We have a Hall-of-Famer amongst us! Congratulations, Betty Scherzer... https://expo.mlive.com/sports/g66l-2019/09/ac40acc6118370/twotime-national-softball-mvp-betty-scherzer-makes-pitch-for-hall-of-fame.html

The Folk Music Society of Midland is saddened to hear of the passing on September 5th, 2019, of Bruce Macartney, who was an important part of the local traditional music community. FMSM sends its condolences to his wife, Carol, their children, the family members, and his bandmates and friends.

Wow! Thanks to all who made the 2019 MFMF happen, and to all of you who came and made it so much fun! We'll see y'all next August... If you have photos that you're willing to share, please send them to beldar57@yahoo.com. Thanks!

The Midland Folk Music Festival information is now available.  The dates are August 22-25, 2019, Mark your calendar and get your songs, your steps, and your voices all shined up and ready to go!

Here is the 2019 event schedule:

2019 Workshop Schedules

2019 Saturday Night Stage Show Schedule

2019 Jams and Sing-A-Longs Schedule

2019 Jams and Sing-a-Longs

2019 Midland Folk Music Festival

Midland County Fairgrounds
6905 Eastman Avenue
Midland, Michigan 48640

2019 Saturday Night Stage Show

Folk Music Society of Midland

2019 Midland Folk Music Festival

6905 N Eastman Rd.
Midland, MI 48642

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2019 Midland Folk Music Music Festival Workshop Schedules

2019 Midland Folk Music Festival

Midland County Fairgrounds
6905 Eastman Avenue, Midland, Michigan 48640

Workshop Schedule

Friday, August 23, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - An assortment of folk music instrument and related workshops, including Children's Workshops.

(Click links to view, download and print out the workshop schedules)

Every day, it's a gettin' closer, goin' faster than a rollercoaster...  

The Midland Folk Music Festival information is now available.  The dates are August 22-25, 2019, Mark your calendar and get your songs, your steps, and your voices all shined up and ready to go!

Here is the 2019 event schedule:

WASSUP5 done come 'n' went - here's a few photos (courtesy of Shari Ballard-Krishnan) that tell a little bit about what happened.  Thank you to all who came and all who helped get everything ready (and put away!)  Plans are already being made for WASSUP6 - Fri/Sat, March 13 and 14, 2020!  Mark your Google calendars now...  😀

UPDATE - FUNERAL INFORMATION:  Jane E. "Nonz" Kuhlman 100 years of Midland died peacefully Saturday January 19, 2019 at her home surrounded by her children. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 A.M. Saturday January 26, 2019 from Trinity Lutheran Church. Jane's family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until time of service. 

Sadly, Jane Kuhlman has passed away.  She and Bill were instrumental in the formation of Jolly Hammers and Strings and in creating the Midland Folk Music Festival.  FMSM sends its sympathies to Keith, Kris, Kathy, and the whole Kuhlman family.

Check the calendar on the right side of the page to find out what fun musical events are happening in 2019 with FMSM...

A sad note to share with the FMSM family...

Here is a note from Marlene and an excerpt from Jerry's obituary and a lovely clip of Jerry and Marlene dancing ...

My beloved Jerry died Friday morning. His daughter Ann and I were there with him, and I was able to hold him as he gently let go of his life. After 5 days in the Neuro ICU, we were fortunate to find a bed for him at Toni & Trish House where the hospice care is so attentive and loving. Last Friday he fell causing a severe brain bleed – and thus a hemorrhagic stroke. He declined slowly over the week, but until Thursday was still responsive and able to smile and squeeze our hands. I will miss him terribly – but I also feel some relief that his struggle is over.

I am hoping that folk & dance musicians can bring their acoustic instruments and jam after the service and lunch Saturday in the Gathering room at Trinity Lutheran.

Gerald (Jerry) Hickman, 88, of Midland, died gently and peacefully on November 2, 2018, knowing he was loved. Jerry loved folk music and traditional dancing. He organized the Midland Traditional Dancers and taught contra dancing and clogging at the Midland Community Center. He also taught dance to Midland students and Girl Scouts, and he was the Dancing Master at the Historical Society’s Victorian Ball.

Jerry’s bright spirit and enthusiasm for life touched the lives of all who knew him. Jerry is survived by his loving wife and favorite dance partner for 34 years, Marlene Hickman.. . . .

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 11 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Jerry’s family will receive friends on Friday November 9, from 6-8 PM at Ware-Smith Woolever and at 10 AM Saturday at the Church. His family is grateful for all the compassionate care and attention he received in the last months of his life. Donations in memory of Gerald Hickman would be appreciated to the Toni & Trish House or Senior Services.

Jolly Hammers and Strings are playing at the River of Time at the south end of Veterans' Park in Bay City - see below and more info at 


September 28-30, 2018
Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City 

  This annual event held on the banks of the Saginaw River in Veterans Memorial Park draws re-enactors from all over the country to dress, work and live as people did from several eras in Michigan's past.  Representing time periods from pre-contact Native Americans, Revolutionary War, French and Indian War, Civil War, and the great World Wars, this free, family-oriented, educational event is a wonderful way to look back at simpler if not more difficult times.  It is held the last weekend in September, and brings in thousands of people every year including school groups from all over the area.

Sept. 2018 - Volunteers are always welcomed!  Check the VOLUNTEER tab for ways you can be a part of the FMSM team...

Photos of 2018 festival courtesy of Shari Ballard-Krishnan 

Mark your calendar for the Midland Folk Music Festival - August 22-25, 2019...


Hey, it's not even an FMSM event, but you will surely see an awful lot of FMSM people there...  http://evartdulcimerfest.org/  (and it's not just for dulcimers!)   Dates are July 19-21, 2018, although people start showing up there as soon as the 4th of July).

Due to unforeseen terrible weather, the Indigo Moon / Roanoke concert scheduled for Saturday, 4/14/18 has been RESCHEDULED for Sunday, 9/23/18.  

Indigo Moon & Roanoke bands take the Spring Concert Stage Saturday, September 23, 2018 at Creative 360 in Midland, MI.
For more info on Indigo Moon, go to