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“If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”  Dr Seuss was right! Todays the day to try something new.

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“If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”  Dr Seuss was right! Todays the day to try something new.

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Jane Rothfield clicks her heels while playing fiddle
Our 2020 festival will feature a youth festival band, or "Kids' Academy", coordinated by traditional musician Jane Rothfield. Kids 6-16 will learn several traditional tunes by ear and then perform them on the main stage! All instruments and ability levels are welcome. Come to our info session on October 11, or email for more information. Read more...
The 3 members of the Old Blind Dogs pose on a Scottish moor, in front of a stone fireplace, with lamps and tables as if they were indoors.
SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. As summer ends, we'll enjoy two more "Soundwaves" concerts (Justin Angelo Band and Rue de la Pompe) and we'll kick off our new season with Genticorum and the Old Blind Dogs. Our World Music & Dance Series is also hosting an evening of Bulgarian Folk Dancing with Bulgarika. Read more...
Alyssa Arter
If you have the swing down in your soul, but are struggling to get it from there to your feet, you have the opportunity of a lifetime at the 2019 Susquehanna Folk Festival. On Saturday at 12:30, Alyssa Arter, a swing dance instructor and co-owner of Victrola Dance Hall, in York, PA, will be offering workshops in Swing Dance and Cajun Dance, as well as performing with the Ladybirds during the Late Night Festival Club on Saturday. Read more...
Bil Lepp
Love telling tall tales and shaggy dog stories? Enter the Liars Contest at the second annual Susquehanna Folk Festival! Read on to learn how to apply. Read more...
John McCutcheon stands with his banjo in front of a rustic wall.
SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. April 2019 features concerts by Del Rey (free to members!) and John McCutcheon, our spring Coffee House, and our April jam session. Read more...
Janet Bixler
SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. March 2019 features concerts by Bon Débarras, Zoë Conway & John McIntyre, and The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers; our March jam session (bring your best Irish!), the storytelling workshop we announced last month, and a 10-mile run/walk that supports the arts and SFMS. Read more...
Zita Angelo
SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. February 2019 features concerts by Tracy Grammer and Charm City Junction; our Winter Coffee House; our monthly jam... and a special sneak preview of one of our Festival dance workshops, in which Zita Angelo teaches waltzes and couple dances. Enjoy sweetie season! Read more...
Janet Bixler
Do you like to tell stories? Do you naturally embellish the truth? Would you like to win $100? If you answered yes to these questions, come to this fun, interactive, FREE workshop that will help you create and tell a dynamic story. Read more...
Contradance at the 2018 festival: several couples swing under a ceiling draped with wide fabric ribbons
The festival kicks off on FRIDAY this year, with a Contra Dance Ball featuring music by the Faux Paws, and a Concert with local favorites Neidig, Koretzky, Gehret & Campbell, plus some tall tales from storyteller Bil Lepp. Read more...

Events

Beginners Contra Dance Workshop with Will Mentor

Women contra dancing
Dance Hall Friday, 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Learn basic steps for this fun, community-focused dance style. No need to bring a partner!

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Contra Dance Ball with The Faux Paws and calling by Will Mentor

The three members of The Faux Paws play fiddle and guitars in front of a rustic lodge fireplace.
Dance Hall Friday, 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
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All Saturday: Crafts for Families by York County Libraries

Crafts: making a drum
Family Zone Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Chair Yoga for Musicians, with Eileen Kozloff

Eileen Kozloff
Pickin' Place Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:50 am

For musicians, and folks who love music festivals! RYT 200 Yoga Instructor and musician, Eileen Kozloff, will offer a Chair Yoga workshop that places emphasis on the mind, body, spirit connection, while increasing flexibility and range of motion, core strength and self care.

