People have many opportunities to be spectators of music and dance. But for many people, participation in music and dance seems unattainable. “I have two left feet,” they think. Or, “If only I’d had music lessons when I was a kid.” Or, “My family always told me I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.”
But the South Coast Folk Society provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of making music or dancing to it. If you can walk, you can contra dance. Anyone can sing out of our songbooks at sing-along. Our Irish session and open bands have encouraged people who hadn’t picked up an instrument in years to start practicing again. At our Celtic Fest workshops, people can discover new music, crafts, and cultural heritage to enjoy. Teenagers get the message that music is a lifelong joy, not something they’ll put aside after high school band.
People who are singing, dancing or strumming a guitar are smiling, exercising, and making new friends. When people sing, play, and dance, both individuals and the community benefit.
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, 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. The second Sunday sing-along is 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 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman in North Bend.
2. A 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.
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.
4. An Irish session is held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday 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.
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