The Midwest Folklorists’ Retreat to be held April 14-17th at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

The retreat will be held in conjunction with the “Future of Folk” Biennial Festival being sponsored by the Center for The Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and the University of Wisconsin- Center for the Humanities. For more information on the “Future of Folk” go to We have designed an exciting program which takes advantage of events at the Future of Folk Festival as well as offering a more “retreat” like opportunity to explore Wisconsin folk culture with hosts Sue Eleuterio , Richard March and Ruth Olson.

April 14 (Thursday)
3:00-6:00 pm -Check in and Registration at The J.F. Friedrick Inn and Conference Center University of Wisconsin-Extension 1950 Willow Dr. Madison, WI (Note: For directions to events listed go to
6:00 -6:30pm - Folklorist Gathering Dinner-look for us in the lobby
7:30 9:00 pm - “Future of Folk” Concert : Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oo!: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World Bart Plantenga, Writer and Music Historian, with Yodeler,Bruce Bollerud, First Methodist Church 203 Wisconsin Ave. Free and Open to the Public
9:30 pm-11:00 -“Future of Folk” Film: Wild Style

April 15 (Friday)
8: 00 -9:00 am - Registration
9:00 -11:30 am - Retreat Morning Meeting (Round Robin)
11:30 -1:00 pm - Lunch on State Street (4 restaurants to choose from) Sign up Friday morning
1:00 - 2:45 pm – “Future of Folk” Panel: Intellectual Property and Folk Material
1:00 -2:00 pm - Tour of People to People Wisconsin Folk Art Exhibit Wisconsin Historical Society Museum
3:00 -4:30 pm - “Future of Folk” Panel: Folk Material on the Web
5:00 -6:30 pm - “Future of Folk” Lecture: Peggy Bulger
7:30 -8:00 pm - “Future of Folk” Pre-Concert Talk with Bucky Halker
8:00 -10:00 pm - “Future of Folk” Labor Music Concert
7:00 -10:00 pm - Wisconsin Fish Fry with Rick March

April 16 (Saturday)
9:00 -10:00 am - Midwest Retreat Morning Meeting, with Peggy Bulger
12:00 -1pm - “Future of Folk” All Day Bluegrass Festival
12:00 -1:30 pm Lunch on Park Street
1:30 - 5:00 pm - Park Street Tour with Mark Wagler and Ruth Olson
The Park Street corridor passes through some of the most diverse neighborhoods in Madison. This tour will replicate Mark Wagler’s educational community tour which he has given to students for two years. Visit the tour on-line at
5:00 - 7:00 pm - Dinner at Taste of Asia
7:00 – Midnight - Retreat Regional Beer Tasting at Rick March’s house (Bring your favorite local beer to share!)

April 17 (Sunday)
9:00 - 12:00 am - Retreat Morning Meeting (Planning Sessions for Joint Projects)

April 18
5:00 -6:30 pm Panel: Urban Legend
7:30 -9:00 pm Lecture: Jan Brunvand Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium
April 19
7:30 -9:00 pm Lecture: Patricia Turner

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