Supported by
a generous
grant from
Pilot Program

Playford /

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington
presents the
30th Annual Washington Spring Ball
Saturday, May 14, 2016

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Ballroom, Silver Spring Civic Building

Access: Park (free) at 801 Ellsworth Drive. Cross Ellsworth to enter the Civic Building (Map).
Do not park at the Whole Foods Lot.

Venue: 5,000 square-foot dance floor; located in a plaza with hotels, restaurants, and shops. Park free on weekends.

Music by

Alchemy (bio)
Karen Axelrod (piano)
Eric Martin (violin and viola)
Rachel Bell (accordion)

The band

Save the date — more info to follow


Reception: 7:00-7:30 p.m. — Ball: 7:30-11:00 p.m.

~ Light refreshments served during the break ~

  1. Alice
  2. Bar a Bar
  3. Cockle Shells
  4. Fair and Softly
  5. The Farmer’s Joy
  6. Gold for the Mahieus
  1. The Homecoming
  2. Horseplay
  3. Michael and All Angels
  4. Pluck Me a Fig
  5. Prince William
  6. Puck's Deceit
  1. Snow Day
  2. Speed the Plough
  3. The Two Cousins
  4. Watkin's Ale
  5. We Meet Again
  6. The Young Widow

Dances will be prompted for a few rounds - no walk-throughs. Enhance dancing pleasure for all by becoming familiar with dances before the Ball by attending Wednesday evening dances, participation in the pre-ball practice session, and, accessing Resources, which include videos, references for tunes in Barnes and downloadable sheet music for other tunes. Download a Ball Program, which includes written dance instructions (PDF, 1.8 MB). updated icon

Practice Session
2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Caller: Anna Rain
Musicians: David Knight (fiddle), Melissa Running (piano)

Location: Silver Spring Civic Building
  (Same venue as Ball)

5:00 to 7:00

Dinner on your own — many restaurants are within walking distance of the Ballroom — see Restaurant Tips.

Potluck — Laurie and Jim Mielke have generously volunteered to host a Potluck at their home in nearby Chevy Chase. Directions will be available at the Practice Session

Admission by Reservation

$33 for members (FSGW, ATDS, BFMS, CDSS)
$38 for non-members
Full-time students
Members: $16.50, non-members: $19

For registrations post-marked
after Saturday, April 30th
Members: $40, Non-members: $45

Registration Form   |  On-line Reg / Payment

Download Ball flyer (PDF, 257 kB).

Carrie Rose, Chair;    Kappy Laning, Co-Chair;    Roger Broseus, Registrar
Info: e-mail    


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