Thursday, May 8, 2014

Annual Meeting

On Saturday, May 10, the South Coast Folk Society will have its annual meeting and election of board members. Come at 5 p.m. for a potluck, participate in the meeting, and stay for the contra dance. All members can vote for new board members or nominate themselves or other members for the board. Anyone, member or not, can attend the meeting and participate in the discussion. Among the topics on the agenda: 
-Should we have a second contra dance during the month at some other location? 
-To raise awareness of our contra dance, should we reach out to groups in the community and say, "This month is Rotary Night (or whatever) at the contra dance -- all Rotary members (or whoever) get in free?"
-Plans for the Country Dance and Song Society tour in October 2015.
-Plans for an open band campout.
-Our policy about photography at events.

At Greenacres Grange at 7 p.m. Caller: Silas Minyard of Portland. Band: Willow Creek and Friends. Silas will have just gotten married to Erin Neff, and they arranged to come down so he could call this contra dance on the second day of their married life because they like our dance community, so let's turn out in great numbers to make them feel welcome! Admission: General $7, students w/ID and seniors over 60 $6, members $5, and supervised children under 6 free.  First-timers who arrive in time for the 7 p.m. lesson will receive a ticket for free admission to their second dance. The dances are alcohol- and fragrance-free. For more information call 541-572-5370 or visit or find the South Coast Folk Society on Facebook. LAST CONTRA DANCE TILL SEPTEMBER.

The North Bend Public Library and the South Coast Folk Society present the Second Sunday Sing-Along 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in its new location (and time) at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave. All ages are welcome to sing out of our Rise Up Singing books or teach us a new song. All acoustic instruments of an accompanying nature are welcome. There's a piano. Sing-along continues during the summer.

And every first and third Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. The pub is at 2047 Sherman Ave, North Bend. Bring an acoustic instrument or just listen.

7 p.m., Greenacres Grange. Teaching, followed by requests. Admission is $4, or $3 for members of SCFS. Is there a specific dance you’d like to learn? It’s great fun having a variety of people share in the teaching – is there a specific dance you’d like to teach? To sign up to teach your favorite dance, call Scott Knowles at 541-217-9027. LAST FOLK DANCE TILL SEPTEMBER.

- All acoustic musicians and listeners are welcome to the monthly First Friday Jam at 7 p.m. at the Farwest Hall on Hwy 42S in Bandon. It typically features a mix of old-time, bluegrass, and Celtic tunes. 
- Irish session at Lloyd's at 219 2nd St. SE in Bandon, 5 p.m. first and third Fridays. Find "The Local Session" on Facebook.
- Rhythm Village African Drum and Dance Ensemble welcomes all comers at 5:30 p.m. Mondays in the basement of the First United Methodist Church in Coos Bay, 123 Ocean Blvd SE. Find them on Facebook.
- Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers, District 5 — Third Saturday of month: 1-3 p.m. with jam afterward, Winchester Bay Community Center. 541-759-3419
-Four Shillings Short will be performing in our area May 22-27 and in Curry County in June. Visit for the schedule. Aodh Og O'Tuama and Christy Martin perform a variety of Celtic and other music. That doesn't even begin to cover it. Trust me: If you're reading this newsletter, you'll enjoy it. Visit their website for details.

Gail Elber, Secretary
South Coast Folk Society

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