Spokane Folklore Society
Answer Phone: (509) 598-9111.
P.O. Box 141
Spokane, WA 99210-0141
Questions about the folklore society?
email  spokanefolklore@gmail.com
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Kit "KayCee"Brennick, State Farm Insurance
4407 N Division St, Suite 610
Spokane, WA 99207
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Promoting the Contra Dances

By Sylvia Gobel

We hope you will all assist in promoting the contra dances. According to our survey results from last year, the majority of folks coming are invited by friends – so keep helping us spread the word.

We suggest posting on Facebook. Both the SFS Facebook page and the Fall Folk Festival page have announcements and clips of contra dancing that you can share.

We want to see attendance increase primarily because the more people attending, the more money the bands and callers get paid – and they deserve every penny they get. They are all dedicated to their craft and thoughtfully prepare for each week. And, everyone has more fun!

SFS Annual Meeting Oct. 12

7 pm @ the Woman’s Club

All members are encouraged to attend! We’ll approve next year’s budget and get updates on the work our trusty Board of Directors has been doing. Dance lesson starts at 7:15. See you there!


SFS Board Needs Your Support

By Sylvia Gobel

The SFS board is very small this year, with only five members (and one is on leave of absence for three months). We hope some of you will volunteer to help with set up and hosting at the dances. Publicity is another area where we need help. You don’t need to be a member of the Board to help out – but we hope some of you will consider making the commitment to join us on the Board to keep the Spokane Folklore Society moving forward and growing.

If you can help out please email spokanefolklore@gmail.com or call 509 598-9111.

SFS Board

The SFS is looking for a new treasurer - experience with QuickBooks and Excel is

desirable. If you can help please email

spokanefolklore@gmail.com   or call 509 598-9111

Mandolin Congress

WHAT: A day-long series of mandolin workshops at all levels taught by a panel of professional mandolin instructors.

WHEN: Saturday November 19, 2016, 9am - 5pm, evening concerts at Kelly's Underground from 7 to 10pm.

WHERE: home of Daniel Gore and Kelly's Underground

MORE: Dan Gore 509-838-9135 danielcgore@msn.com


October Contras:

5 Contra Dance in Spokane  7:30—9:30 pm*

              Band: Out of the Wood  Caller:: Penn Fix

7-9 Lady of the Lake Fall Weekend (see ladyofthelake.org)

9 Contra Dance in Sandpoint, ID  7—10 pm**

              Band: Out of the Wood  Caller: TBA

12 Contra Dance in Spokane  7:30—9:30 pm*

Band: Dog Paw  Caller: Mark Mathews (MT)

14 Family Dance in Spokane  Potluck 6:30  Dance 7—8 pm (note: 2nd Friday!)

St John Cathedral, 127 E. 12th, donation  Susan (509) 533-9955 or sdanko@cet.com

15 Contra Dance in Moscow, ID  7:30—10:30***

Band: Potatohead  Caller: Sandi Klingler

18 Bob Bovee Concert  (see article below)

19 Contra Dance in Spokane  7:30—9:30 pm*

Band: Jam Band  Caller: Nancy Staub

26 Contra Dance in Spokane  7:30—9:30 pm*

Band: Out of Nowhere  Caller:: Emily Faulkner

29 Halloween Contra Dance in Moscow, ID  7:30***

Band: River City Ramblers  Caller: TBA (Note: 4th Saturday)

Note on Spokane Saturday dances: The only Saturday night dances hosted by the SFS this fall will be the ones at the Fall Folk Festival in November and a Christmas Dance in December (info to come).


* Woman’s Club: 1428 W. 9th Ave, Spokane

** Sandpoint Community Hall: 204 S. Second Ave, Sandpoint, ID sandpointcontra@gmail.com for info

*** 1912 Center: 412 E. 3rd St., Moscow, ID see www.palousefolk.org.


Bob Bovee in Concert October 18th

Bob Bovee, cowboy singer and story-teller from Minnesota, will present a house concert in Spokane at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 18th.

Since 1971, Bob has traveled the country taking old time music to audiences of all ages. This is rural music as played in homes, at dances, and for earlier entertainments such as minstrel shows and country radio.

Along with a repertoire including dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues and rags, he spices his shows with stories, history and folklore. Bob sings (yodels, too) and plays guitar, harmonica, banjo and autoharp. More information about Bob can be found at http://www.boveeheil.com.

For more information and to reserve a seat, please call Judy at 509-209-7182.

 Become a Friend of the Fall Folk Festival

It’s not too late to become a Friend of the Festival by making a financial contribution. Any amount is appreciated – small and large. Donors will be thanked in the Spokane Folklore Society newsletter and the Festival Program, and will receive a schedule a week in advance. Businesses will be highlighted on our webpage.

Best of all, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped keep this special event free and vibrant. Please send your tax-deductible donation to the Fall Folk Festival, PO BOX 9768, Spokane, WA 99209. Pledge forms can be found on our website at www.spokanefolkfestival.org.

And thanks to all who are already Friends of the Festival.


Volunteer Early for Your Favorite FFF JOB

Several hundred volunteers are needed to work two-hour shifts at the festival. There are opportunities to sell buttons, work at the bake sale, help with the kid’s crafts, work as greeters, stage managers, announcers or room monitors, and set up and clean up. Please check out the Volunteer Hub on our website www.spokanefolkfestival.org or call 509-828-3683.


Poster Help

The Fall Folk Festival needs s few more people to assist with putting up posters. The areas needed are: downtown Spokane, Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights.

If you can help,, Please contact Nora Scott - norascott@yahoo.com.

Thank you for helping promote the Fall Folk Festival!


one Weekend, Two Contra Dances

You will have two opportunities to contra dance at the Fall Folk Festival at Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Green Street – Lair Building 6

Saturday night (7:30-10 p.m.) Workshop with Nora Scott (7:15-7:45)

Dance from 7:45-8:45 with The River City Ramblers and caller Nora Scott

Dance from 9 to 10 with Red Herring and caller Ray Polhemus

Sunday afternoon (3:30-5) with Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots and caller, Mitchell Frey

Beginners work shop at 3:30 p.m.

Bake Sale: Please Donate Store-Bought Goodies

Our Bake Sale is a very popular part of the festival and also a good fundraiser. Due to recent Health Department changes in regulations, we cannot accept any homemade goods. It has become difficult to get donations from store bakeries because they are now deluged with requests from every charitable and non profit organization in town. So if you can donate items and bring them to the Friday night set up, it would be much appreciated.



Friday Night Festival Set-Up & Pizza Party

Come join us the night before the festival – Friday, November 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. to help with a variety of tasks. We will need folks to help set up chairs and sound systems, organize the bake sale, put up signs … and more.

Free pizza and pop will be provided to all who come to help out. Please meet in the Lair Cafeteria (Building 6) at Spokane Community College. Park in the east parking lot for best access. Questions? Call 828-3683.