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Spokane Folklore Society
Ah, Spring! The days are getting longer and the weather is becoming warmer. The Spokane Folklore Society board of directors is preparing for our annual elections. And a lot of us are planning a trip to Seattle for the North-west Folklife Festival. Our own band, “Out of Nowhere” and our own caller, Ray Polhemus will be leading the con-
Letter from the President
tra dancing for one hour on Friday night at the Roadhouse. You can download the entire schedule from the North-west Folklife website after the 15th of May.
All members should be receiving their ballots in the mail for the election to Board of Directors sometime this month. You may turn in ballots at the Wednesday or Saturday dances or you may mail them to our Post Office box (SFS PO Box 141 Spokane WA99210). We appreciate your participation.
Please join us for the Second Saturday Dance at the East Spokane Grange
Saturday, May 11th 2013.
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 onto Park Rd.
East Spokane Grange Last building on right before Mission
1621 N. Park Road
Come and dance to the tunes of Bridgewater Boys. We’r e very pleased to
welcome Moscow caller Joseph Erhard-Hudson. 7-10 pm with a lesson for begin-
ners at 6:45. There will be a potluck. Your favorite snack will be there if you bring it!
Admission is $8 for Folklore Society members and students, $10 for non-members.
For more information: 747-2640
The 42nd Northwest Folklife Festival Features Dozens of Types of ‘Folk’ Music, including Jazz and Hip Hop!
This Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27), Northwest Folklife is pleased to bring the region four extraordinary days of music, dance, and cultural experiences at the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center!
Join your friends and neighbors for the greatest show of talent and tradition in the Northwest.
Step inside any of the twenty-six programmed stages and venues for workshops, performances, dances, and dozens of opportunities to participate in programming that includes—but goes far beyond—“folk.” Expect hip hop, jazz, rock, swing, and more.
Northwest Folklife defines “folklife” as, basically, “the things people do at home to entertain themselves.”
That definition allows the Festival to schedule all kinds of acts—from traditional costumed dance and slack-key guitar to emerging trends like chiptunes and looping—to best represent the evolving folklife of the region.
Each year the Northwest Folklife Festival presents over 6,000 performers, 80 hours of participatory dance, and 200 vendors selling crafts and food from around the world.
2013 Spring Contra Dance Series
Dance Instruction 7:00PM Dance 7:30-9:30 PM
5/1 Ray Polhemus Out of the Wood Buzz Step Swing
5/8 Nora Scott Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots Straight Lines
5/15 Susan Dankovich (H) Jam Band
5/22 Karen Wilson-Bell Out of the Wood Anticipation
5/29 Mitchell Frey Crooked Kilt Contra Corners
6/5 Emily Faulkner River City Ramblers Stars
6/12 Vickie Marron Out of Nowhere Intermediate Dances
Palouse Folklore Society Extended Calendar:
May 3: Pre-Ren Fair Contra Dance with music by the River City Ramblers and calling by Susan Dankovich, at the
Unitarian Church, 420 East 2nd St in Moscow, 7:30 pm. Note the change of location.
May 4 - 5: Moscow's 40th Annual Renaissance Fair from 10am to dusk in Moscow's East City
Park (a non-profit event we know you'll enjoy).
May 18: Contra Dance with music by Floating Crowbar and calling by Joseph Erhard-Hudson, at the Old Blaine
Schoolhouse, Potluck at 6:30, dance at 7:30 PM.
June 15: Contra Dance with music by Captain Ludd's Rant and calling by Emily Faulkner, at the Old Blaine School-
house, Potluck at 6:30, dance at 7:30 PM.
July 13: Contra Dance with music by Out of the Wood and calling by Ray Polhemus, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse,
Potluck at 6:30, dance at 7:30 PM. Note this is a Second Saturday.
Elks Lodge, Spokane Valley, Performance & Jam…
7 p.m. every Thursday.......call Frank Wagner 928-2273 for info on performing.
Circle Jam, 8 pm to 10 pm, open to all acoustic players. No cost, kid
friendly, non-members welcome.
Directions: Take Pines exit off freeway North to top of hill and turn
left on Marietta Ave. Go two blocks, turn left on Robie and follow Robie to
the Elks Parking Lot. We will be upstairs - great view & really comfortable, 7
to 10 p.m. Free admission, kid friendly, circle jam to follow the performance.
Fall Folk Festival Performer applications are now available. The Spokane Folklore Society Fall Folk Festival 2013 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10th at Spokane Community College. Applications are due by July 1 and may be printed off our website at www.spokanefolkfestival.org. If you would like an application mailed to you please leave a message on our Voice Mail at 828-3683.
The Festival is Free to the public and features 8 stages of traditional and ethnic dance
and music along with workshops, special entertainment and crafts for children and jamming.
Also featured are sales of traditional crafts and meals. The Saturday schedule features a live KPBX Radio show and an evening New England Contra Dance.
