Welcome! Welcome to Folklore Villageâ€”a cultural jewel set amongst the rolling farmlands of southwestern Wisconsinâ€™s Driftless Region, 40 miles west of Madison. Founded by renowned international folk dance leader Jane Farwell on her familyâ€™s historic farm, Folklore Village presents artistic and cultural programming that includes concerts, folk school classes, weekend learning retreat festivals, barn dances, old-fashioned Saturday evening socials, monthly Open Mics, and field trips for area school children. During weekend festivals we offer intensive learning opportunities in dance, music, and craft; simple rustic lodging in our two bunkhouses, and delicious ethnic-themed food, fresh from our restaurant-quality kitchen, prepared by RedBarn Catering. Folklore Village facilities are available as a rental for your dream wedFolklore Village ding, your next family reunion, company picnic, or meeting. 3210 County Road BB Come dance with us! Dodgeville, WI 53533 About Folklore Village
Folklore Village is identified by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible, as allowable by law. Folklore Village welcomes all charitable donations in support of our mission and our vision. Support for Folklore Village is provided, in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Mission of Folklore Village is to provide opportunities for individuals and communities to honor, experience, and support ethnic and traditional folklife.
Phone: (608) 924-4000 www.folklorevillage.org email@example.com 2020 Board of Directors: President: Maria Terres Vice Pres: Catherine Baer Treasurer: Adam Helt-Baldwin Secretary: Martha Tyner Tamara Funk Hank Kulesza Scott Lind Eric Seaberg
Staff We believe that folk arts activities perpetuate a shared sense of traditions, values and Terri Van Orman: Executive Director community. We therefore place a high priority on using our resources as a catalyst and Becky Rehl: Office Manager partner within our region for the betterment of individual and community life. Sallie Anna Steiner: Program Manager Folklore Village offers an ongoing program of cultural, educational and participatory Marlene Cordes: Rental Coordinator Jim Tredinnick: Grounds & Maintenance folklife activities in rural Southwest Wisconsin, serving regional communities and the Upper Midwest. Volunteer groundskeeper: Wendy Frances 2
A Note from the Director We are super excited this year to be embarking upon our third year of the new Folk School at Folklore Village! A dream of the organization’s since the 1980’s when Jane Farwell and friends made the trek to John C. Campbell Folk School, our first years have been very encouraging, and we have scheduled more than forty class offerings for this year. Take a look at pages 7-12 to view the year’s selections, and plan your summer vacation to Wisconsin’s Driftless Area!
The Friends of Folklore Village
In memory of Doug Miller Folklore Village grieves the November 7, 2019 loss of Doug Miller, our Executive Director from October 1991 through 2012. A professional “passer-on” of tradition, tales, and tunes, Doug devoted his life to creating places to bring people together. We wholeheartedly thank Doug and his family for their many years of service.
The “Friends of Folklore Village” are a dynamic group of individuals who have pledged to help provide financial support for Folklore Village, presenting special fundraising events throughout the year. They are an independent 501(c)3 organization of volunteers, with a board of directors and by-laws distinct to them, and separate from Folklore Village’s. All of their revenue is donated to Folklore Village. Not only do their events help provide essential funding for Folklore Village, but they are extravagantly fun! We It takes many hearts and hands to ensure the perpetuation of the Folklore are so grateful for everything this hard-working group has provided Village mission, and its activities. We are grateful to the following individu- for Folklore Village since its revival in 2014, and look forward to als and groups, who either partner with Folklore Village for programming, or many more years of partnership. Last year, the Friends raised who sponsor individual programs. $14,000 for Folklore Village, and have proven to be an integral The Hardanger Fiddle Association of America, who enjoy their summer piece of our overall fundraising strategy. If you would like to be a workshops and meeting, yearly at Folklore Village—this year July 16-19. part of this important and energetic crew, please contact Folklore Squirrel Moon Contra Dance, who also enjoy their yearly dance getVillage. together at Folklore Village. This year’s event to be held September 18-20. ~ Thanks to Michael and Mary Ann Wolkomir, who sponsor First Tuesday
Our Partners and Sponsors
Open Mic. And the following organizations who support many of our other activities, with special thanks to Arts Midwest for their support of Alash Ensemble.
Open Board Positions - Looking for energetic, imaginative individuals! Come join the fun!! ~ 2020 Friends of Folklore Village President—Marilee Standifer Vice-President—Sarah Weier Secretary/Treasurer—Lucy Richards Communications Coordinator—Lisie Kitchel Fund Raising Committee Liaison— Madeline Uraneck
If you would like to sponsor programming, or if your group would like to collaborate on shared programming at Folklore Village, please contact Terri at (608) 924-4000.
Important Dates April 25, 2020—Spring Fundraiser: Spring Hop with Ladies Must Swing November 7, 2020—Fall Fundraiser: Autumn Gala with special guest performer Zoe Mulford www.folklorevillage.org
Scandinavian Weekend Festivals Folklore Village presents two Scandinavian Festivals every year. The first, in the spring alternates between Swedish one year and Norwegian the next, with Roo Lester coordinating guest dancers and musicians from Sweden and Norway. In 2020, the Spring Scandinavian Festival will be Swedish. In the fall, we have the honor of partnering with National Heritage Fellow Paul Dahlin, his family and friends, the American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag, and nyckelharpa instructors. Dance workshops, which are taught by Roo Lester and Larry Harding, can be enjoyed by both novice and experienced dancers alike. In addition, each year Folklore Village hosts the Annual Meeting of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America, bringing the eerie and beautiful sounds of the Hardanger fiddle and Norwegian music to southwestern Wisconsin.
