35th Annual Door County Folk Festival - July 8-12, 2015 - Save the Dates!

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36th Annual DCFF - Wed-Sun, July 8-12, 2015 - Baileys Harbor, Ephraim & Sister Bay, Wisconsin

Festival Overview

The Door County Folk Festival (DCFF) is one of the most fun-filled, enjoyable and educational dance weekends held in the Midwest.  Each year, the DCFF attracts hundreds of participants to Door County, Wisconsin, from all around the U.S., Canada and often other countries. 

The Festival begins on the Wednesday following Independence Day. The 2014 Festival begins on Wednesday, July 9th and continues through Sunday, July 13th.  The 35th Annual Door County Folk Festival continues a tradition of enjoyable, extended July weekends where you can dance (as late into the night as you wish), sing, play, learn, share experiences, eat, party and make new friends in a congenial, relaxed, community atmosphere. 

The Festival is staffed by some of the best local dance leaders, teachers and callers in the Midwest and beyond, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Racine, Eau Claire, Madison, Green Bay, Minneapolis/St Paul, Winona, Marquette, South Bend, Dayton, Winnipeg, Omaha, Columbusand points east.   The festival also features musicians and orchestras from around the Midwest and sometimes we have guests from the east and west coasts.

The Door Peninsula, mid-America's favorite vacation area, is located in northeast Wisconsin between Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  Door County, often described as "the Cape Cod" of the Midwest, has something for everyone, including: sandy beaches, rocky shores, scenic hiking trails & vistas, bike trails, canoeing, sailing & boating, state parks, fishing, "pick your own" orchards, guided and self-guided scenic tours, museums, art galleries, music & theater, water sports, golf, unique shopping opportunities, an outdoor drive-in movie park, and a large selection of restaurants including one with "goats on the roof".

2014 - Dance WorkshopsThe Festival offers a variety of 25 dancing and singing workshops:

  • 4 Ethnic Folk Dance workshops geared especially to Beginning & Intermediate dancers (Fri & Sat, 10:00am & 1:15pm)
  • 4 Intermediate/Advanced Ethnic Folk Dance workshops (Fri & Sat, 10:00am & 1:15pm)
  • 1 South Slavic Dance (Kolo & Drmes) Workshops with live music of Braća Tamburica Orchestra (Fri 10am)
  • 1 Dances from a Different Village Workshop (Thu 10am) Fascinating Rhythms - Balkan Dance Workshops
  • 2 Israeli Dance Dance Workshops (Fri/Sat 3:15pm) Israeli Dances Old & New Workshops
  • 2 Intermediate-Level Bulgarian Dance Workshops with Special Guest Instructor Yves Moreau (Fri/Sat 3:15pm) Israeli Dances Old & New Workshops
  • 2 Advanced-Level Bulgarian Dance Workshops with Special Guest Instructor Yves Moreau (Thu 1:15pm & 3:15pm) Dance Challenge Workshops
  • 4 Contra/Square Dance workshops with calling by Sue Hulsether and Paul Collins with the live music of The Ladies of the Lake (Fri/Sat/Sun)
  • 3 Dance Review Workshops (Sun)

The Festival also offers a variety of other learning opportunities:

  • 2 Singing workshops with Shelley Orbach (Fri/Sat 10:00am)
  • [tentative] 1 Singing Workshop with members of Braca Tamburica Orchestra (Sat 1:15pm) Singing Workshops

2014 - Other Scheduled Activities DCFF offers other scheduled activities including:

