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Hands-On Folk Calendar

Sat, June 29 - Folk Artists Gathering

Folk Artists Gathering Folk Artists Gathering Hershey
The Susquehanna Folk Arts Center is hosting a get-together for people who practice or enjoy traditional arts. That term includes playing traditional music, singing in a church choir, making quilts or rugs or wood-carvings, cooking from grandma’s recipes, learning Balkan dances — the list is endless! Please join us for networking with other folk arts practitioners, or just to take a peek into the kaleidoscope of local traditional arts, on Saturday afternoon, June 29 at Hershey Public Library. MORE

Wed, July 10 - Using Social Media to Promote your Art

Using Social Media to Promote your Art Online
Online platforms offer a dizzying array of ways for artists to reach broader audiences. Local creatives Skye Leppo, Shane Speal and Bobbi Carmitchell will offer their experiences with using social media to promote their work as folk and traditional artists. Presented by our Susquehanna Folk Arts Center, this informative webinar will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, July 10. MORE

August 9-11 - Susquehanna Folk Festival

Susquehanna Folk Festival York
The Susquehanna Folk Festival returns on the second weekend of August with world-class performers and hands-on fun. Join us at the Appell Center in downtown York, PA for a full weekend of live music, dancing, jams, and family activities. MORE

FESTIVAL Sat, Aug 10 - A Little Folk Dancing

A Little Folk Dancing York
Try some easy, fun, family-friendly dances with World Dance Lancaster’s Zita Angelo. Anyone can dance! We’ll have two short sessions on Saturday: one right after doors open and the other in early afternoon. Meet in the Young Folks Zone, adjacent to the Studio Stage, at the Appell Center in York, PA for a little folk dancing on Saturday, August 10. MORE

FESTIVAL Sat, Aug 10 - Open Jam

Open Jam York
Bring your instrument and bop over to York (PA) Central Market to join in the jam session! Listeners are always welcome! Jam sessions are among the many FREE hands-on events the festival offers. Open jam session Saturday afternoon, noon to 2pm.

FESTIVAL - Fun for Young Folks

Fun for Young Folks York
We are partnering again with York County Libraries to present hands-on family fun at the Susquehanna Folk Festival. Our Young Folks Zone, adjacent to the Studio Stage, will be open Saturday from 11 am to 3:20 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 2:40 pm. Join us at the Appell Center in York, PA for FREE family activities!

FESTIVAL Sun, Aug 11 - Limberjacks & Limberjanes

Limberjacks & Limberjanes York
Randy Heisley-Cato’s charming little wooden dancers are coming to the festival! See them “perform” on Sunday at noon and 1:20 pm. Come the Young Folks Zone, adjacent to the Studio Stage, at the Appell Center in York, PA for FREE limberjack demonstrations on Sunday afternoon, August 11.

FESTIVAL Sun, Aug 11 - Archive Challenge

Archive Challenge York
Artists delve into the Library of Congress’s extensive collection of American folk music, and choose a song to make their own. This year’s artists are Venezuelan-Appalachian fusion duo Larry & Joe, Blue Sky Quartet’s Sarah Fiore, and local music advocate Zach King. Join us in The Studio of the Appell Center for our Archive Challenge on Sunday afternoon, August 11. MORE

Sat, August 17 - Apprenticeship Celebration

Apprenticeship Celebration Apprenticeship Celebration Harrisburg
Join us for performances, demonstrations, and stories shared by this year’s SFMS/PCA Traditional Arts apprentices and the master artists who mentored them. This year’s apprentices are studying leadership in Black gospel music, the harmonium in Nepali folk music, and Irish traditional music. And two of our apprentices, both excellent Irish musicians, will anchor an open Irish music session. This event is part of our “Bringing It Home” series, presented by our Susquehanna Folk Arts Center. Sunday, August 17 at the Fredricksen Library. MORE

Sun, September 15 - Fort Hunter Day

Fort Hunter Day Harrisburg
SFMS provides folk entertainment as part of the annual Fort Hunter Day festivities: an open jam session and live music. Enjoy family-friendly activities and historical demonstrations, food, crafts, and more, all day Sunday, September 15 at Fort Hunter Park. MORE

Tue, September 17 - Oral History Workshop

Oral History Workshop Hershey
An oral history collection captures and preserves peoples’ voices and memories for the future. This Susquehanna Folk Arts Center workshop with SFMS folklorist Amy Skillman explores the value of these collections and shares useful tips for creating them. In-person workshop on Tuesday, September 17 at Hershey Public Library. MORE

Sat, September 28 - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Harrisburg
All Susquehanna Folk volunteers, past and future, are invited to a potluck cookout with live musical entertainment by SFMS Board members! Saturday, September 28 at Fort Hunter Barn. MORE