Spring Swedish Festival
Fall Swedish Festival
When: April 3—5, 2020 Join Roo Lester and friends, including special guests from Sweden, for a music and dance tour of Hälsingland and Föllinge in Jämtland, Sweden! Weekend participants will learn new hambos and polskas from Delsbo, home to the famous Delsbostämmen music festival.
When: October 23—25. 2020 Guest instructors: Paul Dahlin and Ivares Pojkarna, members of the ASI Spelmanslag, Roo Lester and Larry Harding, and guest nyckelharpa instructors.
Full-time early registration (by March 20): $245 Full time registration (after March 20): $265 For full schedule, part-time options, scholarship opportunities, or children’s pricing, please see our website. Full-time registration includes all meals.
Hardanger Fiddle Association of America Annual Meeting Registrations and further information available through HFAA website: www.hfaa.org
When: July 16—19, 2020 at Folklore Village Special guests: TBA 4
Paul Dahlin, his family, and the ASI Spelmanslag proudly carry on the Dahlin/Johnson family tradition of “Grandpa” Edwin Johnson (19051984) who grew up fiddling in Dalarna, Sweden. In 1996, Paul was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship for his music, and his work in preserving and perpetuating this tradition in the U.S. Folklore Village is thrilled to present this beloved yearly event. Besides music, there is dance taught by Roo Lester and Larry Harding, nyckelharpa lessons and demonstrations, a repair clinic, and the best Swedish food this side of Dalarna, prepared by RedBarn Catering. We fondly remember Nancy Dahlin, Paul’s mother, who peacefully passed away on August 10, 2019.
Full-time early registration (by October 2): $220 Full time registration (after October 2): $245 ________________
For full schedule, part-time options, scholarship opportunities, or teen’s/children’s pricing, please see website. Full-time registration includes all meals.
Spring Festivals Cajun Music & Dance Weekend This festival provides an in-depth learning experience in Cajun music and dance from the very best tradition-bearers. We offer multiple levels of instruction in Cajun fiddle, guitar, accordion, and dance while also providing classes in tit-fer and vocals, a culture discussion, and open jamming. Sit back and listen to the band Friday and Saturday nights, or hit the dance floor. These dances are open to the public as well! Musician’s jams go late into the evening, so you might want to think about bunking or tenting on-site.
Featured Artists David Greely, founding fiddler of the Mamou Playboys, has for years been assembling a repertoire of uncommon Cajun music. He uses old and rare tunes, new companion pieces to the old ones, and striking new melodies that meld Cajun roots with fiddle sounds he’s heard in his travels worldwide, and arranges them with novel instrumentation and rich harmonies. ~
Chris Miller has been interested in music since he was born. His parents recall that he made a habit of waking early so that he could hear the "French Music" on KLFY's morning show "Passe Partout." As Chris approached his teens, he began to devote himself more and more to Cajun music and to teach himself Cajun accordion, guitar, and later fiddle. Chris has played throughout the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. and France with Hadley Castille and at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio with Rodney LeJeune and the Texas Cajun Playboys. His most recent CD Chris Miller and Bayou Roots received CFMA awards for “Accordionist of the Year,” "Recording of the Year," "People's Choice," and "Band of the Year." Plus Charlie Terr, John Terr, Ellen Keane (dance), and more! When: March 27—29, 2020 Early registration (by March 13): $230 Full time registration (after March 13) $250 For full schedule, part-time options, scholarship opportunities, or children’s pricing, please see our website. Full-time registration includes all meals.