  • Thu/Fri/Sat Dance & Stress Relief Sessions: Individuals & groups may participate in sessions featuring Swedish, Myofascia, Energy and Lymphatic work
  • Thu/Sat Silent Auction: This "redistribution" of donated ethnic or dance-related items supports the Work Scholars Fund. The Festival requires the equivalent of twelve (12) full-time Work Scholars
  • Thursday Happy Hour/Pool/Hot Tub Party (5:00pm-6:30pm) at the Voyager Inn Motel in Sister Bay- Join us for a good relaxing time before dinner and the Sunset Pier Walk. Participants may also enjoy the Motel's pool and hot tub - BYO. New In Baileys Harbor
  • Thursday Sunset Pier Walk (8:00pm-8:45pm - Sunset is at 8:37pm) in Sister Bay Waterfront Park - Join us as we resume our tradition of Dancing, Singing and Playing Music in Sister Bay Waterfront Park as the sun sets - NOW ON Thursday! New In Baileys Harbor
  • Friday Potluck Picnic Dinner at Baileys Harbor Park - Join us NOW IN BAILEYS HARBOR for a delicious picnic dinner with spontaneous dancing, singing, music in the park - BYO
  • Saturday Evening Fish Boil Dinner: Join us for a delicious Door County traditional Fish Boil in Baileys Harbor Park.
  • Friday & Saturday Evening Dancing, Singing & Music in the Park: in in Baileys Harbor Park til sunset . Bring your instruments, voices and dancing shoes New In Baileys Harbor
  • Wed/Thu/Fri Northern Door YMCA Youth Programs: On Wednesday morning YMCA Day Camp groups will participate in Ethnic Dance Workshops at Sister Bay Village Hall and will demonstrate the dances they have learned in DCFF Mini-Concerts (see below).
  • Fri/Sat Public Youth Activities: on Fridays & Saturdays in the morning and afternoon, including crafts, story telling, sing-alongs, creative games and dancing in Sister Bay Waterfront Park
  • Thursday Mini-Concert at Scandia Retirement Community in Sister Bay (10:00am): Bring your breakfast to Scandia and enjoy the music of of Shelley Orbach (Skokie, IL), Gerhard Bernhard (Sister Bay, WI), and the dancing of the Northern Door YMCA Youth Group and Ethnic Dance Chicago.
  • Friday Mini-Concert at Baileys Harbor Town Hall (12:30pm): Bring your lunch to Baileys Harbor Town Hall and enjoy the music of Shelley Orbach (Skokie, IL), Braća Tamburica Orchestra of Chicago, The Ladies of the Lake (Madison, WI), Gerhard Bernhard (Sister Bay, WI), and the dancing of the Northern Door YMCA Youth Group and Ethnic Dance Chicago.
  • Fri/Sat Musicians & Singers Jam Session: Musicians and Singers gather for a good time at the Sister Bay Waterfront Park Gazebo.

2014 - Work Scholar Program The administration of the DCFF runs very smoothly because of a well-managed and highly competent team of Work Scholars.   The Festival requires the equivalent of twelve (12) full-time Work Scholars. For returnees, scholarships will be awarded based on prior years' performance. For first timers scholarships will be awarded based on the Team Leaders' reviews of the applications. 

For more information about the Work Scholar Program, or if you are ready, willing and able to make a commitment, please contact:  Chris Alfeld:

2014 - Dance PartiesEach night features great parties with live & recorded music in Baileys Harbor and Ephraim:. 

  • Wednesday - First Nighter Dance Party at Baileys Harbor Town Hall starts the ball rolling with recorded music requests led by leaders from participating groups, then a late nite party led by Paul and Rick.
  • Thursday - Second Nighter Dance Party at Baileys Harbor Town Hall features more recorded music requests led by leaders from participating groups, then a late nite party led by Paul and Rick.
  • Friday - Friday Ethnic Dance Party at Baileys Harbor Town Hall features dancing to the live music of Braća Tamburica Orchestra of Chicago and recorded music requests led by leaders from participating groups.
  • Friday - Contra/Square Dance Party (til 11pm) at Ephraim Village Hall features calling by Sue Hulsether and Paul Collins with live music of The Ladies of the Lake.
  • Saturday - Ethnic Dance Party at Baileys Harbor Town Hall features dancing to the live music of Orkestar Bez Ime (Twin Cities) and recorded music requests led by leaders from participating groups.
  • Saturday - “Larry Hoey Memorial Folk Dance Olympics at Saturday's party provides groups and individuals with a chance to show off and strut their stuff in a friendly and fun “competition” - start time approximately 12:30am
  • Sunday - Survivors’ Dance Party at Baileys Harbor Town Hall continues to grow in attendance as more people stay over Sunday night. This closing party tends toward the chaortic* where dancers take responsibility for running the program and lots of stuff just happens spontaneously, without any of the “traditional” leadership and management of a dance event. 
    • * Chaortic as in "Chaortic Organizational Design" by Dee Hock (1999)
      • Creating self organizing systems can handle complexity efficiently
      • Innovating at the edges of a system - Distributing power and resources to create a reason to support a common good (not to decentralize)
      • Managing self and empowering others

Lodging OptionsParticipants may book their lodging throught DCFF by registering in advance for a package that includes accommodations and a weekend pass for the length of their stay. Motel and campground reservations are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Participants booking through DCFF may also book accommodations for dates before and/or after the Festival. 

Participants who book their own lodging may register in advance for Festival event passes and tickets, or may pay for Festival events at the door.

Confirmations & DirectionsPlease help us decrease our use of paper. Check the box at the bottom of the registration form for a timlier e-mail confirmation. and get maps & directions from the website.

Confirmations will be mailed end of June. Cancellations after June 30, 2014 are subject to a cancellation fee.

Ride Board When possible, we match those needing rides with those offering rides. 

Please mark your registration form accordingly if you need a ride or can offer a ride.

Photo Credits - Many Thanks to: Melissa Boutell, Mary Cattell, Paul Collins, Mary Ann DeKane, Julie Grieves, Karin Kypke, Ben Pagenkopf, Mary Roberts, Cindy Schlosser, Rich Terio, Don Weber.

 

 

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