What fun we had at the Midwest Folklife Festival in Dodgeville, Wisconsin! The young-at-heart were dancing polkas, accompanied by three generations of musicians.
Next the Southern Wisconsin Old Time Fiddlers’ Association entertained the crowd. Inside the Farewell Hall we enjoyed Bosnian folk dancing.
Working up an appetite, we had our choice of the usual Wisconsin fare, brats, hot dogs, and pulled pork. But keeping to the festival’s international theme, the treat of the afternoon was Italian ices loaded with fresh, pureed fruit!
Next we strolled through the Folk Village’s fruit orchard, stopping to chat with artists under white, open-aired tents who were showing eager listeners how to create a variety of musical instruments and traditional crafts representing cultural heritages well-alive here in the Midwest. Tani Diakite played music from Mali for a young dancer and her family.
Nearby, Ghana musician and instrument maker, Djam Vivie, gave impromptu drumming lessons.
We saw Ojibwe flute maker, Frank Montano, Norwegian hardanger fiddle-maker, Ron Poast, and Hmong instrument maker, Dang Yang.