English Country Dance Weekend

April 5-7, 2024

Our 2024 English Country Dance & Music Weekend featured dance calling by Joanna Reiner Wilkinson and live music by the renowned band Bare Necessities. Stay tuned for more information about our 2025 weekend.

Questions? Contact Kelli Emerson at programs@folklorevillage.org or by calling (608) 924-4000.


Scholarships

It takes a village to put on our festivals. Be a part of the dishwashing crew and help out by washing tableware (plates, silverware, and cups) after meals. By filling this essential role you will receive reduced tuition. Dishwashers pay just $120 for the entire weekend! Please contact Program Manager Kelli Emerson at 608-924-4000 or programs@folklorevillage.org to inquire about dishwashing scholarships.


Artistic Staff

Bare Necessities
Bare Necessities,
a quartet known for its creative interpretations of English country dance tunes, has been playing together since 1980. Earl Gaddis and Mary Lea both play violin and viola, Kate Barnes is on winds and guitar, and Jacqueline Schwab plays piano. Together they have redefined the sound of English country dance music with an improvisatory and playful style that reflects their classical background and extensive experience playing for all kinds of dancing. Besides their own three CDs, they have been putting out recordings for Boston CDS (Country Dance Society) since 1999. The group has played for dancers and audiences from Hawaii to York, England, from Alaska to St. Croix, VI, doing concerts, week-long dance events and workshops.


Meals

Sharing meals together is a time-honored tradition at Folklore Village. Festival meals are prepared in-house by the fabulous RedBarn Catering team. Using fresh ingredients, head chef J. Miller creates delicious, cultural meals with vegetarian and gluten free options. Have other dietary needs? Please note these in your registration form. While we cannot guarantee that every dietary request can be accommodated, the RedBarn Catering team does their best to accommodate everyone and can provide information on potential allergens during the festival. 


Accommodations

Bunkhouse (Very rustic): $20 per person per night
**Capacity limited**
Stay on-site within walking distance (about 3 blocks) of Farwell Hall (main activities building). The bunkhouses are heated and now air conditioned! Cots are provided, and camp-style toilets and handpump nearby. Showers are located in Farwell Hall. Bring your own bedding, pillow, towel, flashlight, etc. Men and woman are housed in separate buildings. You can register for bunkhouse accommodations via the festival registration form. 

Tenting: $10 per tent per night
Stay on our beautiful grounds! Many sites are available. No campfires allowed. Showers and bathrooms are located in Farwell Hall (main activity building). You can register for tent camping via the festival registration form. 

RV Camping with Electrical Hook-Up: $15 per RV per night
**Extremely limited; reserve a spot early**
Folklore Village has limited electrical hook-ups for RVs. To register for a spot with electrical hook-up please email programs@folklorevillage.org

Other Accommodations:
Motels are available with 7-15 miles of Folklore Village. Please make your own arrangements.

AmericInn Dodgeville (608) 270-8935
Mention you are coming to a Folklore Village festival; our partner AmericInn Dodgeville will provide you with a special rate!

Super 8 (608) 935-3888
Deer Valley Lodge (608)924-1600
Best Western (608)935-7739
Pine Ridge Motel (608)935-3386
Quality Inn (608)987-4747
Lodging in Mineral Point