Charlotte Folk Society logo celebrating 30 years

Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

2014 Charlotte Fold Society Holiday Potluck & Jams
Saturday, December 13th, 4:30-9:45 PM

Dilworth United Methodist Church

Little Windows

The Charlotte Waites Trio

Please, save the date for the Folk Society’s annual Holiday Potluck & Jams on Saturday, December 13th!  Our year-end celebration takes place again in Langford Hall at Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Boulevard, in the Dilworth Community of Charlotte.  The Potluck Dinner begins at 5 PM.  Please bring a dish to serve eight or contribute $5 per person towards our expenses.  The Folk Society will provide turkey and ham.  The Potluck is open to the public and you’re invited to bring friends and family. 

Come at 4 PM for pre-dinner jamming or singing.  Salem Macknee will lead a holiday song circle.  Tom Estes, Alan Davis, and Greg Clarke will lead Old-Time, Celtic, and Bluegrass jams, respectively. 

We’ll need some volunteers to come at 3 PM to assist the ever-creative Rita Hartmann with decorating Langford Hall.  We’re fortunate to again have the highly organized Jo Stephens heading up the kitchen team.  Please let Wanda Hubicki know if you can give some time before the Potluck to help with setting up, staffing the CFS table, keeping foods warmed or chilled, or helping afterwards to clear the hall of our decorations – call 704-563-7080 or email

Our custom at the Potluck is to draw names of new and renewed members for door prizes.  Be sure to renew your membership for 2015 so that you’ll be eligible!  We invite member musicians and artisans to donate CDs and handcrafted items for door prizes.  Either call Wanda Hubicki at 704-563-7080 or simply bring them with you on the 13th. 

We will draw the winning name in our instrument raffle at the Potluck, as well.  Buy your tickets now for the Recording King RA998 Metal Body Resonator Mandolin, generously donated by The Violin Shoppe.  The list price of this instrument is $667.99.  For your convenience, purchase tickets online at the Raffle Full Details Page! or prior to dinner at the Potluck. (Online ticket sales end at midnight, December 11th)

As the Holiday Potluck is considered to be our annual members’ meeting, we will hold elections of new board members during the course of the evening.  Look for more details in the December newsletter.

The Charlotte Waites

Don Boekelheide studied music at the University of California at Santa Barbara, but “discovered” the recorder at an adult education class taught in a garage.  He has been very involved in the Charlotte early music scene. 

Susan and John Burns both studied bassoon performance at Oberlin Conservatory, where they now wish they had discovered early music, well, earlier.  They are active in many dimensions of the Charlotte music scene, including the CPCC Early Music Consort, Harpers Four, and the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra.

After dinner, we welcome back The Charlotte Waites to perform a set of seasonal songs.  Waites were town bands popular throughout England from the 1300s to the 1800s, with counterparts in much of Europe.  They welcomed important visitors to the city, led processions, woke the townsfolk on dark winter days, and provided music for the benefit and enjoyment of all, as well as performing night watch duties.  The Charlotte Waites aspire to do the same in Charlotte today.  They perform Renaissance and Medieval music on period instruments, with Don Boekelheide on cornetto, Susan Burns on alto dulcian, and John Burns on bass dulcian.

Following The Charlotte Waites’ set, the election, and drawings, folks will be welcome to sing and jam for the remainder of the evening until the Potluck ends at 9:45 PM.  See you there!

Learn more about The Charlotte Waites and find out about their performance dates at

Arts & Science Council / NC Arts Logo

CFS Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.