Hooray! FSGW Mini-Fest – dancers and dumbeks, washboards and waltzing, tales and the tango, blues and ballads, Morris and more – at the Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, on Saturday, February 7, from noon until 10:30 pm. Flip your calendar to February and smile! Two all-day dance tracks, and seven workshop and performance sites, plus unscheduled hallway shenanigans – it'll cure your winter blues!!
The programmers are hard at work, and a schedule will be available soon, along with a schematic of the school.
Ticket prices are unchanged from last year. Note that we hope to open the "gate" at 11:30 am; performances/workshops begin at noon.
Children under 6 get in free.
|Day plus evening (noon to 10:30 pm)
|Day (noon to 6 ONLY) OR Evening (6 to 10:30 ONLY)
You can join FSGW at the door, and get the discount for members.
You will be able to pre-purchase Mini-Fest tickets via Brown Paper Tickets through the website.
What does Family Maximum mean in the ticket price section? This rate allows parents and their children to attend for one affordably capped admission price. The Family rate for a family of four is slightly less than four individual tickets, and there is no additional fee for any additional child.
For information about volunteering, click here for a list of "job descriptions." The best place to sign up is at either the Friday or Sunday night dance at Glen Echo, but you can also send an email to minifestmessages (at) aol dot com. Please put "Volunteering" in the subject line.
All of the wonderful photos are courtesy of Steve Tuttle (thanks, Steve!), of Tuttle and Tuttle Photography.
Hallways and Lobby.
Perhaps we should warn you.... ahem. Perhaps we should mention that Morris Dancers and Rappersword groups infest.... ahem...appear unexpectedly. They dance in the hallways 2008 Photo here. And here. 2009 Photo here.
2011 Photo here. And here. And here. And here. 2012 Photo here.
And they dance outside, weather permitting. 2009 photo here. And here. And here. They often wear bells, so sometimes you can hear them coming. You can run, but you cannot hide.
FSGW encourages those who play instruments to bring them along. One of the real delights every year is hearing music being made in stairwells and at the end of corridors. In fact, we encourage these ad hoc jams by putting extra chairs in appropriate spots. 2008 Photo here. 2009 Photo here. 2011 Photo here. 2012 Photo here. And here.
Retail therapy will be available. Musical instruments (through House of Musical Traditions) will be available for sale in the Cafetorium, and we hope to have crafts available in the hallways near the main lobby. Click here. And here. And here.
We hope to have participatory change-ringing with handbells -- hypnotic patterns of notes, ringing in different progressions. Look for the Bell Tower sign, which may be near a stairwell or in a reasonably quiet corridor -- the change ringers would love to show you the ropes. No experience necessary. 2011 Photo here. And here.
Daytime Cafetorium Performances
Noon to 6 pm -- six hours of music, thanks to Mini-Fest Co-Chair, Charlie Baum (thanks, Charlie B!). Details TBA.
Main Gym: Programmed by Chair April Blum. The day begins with an hour of English Country Dancing (think Jane Austen). At 1, Ann Fallon leads a rollicking Barn Dance. Easy circle and line dances, guaranteed to make you smile. No partner needed, just show up and join in. At 2, there's a Tango workshop -- instruction and dance, featuring Tango Mercurio Community Orchestra. At 3, Scandinavian Dancing will be led by Lisa Brooks and Dan Kahn 2011 Photo here.. At 4,a new workshop this year -- flamenco, presented by Furia Flamenca. Final hour TBA.
Auxiliary Gym, features waltz, contras and more all day long, with excellent local bands and callers, programmed by Chair April Blum. 2011 Photo here. 2012 Photo here. And here. And here. And here.At noon, an hour of waltz, with music by Firefly. Then two hours of contra, followed at 3 pm with an hour of delightful Cajun music by Cypress Trio. At 4 pm, an hour of couples dances with music by The MetroGnomes. 5-6 TBA
Jams Room, programmed by Charlie Baum and April Blum, begins at noon a one-hour Gospel Sing, led by Kathie Mack. At 1 pm there's a Shape Note Singing, and at 2 pm Vince Wilding will lead/referee an hour of sea chanteys. From 3 to 3:45 the Morris Dancers have threatened... ahem... have agreed to lead a session of raucous... ahem... vigorous singing, aka Morris Chorus. From 345 to 5, members of Archie's Barbershop will play some fine Blues, and at 5 pm, there's a rollicking Irish seisiún, led by "Pete Moss" of The Bog Band.
Workshops/Concerts -- Rooms 114 and 118 TBA
Room 104 -- American Roots FSGW would like to thank Martha Burns for putting together a fabulous line up.
*At noon, the Blue Moon Cowgirls.
*From 1-2, Gary Wright and Leah Weiss.
*From 2-3 Bruce Hutton, Chris Romaine and Bill Mansfield.
*From 3-4, Alan Jabbour.
* At 4 pm, Orrin Star.
* At 4 pm, Greg Adams.
Traditional Song -- Room 108
(thanks, Lisa!) has programmed a magnificent array of traditional song for Room 108.
Noon to 12:45, Rita Ferarra, Bill Day
and Jocelyn Winkler
12:45 to 1:15, Riki Schneyer
1:15 to 1:45, Peter Brice
At 1:45, Martha Burns
From 2:15 to 3:15, a ballad session, with Bea Leahman, Melissa Weaver Dunning, Connie McKenna, Steve Winick
and VCharlie Baum
From 3:15 to 3:45, Oma Pearl
From 3:45 to 4:30, Betsy and Meara O'Malley
From 4:30 to 5, Don Stallone with TC
From 5 to 5:30, Calico Jenny
The afternoon comes to an end with a mini-concert featuring programmer Lisa Null
featuring songs from her new CD.
Storytelling -- Room 122
sponsors a monthly storyswap, and Mini-Fest is proud to offer a full track of storytelling again this year. Details soon.
In the Main Gym
, an entertaining evening dance from 7:30 to 10:30.
And in the Cafetorium
, an outstanding concert.