A special gathering in celebration of music and dance traditions.
Presented by Traditional-Live! (Northeast Oregon Folklore Society)
Saturday, May 11th, 2019, the second Saturday in May, Traditional-Live! (NE Oregon Folklore Society) is once again presenting their annual traditional music and dance event, SpringAlive. We are planning a full day of dance and music experiences, and hope you will come and share it with us and each other.
Once again, we welcome back to SpringAlive Massachusetts fiddler, caller, composer, etc., David Kaynor and Portland musicians Sue Songer and Lanny Martin. In addition, well-known Portland caller and musician Erik Weberg will be joining us as well.
We are planning keep with the format of previous year's events, offering a full day of music and dance opportunities, with music and dance workshops running in parallel starting Saturday morning. The day will culminate with our signature community potluck and festival dance into the night. As in previous years, there will be opportunities for getting personalized instruction during the weekend from our special guests. And as always for our out-of-town visitors, we'll do our best to match you with local hosts for home stays. Plans are still in the works, so check back later for more details (or subscribe to our email list).
Please plan to join us on the second Saturday in May to help us celebrate traditional music and dance at SpringAlive.
A major health challenge has impacted David Kaynor; he has recently been diagnosed with ALS. Currently the only thing that is affected in a serious manner is his voice, and thus his calling; he can still fiddle up a storm. Although the course the disease will take is unknown, we are hoping his fiddle, hands and feet will hold steady for a long time. In any case, he's still planning to join us this year in La Grande. We welcome his continued involvement in SpringAlive, honor his lifetime commitment to connecting people and building community through traditional music and dance, and wish him maximum strength in confronting this serious health challenge.
Another special guest, Sue Songer, has been honored this year with the 2019 Lifetime Contribution Award by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). The award is given each year to a person who has made "a long-term and exceptional contribution" to traditional music and dancing "by inspiration, instruction, or excellent example".
Sue couldn't deserve it more. Her many year's of contribution have included the compilation and publishing of three volumes of dance music, "The Portland Collection", which have become a standard amoung traditional dance musicians nationwide, and orginating and co-directing the Portland Megaband, an 80 member contra dance band that could be the largest ever.