The festival is designed to support our regional folk musicians. Many local folk art-
ists are hidden gems well worth discovering. The festival will feature nearly 100 performing groups representing Celtic, bluegrass, blues, African, Asian, Middle Eastern traditions and more. We estimate about 5000 people attend the festival.
Sponsors and Fundraising and Volunteering. The festival is supported through donations from business sponsors, individuals and button sales at the Festival. The festival needs to raise funds to produce the festival and pay for rent, sound equipment, craft supplies, publicity, printing, security and required building staff. All performers and festival organizers donate their time. We also need many volunteers to organize the festival and work during the festival. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer at the festival.
Festival Committee and Contact information.
Thanks to Sylvia Gobel, Ken Glastre, Milhea Hall, Linnell Hinchey, Eric
Johnson, Fran McCarthy, Mary Naber and Nora Scott for organizing the festival.
If you would like to contact us please visit our website at
www.spokanefolkfestival.org or call the FFF Voicemail at 828-3683 or email fall-
Saturday, June 22, 2013
An evening in Post Falls, ID
With Wild Asparagus
Lady of the Lake Dance Camp warm-up contra dance Hosted by the Spokane Folklore Society. George Marshall calls dances to the wildly popular dance tunes of Wild Asparagus. To learn more about the band visit their
website at www.wildasparagus.com.
The dance will be held in the social hall of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church located at 4718 E Horsehaven Ave Post Falls, ID 83854 7-10 pm. Potluck deserts at the break. Your favorite snack will be there if you bring it!
From I-90 take Idaho exit 7 and go north on highway 41 approxi-
mately one mile. Turn right onto E. Horsehaven Ave. at the
ProBuild sign. The church is about a half mile down the road on
Admission: $12 for students and Folklore Society members, $15
for non-members. Children under 18 are admitted for free.
Lady of the Lake Music and Dance Camp will take place from June 23-29, 2013 on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. Staff for this year's camp include the delightful contra dance band, Wild Asparagus (Becky Tracy, David Cantieni, Mark Murphy, Ann Percival, and George Marshall), Portland's own wonderful band, Night Owl (Betsy Branch, Mark Douglas, and George Penk) and the invaluable Canote Brothers, leading gatherings and playing for late night swing dancing. Callers for the week will be
the masterful George Marshall and the ever-popular Erik Weberg.
There will be workshops on band instruments, contra and English dancing, contra
and English calling, singing, swing fiddle and guitar, and the all-time favorite uke
workshop with the Canotes. Ken Glastre, our magnificent sound guy, will be assisted
by Mitchell Frey. All this and more will take place within the beautiful setting of the
lake at Camp N-Sid-Sen. Come and join us this year, we hope to make this the best
ever! Sign up early as this camp usually fills quickly.
Dates and Times: Sunday, June 23rd to Saturday, June 29th, including dinner
Sunday night to breakfast Saturday morning.
Costs: Adults $585, teens (13-17) $515
More Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 581-8178
New Membership Category
There is a new membership category for bands. The cost will be the same as for family membership (currently $30 per year with a $5 discount if you do not receive a paper newsletter). If all band members provide their e-mail address on the membership application form, all can receive e-mail notification of special
events, copies of the e-newsletter, etc.
Big News for lovers of Irish & Celtic Music: KYRS (Your Community Radio Station) has a new program onWednesday evenings - "Irish Music On Tap", hosted by Don Thomsen and Rick Rubin. Don and Rick are members of
Spokane's most popular Irish music group "Floating Crowbar", and have exquisite taste in music (besides an absolutely
enormous personal collection that goes deep into the core of Irish music).
Irish Music On Tap, Wednesdays, 6 - 8PM
Listen live at 88.1 & 92.3FM
Listen on-line at KYRS.org
Send e-mail requests to IrishMusicOnTap@KYRS.org.
Call in live requests to the studio line at 509.747.3807
Are You on the Spokane Folklore Society E-List?
The SFS E-List is used to send e-mail reminder announcements about SFS events and other folk and international events in the community. There were lots of great events in January - Did you attend the Kosher Red Hots free concert, or the free Brick and Mortar singer/songwriters concert? Did you hear about the Irish Ceili Dance workshop or the Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association Showcase concert? To sign up please send your request to: email@example.com
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
Want the SFS to help sponsor your event?
The Folklore Society board has
come up with a form (in acrobat pdf.format)
to help you figure out what you'll need.
Spokane Coeur d’Alene Dance Email List This email list is a valuable tool for finding out what the dance community in the Spokane -Coeur d’Alene area is doing. Dance groups, bands, instructors and individuals publish information about classes, events and where people are going to dance. No group membership is required. To subscribe, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org You will get a return email with a URL. Go to that web site. Choose either option (join the dancelist or become a member of yahoo groups and join the dancelist), they both work.
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