Friends of Folklore Village

Harvest Jam
Saturday, November 11

The wonderful Friends of Folklore Village collected $6,500 in one night at their November 11 Annual Fall Fundraiser!
The Silent Auction netted $2,200, due to donations from knitters, potters, botanists, costume donors, downsizers, and house concert musicians. Dieters weakened when they encountered the fudge, cookies, salsas, rolls, and tortes on the Bake Sale table.
Over 150 donors pitched in to make the start of Folklore Village’s holiday season special indeed. The Friends organization encourages everyone to please contribute generously to Folklore Village’s annual fund drive, with its $122,000 goal (which includes donations, sponsorships, and grants).
Music and dancing was fantastic, thanks to spirited melodies and calling of Le Gran Fromage Cajun Band (Brian O’Donnell, Scott Mullarky, Katie Ping Woods; with Steve & Lori Pierick), Rare Privilege (Maria Terres & Amy McFarland; with Martha Tyner and Catherine Baer) and a Scandi-flavored Folklore Village Orchestra (Marli Johnson, Wendy Jensen, Nels Diller, David Schmaeng, Bonnie Gruber, Amy McFarland and Mac Robertson).
Many thanks to our community sponsors Walnut Hollow (Dodgeville, WI), Pure Sweet Honey (Verona, WI) and Home Works Remodeling (Middleton, WI)



Much appreciation to WORT 89.9 FM for their promotional support.

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The Friends of Folklore Village was incorporated in 1998 as a stand-alone 501(c)3 Charitable Organization, whose purpose is to help provide financial support for Folklore Village.  Newly resurrected in the fall of 2014, the organization has pledged to sponsor two fundraising events per year.  In 2016, The Friends helped Folklore Village celebrate The Year of Jane Farwell with special centennial birthday events, a fabulous reunion weekend, and extraordinary fund raising, garnering $28,000 for Folklore Village ~ a significant percentage of our yearly fundraising goal!

2017 Board of Directors, Friends of Folklore VillagePresident:  Wendy JensenVice President:  Kim KantorSecretary:  Lisie KitchelTreasurer:  Lucy RichardsStephanie Motz: Communications CoordinatorMadeline Uraneck: Past President

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Springtime Country Faire Fundraiser   

May 7, 2017

Thank you, Friends, for the gorgeous afternoon! We enjoyed an Okinawan Taiko drumming performance by Anaguma Eisa, wool spinning and carding, baby goats and a lamb, face painting, Japanese koi nobori (flying carp kites), an archery demonstration, two cake walks, and a lovely Cornish tea with fresh scones, jam and cream.

Enjoy a gallery of more photos from the day at our Facebook page.

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November 12, 2016

The ExtravaDANCEa was a resounding success!

Thank you so very much to all who supported us through the ExtravaDANCEa, the Friends of Folklore Village’s fall fundraiser.
We danced, we played, we ate, we celebrated community. And we raised over $9,000.
Congratulations to our raffle winners:
Jackie Reeves (Centennial Quilt), Peter Bradley (Folklore Village Festival Scholarships), Marla Lind (Door County Getaway).
A huge and heartfelt hug of thanks to so many donors and volunteers: 
* The bands and dance leaders: Veseliyka, and Emily Beebe, Rare Privilege and Catherine Baer, Folklore Village Orchestra musicians and Greg Winz
* Maria Terres, Amy McFarland and Carol Ormand, quilters extraordinaire
* Our friends in Door County: Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Boutique, Northern Sky Theater, Washington Island Ferry Line and Kari Sena Gordon, Kathleen Kay
* Photographer Meredith Montgomery
* The dozen bakers who contributed a dozen scrumptious cakes and pies for the delightful Cake Walk & Pie Trot
* WORT-fm 89.9
*Glenn Mitroff for another marvelous snack presentation
* The Friends of Folklore Village Board, who worked for nine months to make this a reality: Madeline Uraneck, Wendy Jensen, Jennifer Angelo, Becky Rehl, Lisie Kitchel and Kim Kantor, and retired member Marli Johnson.
* The Folklore Village Board and other friends who helped sell raffle tickets.