South Coast Folk Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit educational organization which is dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment and continuing evolution of traditional and historical dance, music and song. A Board of Directors oversees the activities, and many other volunteers provide time, energy, and their talent to ensure that folk music continues in our community. We hold ongoing events throughout the year and sometimes we have special events. Our ongoing activities include:
1. A monthly sing-along held the 2nd Sunday of each month. This is a time to get together and share songs. We have many copies of the Rise Up Singing songbook available. Some people bring a guitar, autoharp, dulcimer or other acoustic instrument – more players are welcome! We meet from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Ocean Ridge Assisted Living located at 1855 Ocean Blvd SE (above Westgate housing development; the turn off Ocean Blvd is near the AAA office). Click on the sing-along page for more information.
2. A monthly contra dance is held on the 2nd Saturday from Sept through May. The dance is held at the Greenacres Grange and starts at 7:00 pm. The Grange is held in Greenacres, just off Hwy 42 between Coos Bay and Coquille (near mile marker 3). Each month, the dance features live music and a caller who walks us through all of the steps. What is contra dancing? It’s tons of fun. If you can walk, you can contra dance. No experience or partners needed. Click on the contra dancing page for more information.
3. A monthly International Folk Dance is held on the 4th Friday from September through May. The evening starts with teaching beginning dances. Then there is time for request dancing. Have fun moving to music from around the world; most dances are circle or line dances – no partners or experience needed. This dance is also held at the Greenacres Grange and starts at 7:00 pm. Click on the International Folk Dancing page for more information.
4. An Irish session is held on the 1st and 3rdMonday of each month at Liberty Pub at 2047 Sherman in downtown North Bend. Starting at 7:00, all acoustic musicians are welcome to play tunes and share songs ~~ onlookers are always welcome. Click on the Irish session page for more information.
What about you – what are your interests and talents? Want to receive a monthly email announcement about upcoming events? Have ideas about fabulous folk music activities you’d like to help make happen? We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org