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Two Special Events with Musician Larry Unger. October 5 & 6
The Spokane Folklore Society and Lady of the Lake are hosting a dance and a concert featuring the legendary Larry Unger from western Massachusetts.
On October 5, Larry will be joining our
own Judy Lungren to play for our Wednesday night dance at the Woman’s Club. Note special hours – 7PM to 10PM.
Then on October 6, Larry will be in concert at the Sinto Center, 1124 W. Sinto starting at 7PM.

Admission to the dance is $7 for SFS members and $10 for non-members. Admission for the
concert is $20 for general admission and $15 of SFS members.
About Larry:
Full time musician since 1984. Written 5000 melodies. Teaches guitar and banjo.
Played with some of best emerging fiddlers including Audrey Jaber, Lissa
Schneckenburger,Karina Wilson, Julie Metcalf, Elke Baker, and Eden MacAdam-Somer
Bands – Notorious, Audacious, Baker Street, Uncle Gizmo, Reckless Ramblers,Tractor
Family, Reckless Abandon
Collaboration with Ken Burns films, including The Roosevelts, The Dust Bowl, Prohibition, and
the National Parks
Larry Unger was raised in Detroit, and he moved to the Boston area as a young adult. He
has been a full-time musician since 1984, and he has presented a diverse range of music at
contra dances, Scottish and English country dances, waltz events, dance weekends, dance
and music camps, festivals, coffee houses and concerts all across the United States. He
has also toured in Canada, England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Denmark
and Sweden, and has taught music in Afghanistan and performed in India.
Larry has a broad understanding of traditional music, and he enjoys telling the stories about
the origins of his music and the people he learned from. Larry spent many hours playing
blues with Etta Baker, John Jackson, Turner Foddrell, Ted Bogan, and other masters of the
style. His trips south also included numerous sessions at old-time fiddle conventions.

Upon the recommendation of our callers, the SFS board has decided to host dances at the Woman's Club on 1st and 3rd Wednesday through December. We are reducing the number of dances each month in order to make them more special.  The first dance on September 21st is free to those current SFS members; by joining SFS at the dance you will save $10!  Later in the fall we will have an evening of New England traditional dances called Chestnuts; and we will have a 1970s night in which everyone will be encouraged to come to dance in 1970s stylo clothes and dance to contrast from the 1970s.  We hope that by making the dances more fun, we can increase attendance.  Check out our newsletter for more information.

The Spokane Folklore Society and Lady of the Lake are hosting a dance and a concert featuring the legendary Larry Unger from  Massachusetts.  On October 5, Larry will be joining our own Judy Lungren to play for our Wednesday night dance at the Woman’s Club.  Note special hours – 7PM to 10PM.  Then on October 6, Larry will be in concert at the Sinto Center, 1124 W. Sinto starting at 7PM.

Admission to the dance is $7 for SFS members and $10 for non-members. Admission for the concert is $20 for general admission and $15 for SFS members.


SFS Covid Protocols for Indoor Dances

The board of the Spokane Folklore Society has decided to require the proof of vaccination  and boosters in order for participants including dancers, musicians, callers, sound techs and anyone else to be involved in one of our sponsored dances. You must bring your COVID CDC card or a copy of it on your phone and show it at the door. By doing this, you will be registered and will not be required to show it at the next dance. You will not be able to participate unless you have been registered  .Masks are optional - as weather permits windows will be open to provide  more air flow. This way, we are doing everything we can to get us all dancing and playing music again, whatever it takes. See you on the dance floor!

Membership Information:

        It is time to renew your SFS membership.  If you are joining for the first time, your membership will help to fund the operations of the SFS.  In addition, you will receive $3 discounts at our Wednesday dances.  Also, you will receive our monthly newsletter as well as any updates and announcements. You can join by accessing the membership form through the following link.  Link for a full year membership  Fill it out  and mail it in with a check.

Help Support Your Folklore Society with Your Amazon Purchases

by Judy Lungren, SFS Treasurer

Here’s a great way for members to support your favorite nonprofit, the Spokane Folklore Society!  When you make a future purchase with Amazon, Amazon in turn will donate a percent of your purchase to SFS.  Simply log in to smile.amazon.com, then search for and select “Spokane Folklore Society” from the list of charities.  After that, whenever you shop on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to SFS.  It doesn’t sound like a lot, but if enough of our members use this service, then it will really add up.  Thanks for supporting your Folklore Society. 

Newsletters Archived on SFS Website
Older editions of the Spokane Folklore Society Newsletter can be found on the SFS website starting from September 2020 (link at left). There are some great articles to read.
Starting in September we added several feature columns to the newsletters. Please enjoy our Callers Corner featuring articles by all our regular callers.
Forty Years Ago showcases some of the people and events that were highlights of the early years and got the SFS started on its path to success. Penn Pals is a column where Penn Fix interviews people that have been instrumental in starting and keeping folk traditions alive in the Spokane region.

Current Newsletter

And now some of our older newsletters are available as well



We can help you get in touch with other people in the Spokane, Washington, area who are interested in music, dance, and folk arts. Find out what's happening on the calendar  
Our major project of the year is the  Fall Folk Festival.
One of our main activities with SFS is Contra Dancing. Contra dancing is a type of traditional dance from New England. Dancers face each other in "contra" lines and move up and down the formation as couples in figures directed by a caller. The Virginia Reel is a dance in this style. You don't have to be experienced - the caller teaches all the moves. Special clothes are not necessary. No partner is needed - Singles and couples are invited. Check the calendar for the contra dance schedule.   Click here more details and some pictures and links to video of a typical local Contra dance.

If you are interested in having the Folklore Society help sponsor your event, please download this .pdf form here.  (Acrobat reader required)

If this is your first visit to our site, please read more about the Spokane Folklore Society: its organization and mission. We hope that you will join us, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.