Palouse Folklore Society

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August 10th and 24th -Saturdays: SLOW JAMS (Second and fourth Saturdays) from 1-3 PM 314 East Second St. attic (up the long driveway and up the back stairs.) For any interested folk musicians All experience levels welcome, including raw beginners. We may go over a piece more than once.

Bring music or chords if you have them and share a little of what you are working on. There will not be an audience. We just go round in a circle picking a favorite tune, and others try to join in. Perfection not even considered! Come join us.


August 17th: Saturday: FAMILY DANCE at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse (Corner of Eid and Blaine Roads). Dance at 5:00 PM potluck at 6:30 PM.


Try simple folk dances involving your circle of relatives, at a Family Dance and potluck hosted by the Palouse Folklore Society at the Blaine Schoolhouse, Saturday July 20th at 5:00 pm, followed by a potluck picnic at 6:30 pm. Its free, family fun: "More fun than Disneyland, Daddy!" according to one 6 year old dancer last summer!


For directions, look for a map to the Blaine Schoolhouse at the Palouse Folklore Society website,; in a PFS newsletter found on the Moscow Food Coop bulletin board, or call 882-0273 for more information.


Easy circle, line, contra and folk dances will be taught by Tim Daulton. There will be live music by some cool folks. All ages are welcome from babies to grandparents! We encourage kids learning with adults, in a variety of folk and line dances. No experience or partner is necessary.


Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. The only rules are to have a good time and bring your smile.


Folks attending the family dance are welcome to stick around for the contra dance that evening, starting at 7:30pm, after the potluck, with caller Gary Miller and music by Under the WIre.


August 17th: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE and PIE EXTRAVAGANZA with music by Under the Wire and calling by Gary Miller, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse (Corner of Eid and Blaine Roads). Potluck dinner 6:30, dancing at 7:30 PM.


We have an excellent band to drive the dancing for the evening, Under the Wire is made up of John McInturff on fiddle. A long time staple of contra dance bands in this area. You've heard is masterful fiddle playing with the Hired Hands band and more recently with Coyote Hill; amazing multi-instrumentalist, Greg Hodapp, will be playing banjo, concertina and perhaps some whistle this time around; David Christian from Captain Ludd's Rant and Barefoot Saturday will provide the rhythm guitar; and holding everything together on bass will be Doug Park, veteran of Captain Ludd's Rant, Henry C and the Willards, Tom Drake and Undiscovered Country and numerous other bands over the years. Gary Miller will bring his box of interesting dances as he comes to us from his home in yakima. And what could be better way to wind up our summer dances at the lovely old blaine schoolhouse.than by eating pie while you dance the night away. Its the annual Pie Extravaganza! Its that time of summer when fruits are ripening; berries, cherries and apples and peaches, oh my. So, since you’re coming to the dance anyways, bake up a pie and come on out to the schoolhouse and share your favorite, and sample everyone else’s favorite pie recipes. Even if you’re not a pie baker, pie eaters are a necessity. Swap recipes and share secrets about creating that perfect pie. You’ll enjoy the treats and the great dancing. Remember that beginning in September we’ll be back in the 1912 Center, so this will be our last opportunity to dance at the schoolhouse for the year.


You can find a map to the schoolhouse at our website,, or in one of our newsletters in the bin on the Moscow Coop bulletin board.


Beginner? No problem- Arrive at 7:30 and there are free lessons.

No Partner? No worry. There are lots of dancers - many would like to dance with you. All dances are taught. Singles, families & beginners are always welcome. Children are always FREE

Free dance lessons at 7:30, 8-10:30 Dance Admission: $6 for members, $8 for non-members and new dancers get in for $5


Some cool non-pfs events: SCENIC 6 FIDDLE SHOW: The 25th annual Scenic 6 Fiddle Show is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, August 3 at Potlatch High School. An audience donation of $5 for adults is requested at the door; those under 18 are admitted free. Food service will be available from 5 p.m. through intermission. Sign in for traditional acoustic and oldtime musicians who wish to participate begins at 4:30 p.m. Opening the show are Potlatch Jr Jammers, a fiddling youth group led by Idaho and national champion fiddler Mabel Vogt. Approximately 25 area musicians are expected to perform in the show. Past programs have featured fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, concertina, accordion, harmonica, bass and dobro players, as well as vocalists. Seating in the PHS gymnasium is chair, bleacher or personal lawn chair. Camping space for RV or tent at Scenic 6 Park is available by contacting Potlatch City Hall. The Potlatch Arts Council produces the show with the support of area sponsors and volunteers. For more information contact (208) 875-0947.



Extended Calendar:

August 17: Family Dance with music by Some Awesome People and calling by Tim Daulton, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, dancing at 5 PM, potluck 6:30.


August 17: Contra Dance and Pie Extravaganza with music by Under the Wire and calling by Gary Miller, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dancing 7:30 PM.


September 6: House Concert with Mare Wakefield and Nomad, in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street in Moscow, 8:00 PM. Admission by donation.


September 21: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by Nora Scott, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


October 8: Concert with songwriter and singer, Bill Staines, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

October 12: Contra Dance with music by Paul Smith and Alex Roberts and calling by Nancy Staub, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


October 26: Halloween Contra Dance with music by The Acrasians and calling by Pat Blatter, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


November 16: Contra Dance with music by Red Herring and calling by Nancy Staub, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


December 21: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.