Saturday, July 26, 2014

Play With the Dolphins

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Play Post Office

Dance Like No One is Watching

South Coast Folk Society
Dear South Coast Folk Society members and friends:

The week of October 4-11, 2015, a “dream team” of expert musicians and dance teachers will visit our area. They’ll help the South Coast Folk Society create a week of events that will share the joy of contra dance, group singing, and traditional music with as many people as possible.

It’s all happening because the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) is celebrating its centennial. South Coast Folk Society is an affiliate group of CDSS, a non-profit umbrella organization offering its member organizations education, resources, services and funding. To help celebrate its 100th birthday in 2015, CDSS has chosen seven communities across the United States and Canada as stops on a centennial tour. The tour will bring musicians and dance leaders to these communities.

CDSS chose our community for two reasons: We already have a vibrant contra dance and traditional music community, and we have the potential to introduce our activities to a much larger audience.

In collaboration with CDSS, the South Coast Folk Society will provide activities in Coos Bay and surrounding areas that welcome all comers, developing the skills of local dancers, dance leaders, song leaders, and musicians, and raising public awareness of Folk Society activities.

As members and friends of South Coast Folk Society, you can do several things over the next year to help make the tour a success.

1) If you haven’t done so already, join South Coast Folk Society! You’ll find a membership application and information about the organization at on the "About" page.

2) Keep telling people about the monthly Folk Society activities you enjoy and inviting them to come.

3) Join the South Coast Folk Society speakers’ bureau. We need a few talkative people to visit local service clubs, churches, and other organizations to give a brief presentation about the Folk Society and the CDSS Tour. The goal is to encourage people to participate in our activities and also to increase community awareness of what we do. If you’re interested, contact Stacy Rose at

4) Say “yes” when the Tour Committee calls for volunteers to help with events during the Tour week and before.

You can see the other communities on the tour and learn more about CDSS at

Questions? Ask a Tour Committee member when you see them at Folk Society events, or email the committee chair, Stacy Rose, at Current members of the Tour Committee are Stacy Rose (chair), Karen Olsen (finance), Jennifer Sordyl (outreach), Lynn Danner (tour visitor hospitality), and Gail Elber (publicity). 

Jazz Hot Baby


We were blessed recently with a beautiful day at the intimate setting of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Boathouse in Charleston for the Oregon Coast Music Festival.  Now Left Coast Jazz, as a six piece ensemble which has performed at Black Market Gourmet and include Chef Jardin Kazaar, will be performing a second concert at the Sprague Theater in Bandon on Friday, July 25th. The concert is at 7:00 pm and admission is by donation. Plan to stay for the  reception at the Barn catered by Lloyds of Bandon and visit with jazz fans and the musicians.

This event is part of the Oregon Coast Music Festival and many thanks to Cardas Audio and Joseph Bain Insurance for their generous sponsorship.

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00-4:00 p.m. Art Recpetion for Nan Forsberg-Hammons
I began my creative journey in the literary world and have published poetry in 
numerous literary magazines and have won several awards in that world.  
I have also written a novel. 

However,that seductive Siren, called Art, whispered in my
ear that I should paint, and that is what I have been doing for the past twenty-some 
years.  My husband, Jim, who is  also an artist and poet, built my studio, 
the Red Pagoda, and that is where I have painted hundreds of paintings.

My work is diverse, I am primarily a colorist, I draw no lines and have no rules 
about mediums, sometimes combining them in the most unexpected way.  
This show will include work that is Abstract, Expressionist, Impressionism, 
mixed media Collage, and two Assemblages.

My work is in private collections here in this country as well as abroad.  
I have been doing shows for many years and have had my work in galleries up 
and down the coast as well as out of state.  

I have been fortunate to have garnered a fair share of awards and ribbons for 
Best Of Show, as well as Firsts.  My work has been juried into national shows as well 
as my work has been in Expressions West and the Maritime show.

