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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Members get $2 off admission to BFS dances and $3 off admission to BFS concerts. Attend 10 events during the 2014-2015 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.

It's almost Fall - time for a fall gathering!

We will be holding our annual membership meeting and dance party at Lindley Center on Friday, Sept. 26. We'll lead off with a potluck, starting at 5:30. After that, there will be a brief membership meeting. The only agenda item at this time is election of a new president and secretary, each to a two-year term. Following that, we will start the music and dancing!

There will be dance demos of Scottish Dance, International Folk Dance, and Contra Dance, with the audience encouraged to join in on some of them! Music provided by several local bands, including Weatherwood and The Barrowburn Dance Band!

Bring a picture of your dancing past, & also how and when you started dancing!

Lindley Center is located off of East Main Street and Curtiss, in Bozeman, just past the Public Library. (1102 East Curtiss)

                                                     Admision is FREE !!!

           See you at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 26!  Bring food and your family!!!

Questions ???   + Google "Bozeman Folklore Society" for our website
                          +  Bozeman Folklore Society FB page
                          +  Call Ellen at: 406.581.3444


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Bear Hug Mountain Festival Contra Dance Camp Sept. 5-7 at Rollins on Flathead Lake.

The 7th Annual Dancing in the Country at Weather Rock Barn - Saturday & Sunday,  September 20th and 21st, 2014.

Let's Celebrate  50 years!  What?  Check out what happened 50 years ago anywhere.  Bring an item (as in Bozeman celebrated 100 years in 1964) and we'll toast to that at dinner.  Remember this is a fun weekend -  It is all Admission Free - sometimes but rarely, we put out a donation jar . . .

Come enjoy sessions of International FolK Dance put together by Cecelia Notess and Susan Hinkins on Saturday.  Come early in the morning and Cecelia may surprise everyone starting the music before noon.  

Mid afternoon on Saturday about 3:00 - an interlude of live music,  featuring "Jake and the Geriatrics" (okay, its a 5 piece accordion dance band with young drummer, Jake),  invites social dancers and everyone to the Barn's dance floor.  Tunes that will blur the boundary between social/ballroom and folk dance favorites,  Swing, waltz, polka, American pop, Latin, and a set of what we call Retro Mix.  Can you cha cha cha to a calypso beat?  Come early -enjoy the afternoon with partners, dates and friends.  

Pot Luck Dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Bring a dish to share.  Celebrate 50 years!

Contra Dance upstairs at the Barn starts at 7:00 p.m.  Bozeman's youthful Fiddle Dundee, the trio that has been playing the music festival scene this summer, will provide tunes for Bev Young - one of our favorite callers.  Three hours of Contras and maybe special dances Bev is cooking up for everyone.  Please wear soft soled shoes for the Barn floor - Dancing rain or shine! 

Weather Rock Barn in the Shields Valley - new paving of highway 86 right to the 3 mailboxes at the Park Co./Gallatin Co. line. Turn north on gravel road down to homestead and Barn.  Contact:    Hallie Rugheimer,  hallierugh at, land line ph.  578-2353

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.