August 7-9, 2009

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GREAT FESTIVAL, GREAT THANKS!

The Michigan State University Museum would like to take a moment to send a hearty thanks to all the artists, volunteers, sponsors and friends who helped make the Great Lakes Folk Festival a memorable celebration of culture, tradition and community. Sales of both rain ponchos and sunscreen were surely at record highs!

CHECK OUT THESE LINKS:

Lansing State Journal:
(Saturday) http://tinyurl.com/n4joxn
(Sunday) http://tinyurl.com/mr52x5
State News:
http://bit.ly/prrgH
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_q7ObiyEgA
Flickr (by Patrick Kerwin):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdkerwin
MIEntertainent.biz (see Mid-Michigan / MI Photos):
http://www.MIentertainment.biz

Share yours! Send us your photos, online galleries and links and we'll add them to our GLFF web page and MSU Museum Facebook page. Contact: pr@museum.msu.edu

FOLK FEST T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE AT UNDERGROUND PRINTING You can still get a GLFF 2009 T-shirt at Underground Printing, on MAC in downtown East Lansing. Special thanks to CiesaDesign for their award-winning festival design work.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GLFF 2010!

The festival continues to be widely recognized as one of the state's premiere arts and culture events. Be sure to save the date for the 2010 festival, the second weekend in August -- Aug. 13-15, 2010 -- and tell your friends, family and coworkers too!

MSU Museum curators and planners will begin work soon for next year's event.

Check the GLFF web site for updates: http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net . You can also follow the festival on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/glff .

Of course, you can always make a donation and help support the MSU Museum's efforts in producing the folk festival. Click: http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net/FriendsoftheFestival/ .

VISIT THE MSU MUSEUM!

Before the next folk festival, make the MSU Museum a destination, in the historic heart of north campus, just steps off Grand River Avenue in East Lansing.

The MSU Museum is Michigan's natural history and culture museum and the state's first Smithsonian Institution affiliate. If you liked some of the Taste of Traditions foodways at the festival, check out the special exhibit, "Michigan Eats: Regional Culture Through Food," here through mid-November. Learn more at http://museum.msu.edu .

Interdisciplinary research, programs and activities are in partnership with the College of Arts & Letters, College of Natural Science, College of Social Science, MSU Extension, and University Outreach and Engagement. The MSU Museum features three floors of special collections and changing exhibits and is open seven days a week free of charge (donations are encouraged). The museum is located on West Circle Drive next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus in East Lansing and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, call (517) 355-2370 .

A WORLD OF ARTS AND CULTURE AT MSU

If you like what you experienced at GLFF, there's a world of arts and culture at MSU too. Explore your world through the vibrant cultural community that is Michigan State University. Discover the hundreds of performances, exhibitions, and special programs that enrich lives on campus, in the community, and throughout the world.

Arts and culture at MSU play a critical role in nurturing the human spirit while contributing to a richer quality of life. Museums, galleries, and gardens along with libraries, historic sites, and performance spaces provide a catalyst for cultural exchange of diverse ideas and inspirations. At the same time, audiences on campus and around the world take advantage of academic and research outreach programs such as public broadcasting, online resources, and publications.

Join us in exploring a world of arts and culture at Michigan State University. Learn more at http://artsandculture.msu.edu.

FOLK FESTIVAL STARTS FRIDAY!

The Michigan State University Museum's 2009 Great Lakes Folk Festival begins Friday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. with the feisty Western Swing sounds of Shotgun Party, at the M.A.C. Stage in downtown East Lansing, next to the Marriott Hotel.

Friday night will feature nine performances on three stages, including Tumbao Bravo (Cuban/Caribbean), Alex Meixner Band (polka), Gadelle (Acadian) and Lost Bayou Ramblers (Cajun).

In all, the weekend features more than 50 musical performances and showcases sponsored by the City of East Lansing: Celtic, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Klezmer, Acadian and more traditions that connect cultures across America and around the world.

Special features this year include Young Folk Bookfest presented by MSU Press, with authors and illustrators doing Q&As and book signings; and Fiesta - Latino Traditions, with demonstrations and children's activities. The City of East Lansing also features a farmer's market on Sunday in Valley Court Park.

