PLEASE! No camping until Monday!!!

OK, it's (almost) Monday, August 22nd, so the fair is over, and you are welcome to come and camp for the festival.  In fact, come soon, so you don't get stuck with neighbors like this! 

Midland County Fair - no FMSM booth this year!

The stars just weren't lining up to staff a booth/tent at the Midland County Fair during the week before the Midland Folk Music Festival, so we will just have to let that effort go for 2016.  Feel free to come to the fair and stroll around with your instrument and some FMSM literature and do some promoting, though!

Midland Folk Music Festival

23nd Annual Midland Folk Music Festival

August 25 - August 28, 2016

BULLETIN! - The workshop schedule and the schedule of the sing-alongs, jams, and stage show are now posted on the FESTIVAL page!  Just click the festival tab, and see what is in store...

Location: Midland County Fairgrounds (6905 Eastman Rd., Midland, MI)

Admission: $5/member, $10/nonmember (memberships available at the door)

Camping Available: $20/night (includes electricity)

The 2015 Festival was a wonderful reunion of music folk, with loads of workshops, jams, sing-alongs and concerts. The 2016 Festival schedules are now posted on the Midland Folk Music Festival page.

The wheels are in motion, and plans are being planned as you read this note!

Let's Have a Picnic!

Wednesday, June 8th, is the date, and Whiting Forest, 2303 Eastman Avenue is the place.  Bring a potluck dish, your instrument/music, a friend, a pen (to mark your ballot!), and a smile.  Socialize at 5:30, dinner at 6, a brief business meeting to follow, along with election of board members (speeches by candidates are limited to 15 seconds), and then music afterward.  

WASSUP2: Sing-along songs and flash mob songs

If you're planning to attend either the flash mob or the gospel sing-along on Saturday, here are the links to the lead sheets with the words and chords.  Please download them and bring them along.  A limited number of paper copies will be available for a cost at the festival, but there are no guarantees how long they will last.

Flash mob songs:

Gospel sing-along songs:

FMSM Winter Concert and WASSUP2...

...are coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in music at the Midland Free Methodist Church, 5821 Eastman Ave. in Midland.

Friday evening at 7pm is the FMSM winter concert, which will NOT BE HELD AT THE DOW LIBRARY AUDITORIUM, as has been the case previously, but rather in the sanctuary at MFMC, which is about a mile or two north of the Dow Library on the same (west) side of Eastman Ave.  Jolly Hammers and Strings will open the concert, and the headliner is the multi-talented artist and entertainer, Mr. Todd Baio of Chandler, Arizona.  Admission is by your kind donation.  Plan to be there!

The second annual WASSUP! ukulele festival runs concurrently at MFMC from 1pm until 9pm on Friday, and from 9:30am to 9:30pm on Saturday.  Again, there are no tickets to buy or admission fees to pay, but it is your donations that help make this festival possible to have.

Whether you be a uke player, a singer, a curious person with nothing better to do, or an innocent bystander, you are invited to attend.  There will be a ukulele flash mob at the Midland Mall on Saturday at 11:30am, a gospel sing-along at 3pm on Saturday, a ukulele concert at 7pm on Saturday, as well as a silent auction, vendors, a used instrument table, and many other activities all weekend as outlined in the schedule below.  Round up some friends and come join the party! - JH

Friday, March 11, 2016, 1-9pm

1-1:50 - boogie turnaround workshop with Todd Baio

2-2:50 - group strum

2-3:50 - open mic 

3-3:50 - flash mob rehearsal 

4-4:50 - vocal workshop

5-6:45 - dinner (Bob Evans is encouraged, as they are rebating 15% of the bills to help finance the festival - be sure to pick up a Bob Evans flyer at the festival and bring it along!)

7-9 - FMSM folkie concert
    7-7:20 - Jolly Hammers and Strings opens
    7:30-8:45 - folk music by Todd

Saturday - March 12, 2016 - 9:30am - 9:30pm

9:30-10:20 - group strum

9:30-10:20 - Beatles workshop 

10:30-11:10 - flash mob rehearsal 

11:30-11:45 - flash mob  (Centre Court at the Midland Mall)

11:45-1 - lunch at Midland Mall Food Court

1-2:50 - open mic

1-1:50 - PEANUT beginning ukulele workshop 

2-2:50 - group strum 

3-5 - MFMC sacred concert
    3-3:20 - Muzyka! opens
    3:30-4:45 - sacred music by Todd

5-6:30 - dinner (think Bob Evans!!)

7-9 - ukulele concert
    7-7:20 - SUGAR opens
    7:30-8:45 - ukulele music by Todd

9-9:30 - reception, 50/50, silent auction winners