English Country Dance Weekend Folklore Village welcomes back members of Bare Necessities for this invigorating weekend of English Country Dance. Jacqueline Schwab plays piano, Earl Gaddis plays both violin and viola, and Kate Barnes is on winds and guitar. Known for creative interpretations of English Country Dance tunes, Bare Necessities has been playing together since 1980. As a group they have redefined the sound of English Country Dance music with an improvisatory and playful style that reflects their classical background and extensive experience playing for all kinds of dancing. Their music spans the centuries from 16th century early music to recently composed pieces, with a delightful variety of moods and meters that lends itself to their exploratory style and interweaving of harmonies and countermelodies. ~
Sue Dupre hails from New Jersey and has been calling English country dances for over 35 years. Sue has been a featured performer at various festivals and dance weekends across the country, such as the Berea Christmas Country Dance School, Country Dance & Song Society (CDSS) summer dance camps, and the Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS) summer dance camps. Sue is known for enthusiasm and good humor, for an extensive repertoire representing the best of the old and the new, for clear and efficient teaching, and for her work with novice dancers. When: May 1—3, 2020 Early registration (by April 10): $245 Full time registration (after April 10): $265 For full schedule, part-time options, scholarship opportunities, or children’s pricing, please see website. Full-time registration includes all meals. www.folklorevillage.org
Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions
Other December Special Events
December is a very special month at Folklore Village, as we celebrate beloved Midwinter celebrations from around the world. Jane Farwell founded the Folklore Sankta Lucia Workshops & Ceremony Village Christmas Festival in 1947. For the past 73 years, folks Sankta Lucia is a Swedish from near and far have gathered ceremony that celebrates the to experience and share the cuswinter solstice. Enjoy the cantoms and traditions of people and dlelit procession, traditional Lucultures worldwide. cia songs sung by the children, This is an extremely welcoming event for all people, no and hot tea with aromatic safmatter your skill level. Days are filled with community art fron buns. projects, music and dance classes, craft workshops, singing, When: December 12, 2020 special themed afternoon teas, and a magnificent children’s Early potluck 5:30 program. Evenings are spent sharing sumptuous international dinners prior to the evening parties, which are planned Afternoon craft, music, and saffron bun-making workand executed by you—with themed skits, music, and dance. shops, and procession rehearsal (required for participants in the evening processional) Come join us for the best holiday party ever! Afternoon + Evening admission combined: $12 adults, Guest dance instructors this year will be Folklore Village $10 seniors & teens, $8 children favorites Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu! Evening ceremony followed by a dance (only) Cristian Florescu was born in Bu- Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors & teens, $4 children charest, Romania. He started dancing in 1982 with a number of different Romanian folk ensembles. Sonia Dion was born in Québec and has been a professional dancer for over 20 years. She was lead dancer and choreographer for Les Sortilèges dance company, Canada's oldest professional folk dance ensemble. Together, in recent years, they have developed a specific interest in working with recreational folk dance groups in Canada and the United States. Additionally, they have been teaching around the world, sharing their love of Romanian folk traditions.
When: December 28, 2020—January 1, 2021 Early registration (by Dec. 7, 2020): $375 Full time registration (after Dec. 7, 2020): $405 For full schedule, part-time options, scholarship opportunities, or children’s pricing updates, please check website periodically. Full-time registration includes all meals. 6
German Christmas Tree Lighting Come help us bedeck our freshly cut, 14-foot Christmas tree in the traditional German manner—with real candles. Follow with joyful dancing around the tree, and then finish the night with a Christmas carol sing. It’s a perfect way for people of all ages to catch the holiday spirit and welcome the return of the light. When: December 19, 2020 Early potluck 5:30 pm Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and teens, $4 children
The Folk School at Folklore Village 2020 Why host a Folk School at Folklore Village? Jane Farwell and friends made a trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School in the 1980’s, with the dream of doing something similar at Folklore Village. We now think it is a great addition to our programming! Think about planning a trip for a Folk School class – and make it the center of your vacation to the beautiful Driftless Region of Southwestern Wisconsin! There is so much to do and see here – the Cornish stone buildings and art galleries in Mineral Point, the trolls in Mount Horeb, The House on the Rock, American Players Theater and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin to the north, the Dickeyville Grotto a little further down the road, local wineries and breweries to tour, Governor Dodge State Park for outside adventures; and we are in the center of it all! This year, all classes will intersect around a celebratory Saturday night barn dance or ice cream social (free admission for you as a Folk School student), and your lunches will be provided. We want you to get to know one another. We hope you find a class offering you love. And if there is another class you would like to see for next year, or something you would like to teach next year, let us know. Help us grow the Folk School!
Session I: June 13 & 14 Small Wonders Hardangersom With Donna Olson Date: June 13 Skill Level: Previous handwork helpful; not necessary. Students will produce classic Hardanger embroidery designs, featuring many variations of cutwork and framing stitches. Upon completion, the stitched piece will be mounted in a 4”x6” frame.
Tuition (by May 22): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $14.75 _______________
Piano Off the Page With Amy McFarland Date: June 13 Skill Level: Can read simple melodies with the right hand, some experience playing with 2 hands simultaneously. Free yourself from using complex written music! By using simple melody lines and chord symbols, students will explore assorted rhythms, harmony and improvisation.
Tuition (by May 22): $80 _______________
What Makes it a Fiddle Tune? With Maria Terres Date: June 13 Skill Level: Basic knowledge of how to play the violin/fiddle. This is not a beginner’s class. What makes it a fiddle rather than a violin? Students will explore music from a variety of traditions, and learn a few tunes, with an emphasis on bowing patterns.
Stack, Fire and Bake With David S. Cargo Date: June 13 Skill Level: Beginners Students will work together to build a portable stacked-brick oven, make dough for flatbread, pizza, and bread, bake them in the newly built brick oven, and then enjoy a feast! You’ll leave with knowledge of building these ovens, three different sets of plans, and practice in baking in these ovens.
Tuition (by May 22): $80 _______________
The Felted Vessel With Jennifer Angelo Date: June 13 Skill Level: Beginners In this class you will learn how to make a felted vessel using wool fibers. Make a vessel to catch your keys, pot petunias or beautify your home.
Tuition (by May 22): $35 (1/2 day; 9—12) Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $38 _______________
Writing as Wide as the Sky With Catherine Young Date: June 13 Skill Level: For all writers—those who have never written, to those who write regularly and seek new ideas. Join writer and naturalist Catherine Young in crafting poetry and brief prose on the season’s poetic awakening, while sharing a summer day in this beautiful location.