Both entertaining and educational, the award-winning festival promotes a greater understanding and appreciation for the contributions of many cultures to our nation's development. The MSU Museum works year-round to research, document and present many forms of expressive culture at the folk festival. Authentic ethnic food, children's activities, Michigan Heritage Awards, and a Folk Arts Marketplace are also featured throughout the half-mile festival site. The event continues through Sunday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. and admission is free.

RSVP on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=46300743090

Follow on twitter:

http://twitter.com/GLFF

RIDE THE CATA RED & GREEN ROUTES:

Ride for just 25-cents, one-way fare, when you board a Great Lakes Folk Festival bus. If you pay cash to ride CATA, you must use exact change. Children 42" or less ride for free. Board and deboard at any CATA bus stop along red and green routes, with designated parking areas at the Abbott Center and MSU Lot 91, respectively. (The Abbott Center is on Abbott just North of Saginaw & Lot 91 is located on Service Road, just west of Hagadorn Road, on the MSU campus.) Transfers to other buses may be made at boarding centers or bus stops along the route. CATA fixed-route transfers are free. Just ask the driver for a transfer ticket when you board your first bus.

The Great Lakes Folk Festival bus route schedule is available on CATA's web site, http://www.cata.org , at the MSU Museum, East Lansing City Hall and various business locations.

Please note the CATA Folk Festival bus routes are scheduled to run:

4:30 PM - 11:30 PM Friday, August 7 11 AM - 11:30 PM Saturday, August 8 11 AM - 6:30 PM Sunday, August 9

Buses run approximately every 10 minutes. This service allows festival-goers to arrive early and stay until the end and still have a ride back to their vehicle. Additionally, bike racks are available on all CATA buses for those who wish to bike to the festival and ride the bus home, and all buses are equipped with lifts and ramps.

BETTER YET, BIKE TO GLFF!

With soaring gas prices, now may be a better time to ditch the car and bike to GLFF. The Tri-County Bicycle Association will provide free guarded parking for festival-goers at a bike lot located at the corner of Albert Street and Abbott Road.

SPECIAL NOTES FOR DRIVERS:

For those who drive, the City of East Lansing has a number of parking ramps downtown. Motorists can also park literally steps away from the festival, across the street on the MSU campus in designated spots that are free to the public on weekends (check posted signs).

The following roads will be closed for festival pedestrian traffic from Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 9: Evergreen Road (from East Grand River Avenue to Oakhill Avenue); Albert Avenue (corner of Albert Avenue and Charles Street); Grove Street (corner of Grove Street and Albert Avenue); Abbott Road (from Grand River Avenue to Oakhill); Valley Court Drive (closed entirely); MAC (from Albert to Linden); and Delta (from Grand River Avenue to Valley Court Drive). Motorists are advised to please find alternate routes for these roads on the days of the festival.

HANDICAPPER PARKING:

SENIORS ON THE GO:

"Seniors on the Go" courtesy shuttles are also available to senior festival-goers on-site, at the information booths.

ACCESSIBILITY:

The Great Lakes Folk Festival is accessible to persons with disabilities. Wheelchairs are available at the main information booth. Schedules are available in Braille and large print by advance reservation. Audio CDs with information about the festival are available by advance reservation. Call 432-GLFF (4533) to reserve schedules or audio CDs.

WHAT TO BRING:

Some of the stages and activity areas are under tents to protect visitors and performers from rain drops or too much sun but visitors are advised to have an umbrella handy, bring sunscreen, wear a hat and bring a collapsible chair or blanket for seating, particularly for Valley Court Stage.

The festival grounds are swirling with music and sounds, smells, and thousands of people situated in compact seating arrangements and crowded thoroughfares. Summer heat can also be a factor for many pets. Please be considerate of fellow festival attendees and your pets, and leave them at home.

WELCOME TO OUR SMITHSONIAN AFFILIATIONS INTERN!

Lori Hagadorn, a recent MSU grad, will be joining us at GLFF, after recently completing an internship at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Read more about Lori here: http://affiliations.si.edu/eaffiliate/2009_08/intern_partner_experience.pdf .

GLFF ON YOUTUBE!

Check out the roots, traditions and expressions that are the Great Lakes Folk Festival in this video segment by MSU News, produced by Jennifer Orlando: http://www.youtube.com/MichiganStateU#play/user/C6465C22A382E1C5 *look for, "MSU Museum to host Great Lakes Folk Festival"

If you take photos or film at the festival, send us link to Flickr (tag "GLFF2009"), YouTube link or other online galleries and we'll link to them! Send to pr@museum.msu.edu .

