Charlotte Folk Society logo celebrating 30 years

Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

DVD Cover for Pebble in a Pond

Pebble in a Pond:
The Story Of the Charlotte Folk Society

Price For CFS Members = $15
Postage and Mailing = $3.25
Total $18.25
Price For Non-CFS Members = $20
Postage and Mailing = $3.25
Total $23.25
Not sure whether you're a current member? Email Sue Eldridge here.

Pebble in a Pond, a documentary about the Charlotte Folk Society, debuted on WTVI on November 22, 2010. The local public television station has aired it many times, as well. Marilyn Meacham Price truly tossed a "pebble in a pond" when she founded the Charlotte Folk (Music) Society in 1982, and the ripples continue ever outward. Supported and nurtured by a succession of volunteers, the organization has not only achieved its mission, but also created a very special community in the process.

Pebble in a Pond can be purchased at the links above. The DVD cost for CFS members is $15 and $20 for non-members. All profites from the DVD will support our Swannanoa scholarships.

The project to create a CFS history on DVD began in the summer of 2007, the year of our 25th anniversary. A project team led by Tom Phlegar and including Karen Singleton, Marilyn and Jim Price, and Tom Hanchett began rounding up archival video tapes from Folk Society members and reviewing them. The team worked with WTVI's Vice President of Broadcasting and Content, Eric Davis, who had faith in the merit of the project. WTVI staffer Kyndell Bishop aided in sifting, compiling, and editing the collected material.

At this point, in about 2008, Albert Dulin, a Folk Society member since the mid-'80s, took over the project. A talented musician, he performed through the years with the Ruffians, Down Home Folks, and Fret Knot bands. Luckily for us, he's also a gifted and professional writer, editor, and filmmaker. Albert worked on Pebble in a Pond as a labor of love -- love for both the music and the people who made it. He taped an interview with Marilyn Meacham Price and wove segments throughout the half-hour. He skillfully blended still photos with video footage to create an always-entertaining story. Finally, he wrote the voiceover script and invited Fiona Ritchie, producer and host of Thistle &Shamrock, to narrate Pebble in a Pond. We truly owe Albert a debt beyond measure for his success in telling the story of the Charlotte Folk Society and for perfectly capturing the vision and culture of the organization.

Once Albert's considerable job was completed, Tom Hanchett compiled a list of the performers in the film, and he, Karen Singleton, and Wanda Hubicki set about contacting these folks and asking for permission to use footage of them. When this task ended, Tom worked to obtain permission to use the half dozen or so songs under copyright that are performed in the DVD.

When you see Pebble in a Pond, whether on television or in your own home, please appreciate how many people had a hand in bringing it into being. All of them gave their time and energy freely and with passionate commitment. As well as the content, this grassroots folk process of creation makes Pebble in a Pond very special, indeed.

Enjoy the gift!