Western U.P. event to feature much talent

Singer, actress, writer and musician Anne Hills will perform at the Oct. 8 Second Sunday Folk Dance. (Courtesy photo)

MARQUETTE — Oct. 8 marks the beginning of the 33rd season of the Second Sunday Folk Dance series held at the Fortune Lake Camp in Crystal Falls.

This popular event starts at 4 p.m. (local time) and includes a 25 minute opening concert set by White Water, a 60 minute concert set by special musical guests, and a 90 minute dance with music by the Front Parlor Dance Band and dance caller Steve Kickert.

Dean and Bette Premo organize and host the Second Sunday concert/dance series. The Oct. 8 event will feature singer, actress, writer, and musician Anne Hills. A full season schedule is available at www.secondsundayfolkdance.com.

Anne Hills is one of the better known voices in contemporary folk music, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances, unique solo and collaborative recording projects (2001 WAMMIE for duet CD with Tom Paxton, (“Under American Skies”) and her overall artistry and benefit work.

Her song “Follow That Road” was the title cut of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter Retreat and has enchanted audiences for over a decade. Whether she is singing her own song, the words of 6-year-old Opal Whiteley, or the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley; accompanied with her guitar, banjo, or simply a Tibetan bell, she puts her whole heart and soul into the moment.

So, even if you haven’t become familiar with her voice (featured often on XM/Sirius Folk Radio, “The Midnight Special” and many other folk shows) you won’t want to miss a chance to hear her songs and stories in person and the Second Sunday Folk Dance is a perfect venue to appreciate this stellar performer.

All Second Sunday Folk Dance events begin promptly at 4 p.m. local time and end at 7 p.m. local time. Admission is $7 or an adult. Children 15 and under are admitted free.

The remaining line-up of guest musicians for the 33rd season includes The Derrell Syria Project (Nov. 12), Joe Jencks (Dec. 10), Bryan Bowers (Jan. 14), Sparrow Tree (Feb. 11), Gina Forsyth (March 11) and Joel Mabus (April 8).

If you would like to sponsor the SSFD with a tax-deductable donation, contact Bette Premo at 906-822-7889.

The Fortune Lake Camp is located between Iron River and Crystal Falls (in Iron County), 2-miles west of Crystal Falls on U.S. 2.

Turn south on Bible Camp Road and drive for less than a quarter mile. Turn right on Fortune Lake Camp Road and just drive a short distance.