SHOP AT BARNES & NOBLE, SUPPORT THE FESTIVAL

Thanks to Barnes and Noble for support of the Great Lakes Folk Festival. B&N will donate a portion of sales from the Aug. 7-9 weekend when customers mention GLFF. This applies to the East Lansing store, as well as the new Young Folk Bookfest at the Abbot Road Stage on Saturday and Sunday.

FAST FACTS:

Admission to the festival is free. Hours for the weekend are: Friday, Aug. 7, 6 - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8, 12 noon - 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 9, 12 noon - 6 p.m. CATA provides extended bus service, along with designated off-site parking in East Lansing and on the MSU campus. The Tri-County Bicycle Association also offers a courtesy bike corral in downtown East Lansing.

Primary financial support for the Great Lakes Folk Festival comes from the City of East Lansing, Michigan State University Office of the Provost and University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, nearly 100 corporations, foundations and organizations support the GLFF annually, as well as individual donors, known as "Great Friends." For more information, call the MSU Museum at (517) 432-GLFF (4533).


TRADITIONS SHOWCASES SET
An audience favorite in the GLFF music lineup is the Traditions Showcase. Musicians from different groups take the stage to share and compare instruments, influences, techniques and traditions. What results is always insightful, delightful and spontaneous storytelling and musicianship.

This year, Traditions Showcases include:

FIDDLE TRADITIONS - Saturday, 1:00 PM - M.A.C. Stage
Louis Michot (Cajun - Lost Bayou Ramblers)
Jimmy Buchanan (Bluegrass - Jesse McReynolds)
Louise Arsenault (Acadian - Gadelle)
Daire Bracken (Celtic - Slide)
Aleksandar Gajic (Klezmer - Beyond The Pale)

HARD LUCK SONGS - Sunday, Noon - M.A.C. Stage
Jesse McReynolds (Bluegrass)
Diunna Greenleaf (Blues)
Slide (Irish)

IMMIGRANT SONGS - Sunday, 2:00 PM - M.A.C. Stage
Gadelle (Acadian)
Les Ross, Sr. (Finnish-American)
The Berntsons (Norwegian-American)
Slide (Irish)

click here for music schedule

 

LOOK, LISTEN FOR GLFF -- AHEAD OF THE EVENT!
Listen for festival features on the air as the festival approaches: on WDBM-FM's (88.9-FM) Tuesday night "Progressive Torch and Twang," with Doug Neal and Corrina Van Hamlin; Sunday night on WKAR-FM's (90.5-FM) "Folk Tradition," with Bob Blackman, and on WMMQ-FM's (94.9-FM) "Capital City Blues Cruise," with Scotty Allman on Sunday night; as well as on WLNZ-FM's rich and varied playlist.

The Lansing State Journal will feature a special spread on GLFF in the Aug. 6 issue of What's On, including a schedule, map and other event details.

 

BECOME A GLFF VOLUNTEER;
ORIENTATION SATURDAY, Aug 1

The Michigan State University Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival still has some slots for a variety of volunteer positions.

More than 400 agile and spirited volunteers help produce the festival, filling three- and four-hour shifts in a variety of areas, including staffing information booths, artist transportation, children's areas, bucket brigades, and site set-up and tear-down. Volunteers get a commemorative T-shirt, entry to a festival artist-staff-volunteer party at the event and other special perks.

For information on volunteering, call (517) 432-GLFF or email glffvolunteer@museum.msu.edu. Or, find out more about the Great Lakes Folk Festival at http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net and click on the "Volunteer" tab.

Volunteer orientation and packet pick-up times at the MSU Museum are:
Saturday, August 1, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Short-term parking is available in front of the MSU Museum, on West Circle Drive.


YOUNG FOLK BOOKFEST

Learn about the MSU Press' Young Folk Bookfest at the MSU Press web site


GREAT LAKES FOLK FESTIVAL NEWS & UPDATES:

Summer is in full swing in mid-Michigan and plans are taking shape for the Michigan State University Museum's annual Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 7-9 in downtown East Lansing.

LISTEN UP!