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International Dance Workshop with Zita Angelo and John Matulis

Five men and women perform an international folk dance.
Dance Hall Saturday, 10:30 am to 12:10 pm
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The Give and Take Jugglers: Little Circus, Juggling Lessons, Balance Playground

The Give and Take Jugglers
Family Zone Saturday, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Harmony Singing Workshop with Debbi Kauffmann and Henry Koretzky

Deb Kauffman and Henry Koretzky
Patio Stage Saturday, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Swing Dance workshop with Alyssa Arter and Hot Club of Cowtown

Alyssa Arter
Dance Hall Saturday, 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
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Storytelling Workshop with Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp
Family Zone Saturday, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Intro to Ukulele Workshop with Kevin Neidig (ages 8 and up)

Kevin Neidig playing ukulele
Patio Stage Saturday, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

String wizard Kevin Neidig is bringing a carload of ukuleles and you're invited to try 'em out!  Learn a few simple fingerings, enough to play some tunes and get started with this super-packable, versatile little instrument.

Swing Dance with Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown
Dance Hall Saturday, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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Debbie Flaum, The Bubble Lady

Debbie Flaum, in straw hat and peasant blouse, is surrounded by giant soap bubbles she has made.
Family Zone Saturday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Both kids and adults have fun creating huge bubbles wherever York Bubble Lady is set up. Bubbles make you smile! She encourages bubble makers to enjoy the experience and teach others the craft of bubble making too.

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Sing-Along with KLMN-tine — for kids of all ages.

Karen Lee Miller-Newman (AKA KLMN-tine) holding her guitar
Family Zone Saturday, 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Contra Dance Workshop with Janine Smith

Janine Smith
Dance Hall Saturday, 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
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Contra Dance with The Faux Paws and Janine Smith calling

The three members of The Faux Paws play fiddle and guitars in front of a rustic lodge fireplace.
Dance Hall Saturday, 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
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The Give and Take Jugglers: Little Circus, Juggling Lessons, Balance Playground

The Give and Take Jugglers
Family Zone Saturday, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
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Intro to Contra Dance Workshop with Will Mentor

Will Mentor, grinning and holding a microphone
Dance Hall Saturday, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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Contra Dance with The Stringrays (featuring Rodney Miller) and calling by Will Mentor

The Stringrays with their instruments: individual photos of Rodney Miller, Owen Morrison and Stuart Kenney.
Dance Hall Saturday, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
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Late Night Festival Club: blues music and dance with the Festival Band featuring Neidig, Koretzky, Gehret & Campbell and a short dance set by The Ladybirds

Neidig, Koretzky, Gehret & Campbell
Patio Stage Saturday, 10:00 pm to midnight
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All Sunday: Crafts for Families by York County Libraries

Boy with a craft project
Family Zone Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Shape Note Singing with Robin Bannerji & Maria Cramer

Maria Cramer and Robin Bannerji sit close together on grass with four Shape Note hymnals open on their laps.
Pickin' Place Sunday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Shape note singing is full-voiced, energetic, and deeply emotional a cappella harmony designed for beginners to pick up and sing. It originated in early American Christian congregational singing, and while the themes — struggle, love, death, and devotion — are intense, they are deeply resonant in every age. In this workshop, we will orient singers to the form of shape note singing using the most popular songbook, The Sacred Harp, and teach the class how to lead songs in the center of the hollow square. A regular sing will follow the singing school.

Robin Banerji and Maria Cramer have been singing shape note music in community for three years, attending numerous all-day sings and conventions on the East Coast of the United States and abroad. They have led singing schools at several dance weekends, including Head for the Hills in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Dandelion Romp in Oberlin, Ohio.

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Waltz and Easy Couple Dances with Zita Angelo

Zita Angelo
Dance Hall Sunday, 10:30 am to 11:40 am
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Storytelling Workshop with Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp
Family Zone Sunday, 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Cajun Dance Workshop with Alyssa Arter

Alyssa Arter
Dance Hall Sunday, 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
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Community Sing with Debbi Kauffmann

Debbi Kauffmann
Patio Stage Sunday, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm

Cajun Dance with BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

BeauSoleil
Dance Hall Sunday, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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Sing-Along with KLMN-tine — for kids of all ages.

Karen Lee Miller-Newman (AKA KLMN-tine) holding her guitar
Family Zone Sunday, 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Contra Dance Workshop with Will Mentor

Men contra dancing
Dance Hall Sunday, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
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Contra Dance with The Stringrays (featuring Rodney Miller) and calling by Will Mentor

The Stringrays with their instruments: individual photos of Rodney Miller, Owen Morrison and Stuart Kenney.
Dance Hall Sunday, 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
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