PNWFS: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

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     The Pacific Northwest Folklore Society was founded by Walt Robertson and friends in 1953 in the University District of Seattle. The Society is devoted to the understanding and development of the folklore of this area. Collection, study, preservation, publication, and performance are all aspects of the Society’s activities. The people of the Pacific Northwest are heir to a rich heritage of legend, song, dance, and other forms of lore. This study greatly aids the understanding not only of ourselves, but of our forebears and the land from which they sprung.

     We revived the Pacific NW Folklore Society about two years ago. Although it was founded in 1953 it was inactive for almost fifty years. In the past two years we have produced over twenty concerts (listed on our web site): 6 house concerts, 5 Everett Public Library concerts, and 10 Coffeehouse Concerts.

     We have a web site, a place on MySpace, and since last October this newsletter. This all began with a desire to promote the more traditional music and folklore of our region through concerts and other activities with local folk musicians.

     We had no master plan, although we did have some ideas. But this has evolved in ways we never anticipated. For the most part this has been good and we have learned a lot in the process. But we are not there yet. We want to continue to develop and change to meet the needs of our community. Here are just some ideas we might consider.

  • Cooperative ventures with other groups such as the Seattle Folklore Society, Victory Music, and the Haller Lake Arts Council to promote live acoustic music and enhance attendance at our various concerts.
  • A small traditional folk music festival and/or neighborhood “musical art walk.”
  • An educational outreach in our area schools to teach folk music to a new younger generation.
  • Workshops or facilitated private instruction or mentoring in singing and instrument playing.
  • New venues for performances and hoots.

     But we need feedback from you as to what you want, what you can contribute, and what new directions we might take. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it us with your ideas and comments. We need your help in carrying out these activities.

PNWFS Directors: Stewart Hendrickson, Bob Nelson