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September 22, 2000 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the good part of the last two decades, Elaine and Clark Weissman, who head the California Traditional Music Society, have organized and managed the annual Summer Solstice Festival. But just when they hired a new festival director to run the mammoth three-day event, the husband-and-wife team found something new to do.
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June 25, 1999 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a two-year hiatus, the California Traditional Music Society's Summer Solstice Festival returns this weekend to Soka University in Calabasas with a new director. The Summer Solstice Festival carried on for 16 consecutive years despite recessions, rap music and the L.A. riots. It was not a lack of interest, attendance or support that prompted the cancellation of the folk music, dance and storytelling event.
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June 23, 1997 | ED BOND
New England folk singer Bill Staines was the only performer Sunday at what used to be the Summer Solstice Festival, an annual event that for 17 years featured numerous concerts and workshops over a three-day period. But this year, while festival sponsors restructure their organization, Staines was one of only two acts presented. His fans didn't seem to mind. On stage, Staines joked about how his songs can cure a child's insomnia and about how some fans say his voice reminds them of Burl Ives.
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April 13, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM
The Summer Solstice Folk Music, Dance & Storytelling Festival, an annual traditional music event in Los Angeles County since 1981, will branch into Orange County this year with a satellite concert of Celtic music in Aliso Viejo. "It's a way to reach out to a new community," said Elaine Weissman, executive director of the California Traditional Music Society, the event's promoter.
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June 19, 1997 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the years, the Summer Solstice Festival and the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest have survived recessions, rap music, even the L.A. riots. But a leadership vacuum may mean the end for these two major Valley-based cultural events. For the last 17 years, the Summer Solstice Festival was a regular event on the June calendar. Sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society, it was an annual three-day celebration of folk music and related arts.
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October 11, 2003 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
Slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who grew up in Encino, loved music, especially folk music. Murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, Pearl would have been 40 on Friday, and friends who used to play alongside the gifted musician will be among those honoring him at Sunday's free Folk Music, Dance & Storytelling Festival in Encino Park.
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November 28, 1985 | KATHRYN PHILLIPS, Phillips is a Redondo Beach free-lance writer. and
Six years ago, Karen Williams had the kind of career many status-hungry young professionals would sacrifice a late-model BMW to get. She was a young lawyer working long but well-paid hours at one of Los Angeles' top entertainment law firms. Her future looked bright. But within two years, she dumped the career for love. The object of her devotion? A hammer dulcimer and the dream of life as an itinerant folk musician.
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June 22, 1990
With events as airy as a dulcimer workshop and as earthy as a dirty-song sing-along, this weekend's folk festival at Cal State Northridge promises something for everyone. Called the Summer Solstice Folk Music and Dance Festival, the two-day, two-night show is in its 10th year and has attained a national reputation. The $20 daytime admission buys participation in a wide variety of workshops and browsing at crafts and food booths. There will be dozens of workshops Saturday and Sunday.
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September 9, 2001 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elaine Weissman has seen the Southern California folk scene wax and wane. Right now, she said happily, it's on the rise. "The scene locally is getting 1,000% better," said Weissman, 61, director of the California Traditional Music Society Folk Music Center in Encino Park. "It's really blooming from San Francisco to San Diego."
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September 11, 2002 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Slain journalist Daniel Pearl loved music, and to honor him, the Daniel Pearl Foundation is launching a worldwide concert on Oct. 10, the day he would have turned 39. "He always carried an instrument with him wherever he went," said Judea Pearl, Daniel's father. Kicking off the international event will be a free folk music festival Oct. 6 in Encino, where Pearl grew up.
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