Seniors

2024 Senior Outreach Program

Since 1994, Folklore Village has been bringing concerts and interactive performances to older and disabled adults in our area through our Senior Outreach programs. All are welcome to our Senior Outreach events, from recently retired folks, to people living in care homes, to folks living at home and looking for fun and accessible activities. Folklore Village hosts senior concerts at Folklore Village and at assisted living homes, senior centers, and other partner sites in Iowa County. See the listings below for more information on what we have planned!

All Senior Outreach events are free to seniors and caregivers.


Senior Programs at Folklore Village

Free for seniors and caregivers. Hosted in Farwell Hall at Folklore Village. Space is wheelchair-accessible. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

KG & The Ranger
July 24 | 1-2pm 

The adventure, beauty, and excitement of the Old West come to life as this husband and wife duo (Karen Gogolick and Rick Roltgen) perform classic and cowboy song from the Silver Screen. Whether they are yodeling in harmony, offering cowboy wisdom, or spinning a lariat, KG & The Ranger will take you on an unforgettable musical ride through the sagebrush!

The Trippers
August 7 | 2-3pm 

Join us for an afternoon of delightful musical entertainment with The Trippers! Dedicated to bringing joy to seniors and local communities, The Trippers are excited to engage with their audience through an eclectic mix of music. From folk and bluegrass to old country and gospel, their diverse repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone.

Pat Downing and Bill McWilliams  Performing duo from the band Down in the Hills
September 10th | 2-3pm 

Join us for an afternoon of bluegrass with duo Pat Downing and Bill McWilliams from the band “Down from the Hills.” Pat Downing, a skilled mandolin, fiddle, and melodeon player, leads the band with a rich history of musical adventures, including session work in Ireland and jamming with Cajun musicians.  Bill McWilliams, the band’s 5-string banjo player, balances his love for bluegrass with a career in structural engineering. Inspired by TV shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, Bill has been harmonizing with the band since 1985. Don’t miss this afternoon of delightful music and community connection!

 

 


Senior Programs at Other Sites

Folklore Village works with local libraries, community centers, and other organizations to bring free senior concerts to locations around Southwest Wisconsin. See if we’re bringing a senior concert to a location near you! 


Dancin’ in the Seats! with Steve Weintraub
An interactive dance program, available free on DVD

Could you or someone you know benefit from seated dance workshops? Contact Folklore Village to request your free copy of our new DVD Dancin’ in the Seats, featuring dancemaster Steve Weintraub! This two-disc set has over four hours of fun, accessible dances geared towards seniors and adults with mobility concerns. Email programs@folklorevillage.org or call (608) 924-4000 to let us know where to send your free copy of Dancin’ in the Seats!


Many thanks to the United Fund of Iowa County for sponsoring Folklore Village’s Senior Outreach Program!