Spokane Folklore Society
Answer Phone: (509) 598-9111.
P.O. Box 141
Spokane, WA 99210-0141
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Spokane, WA 99207
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Building Community

The SFS Board is going to start hosting a monthly snack break at the Wednesday Night Dances so we can have an opportunity to get to know each other better. Everyone really enjoys the breaks at the Saturday night dances, especially the opportunity to interact and chat with the band members and caller, and have more time to meet new people. If you would like to volunteer to bring treats to one of these events, please let any board member know. We will be setting up dates at our next meeting. Thanks from Tashie Dial, Sylvia Gobel, Chet Jahns, Eric Johnson, Leonard Parks, Nancy Staub and George Taylor.

English Country Dance

Please join us for an English Country Dance on Saturday, January 14th, from 7-10 pm at the East Spokane Grange, 1621 N Park Rd, Spokane Valley. The Prestwold Players and Mitchell Frey will transport you to joy with tunes and figures old and new. Don’t miss out on this uncommon event!

All dances will be taught and called. No experience necessary, no partner needed.

$7 SFS members and students, $10 non-members.

For more information please contact Milhea at 509-981-3151.

And, for a little inspiration, check out these clips on YouTube:

ECD intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OID-09uwnh4

Over-the-top fancy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fa2wZEsRWM

A fun group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSfbR9We1Ak

Testimonials from the Fall Folk Festival 2016

Sylvia Gobel, director of the festival and folk promoter extraordinaire, received these comments after this year’s event:

From the Performers:
We loved participating – as we always do. Thank you for including us. We had a wonderful, responsive audience that gave us more energy with each response. That is always a treat.
—Sesitshaya Marimba

This was my first year performing, and I was impressed by the professionalism of the festival overall and especially the PA system and mix engineer in the Conference Room. I didn’t expect that level of quality. Well done! I hope to be invited back next year. I had a blast--a great crowd who came to LISTEN! Wow! And I met some wonderful new people. Thanks again for all your hard work to give Spokane something this meaningful in this impersonal, digital age.
—Bodhi Bill Miller

Thank you for all the work on the festival. We had a really great time and so enjoyed all the talent that gathered in one place! We were so impressed with the festival. It was our first time there, and we liked seeing the other performers, enjoyed strolling through the many vendors, and wished we could have been there both days. We are looking forward to next year.
—Cherry Sisters Revival

Nice job in another wonderful year! My dancers and I were, as always, thrilled to be a part of the weekend. Thanks for all you do.
—Best Regards, Caitlin Trusler, Haran School of Irish Dance

This year's festival provided a bright spot in what have been very dark days for many in our community. I applaud you, the festival committee, the sound engineers, and all of the volunteers for a job well done! I look forward to next year’s event.
—Respectfully; Bob Rice

From the Surveys:

We are so lucky to have this outstanding world-class music festival here in the Inland NW each year – I count this festival among the highlights of my year. The Spokane Folk Festival has introduced me to new music, new performers, and new friends; I adore the strong feeling of community at this festival. We are all friends and there is nothing finer than music to bring us all together – Thank you very much to every festival organizer and volunteer  for making this gem of a weekend possible.

Well organized – friendly volunteers.

Loved it—will definitely come next year.

It’s Americana and inclusive.

Friendly, local, unspoiled – I love this!

I like the sense of community and great music—we look forward to this event every year.

We were impressed with the great variety of music and dance—this was our first time after moving to Spokane from Texas last year – Awesome – Thank you!

Second Saturday Dances are Back

Mark your calendars for our monthly second Saturday night dance series at the East Spokane Grange, 1621 N. Park Road, from 7 to 10 p.m.:

* Saturday, January 14—English Country dance with the Prestwold Players and caller Mitchell Frey

* Saturday, February 11—Valentines and Chocolate Lovers Contra - with dessert potluck and chocolate fountain

* Saturday, March 11—St Patrick's Day and all things Irish celebration

* We are planning a swing dance for April or May TBD


New to SFS Board

Several people have stepped up to serve the folklore community of Spokane. Thank you all!

New board members include:

George Taylor, Vice President

Nancy Staub, member

Chet Jahns, member

Eric Johnson has returned to continue as our treasurer.

Tashie Dial, Leonard Parks, and Sylvia Gobel also serve us.

  And a big "Thank You!" to all the people who help set up and take down the venues for every event.

We especially thank Herb Bonallo who has been the reliable setup person for a decade or more. All the help is greatly appreciated and makes the events more worth doing.

 Taste of Tango: Argentine Tango Class

Treat yourself to Tango this year! Something new, something you never thought that you would do!  The 6 week Entry Level 1 class starts you on the road to enjoying a most social dance style with the open embrace (salon) style. Practica (optional practice session) is on Sunday to receive help and practice dancing.

No partner or experience is necessary. Wear smooth soled shoes. Ladies, please wear slacks so that we may see what your feet are doing. Les Linton has been teaching tango for seventeen years in various states. Susan Dankovich assists. For more information, contact Les at (509)443-7249 or infor4les2@yahoo.com.

Thursdays:    Jan 5 –Feb 23    7-8:30pm    6 weeks    $30/individual   $45/couple

Practica(optional practice)     Sundays     starting Jan 8  2:30-4pm     ongoing       $5/person

Spotlight on Leaders

Eric Johnson

Eric, our intrepid board member and sound guy, has been involved with the Folklore Society literally since its beginning. He graciously submitted this response to the editor’s query.

Eric got interested in folk music in the early 60's with the various TV shows of the era. Early in college he discovered a folk club and became an addict there. In late 1974 he got involved in setting up and taking down folk events at the old 2nd City Center.

In October 1976, he, Paul Kinderman and Steve Simmons created the Paul Kinderman Folk Investment Group to take over putting on folk concerts here after several others gave up; this effort was financially successful. After hearing Don Thomsen comment that Spokane really needed a folklore society, Eric offered to draw up the papers for SFS if Don would sign on the dotted line with him and several others. SFS got its state non-profit charter in July of 1977, and Eric successfully filed the IRS 501(c)3 papers in 1978.

Eric has been involved in a variety of roles ever since. If you wonder what he looks like, check out who's solving all the problems and running the PA at most Wednesday dances.

Many thanks, Eric, for all your hard work over the years!