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. Join us for our Saturday Night Socials.

Ice Cream Social
August 10, 2024

Bring your favorite toppings and come enjoy a bowl of homemade ice cream. You’ll even get the chance to try out Folklore Village’s old-fashioned, hand-cranked ice cream machine!

This family-friendly event starts with a potluck at 6:00pm; bring a dish to share. The potluck will be followed by dancing and games at approximately 7:15pm. No dance experience is required; we’ll learn fun social dances that are great for all ages and skill levels. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join the informal, volunteer Folklore Village Band. After dancing we’ll enjoy our homemade ice cream—remember to bring your favorite toppings!

Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors & teens, $5 children. Kids under 5 are admitted free, and family admission is capped at $25.

Fall Schoolhouse Social
October 12, 2024

Celebrate our beloved schoolhouse with a classic Saturday Night Social reminiscent of the Jane era. After a 6:00pm potluck we’ll enjoy dances and games. Musicians are encouraged to join the volunteer band!

The night starts with a potluck at 6:00 PM. Bring a potluck dish to share and your own tableware to enjoy the meal; the Schoolhouse does not have running water so you can help us out by bringing (and packing out) your own dishes, cups, and silverware. 

Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and teens, and $5 kids aged 5-12. Family admission is capped at $25. Kids under 5 are admitted free.

Sankta Lucia Social
December 7, 2024

Celebrate light in the darkness of winter! This day of wintertime wonder starts with afternoon workshops at 3pm. Children will enjoy seasonal crafts and learning to shape the lussekatter, the traditional saffron buns served for Sankta Luica. Any children or teens who wish to participate in the evening procession must attend the evening workshops in order to learn the Sankta Lucia songs. 

The evening festivities kick off with a potluck supper at 6:00pm. Bring a dish to share. After supper, enjoy the candlelit procession with traditional Lucia songs. After the procession enjoy some family-friendly dancing and the aromatic saffron buns prepared earlier in the day.

Admission for both the afternoon workshops and the evening celebration is $15 adults, $12 seniors and teens, and $10 kids age 5-12. Evening-only admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and teens, and $5 kids. Children under 5 are admitted free.

German Tree Night
December 14, 2024

This is our most eagerly anticipated social of the year! Children and adult alike will experience the wonder of the season as we light a 14-foot evergreen tree with 50 real candles.

This family-friendly event starts with a potluck at 6:00pm. Help us light the tree after the potluck, and then enjoy family-friendly dancing and a joyous carol sing. Musicians are welcome and encouraged to join the informal “Folklore Village Volunteer Band.”

The German Christmas Tree Lighting often sells out; tickets will be available online and by calling (608) 924-4000.

Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and teens, and $5 kids 5-12. Kids under 5 are free.


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