Mission: The main purpose of the society is to further the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the american people
Programs: Hold weekly, monthly and annual contra, square and english country dances to further the understanding, preformance and appreciation of these dance forms and music both historical and new styles are presented. An event will typically last for under 4 hours
hold weekend events which combine music instruction and performance with dance instruction and performance to provide a more immersive experience of the dance forms and music both historical and new stles are presented. An event will typically involve multiple days with multiple presentations scheduled per day
membership in the organization which provides a monthly newsletter listing events in the greater washington dc area related to the folklore traditions of the american people. The events typically include dance, concerts, storytelling, singing, music jams and such other events as may be known of membership also provides an opportunity to attend various concerts and dances for free or at a discounted price, the ability to volunteer for elected office, and the ability to vote for the board of directors
This organization runs the Washington FOlk Festival at Glen Echo park every year, a huge, multi-ethinc festival featuring the folk and traditional music of Greater Washington DC. It is a free festival by and for the people of Washington. It also hosts a veriety of folk concerts, both in halls and homes, and dances.
Its fall Getaway, geared primarily (but not exclusively) to singers of traditional song attracts visitors from all over America as well as abroad to share and swap in intimate settings. Open sings, instrumental workshops, sacred harp gatherings, and a small, mid-winter festival take place throughout the year.
Its : $33/year annual membership ($45 for families) entitle one to many free concerts and a dance or two. Many people, however find that its monthly bulletin is well worth the cost alone as it lists not only FSGW-sponsored events but other events of interest going on throughout the greater DC area.
The society welcomes volunteers and there are many ways to iprove ones skills as a presenter as well as a performer. It is actively seeking out families and younger members.