GRAND RIVER FOLK ARTS SOCIETY
The Grand River Folk Arts Society is a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to enrich people’s lives and foster a sense of community through traditional music, dance, and song.
Things coming up next :
GRFAS Board meeting Thursday, August 25, at Dan & Mary's, 3242 Brook Trails Drive SE, Grand Rapids MI. 7 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Join the fun!
The Grand River Folk Arts Society usually has its monthly contra dance
on the first Friday. But instead, for Labor Day weekend, many of the
regular GR contra dancers will go to Ann Arbor on the day before Labor
Day, September 4, for the annual AACTMAD dancing
in the Streets. see http://aactmad.org/dits/ .
first Friday in October has Pulaski Days filling the 13 Polish halls in
NW Grand Rapids. So the GRFAS will have
its "first Friday" October contra dance on September 30 instead, at St
Adalberts Hall as usual, corner of 5th and Davis. Beginner instructions
are at 7 p.m. You may play in the volunteer band, call a dance, or
simply join the dances. No partner required. In
contra dances, anyone may dance with anyone. Dancers might range from 6
to 92 years of age.
CONCERTS Joel Mabus, (West Michigan's favorite), concert September 24.
Click above, or see the entire month's or year's Google calendar at the bottom of this page.
GRFAS Winter Newsletter here
This Week's Events newsletter here AACTMAD statewide dance calendar here
Monthly calendar of local and nearby dance and music events is at the bottom of this page.
GRFAS Song Circle is a group of people that sing our American cultural heritage embodied in the folk and traditional songs.
Contra dance has similar moves to square dancing, with live music, instruction,
and "called" dances.
Presenting the best local and regional acoustic music in a casual concert style setting,
an ongoing venue for forty years.
(Picture is next door to the concert venue.) When is a door not a door?
Similar to sister organizations like Wheatland music, Ten Pound Fiddle, and The Ark, we offer a respite from the pretentious, high energy music to present quality good hearted music that heals the mind and soul.
GRFAS is a non-profit IRS 501(c)3 corporation, So tax deductible contributions are welcome.
We were founded as the the Grand Rapids Folklore Society in September 1975 by Donna Lee Wilson and Maryann Rivers in a house in Eastown Grand Rapids. It outgrew that "house concert" venue and for years had the Grand Rapids Public Museum as it's home. Concerts are now back in Eastown, at the Wealthy Theatre annex.
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