We're quickly approaching the close of another year -- one that has been very successful for the Charlotte Folk Society. We invite you and your family and friends to join us on Saturday, December 12th, to celebrate by sharing good food, the joy of music, and, most of all, fellowship with some of the most sociable people you will ever meet. Please note that we have this year changed both day of the week and location of the Potluck. It will take place in Langford Hall at Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Boulevard, in the Dilworth Community of Charlotte. Some parking is available on church property. Once those spaces are filled, please park on the streets near the church. For those needing assistance with physical access, please call Rita Hartmann's cell phone (704-998-8909) and someone will help you to come up in an elevator that opens to the exterior.
We feel privileged to use Langford Hall, a warm, handsome, wood-paneled room that would accommodate 300 guests. It has a raised stage and is adjacent to a state-of-the-art kitchen, which we have permission to use. So, we'll be able to maintain both cold and hot foods at appropriate temperatures until time to serve them.
The dinner will begin at 6 PM. Please bring a dish to share or donate $5 for each guest in your party. Come at 5 PM to enjoy some early jamming or join Salem Macknee's song circle or a Celtic jam led by Ed & Theresa Gebauer, Mark Clemens and John Goldsbury. After dinner, we'll enjoy a thirty-minute concert of seasonal music by Little Windows (website here). For more on Little Windows, go here).
Jamming and singing will resume after their concert concludes and we've all helped to rearrange the Hall for Sunday's services. The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club will meet after dinner to play some Christmas music, as well. We will need to be totally out of the building by 10 PM.
Members who have joined since September 1, 2009 and those who have renewed for 2010 will be eligible for door prize drawings. Expect some terrific CDs and maybe some artisan items among the prizes! If you need to renew, be sure to do so prior to dinner at the Potluck.
Raffle drawings for the dulcimer, guitar, and violin provided by The Violin Shoppe will also take place during the Potluck. We'll be selling tickets until the dinner lines open. Don't miss the opportunity to win one of these instruments and to support CFS at the same time! More info on that raffle is below, with recordings of Glen Alexander and David McGuirt playing all three instruments.
In the course of the evening, in keeping with CFS By-Laws, we will hold a brief election of those CFS Board members that were appointed by President Dennis Frost during 2009. They are: Bethli Clemens, Elene Clemens, Mark Clemens, Cathey Franklin, and Barbara Ivey, as well as junior board members Carson Hedberg and Avery McGuirt. You can read about these committed and well-qualified individuals here.
This event is made possible, in part, by funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.