The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Furthering the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the American people.

Thank you to everyone who came to this year's FSGW Mini Fest Mark your calendars now for next year -- February 3, 2018!!

FSGW Mid-Winter Festival

The FSGW Mini-Fest is a delightful annual event that features banjos and bodhrans, washboards and waltzing, Schottis and shape note singing, English dance and Irish laments, Morris mayhem and more – at the Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, usually on the first Saturday in February. It features two all-day dance tracks, seven workshop and performance sites, plus unscheduled hallway shenanigans, and, in the evening, a concert and dance – there's no better way to cure your winter blues!! Here's a copy of the 2017 schedule,.As you can see, there's a lot to see (and to do, because Mini-Fest is particularly focused on participatory activities).

All of the wonderful photos you see are courtesy of Steve Tuttle, of Tuttle and Tuttle Photography.

In addition to the scheduled activities which are listed on the schedule, all sorts of other activities are going on. Morris dancers and rappersword groups dance in the lobby. 2008 Photo here. 2009. 2011. 2012. 2013. 2014. 2015. 2016.

People congregate in the hallways and stairwells to jam. 2008 Photo here. 2009. 2011. 2012. 2013. 2014. 2015.

There are crafts for sale, as well as CDs by the many performers who participate.2009. And here. And here.

Sometimes we have a handbell session. 2011. 2015. And here.

The 2017 Mini-Fest featured an all-day family-friendly track, and a CD Exchange table, both of which we hope will become annual treats. Here are some wonderful photos from the 2017 Mini-Fest.
Blues Jam. Blues Jam. Blues Jam. Concert. Dance. Dance. Dance. Doo-Wop Sing. Family track. Family track. Fiddle Workshop. Gospel Sing. Guitar. Handbells. Irish Jam. Maelstrom. Stage Performance. Stage Performance. Stage Performance. Tango. Tango.

FSGW Members benefit from significantly reduced ticket price -- but you can join FSGW at the door, and get the discount for members -- and children under 6 get in free.

The Mini-Fest Committee starts lining up performers in early fall each year. We also need volunteers to arrive early and help with set-up, or sell tickets, or staff the secure instrument check room. We'll be making announcements at dances and concerts in the fall that we're looking for participants.

FSGW Mini Fest
2017 MidWinter Festival (MiniFest)

Saturday Feb 04, 2017 at 11:55 AM to 10:30 PM
Takoma Park Middle School (Takoma Park,MD)

Venue Information for
Takoma Park Middle School
Driving Directions:

The school is just off of Piney Branch Road two blocks North of MD 410 (East-West Hwy - Philadelphia Ave).

From I-495: Take Exit 28B, MD 650 (New Hampshire Ave) South.
At the bottom of the long hill (5th traffic light), turn right onto Piney Branch Rd. Cross University Blvd, Flower Ave, Sligo Ave, and
Ritchie Ave. Look for the large brick school on your left
in about 1000 ft.

Metro: A walk of 8/10 of a mile (about 12 minutes walking) from the Takoma station on the Red Line, or take the Route 14 Ride-On bus from the Takoma Metro station to the school.

Walking Directions from the Metro: Exit the Metro and bear left toward the kiss and ride lot. Walk through the kiss and ride lot (or the sidewalk between the busses and kiss-and-ride lot) until you come to the street, which is Eastern Avenue. Turn left on Eastern Avenue and walk one block. You will need to cross Eastern Avenue. Turn right at the next street, which is Holly Avenue. Walk about one-half mile down Holly Avenue. (After you cross Philadelphia Avenue, it climbs a hill and passes the Takoma Park Elementary School (not the school you're looking for), but in two more blocks, Holly Avenue ends at Grant Avenue. Turn left on Grant Avenue and walk one block. You will a see a big school on your right, and this is the Takoma Park Middle School, which IS the school you want. Walk through the parking lot and up to the main entrance. Welcome!

Handicapped Access: The building is fully accessible. Though an elevator is available, we generally use only the ground floor. Fully accessible toilet facilities.

Smoking is prohibited, not merely in the school building, but anywhere on school property. Smokers will need to go all the way out to the street in order to light up. (Maryland State Law).

For More Information Please Contact
FSGW Mini Fest Coordinator, April Blum
8300 Osage Terrace
Adelphi,MD 20783
Home 301-422-0292

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