August 16, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Folk Festival, the area's biggest party in the park for folk-music aficionados, returns to Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville next Friday to Aug. 25 for its 30th-birthday celebration. On tap during the three-day event will be performances by festival regulars Mike Cross, Roger Sprung, David Bromberg, Steve Forbert, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Richie Havens, Stephen Wade and his Band of Soloists and many others, plus, appearing for the first time together, Pete, Mike, Penny and Peggy Seeger.
August 1, 1997 |
The Philadelphia Folk Festival, a 36-year tradition that draws thousands of folk-music-lovers each August to the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, will be held, as usual, the weekend before Labor Day. The three-day fete includes five major concerts, two days of workshops, a full day of folk and square dancing, a ceilidh (Celtic music mini-festival), a new-talent showcase and all sorts of craft activities for kids. The musical headliners this year are Emmylou Harris, Keb' Mo', Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Trout Fishing in America, and Rosanne Cash.
August 18, 2006 |
The Philadelphia Folk Festival, celebrating its 45th year this weekend, has not been singing a happy song for a while. The festival has been suffering declining attendance and losing money for at least four years. After crowds flocked to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2001, festival chairman David Baskin said, "things took a turn down and haven't quite fully recovered. " On total revenue of $1,070,376 in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005 - the most recent year for which data is publicly available - the Philadelphia Folk Song Society reported a deficit of $158,892 to the Internal Revenue Service.
September 14, 2013 |
The 17th annual Korean Folk Festival for Children returns on Saturday at John Russell Field in LaMott, Cheltenham Township. From 1 to 5 p.m. enjoy culture and traditional games. Children can do rice-cake smashing, practice yoga, make masks, and have their faces painted. They can test their strength in a tug-of-war competition and play on a Korean seesaw. There will be performances and cuisine such as stir-fried rice cakes, barbecue beef, and seaweed rolls. 17th annual Korean Folk Festival for Children, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at John Russell Field, Penrose and Willow Avenues in the LaMott section of Cheltenham Twp. Rain date is Sept.
May 13, 1994 |
Green tree-tips and a riot of tulips give good cause for a sigh of relief. The winter from Hades has past. Welcome above ground, Persephone. As if flora and fauna weren't enough, fairs and festivals are proliferating as well. There are lots, each with something unusual enough to pique a child's interest. Yours, too. So, out and about you go, before the heat and humidity set in. FOLK FETE. Henry Mercer could see it coming. Others tossed out their outmoded kitchenware, their antiquated farm implements.
August 28, 1998 |
The thing that Jack Williams likes about playing to 20,000 people in a hayfield is the closeness of it all. "The festival provides more intimacy for a greater number of people than any venue I know of," he says. "I think the people are focused very closely on the artist and the music rather than the event or the scene. " Williams, who will play Saturday afternoon at the 37th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival at the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, spent 30 years laboring in various unsigned rock bands before becoming a folk artist 10 years ago. He is celebrating his 40th year without a real job. "Back in my rock days," he recalls, "I played for 20 or 30 thousand people in a stadium and I never could see the . . . faces.
August 20, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Folk Festival last weekend wasn't the same without Dante Bucci. Dante, who died last Wednesday, had been taking his unique way of making music to the festival since 2001. His instrument was the "hang," a kind of drum in the shape of a flying saucer, balanced on the lap and played with hands and fingers. The music Dante produced with this odd device, much of it of his own composition, was unlike anything heard from traditional instruments. Its sound is usually described as "dreamlike" and "haunting.
August 16, 2007
N.J. seniors ask: This is property-tax relief? My husband and I live in Cape May Court House. We are both on Social Security, as are most people who live here. Our property taxes were $5,000 a year. We received a new bill after a reassessment. We now pay $10,000. I think something is very wrong, since Gov. Corzine said property taxes would be lowered. Most people have lived here since the 1950s and are retired. They can't afford to pay these taxes and cannot sell their homes.
March 17, 1989 |
Michelle Shocked got downright primitive: guitar, voice, words. Yet when working together, those three elements provided a punch strong enough to knock over the sellout crowd at the Theater of Living Arts. In the first of last night's two performances in the intimate theater, Shocked played songs from her first two albums, told stories about growing up in East Texas and exhaled some poignant political beliefs. Shocked, dressed in a turtleneck, jeans and her trademark cap, got down to business right away, playing her singles "Anchorage" and "When I Grow Up," both from Short Sharp Shocked, as the first two songs in her 90-minute show.
April 25, 2000 |
Volunteers will roll up their sleeves and dig into their work at the Brandywine Valley Association's Myrick Conservation Center Saturday, joining a community effort to protect and restore the area surrounding the Brandywine Creek. "Essentially, we are a nonprofit organization and we don't have a lot of staff," said Dave Johnson, land manager for the association, "so if there are people willing to come out of their own good will and help us out, it's much appreciated and very useful.