Saturday Night Socials

Saturday Night Socials harken back to the early days of Folklore Village, when Jane Farwell organized evenings at her farm featuring folk dance and music, games, food, and fellowship, all put on by volunteer power. We continue to host a few Socials a year, some in Farwell Hall and some in the historic Wakefield Schoolhouse where Jane started her Socials back in the 1960s.

Summer Picnic Social
June 26, 2021   •   6-9 P

We’re back! After nearly 15 months of no on-site socials, Folklore Village is ready to welcome you to Farwell Hall for a community picnic. The festivities start at 6 pm. Bring your own food and drinks (water will be available) and spread your blanket on the back deck, front porch, or lawn. Dancing and music start at 7 pm. Greg Winz leads dancing while Becky Rehl and Susan Wulfsberg strike up the band with favorite, classic Folklore Village dances and tunes. Bring an instrument if you’d like join in the music, and call (608) 924-4000 or email with band-related questions.

**You will need to sign a COVID waiver when you arrive. Masks are not required while outdoors. However, if you wish to enter the Schoolhouse or Farwell Hall, please note that you will either have to put on a mask or show proof of vaccination. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.**

The cost for the Summer Picnic Social is $8 for adults, $6 for teens and seniors, and $4 for kids 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free, and family admission is capped at $20. You can pay with cash or check at the event. Click here if you wish to pay online via a credit card or PayPal.

It’s a two-fer! Book and costume clearance
Folklore Village has been cleaning house–our silver lining to having an empty dance floor and classrooms these many months. After much sorting, organizing and curating, we are now parting with the surplus. Stop by Farwell Hall between 4 and 7 pm on June 26, on your way to the Schoolhouse Summer Picnic, and peruse an eclectic assortment of books and dance and ethnic costuming items which you can take home with you for a small donation.

Past socials…stay tuned for 2021 updates!

Jane Night Online!
January 23, 2021   •   6-8 PM CST

Jane Night is an annual celebration of Folklore Village founder Jane Farwell, held on (or close to!) her birthday. This is usually an evening when our community comes together to enjoy the music, dance, games, and foods that Jane especially loved. This year, our annual celebration honoring Jane will be held online to keep our community safe during COVID-19, and we’ve planned an exciting evening of music, dance, games, and memory sharing that will be fun for all!

Jane Night Online is free, but registration is required to receive log-in credentials.
Click here to register!
Once you register, you will receive an automated email containing all the details you need to connect with the event. Please note that the sender of this email will be listed as “Terri Van Orman”. Email or call (608) 924-4000 with questions.

Make Jane Night Online immersive by making a recipe to enjoy during the evening. Click here for a selection of recipes from the Folklore Village Cookbook that will go along perfectly with this annual tradition.

Missing the Folklore Village Band?
While we won’t be able to have everyone play along together, you will be able to follow along with the tunes Dick Atlee will be playing, and sheet music for all those tunes is available here.

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May 9, 2020   •   Maypole Social

Cancelled due to COVID-19. See our recent May Festival newsletter for interesting history, photos, and ideas for things to do at home:

We look forward to welcoming Spring of 2021 with this wonderfully colorful English tradition! All ages will have fun as we gather with flowers, decorate the be-ribboned Maypole, and weave the Maypole ribbons into patterns as we dance around the pole to live music.

Potluck at 5:30 with Maypole decorating and dancing to follow.
Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors & teens, $4 kids (under 5 admitted free). Bring the gang: family admission is capped at $20.00.
August 15, 2020   •   Ice Cream Social

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Our annual summer Ice Cream Social features homemade, hand-cranked ice cream made by our lovely staff. You also have the chance to get in on the cranking action and make your own homemade ice cream! In between bites, enjoy folk dancing or bring an instrument and jam with the Folklore Village Volunteer Orchestra.

Potluck starts at 5:30 PM with ice cream and dancing to follow.

Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors & teens, $4 kids (under 5 admitted free). Bring the gang: family admission is capped at $20.00.


December 12, 2020   •   Sankta Lucia Social

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Children and adults alike are invited out to this special day of wintertime wonder! The event starts off at 3 PM with crafts for kids. Children can make Danish paper heart baskets, fragrant orange p omanders, color Dala horses, and learn the traditional Sankta Lucia songs. Our fantastic volunteers will be hard at work making lussekatter, saffron buns traditionally served on this day. Children are invited to help shape the buns before baking.

The evening potluck starts at 5:30 PM and is followed by the Sankta Lucia procession. Boys and girls who want to participate in the procession must attend the workshops earlier in the day in order to learn the songs for the evening procession.

Afternoon & Evening admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors & teens, $8 kids 6-12
Evening only: $8 adults, $6 seniors & teens, $4 kids 6-12
Kids 5 and under are free.


December 19, 2020   •   German Tree Lighting Social

Cancelled due to COVID-19

This of our most eagerly anticipated socials of the year, where fifty candles are lit in keeping with German tradition on a freshly-cut 14-foot evergreen tree.

Bring a dish to pass for the potluck at 5:30 PM and then stay to enjoy the beauty of the season with a harmony-filled carol sing and joyful, family-friendly dancing around the tree. Musicians are welcome and encouraged to join in the informal Folklore Village Volunteer Orchestra. Contact Sallie Anna at (608) 924-4000 to get involved.

This is a popular event and may fill. Please pre-register to save your spot.

Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors & teens, $4 kids 6-12.
Kids 5 and under are free.

Our Saturday Night Socials are funded in part by a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation.