Wednesday June 1 Update!
Great news! The Alumni Office has switched the Friday-night concert from the concert hall in Lang Music Building to the theatre in Lang Performing Arts Center, in hopes of seating everyone who wishes to attend. Our other Friday activities will all be in the Science Center, in the large auditorium (Room 101) and in the large, open area next to it (Eldridge Commons). The attached flyer lists our schedule of Alumni Weekend activities, with venues. Key locations are marked on the attached campus map.
The Thursday-evening hootenanny will be in the second-floor lounge of David Kemp Hall (marked "A" on map), the space near the elevator and stairs at the west end of the building.
If you'll arrive Thursday afternoon, and would like to join the "Folk" for dinner, please meet in the David Kemp lounge at 5:45 p.m. to arrange carpools. Unless a number of people wish to eat elsewhere, we'll go to Heng's Thai, a nearby restaurant that we've enjoyed in previous years. (Visit for address, map, and menu.) And if you'll arrive on Thursday, remember that the Alumni Office (in Sproul Hall, the old observatory building next to Clothier) is where you'll pick up your registration packet.
Friday breakfast is available either in the snack bar in Clothier (Essie Mae's) or off campus. Our Folk Power Lunch will be in Eldridge Commons.
The dance band on Saturday night is open to drop-in musicians, but it would be helpful if you tell Jo Booser '71 or Andy Gordon '71 in advance if you plan to join. Especially if you play guitar or bass fiddle, please join the band!
And don't forget the Breakfast Jam on Sunday morning, from 8:30 to 11:00, in the small dining room at the west side of Sharples.
I look forward to seeing everyone for a wonderful weekend!
Fred Stollnitz '59
Swarthmore Folk Activities, Alumni Weekend 2011
Thursday, June 2
8 p.m.: All-alumni hootenanny: Informal folk singing and playing, led by Joe Hickerson, John Loven '70, Marti Booser Black '75, Ruth Goldberg '81, and others.
Friday, June 3
10:30 a.m.: Folk open mike, organized by John Loven '70. All welcome to participate or just listen.
Noon: Folk Power Lunch.
1:30 p.m.: All-alumni commemoration of Ralph Rinzler '56 [1934-1994], Swarthmore's most famous folklorist and the founder of the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, with Roger Abrahams '55, Robert Adler '56, Joe Hickerson, Diana Parker, Jeff Place, Peter Schickele '57, Jonathan Shahn '59, and Doc Watson, in two sessions (1:30 to 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.).
4:45 p.m.: All-alumni hootenanny/jam session: Informal folk singing and playing with Rinzler panel members and all others who wish to join in.
9 p.m.: All-alumni concert of folk music by Doc Watson and David Holt, in memory of Ralph Rinzler '56. Doc Watson is a legendary performer who blends his traditional Appalachian musical roots with bluegrass, country, gospel and blues to create a unique style and an expansive repertoire. A featured performer at the 1963 and 1965 Swarthmore Folk Festivals who had been "discovered" and brought to prominence by Ralph Rinzler '56, Doc has received the National Medal of Arts, National Heritage Fellowship and eight Grammy Awards (1973 to 2006). Doc's regular performing partner, Appalachian musician David Holt, has won four Grammys.
Saturday, June 4
9 p.m.: Folk dancing for all ages. Squares, contras, and English country dances called by April Blum and Emily Aubrey '89. All dances will be taught and walked through; no partner necessary; soft-soled shoes recommended. Music by Andy Gordon '71 (banjo), Jo Booser '71 (fiddle, flute), Marti Booser Black '75 (guitar, piano), Emily Aubrey '89 (fiddle), and others.
Sunday, June 5
8:30 to 11:00 a.m.: All-alumni folk breakfast jam, led by Joe Hickerson, Marti Booser Black '75, Ruth Goldberg '81, and others. All welcome to sing, play, chat, or just listen.