such lively, positive energy
that you just can’t help but have a good time when he’s calling. Seth
is known as “Atlanta’s Dance Magician” with his endless array of
squares, contras and English Country Dancing. A vibrant energy on
the dance floor when he is not dancing, he builds a joy of community
not to be missed. Seth Tepfer will offer 2 hours of callers’ workshops
(contras and squares) 1 hour for the beginning callers, 1 hour
of more advanced skills. His clear, concise teaching allows you to
easily flow into learning a dance. And Seth teaching Dutch Crossings
is a treat!
Anne Glover will be our master of cer emonies and stor y
teller, as well as, delighting us with irresistible string figures. She
will offer a workshop in storytelling and one on strings. She started
performing in the 1980’s and has enchanted children & adults with
her string stories, performing at conferences, schools and festivals in
English, French and sign language. Her infectious enthusiasm and
wit is contagious.
Brooke Friendly will be calling the daytime English
Country Dance workshops with Roguery. She is known for her
warm yet commanding personality, her ability to convey directions
concisely and clearly, her creativity, and her sense of humor and
whimsy. She has a strong sense of what makes for a good community
and she makes the learning experience fun and relaxing. A dancer
for more than 30 years, Brooke co-leads a weekly English and Scottish
dance, calls Contra and family dances, and has been on staff at
camps, weekends, and workshops throughout North America. Also
a dance choreographer, she, with her husband Chris Sackett, have
published four dance books (Impropriety Vols. 1-4) and produced
four CDs with the band Roguery.
So u nd : Ken Glastre our wonderful sound guy will be back,
assisted by Mitchell Frey.
Dail y Sc hed u le Hi g hl ig h t s 9 -5 pm
2 hours of English Country Dancing
2 hours of Contra Dancing
1 hour of Square Dancing
2 Band Workshops with Elixir and Roguery
2 Callers Workshops with Seth Tepfer (1 hour for the beginning
callers, 1 hour for those with more advanced skills)
1 hour Story-Telling Workshop w/Anne Glover
1 hour String Trick Workshop w/Anne Glover
Singing with Nils Fredland
Nap time & swimming & canoeing
AND THEN! Every evening 8 – 11:15 p.m. CONTRA DANCING!
Housing, Camping, and Food
Twelve cedar cabins sleep 6 to 12 people each. All have
bunk beds with mattresses provided. Camping is available for those
who prefer. Please let us know ahead of time because cabin assignments
Balanced meals include dairy products, meat and fish. Meatless alternatives
and/or dairy free and/or gluten free are provided for those
who specify these preferences at the time of registration. No other
food needs or severe allergies will be accommodated. There is some
refrigerator space available if you need to bring your own food.
Adults (18+) $595 per person
Teens (12-17) $520 per person
Camp fee includes lodging, workshops and meals beginning with
Sunday evening dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast.
Airport Transportation: We can provide transportation to and from
the Spokane Airport if you arrive before 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and
depart after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a fee of $35 for
Register early! Registration is limited to the first 125 who
register on a first come, first serve basis. Register on-line at
For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the start
of camp, we will refund all but $50 per person. For cancellations
between 30 to 60 days prior to the start of camp we will retain $100
per person. For cancellations less than 30 days before camp, no refund
will be made.
For questions about this camp, please contact:
email@example.com or phone at (406) 581-8178.
Lady of the Lake Family Week August 17 -23, 2014
The annual Lady of the Lake Family Week Camp is scheduled this year for August 17 -2 3 , 2 0 1 4 . Come join us at Camp N -Sid -Sen on Coeur d 'Al ene Lake for a week of outstanding music and dance and fun set in a 2 5 7 acre pine and f ir forest. There is nearly a mile of lakeshore , hiking trails, boats, and beach. The camp has a beautiful new dance hal l, multiple workshop sites, cleaned tidy cabins, delicious food and more. Daily age-based work shops in art, singing, music, dancing and more highlight a busy day f inishing with hours on the beach, swimming, sailing, hiking,making music, or just relaxing.
Register at ladyofthelake.org. Send a check to reserve your space.
For questions about this camp, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Maggie at (509) 363-009
Have you noticed the boards of permanent name tags displayed at the back of the hall on Wednesday nights? If you would like to add one with your name on it (and you are a current member of the Spokane Folklore Society), here's what you do. Ask the person taking admissions at the door for a couple of name badge templates. Write your name on one of the templates and decorate it. (The spare template is available in case you make a mistake.) If you don't have colored pens at home, ask someone to bring out the colored pens and stickers from our store room and dec-orate it at the dance. Turn in your completed template at the admissions table. When we have accumulated half a dozen completed templates, someone will get out the button machine and make you a permanent name tag. Then you won't need to write your name on a paper label each week.
Semi-Final 2014 Spring Contra Dance Series
Dance Instruction 7:00PM Dance 7:30-9:30 PM
3/5 Penn Fix Swing Variations
3/12 Ray Polhemus Giving Weight
3/19 Emily Faulkner (H) Jam Band
3/26 Karen Wilson-Bell Dance Etiquette
4/2 Nora Scott Hey for Four
4/9 Susan Dankovich Balance and Swing
4/16 Ray Polhemus (H) Jam Band
4/23 Karen Wilson-Bell Circling
4/30 Susan Dankovich Buzz Step Swing
5/7 Nora Scott Straight Lines
5/14 Ray Polhemus Anticipation
5/21 Karen Wilson-Bell(H) Jam Band
5/28 Morna Leonard Contra Corners
6/4 Susan Dankovich Stars
6/11 Emily Faulkner Intermediate Dances
6/18 Larry Simmons (H) Jam Band
6/25 All Callers
The Teaching Syllabus was requested by some contra dancers as a way to improve the quality of dancing on Wednesday nights. The “teaching moment” is optional and will be no longer than five minutes, and the theme for the night will be reflected in the dances chosen by the caller.
International Folk Dancing
with Karen Wilson-Bell
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W Fort George Wright Drive (near
Spokane Community College)
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, beginning January 14, 2014, 7 to 9 PM
-- Meet people with an international outlook
-- Get healthy exercise for the mind and body
-- Learn dances from around the world
-- Have fun!
-- No partner necessary
-- Plenty of parking
Bring Comfortable dance shoes
Bring a friend, if you wish
$3.00 suggested donation.
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