Tuition (by May 22): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $3
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The Folk School at Folklore Village 2020 Basic Broom Making: Hearth Brooms With John Holzwart Date: June 13 Skill Level: All
Dave will bring his own personal Hermosa Creek fly rods for you to use. If circumstances allow, a trip to one of the local idyllic trout streams may be in order.
Tuition (by June 19): $240
Let John Holzwart show you the basics of broom-making, and you will go home with a handy, traditional hearth broom.
Tuition (by May 22): $80 _______________
Restoration of the Historic Aslak Lie House: Timber Framing With Nels Diller Date: June 13 & 14 Skill Level: Any Students will be working with Nels Diller on the historic Aslak Lie home, using hand tools similar to the ones Lie used. The focus will be on the second floor of the structure where Lie used a variety of woodworking joints including mortise and tenon, and dovetails.
Tuition (by May 22): $160 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $25 (for tool use)
Introduction to Blacksmithing With Greg Winz Date: July 11 (see also September 12) Skill Level: Beginner Learn the basics of blacksmithing, from starting and tending a coal fired forge, to the different techniques and tools of the trade. The class begins with learning the skills needed to make a simple post hook. In the afternoon, students will choose to make one or more projects, like a more complex wall hook, or a special project of their own.
Tuition: (by June 19) $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $5 ______________
From Grain to Loaf: Sourdough Making with Freshmilled, Organic Flour With Halee Wepking Date: July 11 Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
Pine Needle Baskets With John Holzwart Date: June 14 Skill Level: All Learn the art of making fragrant, useful, and lovely baskets from pine needles, especially those from longleaf pines.
Tuition (by May 22): $80
Take a tour of Meadowlark Organics fields of wheat, then return to Folklore Village to grind and then bake an honest loaf of organic, freshly milled sourdough bread. You’ll take home your fresh-baked loaf and some sourdough starter as well!
Tuition (by June 19): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $10 ______________
Session II: July 6—12 The Art of Gourd Banjo Making With Jeff Menzies Date: July 6—11 Skill Level: Novice to advanced Here’s a remarkable opportunity to work with a banjo building master, and come away with your own hand-made banjo. Each student will make either a gourd banjo, an open tack-head banjo, or an akonting, guided all the way by your instructor.
Tuition (by June 15): $850 _______________
Fly Fishing 101: A Fine and Noble Tradition With Dave Beucler Date: July 9—11 Skill Level: Open to all Spend three days with avid fly fisherman, professional guide, and custom rod builder David Beucler, practicing and learning to perfect fly-rod casting. 8
Self-Portraits: Telling Your Story Through Art With Judy Robb Date: July 11 Skill Level: Children (any age); K-2 with caretaker After looking at and discussing a series of famous portrait paintings and self-portraits by artists, students will create their own artwork “selfie” using charcoal, crayons, pastels and paint.
Tuition (by June 19): $40.00/child; $55/parent-child team Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $20 _______________
Old Time Music of Wisconsin & the Upper Midwest With Jason Busniewski Date: July 11 Skill Level: Intermediate level musicianship This class introduces the region’s multi-ethnic old-time music. Student musicians will learn to play dance tunes from these distinct styles of music, as well as learning about its cultural and historical context.
Tuition (by June 19): $80
The Folk School at Folklore Village 2020 The Found Object Sandwich
Viking Posament Bracelet
With Thomas Mann Date: July 11 & 12 Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
With Liz Bucheit Date: August 14 & 15 Skill Level: No previous experience required
This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the design concepts and fabrication techniques important to an assemblage approach to jewelry making. Thomas Mann will lead workshop participants in the creation of their own found object creations.
The term “posament” refers to a method of knotting and braiding wire into ornaments used to decorate textiles. In this class students will first practice the art of posament using nylon cords, then construct a length of knots using pewter coiled thread. The finished braid will then be sewn to a softened leather strip to create a bracelet.
Tuition (by June 19): $300 Materials Fee: (paid to instructor): $60—$80
Tuition (by July 24): $100 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $95 _______________
Session III: August 13– 16 Making and Playing a Finnish Kantele With John C. Van Orman Date: August 13—16 Skill Level: Some woodworking experience helpful Students in this class will be building the traditional Finnish 5-string small kantele. First, the sound box will be constructed and finished; then the instrument will be strung. On the final day, students will be instructed in the rudimentary techniques of playing their new instrument.
Tuition (by July 24): $320 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $50 _______________
Woven Mohair Saddle Cinches, Guitar Straps and Hat Bands With Pop Wagner Date: August 14—16 Skill Level: Experience working with fiber helpful, but not necessary Learn to make your own mohair saddle cinches, guitar straps or hat bands. This three-day class accommodates both newcomers to cinch making and those who are already proficient at it. Besides cinches, girths, and breast collars, class participants may create a number of other items including hatbands and guitar straps.
Tuition (by July 24): $240 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $20—$70 per project _______________
Songs for All Seasons: Earth, Community & Soul
Sharpen Your Autoharp Skills With Karen Mueller Date: August 14 & 15 Skill Level: Open to all levels except new players. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your playing skills in a fun and supportive environment, led by nationally acclaimed instructor and performer Karen Mueller. The workshop will cover both strumming rhythm patterns and melody picking. Styles will include folk, old-time, Celtic and more.