The music and dance program, sponsored by the City of East Lansing, features more than 50 performances - ranging from Klezmer to Acadian to Blues to Cajun, Western Swing, Celtic, Caribbean and more. Sound clips are now installed on the GLFF web site so you can hear some sample tracks and start learning more about your festival favorites: http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net/Programs&Activities/Music%26Dance/ (scroll down) . The music schedule is available here- http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net/Schedule

BEYOND THE MUSIC:

Fiesta! -- Latino traditions at the MSU Museum's 2009 Great Lakes Folk Festival celebrates crafts, games, music, dance, customs and ritual, holidays, occupational arts and children's activities with tortilla-making demonstrations, paper flower-making, piata -making and games led by MSU's student group, Latinos on the Move. Also planned: a display of lowriders, modified, mural-rich vehicles (weather permitting). This special festival program area at the Great Lakes Folk Festival draws from the MSU Museum's recent work with the Smithsonian Institution, producing a series of programs in connection with the special exhibition, "Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement."

*NEW* MSU Press: The Young Folk Bookfest -- celebrating the state's rich tradition of children's books, authors and illustrators and the story-telling that is so important to their future. MSU Press is taking the lead in this new festival feature.

2009 Michigan Heritage Award honorees, recognizing the state's top tradition-bearers: Willard Finch of Stockbridge for decorative architectural painting; and Les Ross Sr. of Marquette for Finnish "lumberjack" style harmonica playing. Les Ross will also play a couple of sets on the Albert Avenue Dance Stage.

Taste of Traditions Foodways: with regional and ethnic food - Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Jamaican and more. New this year: Chinese, Greek and Indian foodways.

Folk Arts Marketplace: visitors can see master artists in action, demonstrating traditional skills, and take home a bit of the festival experience. New to the Folk Arts Marketplace this year are Mountain Bows from the American South, Polish mouth-blown glass and carved fishing lures.

FESTIVAL FAST FACTS:

Festival hours are: Friday, Aug. 7, 6 - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8, noon - 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 9, noon - 6 p.m.

Follow the festival on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=46300743090 and twitter http://twitter.com/GLFF

To volunteer, learn more here: http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net/Volunteers/About/

Admission to the MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival is free (donations are encouraged for this visitor-supported event).

Be great, donate!

https://secure.museum.msu.edu/webCredit/GLFFContributions/form.html

link to online donation page

Roots-Rhythms-Richness

MSU MUSEUM ANNOUNCES ‘09 FOLK FESTIVAL LINE-UP

MSU MUSEUM, EAST LANSING, MICH. -- The roots, the rhythms and the richness of music, dance, arts and culture from across America and around the world come to downtown East Lansing for the Michigan State University Museum's annual Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 7-9.

The MSU Museum announces the initial line-up of musical performers, sponsored by the City of East Lansing:

Slide, from Dublin, Ireland, will appear at the the 2009 Great Lakes Folk Festival


Each band name is a clickable link to that band's web site

Berntson Family Band (Norwegian-American). Washington, D.C. & Los Angeles, California

Beyond the Pale (Klezmer), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gadelle (Acadian), Wellington, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Blues Singer Diunna Greenleaf

Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy (Blues), Houston, Texas

Los Bandits de Michigan (Tex-Mex), Kalamazoo, Michigan

Lost Bayou Ramblers (Cajun), Broussard, Louisiana

Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys (Bluegrass), Gallatin, Tennessee

Alex Meixner Band (Polka), Allentown, Pennsylvania

Shotgun Party (Western Swing), Austin, Texas

Slide (Irish Celtic), Dublin, Ireland -

Tumbao Bravo (Cuban/ Caribbean), Ann Arbor, Michigan

In addition to more than 50 musical presentations, the weekend features artist showcases, demonstrations and meet-the-artist sessions.

 




Beyond the music
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the MSU Museum’s festival program includes

The half-mile festival site | across the street from the MSU campus -- spans the downtown core of the city, tapping laid-back park settings and pulsing city crossroads for three days of festival fun.

“The festival is a one-of-a-kind event and a special celebration in our community -- a fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, hands-on activity workshops, living museum exhibitions, and showcase of multi-ethnic heritage,” notes Marsha MacDowell, GLFF founding director and MSU Museum curator of folk arts.

