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We hope you're looking forward to the Folk Society's annual Holiday Potluck & Jams on Saturday, December 14th, as much as we are! Our year-end celebration takes place again in Langford Hall at Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Boulevard, in the Dilworth Community of Charlotte. There is limited parking behind the church. Once that lot is full, please park on the streets around the church. Those needing accessible entry should look for a sign by the ground floor door nearest the parking lot entrance. This door leads directly to an elevator to the second floor.
We need some volunteers, of course, to make this a successful event: 6 folks to assist Jo Stephens with the kitchen and food and 4 folks to assist Linda & Bill Finger with decorating Langford Hall. These folks would need to arrive by 3 PM. We'll also need 6 folks to help with cleaning up the room afterwards. If you can help in any one of these areas, please reply by email Wanda Hubicki or call her at 704-563-7080.
Come at 4 PM for pre-dinner jamming or to join Salem Macknee in a holiday Song Circle. Alan Davis will lead the Old-Time Jam and Ed Gebauer will lead the Celtic Session. The Potluck is open to the public, so please invite family and friends.
Our custom at the Potluck is to draw names of new and renewed members for door prizes. Be sure to renew your membership so you'll be eligible! We invite member musicians and artisans to donate CDs and handcrafted items for door prizes. Either call Wanda Hubicki at 704-563-7080 or simply bring them with you on the 14th. We have some very special door prizes this year - two pairs of tickets to The Avett Brothers' New Year's Eve concert in the Time Warner Arena and a pair of tickets to the Sunday, December 15th, Carolina Chocolate Drops' concert at The Neighborhood Theatre.
The names of winners in our instrument raffles will be drawn at the Potluck, as well. You'll want to buy tickets for both instruments before dinner! The Wood Song Model DCE-HS Acoustic Guitar with padded gig bag, valued at $550, was generously donated by The Violin Shoppe. The beautiful traditional three-string, tear-drop-shaped Appalachian dulcimer, valued at $225, was hand crafted and donated by Mark Willingham.
As the Holiday Potluck is considered to be our annual members' meeting, we will hold elections of new board members during the course of the evening. Candidates to be elected are John Divine, Sue Eldridge, and Christa Winfrey.
After dinner, Little Windows (Mark and Julee Glaub Weems) will perform a half hour set of seasonal songs. Known for soulful, heartfelt vocal harmonies, Julee and Mark draw on both Appalachian and Irish traditions. Expect subtlety and nuance in both vocals and instrumentation – a lovely way to celebrate the holidays. Visit their website at http://www.littlewindows.net.
"When Southern mountain folks talked about their old time music, they meant everything, from reels to lullabies, hoedowns to laments. Since the string band revival of the '70s, however, the old time genre has occupied itself primarily with the dance tune repertoire. Little Windows, the North Carolina duo of Julee Glaub and Mark Weems, puts the whispered moments back into the old time landscape. In place of yee-haw instrumentals, they offer songs of sweet quietude, lulling space and lonesome places. Both are lovely singers, with haunting harmonies that draw us deep inside the old ballads. Backed by banjo, guitar, fiddle, flute, and piano, their music is achingly honest, as sweeping, secluded, and darkly pretty as the far places from which the songs first came." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
Sample a few of Little Windows' songs.
Following Little Windows' set, the drawings and election, folks are invited to sing and jam for the remainder of the evening until the Potluck ends. We ask you to start packing up at 9:45 PM to leave, so that we can be out of the building by 10 PM.
We hope you all can take part in this special evening of great food, music, and fellowship. May you enjoy the happiest of holidays!