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September 2014

Letter from the President:

Welcome to the 2014-2015 dance season! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. A lot of goings-on this
year will be the same as before, but we have some exciting new additions. Karen Wilson-Bell will be teaching International folk dances second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian church. I encourage everyone to give it a try! Be sure to keep an eye on the calendar of events found on our website. Remember that this is an entirely volunteer-run organization. If you don’t have time to run a committee or setup dances, you can still contribute! We would love to hear any encouragement, criticism, or wild hair-brained ideas you might have regarding ANY part of the Spokane Folklore Society. We will have a survey at the contras with room for comments, or you can approach any board members. See you all at the dance.

Tashie Dial

Lady of the Lake Fall Camp Scholarship

Take note, ladies and gents. Lady of the Lake Fall camp is coming up October 3

You can see the fun line-up of callers
and bands on their website ladyofthelake.org. The SFS is pleased this year, as in years past, to offer two $100 scholarships to the camp. You must apply in writing (email is fine) telling the board how you got into contra and why you would like to go to camp.
Age will be considered as these scholarships were started for encouragement of tomorrow’s enthusiasts, but any may apply.
The Fall Folk Festival needs each and every one of you.
Please consider donating a couple of hours of your time before, during, and/or after the Festival.
More hands means less work for all of us.It's easy-just go to the Volunteer Hub:
and register to help in any area from Button Sales to Coffee Brewer to Kid's Crafts to Greet-
ers and more.
Need more information call Mary: 328-3829
New Volunteer Incentive Program:2-5 hours gets you a Volunteer button, 10% off Festival T-shirt;and access
to the Hospitality Room6-11 hours gets a Volunteer button, Free Festival button
50% off a Festival T-shirt, and access to the Hospitality Room
12+ hours gets a Volunteer button, Free Festival button, AND
50% off a Festival T-shirt, and of course access to the Hospitality Room.

Pete’s Posse Playing October 8th
What a huge honor for us! Pete Sutherland, a huge name in New England contra mu-
sic, is playing for the contra dance Wednesday, October 8th. He and his band have been
tearing it up in New England forever. If you want to know more about him, check out his
facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pete.sutherland.35
or listen to some clips on youtube
(it’s amazing). He’s been mentoring contra musicians for a long time and really puts on a great show. Be sure to make it
to this one. It’s sure to be a blast!

General Membership Meeting Sept 24th at 7pm. Please join us Wed, Sept 24th
at 7pm at the Woman’s Club before the contra for the annual membership meeting. This is your opportunity to meet this year’s board members, talk about this year’s plans, and vote on the annual budget. Per tradition, there will be brownies, the kind that are legal in Idaho, too.

Fall Dance Schedule

Date   Band   Caller    Sound Board    Host    Teaching
09/03/14 Out of the Wood Ray Nathan Dancing as Community
09/10/14 River City Ramblers Emily Nathan Leonard Back to Basics
09/13/14 Nora Nathan Sharon None
09/17/14 Jam Band Mitchell Nathan Bob/Dan None
09/24/14 Nora Nathan Timing
10/01/14 Dog Paw Susan Nathan Sharon Positioning for the Next Call
10/08 /14 Pete's Posse Penn Nathan Dancing to the Beat
10/11/14 Nathan None
10/15/14 Jam Band Larry Nathan None
10/22/14 Crabby Paddies Karen Nathan Balance and Swing
10/29 /14 Crooked Kilt Mitchell Nathan Dance Etiquette
11/05/14 Out of Nowhere Nora Nathan Giving Weight
11/08/14 SCC - Fall Folk Festival Many N/A Everything
11/12/14 Crooked Kilt Ray Nathan Anticipation
11/19//14 Jam Band Susan Nathan None
11/26/14 Nathan
12/03/14 Out of the Wood Karen Nathan Hey for Four
12/10/14 River City Ramblers Larry Nathan Tips for Helping Beginners
12/13/14 Penn Nathan Potluck Treats
12/17/14 Jam Band Emily Nathan None
12/24/14 No Dance – Merry Christmas N/A Nathan Happy Christmas
12/31/14 New Year's Eve Dance-TBA TBA Nathan Have fun!
Dance Instruction 7:00 or 7:15 Dance 7:30

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:
Contra Sutra,
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.
Mary Wesley
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,
Dog Paw
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
very good.
Registration information:
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
Sept. 1.
For more information, email
or call Cindy Rakowski
(509) 308-6408.