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The Fall Folk Festival…

Good morning, Netizens...

Please allow me, before we begin our brief tour yesterday of the Fall Folk Festival, to introduce my intrepid assistant, Miss Lilly, my granddaughter, who at age 9 has attended three Fall Folk Festivals with her grandparents in her exciting walk through life. In her various appearances, she has danced in East Indian Dancing, belly dancing and even a little clogging last year to round out her resume.

The sash you see in this picture came about because in the East Indian Dancing, they offered participants traditional saris. Unfortunately, they did not have a sari that would fit Miss Lilly, so they gave her a sash, which is acceptable decorum, I am told. As we will see later, she danced her heart out, just before a whirlwind tour of the arts and craft room for kids.

The Fall Folk Festival is an incredible compilation of various kinds of dance, food, music, art and various arts and crafts vendors, all combined to form a vast nearly-overwhelming potpourri for the senses. You simply cannot see it all in one stroll through the hallways of Spokane Community College! There are 8 stages of traditional and ethnic dance and music along with workshops, special entertainment and crafts for children and jamming for musicians of all skill levels. Here in Spokane we have a wealth of folk artists some of whom are, in the words of the Folk Festivals' web site, “truly hidden gems well worth discovering.” Among the types of music you will hear are Celtic, bluegrass, blues, African, Asian, Middle Eastern traditions and just plain old folk songs.

So, without further ado, let us move on to the various images from yesterday's events at the Fall Folk Festival, remembering that it will run again today.

If you want to know what else is happening at this event today, by all means read through the Fall Folk Festival Schedule remembering, of course, that you have already missed the first day.


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