Tuition (by July 24): $240 _______________
Spoon Carving With Tom Bartlett Date: August 14 & 15 Skill Level: No previous woodworking experience necessary Using simple hand tools, students will learn how to transform a log into a beautiful, functional spoon. Students will go home with their own hand-carved wooden spoon, and the skills to create more.
Tuition (by July 24): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $10
With Liz Rog Date: August 14 & 15 Skill Level: All For those who have always loved to sing, AND for those who always wished they could, this retreat is for all ages, abilities, genders, and levels of experience. Come share in the joy of singing together in an environment that is supportive, safe, and fun.
Tuition (by July 24): $160 _______________
Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts With Judy Robb Date: August 15 Skill Level: Children (any age); K-2 with caretaker Join us for an interactive and fun workshop where students will create their own “story quilt” collage inspired by Faith Ringgold, the famous writer, painter and quilter. Students will be creating their own mixed media story quilt by painting a scene from memory, and then gluing fabric or paper scraps to produce a “quilt” border.
Tuition (by July 24): $40.00/child; $55/parent-child team Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $20 (for one individual or “team” quilt) www.folklorevillage.org
The Folk School at Folklore Village 2020 Beginner Milk Soap Making
Introduction to Blacksmithing (session II)
With Janelle Holmstrom Date: August 15 Skill Level: Beginners; adults only
With Greg Winz Date: September 12 See complete description and fees July 11.
Learn to make a batch of soap with fresh goat milk, adding your personal scent of choice. Take home approximately 5 bars of soap to finish curing at home, and the basic supplies needed to make soap at home.
Tuition (by July 24): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $30 _______________
Viking “Knit” Bracelet With Liz Bucheit Date: August 16 Skill Level: Requires intermediate hand strength, and a willingness to work with hand tools, pliers, silver wire. Come explore the ancient tradition of chain making! You’ll use “Viking Knitting,” a centuries-old looping technique which resembles “nalbinding” knitting, to create a beautiful fine silver bracelet with a variety of unusual clasps.
Tuition (by July 24): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $125
Session IV: September 11—13
Tuition (by August 21): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $5 ______________
Kid’s Craft Day With Johanna Gorman-Baer Date: September 12 Skill Level: Children grades 3—6 Come spend a delightful day at beautiful Folklore Village! Everyone will do games, art, crafts, and theater activities, all geared for the 3rd—6th grade set. Sample activities include candle making, soap carving, fairy/ gnome houses, percussion instruments, and a prairie walk.
Tuition (by August 21): $40 _______________
An Introduction to Chocolate: Truffles & Tartlets With J. Miller Date: September 12 Skill Level: Beginner Chocolate!! In this hands-on introduction to chocolate, Chef J. Miller will teach the fundamentals of ganache and tempered chocolate. Using these skills, class participants will make Chocolate Truffles with various toppings, and Chocolate Tartlets with piped chocolate garnishes.
Tuition (by August 21): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $10
CRANKIES! Storytelling Machines With Sue Truman Date: September 11—13 Skill Level: All skill levels welcome
You Can Ukulele, Too!
What is a crankie? It’s a long, hand illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are loaded onto a box with a viewing window. As the scroll is cranked, it reveals one scene at a time as a song is sung or the story is told. In the 19th century, they were called moving panoramas. Make and take home your own crankie!
Tuition (by August 21): $240 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $75 _______________
Yodeling for Everyone
Everyone can yodel! We will learn simple techniques, including tips from football players, and you will go home with three to four songs with which you can entertain your families and loved ones. No instruments are necessary, but guitars and ukuleles are welcome.
Tuition (by August 21): $80 www.folklorevillage.org
Here’s your opportunity to join the ukulele craze! It’s a very easy instrument to play. You’ll learn chords and strum patterns for a range of songs from folk to Tin Pan Alley. Some loaner ukuleles will be available. *Both Saturday-only and 3-day options are available for this class.
Tuition (by August 21): $160.00 _______________
Plein Air Painting: Beginning Landscape
With Vicki Mecozzi Date: September 12 Skill Level: Open to all
With Martha Tyner Date: September 12 & 13* Skill Level: All
With Judy Robb Date: September 12 & 13 Skill Level: Adults, Late Teens “En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air.” It is used by artists to describe the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light. Plein air painting techniques apply to both oil painting and watercolor. The Folklore Village grounds are a perfect place for this type of painting.
Tuition (by August 21): $160
The Folk School at Folklore Village 2020 Knit Wire Jewelry
With Johanna Gorman-Baer Date: September 13 (1/2 day) Skill Level: Total beginners welcome!
With Lori Zimmerman Date: October 31 & November 1 Skill Level: Previous handwork experience helpful, but not required.
Learn how to craft intricate bracelets, necklaces, and more using only basic knitting techniques and some wire. We will take some time to learn the basics and then explore different materials and project ideas.
Tuition (by August 21): $40 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $15
Session V: October 30 – November 1
In this class, you will experience the practice of Hardanger as a traditional Scandinavian needle craft and cutwork tradition. Students will learn all the basic stitches used in Hardanger as well as some of the “hazards” to avoid in order to successfully cut your finished piece.
