Palouse Folklore Society

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August 11th and 25th -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 18th: Saturday: FAMILY DANCE at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse (Corner of Eid and Blaine Roads, see “Venues” page for a map). 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 21st 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 encourages 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 calling Gary Miller and music by Potatohead.




August 18th: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE and PIE EXTRAVAGANZA with music by Potatohead 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’ll be dancing to the ever popular Potatohead. Its been too long since our favorite local irish music band has played for one of our dances. This will be the perfect way to wind up summer dances at the lovely old Blaine schoolhouse. With John Watkinson and Lisa O’Leary on whistles and hammered dulcimer, respectively, Paul Smith’s wonderful fiddle playing, and Dave Roon on flute and bouzouki, we’re in for a good time. And what could be better than eating pie while you dance the night away. It’s 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



Not a PFS event but kinda cool:


Scenic 6 Fiddle Show: Potlatch High School, Saturday August 4th, 6pm.



Extended Calendar:


Aug 18: Family Dance with music by some cool folks and calling by Tim Daulton, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, dance at 5:00, potluck 6:30 PM.


Aug 18: Contra Dance and Pie Extravaganza with music by Potatohead and calling by Gary Miller, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dance at 7:30 PM.


Sept 15: Contra Dance with music by the River City Ramblers and calling by Nora Scott, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


Oct 13: Contra Dance with music by Under the Wire and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM. Note this is a second Saturday!


Oct 27: Halloween Contra Dance with music by the Acrasians and calling by Pat Blatter, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM. Note this is a fourth Saturday!


Nov 17: Contra Dance with music by Crooked Kilt and calling by Nancy Staub, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


Dec 15: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.