Bozeman Folklore Society




Bozeman Folklore SocietyFind us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterThe Bozeman Folklore Society (BFS) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, enjoying and sharing the music, dance, arts, crafts, and skills of traditional cultures. It is an associate group of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS).


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We are heading into the 2015-2016 membership season, and we'd love to hear from you! Please renew your membership or join today, and help the BFS continue its mission to preserve folk dance and music traditions! Just click the membership link up top. You can fill out a membership form online and pay through Paypal, or you can download a form and mail it in with your payment.

Members get $2 off admission to BFS dances and $3 off admission to BFS concerts. Attend 10 events during the 2015-2016 Season (October through September), have your membership card stamped and you'll get a Dance Free Card for a contra dance or Half-Off admission at a BFS concert.

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Coming Up!!

Dancing in the Country

Sept. 17-18 at the beautiful Weather Rock Barn (on the Gallatin/Park County line).

Save the date for Scottish Country, International Folk, and Contra dancing, as well as the ever wonderful dinner.

678 Flathead Creek Rd. (aka Hiway 86), over the hill in the Shields Valley.
Contact: Hallie Rugheimer ph. 578-2353   Gmail addr: hallierugh


  • 1:00 p.m.: International Folk Dancing with familiar dances, requests reviews as needed.
    Contact Cecelia Notess 585-2287 for info.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Pot luck supper
  • 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.: Contra Dance
    Weatherwood - local musicians from Bozeman (Steve, Lindsay and Chelsea).
    Calling the contras - Derek Gallagher from Helena.
  • IFD may locate to small cabin for after hours.
  • Overnight Saturday camping and sleeping bag space at barn or house.
  • Weather permitting, campfire ring available.
  • early coffee then full breakfast at 8:00 a.m. – Hallie’s house.
  • After breakfast, IFD continues in morning at the Barn warming up with easy dances.

If you are a newcomer to this annual dance event, here are some things to note: This is a rural setting on a 900 ac. ranch, closest town is Wilsall, 8 miles away. There is no cell phone service but there is a land line and internet at the house. Facilities on site – indoor and outdoor Can be cool in evenings in mid Sept. bring clothing that serve as layers. A FLASHLIGHT IS ALWAYS HELPFUL Efficiency kitchen available at barn for pot luck. Hope you enjoy the dancing and your weekend experience out this way.

Bear Hug Mountain Festival 2016
Contra Dance & Music Camp
September 9 -11, 2016
Flathead Lake, Rollins, Montana

This year, with music by the Stingrays and Countercurrent and calling by Roger Diggle and Michael Karcher, you are sure to have a wonderful time. The blend of old timers and new comers to the contra scene is not to be missed.

September is membership renewal month. But you can join any time. BFS members play an important role in preserving and promoting folk music and dancing traditions and enjoy these other benefits:

Dancing: BFS sponsors international folk dancing, Scottish country dancing and bi-monthly contra dances (October through May). BFS members receive discount admission at contra dances. See the Dance page for a current schedule.

Music: BFS concerts feature folk, bluegrass and Americana performers in a warm acoustic setting plus the occasional Irish Ceilidh. BFS members enjoy a discount for all concerts. See the Concerts page for more info on upcoming shows and the KGLT Sunday Music Spotlight schedule.

Service: BFS underwrites two KGLT radio shows...  Bluegrass Traditions (Saturdays, 9 to Noon) and The Monday Night Folk Show (Mondays, 7 to 9 pm). We also air excerpts from BFS concerts every other Sunday at noon on the KGLT Sunday Music Spotlight. Information: Newsletter emails provide information on dances, concerts, workshops, and more, plus advance notice of special events.