Tuition (by October 9): $160 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $25 _______________
Wet Felting Slippers
Nordic Herbals With Gigi Stafne Date: October 30 Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced During the winter season there are traditional trees and plants of significance in both Scandinavia and North America. Join writer and national botanical and natural medicine educator Gigi Stafne to delve deeper into Nordic Herbals. Included in this inspiring day’s session is a make-n-take component in which you will be creating three hand-crafted herbal blends to bring home.
Tuition (by October 9): $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $15 _______________
Mountain Dulcimer Construction With John C. Van Orman Date: October 30—November 1 (3 days) Skill Level: Some woodworking experience helpful Students will be guided through the assembly of a McSpadden™ mountain dulcimer kit under the guidance of John C. Van Orman, who worked as a luthier at Here, Inc. of Minneapolis – pioneers in the revival of dulcimer building. All necessary tools and materials will be supplied. This course provides an excellent introduction to building string musical instruments.
Tuition (by October 9): $240 Materials Fee (paid to instructor by October 9): $200 _______________
Hearts & Stars: Scandinavian Woven Paper Heart Baskets & Moravian Stars With Becky Rehl Date: October 31 Skill Level: All Learn to create traditional hearts and stars to use as ornaments and as decorative elements. For the hearts, you will start with the basic Danish ninepatch, then move on to more complex designs. Likewise, you will master the series of steps which create Moravian Stars, and learn valuable tips which reliably lead to success.
Tuition (by October 9): $80 Materials Fee: (paid to instructor): $10
With Elise Kyllo Date: October 31—November 1 Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced Make your winter cozy with a pair of colorful felted wool slippers. Using the ancient no-knit wet felting technique students will make a pair of durable and warm slippers or short pull ups.
Tuition (by October 9): $160 Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $25 base fee _______________
Sounding Traditions With Annie Zylstra Date: October 31—November 1 Skill Level: Mixed Join singer and community choir leader Annie Zylstra for a two-day venture into vocal polyphony from around the world during Samhain/Halloween weekend. In this class, participants will learn and sing a collection of multipart songs in a fun, supportive, accessible, and curiosity invoking setting.
Tuition (by October 9): $160
Session VI: November 13—15 Songs for Comfort, Healing, Courage, and Celebration With Liz Rog Date: November 13 & 14 Skill Level: All levels Communities large and small, sacred and secular are discovering the power of ‘Comfort Choirs’ - small groups that gather in kitchens, at bedsides, and at hospitals to sing for anyone in need of a song. Come learn simple and beautiful songs that bring comfort and encouragement, as well as how to start such a group in your community. Find connection to others who are offering this gift in their communities.
Tuition (by October 23): $160
Three more Session VI Folk School Classes .
Folk School 2020 (con’t) Felted Christmas Stocking With Jennifer Angelo Date: November 14 (1/2 day) Skill Level: All levels, age 12 and up
Special Events May 16: Saturday Night in the Schoolhouse
Come for a traditional Folklore Village favorite, a Saturday Night Social in the historic Wakefield Schoolhouse! Enjoy dancing to live music following a 6:00 pm potluck. Tuition (due by October 23): $40 We’ll pump our dishwashing water, Materials Fee: (paid to instructor): $38 and use the old-time outhouse. Musicians are welcome and _______________ encouraged to come and join the informal Folklore Village Hardanger Embroidered Holiday Ornaments Orchestra. With Donna Olson Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors & teens, $4 kids (under 5 Date: November 14 admitted free) Skill Level: Previous handwork experience Bring potluck dish, musical instruments and dancing shoes. helpful but not necessary Learn how to make a Christmas stocking using the wet -felted technique. We discuss the history and uses of felt, explain the types of felting and complete a handson wet-felted stocking just in time for decorating your home or giving a gift this holiday season.
For your heritage holiday decorations! Classic Hardanger embroidery is stitched on white cotton or linen fabric with white thread of cotton or linen. The design set up is made up of blocks of stitches perfectly aligned so areas of threads can be removed to change the fabric into lace with varying styles of intricate design within. Satin stitched stars or roses compliment the dark open work areas. Pulled stitches give texture.
