Welcome to Paint Creek Folklore Society!
What the heck did people do for entertainment in the old days before Streaming, Tablets, Smartphones, iPods, Walkmans, or even Victrolas? They made their own music – and so do we! We learn and share traditional songs, stories, music and dance, but a lot of folks just enjoy listening.
Folk music and other folk arts like dance, storytelling, and crafts are not always about tradition. They are constantly evolving to reflect the experiences of ordinary people. We learn about, preserve, and enjoy the best of the past, but we continue to add new things we hope will be enjoyed in the future. Our focus is on encouraging participation; to learn and share traditional songs, stories, music, and dance, but a lot of folks just enjoy listening – you have to have an audience too!
Our group gets together to share folk and traditional music during monthly gatherings that include a program, a song swap and jam sessions. It’s a family-friendly atmosphere, so we keep it to a PG rating. We like acoustic music performed live, and discourage anything prerecorded or using amplifiers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a song to share that fits the current month’s theme. Every year we also present one major concert (the Tin Whistle, in November) and one dance (Starry Night for a Ramble, in February).
We usually gather the first Saturday of the month at Lawnridge Hall, a historic mansion on the campus of the University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan. We aren’t affiliated with the church, we rent this building because it’s such a cool place to play, and has plenty of room for all of us. (Lawnridge Hall is located at1385 South Adams Road, between Hamlin and Avon).
Nope, you sure don’t! At Paint Creek Folklore Society (PCFS) we encourage everyone who visits our gatherings to participate in some way. We have a lot of members who participate by just sitting back and listening – you have to have an audience! And a good-many members are instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, storytellers, dancers, historians, and poets – from beginner to professional. But whether it’s listening, singing, playing an instrument, story-telling, or helping to set up the snacks, everyone is important and appreciated.
No, but you may want to be. You can participate as a visitor at $10 per gathering (fee waived for the first visit).
We don’t have a standing performing group, however, we have members who participate in the Paint Creek Country Dance Orchestra to play music for the annual Starry Night for a Ramble Dance and some members also occasionally perform in the Tin Whistle, for other off-site events, or with other groups.
The first documents to be placed in THE ARCHIVES of Paint Creek Folklore Society tell of the original formation of our unique groups of musicians, singers, historians, craftsmen, and friends. This information came from interviews in 1978 and 1979 with both John Carter and Vincent Sadovsky, our founders. John had been a member of Detroit Folklore Society for a number of years before moving to….
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Gatherings are temporarily held at River Woods Park in the new pavilion (M59 and, Squirrel Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326).
As of Mid-June 2021 we are coming out of the COIVID-19 restrictions and the schedule is getting closer to normal, but events may not fall on our traditional days. Check the schedule carefully. Also, masking will be optional as most members are now fully vaccinated.
The Paint Creek Folklore Society (PCFS) collects limited personal information (name, address, phone#, email address, interests) from members for the purposes of maintaining a list of members and their membership status, for informing the membership of PCFS and related activities, and to support conducting of PCFS business. PCFS does not share the personal information of members, other than for the purposes stated above, without the member’s permission. We also collect limited personal information (name, address, email address) from non-members wishing to receive our monthly newsletter.
We may distribute relevant information to our membership received from, or about, external groups for the purpose of informing the membership of upcoming events such as festivals, concerts, and classes available, etc. Non-member email information is intended to be used only for the distribution of our monthly newsletter Keepin’ Tabs. Other significant information may also be distributed on rare occasions, such as a late change in status of the annual Tin Whistle Concert due to weather, etc.
We do not sell to or share with external groups any member or non-member email lists or other personal information.