As always, more information about events and locations can be found at www.southcoastfolksociety.wordpress.com.
Second Sunday Sing-Along
Sunday, Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m., at the North Bend Library. We've got the Rise Up Singing songbooks.
Contra Dance Saturday, Feb. 14
At Greenacres Grange at 7 p.m. Caller: Stacy Rose of Coos Bay. Band: Mad Robin (they're hot!). 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. Bring your Valentine, find a new one or just have fun being your own Valentine.
First and third Wednesdays (Feb. 18, March 4) 7-9 p.m. at Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave, North Bend. Play or listen!
International Folk Dance
Friday, Feb. 27. Starts at 7 p.m., Greenacres Grange. Teaching, followed by requests. Admission is $4, or $3 for members of SCFS.
Want more folk dancing? Take lessons with Stacy Rose on Tuesday nights: visit http://stacyrose.weebly.com.
Celtic Fest is coming!
The fifth South Coast Celtic Fest is coming May 2. It's growing into a multi-day event -- check out the growing list of "fringe events" before and after at southcoastfolksociety.wordpress.com/south-coast-celtic-fest/. But the main event is still Saturday May 2 at SWOCC. There will be workshops all day; free entertainment on the Hales Center Stage all day; and an evening concert with The Stomptowners (Maldon Meehan, Andrea Wild, Sean Earnest and Preston Howard) and Hanneke Cassel with Mike Block and Chris Lewis. Visit our website for ticket locations, or get them on Eventbrite.
We love Celtic Fest because it's the Folk Society's biggest fundraiser of the year. It subsidizes the contra dance. So bring your friends and make a day and a night of it!
Crafty? Share your talent
Craft workshops have been popular at Celtic Fest, and we still have a couple of slots to fill in the daytime workshop schedule. If you think you could teach a 45-minute craft workshop, check out the attached flyer.
Folk Week update from coordinator Stacy Rose
Plans continue to take shape for South Coast Folk Week – a week-long series of activities scheduled for October 4-10. Mark your calendars – you don’t want to miss any of the wonderful activities we are planning for musicians, singers, and dancers in the community!
We’ll kick off the opening evening, Sunday, October 4, with a concert featuring Firefly Family Band. Coming to us from North Carolina, members of Firefly have been making music together for 20 years. Firefly specializes in reinterpreting older music of the rural and urban south: Appalachian fiddle tunes, gospel, blues, swing, and old time country. In addition all four members are accomplished percussive dancers and often incorporate traditional step-dancing at live shows. A short sound clip (Ragtime Annie/Greasy Coat) to whet your appetite is attached. Plan to come out and welcome our band to Coos Bay!
Immediately following a short concert, renowned dance caller Bob Dalsemer will join the band and call an opening night contra/square dance. Here’s a short video of Bob calling a dance at an event last year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpI-fC9Dofo
As plans continue to develop, the entire schedule of activities will continue to unfold. Thank you to the many friends of SCFS who have already volunteered to participate in South Coast Folk Week! More help is needed. Reply to this email to let us know we can call on you for help! For more information about South Coast Folk Week, “like” and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/southcoastfolkweek or ask any of the members of the steering committee: Gail Elber, Jennifer Sordyl, Karen Olsen, Lynn Danner or Stacy Rose.
It’s going to be a week to remember! -- Stacy Rose, 541.808.1002, firstname.lastname@example.orgNot a Folk Society event but fun anyway
Coastal Celtic Society presents Burns Night at The Mill, Saturday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. Tickets $35 at Ko-Kwel Gift Shop. A celebration of the poetry of Robert Burns and all things Scottish.