Door County Contra Dance Weekend
Door County Folk Alliance
Sugar on the Floor Band

(Sturgeon Bay, WI)

The Door County Folk Alliance Ltd. is incorporated in Wisconsin as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It is managed by a board of directors, whose task is to promote barn dancing and home-grown music-making in Door County. Beyond the board of directors, the Alliance has no formal membership. People associate with the Alliance by getting involved in Alliance activities - coming to the dances or playing music. The closest thing to a membership roster is the mailing list used to send out information about Alliance activities.

The central activity of the Alliance is a series of monthly barn dances. Most are held in or near Sturgeon Bay, with the remainder scattered throughout Door County. All dances have live music, normally provided by the Alliance band, "Sugar on the Floor." The Alliance has its own sound equipment, makes arrangements for use of dance halls, and has established connections with number of professional dance callers. The Alliance also can provide its services to individuals or organizations that would like to put on their own barn dance. A second Alliance activity is to provide local folk musicians with opportunities to get together and play music. The Sugar on the Floor band plays at the barn dances, of course, but also gives occasional concerts for individuals or organizations. And, as its least formal activity, the Alliance coordinates regular music "sessions," currently held twice a month. These informal gatherings emphasize Irish music, but other tunes show up from time to time.

The Door County Folk Alliance is financed through voluntary contributions. Most of its work is done by volunteers. The board members serve without compensation, and the dance band is not paid. There are expenses, however. Dance halls generally charge rent; the professional callers are paid; the sound equipment requires maintenance; there are expenses for publicity, the website, insurance, and "miscellaneous." We do not charge admission at the barn dances, but encourage voluntary donations. The Alliance occasional applies for grant money, and of course accepts individual gifts. All gifts are tax deductable, and can be given to the general operating fund or to an endowment fund that has been set up to provide long-term stability and capital growth.

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