“With arts and culture programs at risk nationwide | and especially in our state | we are proceeding with a trimmed and tight program that reinforces our commitment to sharing traditions and cultural expressions, while facing the realities of decreasing public funding,” she adds.

This award-winning event is of the region's premiere arts programs and a summer-time high note -- and is expected to draw more than 90,000 visitors throughout the weekend to celebrate culture, tradition and community. GLFF was named the state's top public humanities program by the Michigan Humanities Council and the event received an artistic excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help produce this year’s activities.

Festival hours are:
Friday, Aug. 7, 6 - 10:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Aug. 8, noon - 10:30 p.m.; and
Sunday, Aug. 9, noon - 6 p.m.
For more information, call the MSU Museum at (517) 432-GLFF (4533) or learn more at http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net and on Facebook (sign up for Facebook required to access). Admission to the MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival is free (donations are encouraged).

The Great Lakes Folk Festival is produced by the Michigan State University Museum, Michigan's first Smithsonian affiliate. The festival is produced by the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, which researches, documents, preserves, and presents our shared heritage and cultural expressions. Primary financial support for GLFF comes from the City of East Lansing, Michigan State University Office of the Provost and University Outreach and Engagement, and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. In addition, nearly 100 corporations, foundations and organizations also support GLFF annually, as well as individual donors, "Great Friends."

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO LANSING'S CIESADESIGN FOR 'GUVVY' AWARD
Congratulations to CiesaDesign on receiving the Governor's Award for Arts & Culture for 2008! The award is presented each year to a Michigan business or business-related organization that has dedicated extraordinary support to artists, arts and cultural organizations, or arts educators in Michigan.

CiesaDesign has donated design services for the MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival since its inception and has provided inspired and high-impact graphic arts identity for this event, as well as a number of other festivals and arts organizations in Greater Lansing.

"This award is a great honor for our studio and I would like to thank all of those who, for more than two decades, have stood selflessly by our sides investing time, money and passion towards creating and sustaining a vital arts and cultural community. This award belongs to all of you," said Creative Director Chris VanWyck. "Thank you to all of the arts organizations and their volunteers who do the extraordinary, year after year, with less than extraordinary resources... we are blessed to have a community that is never wanting for arts and culture."

Other honorees in the Exemplary Business category include Macy's and Oakwood Healthcare System.

Established in 1985 by Concerned Citizens for the Arts of Michigan, The Governor's Awards for Arts & Culture is the longest running Michigan event recognizing statewide and international leaders in the arts and is Michigan's largest statewide celebration of arts, culture and creativity. For more information about the Guvvy's, presented by ArtServe Michigan, visit http://www.theguvvys.org.


'08 FESTIVAL FLASHBACK:

CHECK OUT THESE LINKS from the Lansing State Journal and YouTube and more -- including Western swinger Wylie Gustafson singing about East Lansing:

MSU Museum's Patrick T. Power's Facebook gallery:
http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=145885&id=756490223&ref=mf
You have to sign into Facebook to view these photos

LSJ's Mike Hughes' Entertainment blog:
http://noise.typepad.com/mike_hughes/

LSJ's photo gallery by Robert Killips:
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=A3&Dato=20080810&Kategori=NEWS&Lopenr=808100801&Ref=PH
LSJ's Kevin Fowler's photos:
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=A3&Dato=20080808&Kategori=NEWS&Lopenr=808090801&Ref=PH

Jim Fordyce, WILS Radio and MI entertainment TV reporter:
http://www.mientertainment.biz/GLFOLK08.html

YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsWlBPlepak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klk1_hMsg3c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcsWhOmR-5A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1q7ulSnI4g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wzl9oVoHlM

Send us your photos, online galleries and links and we'll add them to our GLFF web page and MSU Museum Facebook page. Contact: pr@museum.msu.ed

For more information, call the MSU Museum at (517) 432-GLFF (4533) or learn more on Facebook,
A link to the Festival's Facebook page is below- log in is required
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=10222494617
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The event is produced by the Michigan State University Museum, Michigan's first Smithsonian affiliate. The festival is produced by the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, which researches, documents, preserves, and presents our shared heritage and cultural expressions. Primary financial support for GLFF comes from the City of East Lansing, Michigan State University Office of the Provost and University Outreach and Engagement, and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. In addition, nearly 100 corporations, foundations and organizations also support GLFF annually, as well as individual donors, "Great Friends."

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