Tuition (due by October 23): $80 Materials Fee: (paid to instructor): $14.75 _______________
September 26: Swedish Folk Fiddling From Dalarna with Lars Hökpers and Lars Moberg Lars Hökpers and Lars Moberg, Swedish fiddlers with
roots deep in the tradition-rich region of Dalarna, will offer a With Catherine Young fiddle workshop followed by an Date: November 14 evening allspel and gammaldans Skill Level: This workshop is for all at Folklore Village. Both men writers – those who have never written to carry on the remarkable Swedish those who write regularly and seek new tradition of composing new tunes ideas. which nonetheless carry the disJoin this workshop to find and craft your poetic gems. Using poems, tinctive bowing and rhythms of musicians before them. They are songs, and imagery, Catherine Young will lead creative exercises and popular musicians who play in several spelmanslag, are featured at prompts to fill the poetry larder for the winter ahead. summer festivals, and sought after for high-energy winter Tuition (due by October 23): $80 gammaldans. They have been recorded on CDs and their music is ofMaterials Fee: (paid to instructor): $3 ten heard on Swedish and Norwegian national radio and TV. _______________ This event will take place in the century-old Wakefield Schoolhouse, For most of these classes, lunch is provided (exception 1/2 day with its lovely acoustics and beautiful rosemaling. This will be a rare classes and children’s classes), and you will receive one free chance for musicians to get hands-on advice and coaching and for lovpass to our Saturday night dance or social. For registration, ers of Scandinavian music and dance to be enchanted by the magic of and for further details about your class: melodies and movement in an intimate candlelight setting. https://folklorevillage.org/folk-school/ Workshop: 1:00-4:30 pm, $40 For information on lodging and meals: https://folklorevillage.org/folk-school-registration-information/ Allspel and gammaldans 7:00 pm,
Feast: A Poetry Harvest
$8 adults, $6 seniors and teens, $4 kids 5-12
2020 Concerts March 8, 2020
September 5, 2020
Alash Ensemble in Concert
Bryan Bowers Band
Concert and Workshop
Concert and Workshops
With Special Guest Shodekeh Take a sonic journey to the exotic land of Tuva, through the musical artistry of Alash. Masters of the art of xöömei, known as “throatsinging” in the west, these traditional singers and musicians also love to combine the old with the new, resulting in an
For over 5 decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the 5-string banjo. Inducted into the Autoharp Hall of fame in 1993, Bryan presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression, and professionalism. In 2019, after many years of solo recording and performing, Bryan has joined forces with multi-instrumentalists Geoff Goodhue and Danny Knicely to form the Bryan Bowers Band. Blending vocal harmonies with solid musicianship, they create American folk and mountain music at its finest. Prior to the concert, band members will present workshops on vocal and instrumental techniques.
unforgettable sound experience. For this concert, Alash will be joined by special guest Shodekeh, a professional beat boxer and vocal percussionist. Prior to the concert, members of Alash will be offering a workshop in the art of throat singing, with an opportunity “Be it instrumentals, song, or a cappella vocal trios, this music is for you to learn the technique, and then practice these mys- from the heart, done for all the right reasons.” - Sam Bush terious vocal techniques with members of the band. Concert Concert $15 General Admission. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, General Admission. Tickets available: https://bowersfv.bpt.me Tickets available: https://alashfv.bpt.me OR by calling 608-924-4000 7:00 pm concert; Doors open at 6:30. 7:00 pm concert; Doors open at 6:30. Throat singing workshop: 2:30—4:30 pm Workshops: 3:00—5:00 pm ($10 each) $30 by pre-registration only 3:00—4:00 Sign up through our website: www.folklorevillage.org/ “Fiddle Tune: Chord and Melody” with Geoff Goodhue concertsspecial-events/ and Danny Knicely; OR OR purchase either or both by calling: “Finding Your Best Singing Key” with Bryan Bowers 608-924-4000 4:00—5:00: “Harmony Singing Workshop” with Bryan, Geoff, and Danny Alash Ensemble is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group.
Thanks also to Radio Station WORT for their partnership in presenting Alash Ensemble and the Bryan Bowers Band. And a BIG thank you to Michael and Mary Ann Wolkomir for their support for the Bryan Bowers Band.
Ongoing Prairies Come walk our prairies! Folklore Village maintains over 65 acres of restored prairie, and in the summer we keep the walking trails mowed, so that you can enjoy nature at its finest, marveling at the native species habitat that has been reclaimed from agricultural fields. In the winter the trails are perfect for cross country skiing, or for snowshoeing activities.
Weddings/Rentals Our Historic 1882 Plum Grove Chapel is the perfect spot for your intimate wedding or other special gathering. In addition, our climate-controlled, barn-inspired Farwell Hall has enough space for up to 120 guests, and other rental options are available as well. Our historic and welcoming buildings are not only perfect for weddings, but can accommodate meetings, retreats, family reunions, conferences, and more. Call to see if Folklore Village is right for your next special event.
Aslak Lie House The Aslak Olsen Lie (pronounced Lee) House was built in Southern Wisconsin in 1848-49. Aslak was a master craftsman, carpenter, cabinetmaker, and blacksmith in his native Norway, and then in the United States. He is one of the few country immigrant craftsmen in the United States whose work has been traced on both sides of the Atlantic. His Wisconsin home is one of the oldest Norwegian American structures in Wisconsin. When the house was slated for demolition, Folklore Village 14
became the lucky recipient. In 2014, a crew of experts assembled to begin reconstruction of the cabin on a volunteer basis. Let us know if you are interested in helping us restore this significant Norwegian-American home.
Senior Concert Series Thanks to the generosity of Crestridge Assisted Living, Folklore Village has been pleased to be able to present up to a dozen senior concerts every year. We host several right in Farwell Hall, and then travel to selected assisted living complexes for the remainder. Admission is always free for all seniors 65+. Check our website for upcoming concerts, which usually happen in the fall of the year.
“Folklife...Your Life” Children’s School Programs This engaging, hands-on educational program provides an opportunity to discover the world of folklife, which is an important part of every person’s life –it involves the way we celebrate holidays, our family stories, the songs we sing and much more. Children engage in a round-robin of activities which teach the meaning of folklore in an engaged, experiential manner. Activities can include international folk dancing, folk music from around the world, crafting felt balls and Mexican paper picadas, walking our prairies, and playing traditional games. Call us to set up a rich educational experience for your school, camp, or youth group. Special thanks to BMO Harris Banks and the Dodgeville Kiwanis Club for sponsorship of our school programs!