I donate 10% of all my sales to Pacific Cove Humane Society.
Nan Forsberg-Hammons
Red Pagoda Studio

Friday August 15th
Friday Nite Supper Club 5:00 to Close and reservations are required

Wednesday August 20th 6:00 p.m.Chef Jardin Kazaar, Derek Bangs of Willamette Valley Vineyards and the 
Oregon Albacore Tuna Commision.  Chef's Dinner and Demonstratio with recipes, disucssion and 
wine pairing. $75.00 per person and reservations are required.  40 guests maximum

Please contact us directly with any questions to this e-mail address or 541.269.1094

Ladybug Landing Community Garden Lunch Wednesday September 17, 2014.  11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Converge at Convergence

Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio features
Bowl Form  David Woof  Fathom
Convergence II 
 Sculptures of Christine Roney and David Woof 
Friday, July 18th – August 30th
Artists’ reception will be Friday, July 18th from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Music by Mark Tierney, refreshments provided.
Christine, originally from the west coast, studied sculpture at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  David taught art as Adjunct Professor of Art at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ.    They are now coastal Oregon artists who share a complementary aesthetic vision in the work they produce, show and sell.
Art by the Sea Gallery is located on the PedWay near Foley’s Irish Pub in Old Town Bandon.    541-347-5355

Sunday, July 13, 2014

South Coast Folk Society

Watch for another email next week with exciting information about the Country Dance and Song Society's upcoming week-long visit to Coos Bay. Meanwhile:
Sunday, June 13, 4-6 p.m., at the North Bend Library. We've got the Rise Up Singing songbooks. Singers, guitarists and pianists welcome! Teach us a new song.
First and third Wednesdays (the 16th) at Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave, North Bend. Play or listen!
Friday through Sunday, Aug 1-3, at Smith River RV Park, 8451 Lower Smith River Rd Reedsport OR 97467
It's an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to get together, have fun, and learn the tunes for this year's Open Band performances at the South Coast Folk Society contra dance. 
"Contra at the Coast" DANCE, to be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday night 8/2, will be a mile down the road here: Smith River Grange Hall #585 - 9850 Lower Smith River Rd Reedsport OR 97467
Find "South Coast Folk Society Open Band Campout" on Facebook and RSVP there, please. Also, post questions & suggestions and volunteer for whatever fun you want to cook up...  
The purpose of this campout is to socialize, play tunes & have a dance. The watchword is KISS: Everyone is responsible for their own campsite, meals & transportation. It IS a small campground, so we will have to double up on some of the spaces. First come, first served on the best spots, so pencil in that weekend and plan on being there early! 
Smith River RV Park and Marina will give us a group rate of $20/ night RV's/boats & $10/night tents. 
Smith River RV Park & Marina has been around for decades. Located right on the Smith River just 10 miles north of Reedsport, offering RV spaces, a marina for boating & lots of beauty. For direct questions about camping, contact Jessica (541) 707-0841 at the RV Park.
We will offer workshops & host a dance at the Smith River Grange Hall on Saturday night at the nearby Smith River Grange Hall #585 - 9850 Lower Smith River Rd, Reedsport OR 97467
Do you have an idea for a workshop or circle? Offer it up! We can paddle around in our kayaks during the day... play tunes by the campfire at night. 
Want to get a jump on learning the tunes? The set list is attached. If you are interested in playing with Open Band, even if you can't make the campout, email Jennifer Sordyl,, and she'll send you a link to a Dropbox with all the sheet music and MP3s. 
A flyer for the contra dance is attached, too.

Singles, couples and beginners are welcome! Most dances are circle or line dances, so no partners are necessary. Harding Learning Center – in the all-purpose room inside the building; 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Wear comfortable clothes Tuition is $25 for the session. For more information, contact Stacy or 541.808.1002
To learn more about the South Coast Folk Society, visit or find the South Coast Folk Society on Facebook.

Plein Air

Hi Everyone,
Monday plein air painters will be painting the church below on Monday, July 13th.  10 a.m. – 2:30 pm.

Landmark Church

Landmark Church
777 Florida Street
(Between Oregon Coast Hwy 101 and McPherson Street)
North Bend, OR 97459
Landmark Church is truly a landmark in the North Bend community.  The basement was built in 1908 and the sanctuary was completed in 1910.  It is the oldest church building in North Bend that was originally built as a church that is still used as a church today.