Door County Folk Festival / Door County Contra Dance Weekend
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Dick and Miriam Miller of Middleton, Wisconsin, have been the primary organizers of Youth Activities during the mid morning and early afternoon periods of the Door County Folk Festival (DCFF). 

At first, it seemed as though the main beneficiaries of these activities would be the folk festival participants who wanted something for their kids to do while they attended the dance or music workshops.  However, since then, many residents, vacationers and passers by have brought their youngsters to Sister Bay Waterfront Park to participate in these wholesome fun events. 

The outdoor Youth Activities have attracted the attention of people not connected to the festival itself. 

Many passers by have stopped and watched participants having fun and have asked whether their children could join in. 

The answer, of course, is yes.
 
Click here for Dick Miller's review of earlier DCFF Youth Activities

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Although Miriam and Dick Miller have been the primary coordinators, many other DCFF participants have been supportive and have gotten involved in these activities. 

This year, the Millers will be joined by Carol Borysowicz.

Past supporters have included: Cindy Gardner (a swing dance instructor from the Twin Cities), Tom Clark (a storyteller from Kenosha), Mercedes Dzindzeleta (a massage therapist from Racine), Patricia Deer (a massage therapist from the Chicago area), Pat Gladchild (a dance therapist from the Twin Cities), Patti Cohen (a school teacher from Winnipeg), Marsha Swenson (a Minister from Madison), Meg Dedolph (a musician, caller and dance instructor from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago), and Paul Collins (DCFF Co-Director from Chicago).

Many other participants have given of their time to share ethnic folk dances and other experiences with youth activity participants. (back to top)

Very Tentative Youth Activities Schedule
Day Where Start End Event Who
We SBVH 10:00am? 2:00pm? Dance, Music & Creativity Program for Northern Door YMCA Day Camp Miriam & Dick Miller & Others TBD
Th SCA 10:00am 11:00am Mini-Concert for Seniors at Scandia in Sister Bay
Free, Open to the Public
Nick Bratkovich, Gerhard Bernhard, Nor-Door-YMCA Day Campers, Ethnic Dance Chicago, Others TBD
Fr BHTH 12:00pm 1:30pm Mini-Concert for Seniors at Baileys Harbor Town Hall
Free, Open to the Public
Nick Bratkovich, Gerhard Bernhard, Nor-Door-YMCA Day Campers, Rare Privilege, Tantsova Grupa, Others TBD
Fr SBWP 1:30pm 3:00pm Youth Activities in Sister Bay Waterfront Park
Free, Open to the Public
Miriam & Dick Miller & Others TBD
Sa SBWP 10:00am 11:30pm Youth Activities in Sister Bay Waterfront Park
Free, Open to the Public
Miriam & Dick Miller & Others TBD
Sa SBWP 1:30pm 3:00pm Youth Activities in Sister Bay Waterfront Park
Free, Open to the Public
Miriam & Dick Miller & Others TBD
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Through the years, the Festival has offered wide variety of activities, including story telling, face painting, puppet shows, crafts, singing and dancing, and a variety of group games, such as volleyball, tag, "spud", tree tag, and various relay races, "nature bingo", 500, touch football and of course, animal Olympics.  Over the years, the coordinators have learned that the participant's most favorite activities are rock painting, sand candle making, parachute games, volleyball and some basic folk songs and dances. 

The DCFF Youth Activities are conducted on Friday & Saturday at 10:00am and again at 1:15pm. The beautiful setting of Sister Bay Waterfront Park is certainly a draw for "youth" of all ages to participate.  On days when the weather is bad, indoor activities such as crafts, music and puppet shows are conducted in the basement of Sister Bay Village Hall.

The activities are geared to participants between the ages of 5 and 15, although there have been exceptions at both ends of the scale.   Please also note that the activities may be modified or truncated due to adverse weather conditions.  Please further note that there is no charge for these activities. 

If you are considering having your children participate, we would appreciate if you would notify Dick or Miriam Miller - Telephone: (608)-836-5114 or by email: . (back to top)

Coordinators: Miriam & Dick Miller, Paul Collins, Brenda Rosenstiel (YMCA)

NORTHERN DOOR YMCA DAY CAMP PROGRAM (Wed-Sat) (back to top)

The Northern Door YMCA has asked DCFF to include ethnic dance programs for youth participating in its Day Camp
. DCFF wiill offer dance workshops on Wednesday as well as opportunities for partipants to demonstrate the dances they have learned to the Scandia Retirerment Community in Sister Bay (Thursday) and to the Baileys Harbor Seniors Group (Friday). See Youth Activities Schedule Below.

SITTERS (back to top)
The Youth Activities are provided by the DCFF, as a public service, free of charge.  Your children will enjoy interacting with new acquaintances and our good-natured, dynamic activity leaders. 

Please take note that the Youth Activities in Sister Bay Waterfront Park are not a baby sitting service.   Your children can be involved in these activities with your permission and consent and their willingness and ability to participate and interact with others. 

If you are in need of a sitter, with advance notice, we will try to match you with a sitter.  There is limited availability so act sooner than later - Telephone: (847)-846-8139 or by email: .

DOOR COUNTY VACATION DESTINATION (back to top)
The Door Peninsula, mid-America's favorite vacation area, is located in north east Wisconsin between Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  Door County, often alluded to as "the Cape Cod" of the Midwest, has something for everyone: sandy beaches, rocky shores, scenic trails & vistas, state parks, art galleries, music & theater, water sports, golf, unique shopping opportunities and a large selection of restaurants, including one with "goats on the roof". 

Click here for links to other Door County resources and activities.

Click here for Dick Miller's review of earlier DCFF Youth Activities

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