June 19, 1997 |
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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June 17, 2002 |
Elaine Weissman prepares for the Summer Solstice Folk Music, Dance & Storytelling Festival in Calabasas as if she were a general about to go to war. This year's festival, running Friday through Sunday, has been in the works for more than 18 months. Five thousand people are expected to attend the festival, the largest traditional music and arts fest on the West Coast, and the logistics are as complicated as a cat's cradle.
June 19, 1997
The California Traditional Music Society will present a Celtic music concert with Irish musicians Joe and Antoinette McKenna and Mary Bergin at 8 p.m. Saturday at Soka University in Calabasas. Joe McKenna performs on the uillean pipes, whistle and button accordion. His wife, Antoinette, performs on the harp, while her sister, Mary Bergin, is a renowned tin whistle player, having been named "All Ireland Champion" while still a teenager. All three also sing.
June 23, 1989 |
Ten years ago, Elaine and Clark Weissman were two frustrated dulcimer fans in search of a festival. This week, Elaine is organizing the final details for the 9th annual Summer Solstice Folk Music and Dance Festival, an event that has grown from a one-day teaching workshop for dulcimer players to a three-day folk music and dance extravaganza that is 27 mini-festivals in one. "There was a huge need for a festival like this," Elaine said. "Most of the dulcimer players we knew 10 years ago were learning from books.
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.
June 9, 1991 |
If you are looking for storytelling in Spanish; tales from African, Jewish or American Indian traditions, or stories where it's OK to wear pajamas, there's quite a bit for Southland youngsters this summer. Among the offerings: * "The Coyote, the Spirit and the Moon," a free multicultural storytelling festival by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department's Folk Arts Program, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today. Reservations suggested. Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles; (213) 221-2163.