Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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Thursday, Aug. 20: Folk music, singing and dance at Ocean Ridge -- An afternoon of live folk music, international folk dance, and group singing at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at Ocean Ridge Assisted Living, 1855 Ocean Blvd SE., Coos Bay. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. The event is part of Ocean Ridge’s Lifelong Learning series. We've got musicians, but we need some enthusiastic singers for the sing-along, and some eager dancers (no experience necessary) to help other people learn some easy dances.

Thursday, Aug. 20: Hot guitar-fiddle duo at Liberty Pub -- Guitarist Larry Unger and fiddler Audrey Knuth will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Liberty Pub, 2047 Sherman Ave., North Bend. Unger is a member of the contra dance band Notorious (www.notoriousfolk.com) and is the composer of many well-known contra dance tunes and waltzes. Knuth is a member of the band The Free Raisins and is a frequent fiddle camp instructor. There will be a $5 cover charge.

Friday, Aug. 21: Free contra dance in Reedsport -- Hot New England contra musicians Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth will play a free contra dance at the Reedsport Community Center, 451 Winchester Ave., at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. Callers Stacy Rose and Karen Olsen will teach contras and simple old-time squares. Unger, a guitarist, is the composer of numerous contra tunes and waltzes, and Knuth is a sought-after contra fiddler and fiddle instructor. All dances will be taught, and no partner or experience is needed. All ages are welcome. Wear soft-soled shoes and comfortable clothing, and come promptly at 7 p.m. for a beginner lesson. Admission is free, thanks to a grant from the Douglas County Cultural Coalition, but donations will be accepted in support of the South Coast Folk Society’s South Coast Folk Week event, coming up in October.

Have you tried Meetup.com? South Coast Folk Society has a Meetup group and we post our events on it. Go to Meetup.com and search for events in Coos Bay. Once you join South Coast Folk Society on Meetup, you'll get reminders of our events.

We're having a booth at Blackberry Festival this weekend, and we could use some volunteers to hand out flyers and spread the good word about our activities and Folk Week. If you're interested, email southcoastfolksociety@gmail.com.

1. Folk Week committee needs someone to make phone calls to reach out to contact people in various organizations around town and invite them to Folk Week. Script provided. Email Gail Elber, gailelber@gmail.com.
2. SCFS has a booth at Farmer's Market every Wednesday 10-1. We need people to hand out flyers, play tunes, help set up/take down the booth. Email Jennifer Sordyl, violinjenn@gmail.com.
3. All Folk Week events are admission by donation. Anyone have an empty coffee can(s) with lid that can be decorated to accept donations? Maybe you have a more artistic solution? Email Stacy Rose, rosecontra@gmail.com.

Did you know that if you bring a friend (who has never been to a contra dance) to any Folk Week dance, both you and the friend will get a free admission to a subsequent dance? Good deal.

If you haven't already done it, renew your membership now so you get your discount on the first contra dance Sept. 19:
Or just renew at the dance.
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