Monthly Events First Tuesday Open Mic with Mike Wolkomir The first Tuesday of most months, Mike Wolkomir sponsors, and Folklore Village hosts, an Open Mic starting at 7 pm. Upon arrival, musicians sign up to perform 3 musical or spoken-word pieces, averaging out to 15-minute sets. Superstar soundman Scott Stieber provides the soundboard mastery, either Mike or Program Manager Sallie Anna acts as MC, and Mike’s talented wife Mary Ann usually brings a delicious treat for everyone. The admission is free, the audience is supportive of new players, and the ambiance is distinctly Farwell Hall. You can come to simply listen to a free, mostly-folk concert with plenty of variety and a coffeehouse atmosphere, or bring an instrument and try a set yourself. When: The first Tuesday of most months: February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1, 2020. Sign-up starting: 6:45 pm Time: 7:00 pm Admission: Free!
Healthy Hoedowns Folklore Village Healthy Hoedowns are fun-filled evenings of traditional American dances, including old-time squares, New England contras and Appalachian, Southern, and Midwestern big circles. No experience or special costume required. Families and beginners are always welcome, with family prices capped at $20! Our Healthy Hoedown barn dances encourage a healthy lifestyle - with an event composed of a warm and welcoming shared potluck meal, partnered with the energetic, aerobic, and fun exercise of dancing. Season sponsors for 2020, Upland Hills Health and The Green Bay Packers Foundation, agree! Healthy Hoedowns begin with a community potluck at 6:00. After the dinner dishes, chairs, and tables are cleared away, the dancing begins at 7:15. The dance bands and callers vary monthly, so check our website to find out if your favorite band is playing. A late-night snack, coffee, and tea are provided. Come dance with us!
When: Saturday nights: February 1, March 14, June 13, July 11, September 12, October 31, November 14, and December 5, 2020. Time: Potluck at 6:00 pm, dance begins at 7:15 Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors & teens, $4 kids Children under 5 admitted free. Families with kids! We will cap your entire admission at $20.
Saturday Night Socials Based on the old-fashioned “community social,” our Saturday Night Socials are themed evenings—Jane Night, Maypole Dancing, an August Ice Cream Social, and in December, a German Christmas Tree Lighting, and a Sankta Lucia Ceremony. Potlucks for most of these events start at 5:30 pm to facilitate the larger number of children who participate, and some have an afternoon activity as well. Jane Night: Feb. 8, 2020—In honor of our founder, Jane Farwell (rescheduled date). Maypole Dance: May 9, 2020—Come learn the traditional dances associated with the ancient Maypole! Ice Cream Social: August 15, 2020—Churn, and then feast on yummy, ice-cold, homemade ice cream in an enchanted lantern-lit garden. Sankta Lucia: Dec. 12, 2020—The eldest girl leads the Sankta Lucia procession, singing the traditional songs, wearing the crown of lights, serving the saffron buns. Afternoon crafts and rehearsal for evening. German Tree Lighting: Dec. 19, 2020—Celebrate the Yule season with our 14-foot Christmas tree, lit with special traditional German candles. 2020 Healthy Hoedowns and Saturday Night Socials are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. www.folklorevillage.org
Be sure and check out the new 2020 Folk School Classes: pages 7â€”12!
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FOLKLORE VILLAGE 2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Weekend festivals, folk school classes, and many other events may require pre-registration; further information, updates and additional programming can be found on our website: www.folklorevillage.org March 8: Alash in Concert; with afternoon throat-singing workshop March 14: Healthy Hoedown March 27-29: Cajun Music & Dance Weekend April 3-5: Spring Swedish Music & Dance Weekend April 25: Friends of Folklore Village Spring Hop Fundraiser May 1-3: English Country Dance Weekend with Bare Necessities May 9: Maypole Dance May 16: Saturday Night in the Schoolhouse May 25: Garden Work Bee June 13 & 14: Folk School Session I with Broom Making & more! June 13: Healthy Hoedown
July 6-12: Folk School Session II with Banjo Building & more! July 11: Healthy Hoedown July 16-19: Hardanger Fiddle Assoc. of America Workshops August 13-16: Folk School Session III with Viking Bracelets & more! August 15: Ice Cream Social September 5: Bryan Bowers Band in Concert; afternoon workshops September 11-13: Folk School Session IV with Crankies & more! September 12: Healthy Hoedown Sept. 18-20 Squirrel Moon Contra Dance Weekend September 26: Swedish Folk Fiddling from Dalarna; afternoon workshops and evening dance
Oct. 23-25: Fall Swedish Music & Dance Weekend October 30-Nov. 1: Folk School Session V with Nordic Herbals & more! October 31: Healthy Hoedown Nov. 7: Friends of Folklore Village Fall Fundraising Gala Nov. 13 & 14: Folk School Session VI with Seasonal crafts & more! Nov. 14: Healthy Hoedown Dec. 5: Healthy Hoedown Dec. 12: Sankta Lucia. Afternoon workshops followed by potluck & procession. Dec. 19: German Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 28-Jan. 1: Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions