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For 50 years, as of January 2010, the Riverside Folk Song Society has met monthly to share songs and the love of music with musicians and listeners. 

Our 50th anniversary celebration was a resounding success! Folks had a great time, seeing friends they hadn't seen in ages (I will not list them all here as I'm sure I'll forget someone). You can read what the newspaper had to say, thanks to attendee Dick Henderson who took the photo and sent in the information to the reporter at the Press Enterprise - it made page 2 of the main section!

You can also read about the event, access photos, and learn more about it all by checking my blog. More photos will be posted and accessible through this page soon . . . check back about the beginning of February.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event possible!!


We are a small group - about 35 members who are active - and often have gatherings of only a dozen people.  Most members live in the Inland Empire, but some come from as far away as Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  We provide a welcoming venue for newer musicians or singers looking for a friendly atmosphere in which to preview a new tune.

Our regular meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.  The first half hour is social time, allowing the musicians to tune their instruments.  The normal procedure is to go around in a circle, allowing everyone a chance to perform or suggest a song, usually relating to a pre-determined theme. We take a break at about 9:00 for announcements, visiting, and light refreshments (those who partake are asked to help the host with expenses by putting a reimbursement donation - usually 50 cents to a dollar - in a basket or bowl on the refreshment table). When we reconvene for the last half of the evening, we usually abandon the theme and have a less-structured sharing of music. (Note: when our attendance numbers are large, we return to the procedure of those who established the society in the 1960s: those who wish to present a song - solo and/or group - sign up when they arrive, then the hoot leader for the evening calls on the presenters to keep the program moving along at a smooth rate.)

We meet in the homes of the members, rotating to a new location each month. For the sake of privacy, those addresses will not be included here; but if you would like to join us, please contact us by email and we will send you information on the location of the upcoming meeting. 

Occasionally we will adjust the meeting day to the 2nd or 4th Saturday, if members' schedules dictate, and we are usually dark in August due to the number of conflicting, summertime events. From time to time, a potluck-dinner meeting is thrown into the schedule.  The specifics of each meeting are decided from one to three months in advance so everyone knows what to expect.

For the first 47 years, this group maintained a dues requirement of $2/person or $3/couple.  Now, with the use of the Internet and no operating expenses for the group, we changed our status to a dues-free society.  Membership will be by request; to be added to the e-mail list so you will be advised of upcoming meetings and other, local "folk" happenings, please contact Jennifer Goupil.


We look forward to hearing from you!

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