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Friday, January 19, 2018

WTF: What the Folk! Unplugged open mic : Historical January restart

Welcome  to 2018!

I know that you have all been going half mad with a curious mix of wonder and worry as to whether or not What The Folk! is ever coming back. Well... worry no more but hang on to the wonder because...


WTF! will be returning in a glorious new venue... the historic George Wright House [aka the Local Women's Council House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax.


Because this is a setting with a history... we are going with the theme of...

H I S T O R Y 

...historical songs and stories, and if not exactly historical, then songs and stories with a real story behind them. I have asked Pat Dickson to open the evening with her compelling story about businessman and philanthropist George Wright, the man for whom the house is named. 

As for the rest of you... you're on your own but remember please... I said

historical, not hysterical
however...

 this is WTF! so I wouldn't rule it out :)

Xo Margo

Please see below for notes on ENTRANCE, PARKING, BUS ROUTES


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 9th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mic session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the convivial team of Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
 
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at the historic George Wright House [aka the Local Women's Council House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is a given. 


Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts at 7:00
 and goes until 9:00. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. There will be beverages and treats for sale as well.

ENTRANCE 
 989 Young Avenue through the Ramp Door only. The front door is unavailable at night.

PARKING – lots of parking available on the surrounding streets. There is absolutely no parking in the driveway of 
the house. It is for the sole use of the permanent tenants. There is also a pay parking lot next to 
the apartment building at 1030 South Park Street.


BUS ROUTES – 
there are four bus routes that pass by the corner of South Park, Young and Inglis during our time line - #14 and #29 plus the University Routes #10, and #18. The #7 comes as close as the corner of South Park and South.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

WTF: What the Folk! Open Mic returns at new venue

Hello gang,

I know that a lot of you have been inconsolable ever since it was announced that we would have to leave our beloved Spencer House but... weep no more. It gives me great pleasure to announce that WTF! has found a new home and it is fabulous!

As of January 26th, 2018... we will be meeting as usual every second and fourth Friday of the month at the historic George Wright House [aka the Women's Council House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax. 

This is an extraordinary place... both of beauty and of history and so I ask you to please take a few moments to acquaint yourself.

http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=7324

The space we will be using consists of the acoustically rich large double parlour, the sun porch, the kitchen, and the butler's pantry. There is a washrooom and facilities are available to prepare tea and coffee; however, unlike Spencer House... there is no on-site baker to create mouth watering desserts and so we are looking into options. Perhaps going on post Christmas sweets diets is in order :)

The actual civic address is 989 Young Avenue. Entrance at night is through the Ramp Door only. 

There is no parking on the premises as the driveway is reserved for the building's tenants; however, there is plenty of parking on Young, Inglis and South Park plus there is a pay parking lot next to the apartment building at 1030 South Park Street.

For those who choose to leave their cars at home... there are at least 5 bus routes that pass by the corner of South Park, Young and Inglis - #14 and #9 plus the University Routes #10, #17 and #18.

I expect that we will have some minor adjustments at first; however, I also expect that it will be nothing our merry musical band can't handle with humour, humility, and grace :)

Margo


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