Palouse Folklore Society

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NOTE: access to the summer dances at the Blaine Schoolhouse has been affected by road closures on Eid Road and Lenville Road. Here is an interactive map to avoid the road closures. You can modify the starting point if you’re coming from a different direction.


July 13th and 27th -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.

July 14th: Sunday: Caller's Workshop - If you've ever had the urge to call a contra dance, this is your opportunity to learn the technique. We'll be getting together with some experienced callers to work on some new dances and practice some old ones, and would be delighted to get you started. No experience necessary. We have cue cards for some simple dances. We'll hope for enough participants to make a very short contra line. Anybody that would like to come and help dance is also welcome. Sunday July 14th from 7 to 9 pm. In the Attic studio, at 314 East 2nd St. (Up the long driveway to the back, and up the outside stairs to the attic.) This is the 2nd house up from the Public Library on 2nd St. The city parking lot on the corner of 2nd and Jefferson is open on weekends. Please let us know if you plan to attend, that way we'll know if we have enough people to make it work. You can send an email to Thanks. See you there!

 July 20th: Saturday: FAMILY DANCE with music by some groovy musicians and calling by Tim Daulton, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse (Corner of Eid and Blaine Roads. NOTE the route changes below due to road closures). Dancing at 5:30, followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30.

Whilst we're dancing at the schoolhouse this summer, we thought that we would again plan to do some dances designed for parents and their children before the our regular contra dances. During the months of June, July and August, we'll gather in the schoolhouse around 5:30 pm to try simple folk dances involving your circle of relatives. Easy circle, line, contra and folk dances will be taught by Tim Daulton and others. There will be live music by some cool folks. All ages are welcome from babies to grandparents! We encourage kids learning with adults. No experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. The only rules are to have a good time and bring your smile. Its FREE, family fun: "More fun than Disneyland, Daddy!" according to one recent 6 year old dancer!

Following the family dance we'll have a potluck picnic at 6:30 pm.

Folks attending the family dance are welcome to stick around for the contra dance that evening after the potluck, starting at 7:30pm.

For directions, look for the map at the Palouse Folklore Society website, or call 882-0273 for more information.

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. NOTE: that the state and local transportation departments have made getting to the schoolhouse a little trickier this summer. Both Eid Road and a portion of Lenville Road will be closed for the foreseeable future. If you're coming from the North, follow the detour signs a little further towards Troy until you come to Mill Road, just this side of the elks golf course, turn right and follow Mill Road till it meets Lenville Road; follow Lenville past the trailer park, take the right fork onto Blaine Road and stay on Blaine up and over paradise ridge all the way to the schoolhouse. The road turns to gravel at the top of the ridge. Coming from the South, you can turn off the highway and go through Genesee, take Old Highway 95 north about 6 miles, the name changes to Genesee-Troy Road, shortly after that, Blaine Road will fork off to the left about a mile and a half south of the schoolhouse. Alternatively, you can stay on Highway 95 to Martinson Road, which is between mile markers 336 and just before 337, turn right on Martinson Road, follow this till it dead-ends into Blaine Road just south of the schoolhouse.

July 20th: Saturday: CONTRA DANCE with music by Banna Damhsa and calling by Kelsey Hartman the Old Blaine Schoolhouse (Corner of Eid and Blaine Roads. NOTE the route changes below due to road closures). Potluck dinner 6:30, dancing at 7:30 PM.

We're in for a wonderful treat! Not only do we get to dance at the lovely old schoolhouse, we get to dance to the excellent music of the band Banna Damhsa from Coeur d'Alene. Their musical focus is decidedly Celtic – Irish, Scottish, French, Canadian jigs, reels, strathspeys, waltzes and more. This band features the fiddle playing of Jan Clizer, the guitar and mandolin energy of Dave Beach, guitar and bodhran by Char Beach, and Brent Edwards with his flute and whistles. As if that weren't enough, Kelsey Hartman is making her way up here from her home in Califronia to call for us. Kelsey has a wealth of experience calling around the San Francisco bay area and beyond, and has a knack for picking dances which flow with the energy and the joy of the music. We'll see you there!

In keeping with the times, masks and vaccines are optional. At this time few are wearing masks on our dance floor, and we love to see you if you are healthy, mask or no mask. If you are sick, or have been recently, or have potentially vulnerable folks at home, we would urge you to avoid coming to the dance. As we trust you know, it is quite possible Covid can be at any close public event such as this one.

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

Extended Calendar:

July 20: Contra Dance with music by Banna Damhsa and calling by Kelsey Hartman, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck at 6:30 and dancing at 7:30 PM.

August 17: Pie Extravaganza and Contra Dance with music by Loose Palouse and calling by somebody cool, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck at 6:30 and dancing at 7:30 PM.

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

October 12: Contra Dance with music by Crooked Kilt and calling by somebody cool, 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 Banna Damhsa and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

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