December: A Special Time to Visit Folklore Village
December's programs hold a special place in our holiday community traditions and a suprising touch of magic for first-time families and individuals experiencing them. Make some space in your calendar to visit us this December for any of the following programs!
St. Lucia Scandinavian Craft Afternoon & Evening Ceremony: Celebrate the winter solstice with the illuminating St. Lucia ceremony, aromatic saffron buns, and "Julehjerter"- traditional Danish woven heart baskets/ornaments woven from paper. Becky Rehl, a master paper crafts artist, will be leading the woven hearts and easier patterns for smaller children. Kids learn the ceremony that afternoon, shape buns and make crafts. Dance with caller Greg Winz that evening after the ceremony! More information at our Calendar Page.
German Christmas Tree Lighting: We bring in a 12-14 ft. fir tree for a traditional German tree lighting (with real candles!) for this special Christmas evening. Kids of all ages love lying underneath the tree on boughs to look up at the magical, flickering candlelight. Carols (and such favorites like Rudolph!) are sung around the lit tree until we run out of choices, then Greg Winz will lead some easy dances around the tree. Remember this night starts with an early 5:30 potluck. More information at our Calendar Page! Please reserve early for this night at 608-924-4000 if possible.
December 28th-January 1st
68th Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions
Jane Farwell founded the Folklore Village Christmas Festival in 1947. For the past 68 years, people from far and near have gathered to experience and share the customs and traditions of people and cultures world wide. Days are filled with community projects, inspiring music, singing and craft workshops, evening dance parties, afternoon teas and a magnificent children's program. We have heated bunkhouses on site if you want affordable housing (and showers) and fresh, hand made meals are catered by Red Barn Catering. Some very special suprises are left OFF the schedule to add to first-time attendee's sense of magic about the festival! Never attended something like this before? This is an extremely welcoming event for all people, no matter what your skill level in craft, dance or singing. Get all the details here at this link to our calendar page (workshops, activities, scholarships, registration, schedule).
Special Acclaimed Guest Artists:
Bill and Livia Vanaver, a highly acclaimed dance duo, will be teaching Balkan, Greek and many more styles of international dance at workshops throughout the weekend and at our nighty dance parties. Val Mindel is a longtime musician, teacher and workshop leader, known for bringing out the best in singers, whatever their level. Her specialty is the close, buzzy harmony that makes American old-time, bluegrass and country harmony so compelling.
It's fundraising time again!
Many thanks for all who have sent in their yearly donations already. We would like to especially recognize an Anonymous Benefactor who recently sent us a check for $5,000, and the Ittner Family Foundation, who sent a check for $!0,000! Learn how you can help kick start our Founder's Centennial Year of Jane Farwell by sending in your special gift: http://folklorevillage.com/t1/contribute
Our Annual Report for 2014 is now available
Hover over the CONTRIBUTE button above, or use this direct link: 2014 Annual Report
CONTACT: 3210 CTY BB Dodgeville WI 53533 608-924-4000