Baltimore Folk Music Society

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Welcome to the Baltimore Folk Music Society


The Baltimore Folk Music Society is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to preserving and promoting folk music, dance, and tradition. BFMS sponsors regular dances, concerts, family events, and related activities year-round. Members are eligible for discounts to Society events by showing their membership card.

BFMS is a member of the Country Dance & Song Society and shares reciprocity arrangements with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, and the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society.

Contra dancing: One Person's Perspective

Check out this great video of Contra dance at Lovely Lane on the Wednesday Night Dance page.

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Students Dance Free in September

Wednesday night dances only - Full time students with ID dance and under 21 can dance Free.
See the Wednesday Night Contra and Square Dance page.

Please download our flier.

Visit the BFMS Folk Events page for a list of some of the other folk events in the area.
www.bfms.org/folkevents

Special Events

Wednesday, October 05 2016 
Free Contra Dance

This year, the Baltimore Folk Music Society is proud to participate again in Free Fall Baltimore by offering two Wednesday American Contra and Square dance evenings absolutely FREE. Join us for an evening of participatory American square & contra dance, accompanied by live music. No experience or partner needed – all dances are taught! Family-friendly event – we have dancers of all ages! Lesson offered at 7:30 pm, but feel free to join in at any time during the evening!


 
Sunday, October 09 2016 
Cromwell Valley Park Fall Festival
BFMS will participate in the annual Fall Festival at Cromwell Valley Park On October 9 from 12-4. This is a great festival for the entire family, with music, activities, yummy food, and crafts for sale!
BFMS will once again have a singing circle and a great old time jam. This year the 4th at 4 Storyfolk will also sponsor a Liars Contest.
Bring your best Lie ( Tall Tale) and compete to win the Golden Shovel. There will be a Senior Division and a Junior Division for 18 and under.
The Festival is on the Willow Grove section of the park, which is the SECOND park entrance off Cromwell Bridge Road.
We are also seeking volunteers to man the BFMS flier/information tableFree admission to festival, However, a $5 parking donation per vehicle is requested to support this wonderful park. For more information or to volunteer to help: specialevents@bfms.org
or 410-321-8419.
 
Saturday, October 15 2016 
2016 Autumn Assembly Ball
Come dressed in your finest for the BFMS Autumn Assembly English Ball at the Church of the Redeemer. Tickets are on sale now.
 
Wednesday, October 19 2016 
Free Contra Dance

This year, the Baltimore Folk Music Society is proud to participate again in Free Fall Baltimore by offering two Wednesday American Contra and Square dance evenings absolutely FREE.Join us for an evening of participatory American square & contra dance, accompanied by live music. No experience or partner needed – all dances are taught! Family-friendly event – we have dancers of all ages! Lesson offered at 7:30 pm, but feel free to join in at any time during the evening!


 
Saturday, December 31 2016 
Gala New Year Eve English Country Dance
Join us for the Gala New Year's Eve English Country Dance at St Mark's on the Hill. Tickets are on sale now. Registration Required.
 
Saturday, January 14 2017 
2017 Mid Winter Ball
I heard it through the Grapevine. Luke Donforth calls to the Free Raisins. Tickets are on sale now.
 

See our Events page for a complete listing of events and details.

Attention BFMS Members

  • New By-Laws Adopted Check the By-laws page for related informaton.
  • Recently moved or changed your email address? Wondering why you aren't getting anything from BFMS? Please contact BFMS Membership (membership @ bfms.org) and update your contact information.
  • If you have recently joined BFMS or renewed your membership and did not get anything in the mail (such as a membership Card) please contact the Membership Chair at membership @ bfms.org. Thank you.

How to Contact Us

By E-mail - use our Contact page.

We can also be reached by conventional mail at

Baltimore Folk Music Society, P.O. Box 7134 Waverly Station, Baltimore, MD 21218-0134.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS
or email president at bfms.org.


Membership expired? Renew on-line! See the Membership page for details.