Join the Eugene Folklore Society!

Everyone is welcome at EFS music and dance events!
Our events are family friendly!

Since 1978 the Eugene Folklore Society has offered traditional music and folk dancing opportunities in Eugene. Our events include frequent contra dances, always with live bands and callers! In October our annual Cascade Contras Dance Camp gathers nearly 200 dancers from far and near. Our terrific Morris dancing team, Two Rivers Morris, performs in town and around the region. 

EFS is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization run entirely by volunteers. Memberships provide important support for our activities. As a member you’ll get a discount to regular EFS contra dances, a personal member badge to wear at dances, and you can vote for and serve on our board of directors.

All EFS memberships run from September 1 until August 31 of the following year. A membership drive will occur each September for the new dance season.

For the 2020-21 year, all memberships are extended until August 31, 2021. We hope to be dancing again in Fall of 2021 — fingers, toes, feet crossed! You can join here and pay online, or at any regular contra dance.

Membership Form (#3)

Eugene Folklore Society Membership Form

Please use this form to join or renew your membership or to update your contact membership information.

All EFS memberships are annual,  running from September 1 until August 31 of the following year.

Select the payment type you want

EFS News Signup (#15)

Be Informed!

Let us know if you would like to stay informed about Contra Dances, Cascade Contras Dance Weekend, Morris dancing or general Eugene Folklore News.

How You Can Get Involved

The Eugene Folklore Society is operated entirely by volunteers. We could not function without them. A big thanks to our members who have stepped up to the plate to keep EFS active and successful. Please consider contributing your time and talents as an EFS volunteer!

There are lots of ways you can participate and have fun doing it. Look over the opportunities below, check those that interest you and we’ll be in touch.

Volunteer Form (#16)

Volunteer Sign Up

You can support the future of the Eugene Folklore Society with a bequest in your will or living trust. You have the power to name EFS as the sole beneficiary of your estate, as the beneficiary for a percentage of your estate, or to specify a certain dollar amount to give.  You can choose how you want funds to be used, and you retain full control over your assets during your lifetime. The EFS Board of Directors carefully manages this endowment fund to provide secure, long-term earnings to provide a financial foundation for EFS dance and music programs and keep EFS events affordable.

While bequests are the most common form of planned giving, you can also name EFS as a beneficiary to your IRA, 401(k), pension plan, or life insurance. These options can provide tax savings when you name a charity as your beneficiary. (Please consult your financial advisor for up-to-date tax code.) Some people opt to name their family as beneficiaries to one asset (say, a pension plan) and a charity for another (e.g. life insurance).

We’ve made it easy for you to let us know of your plans with this simple form:

Legacy Giving Form (#18)

Make a Legacy Gift

Thank you for including the Eugene Folklore Society in your planned giving! We have a few questions for our records to ensure we receive your gift as you intend. This form is completely optional and confidential. You do not have to complete it to include the Eugene Folklore Society in your giving plans. Please note this is not a legal document or binding pledge. 

The Kathy Blago Scholarship

EFS members may apply for scholarships to help cover the costs of participation in classes, training, performances, festivals, etc. A maximum of $100 will normally be given, though larger amounts may be awarded.  The amount awarded cannot exceed the cost of the event. A maximum of 15 scholarships will be awarded each year.

Please apply at least 2 months before the event. Recipients of the award will be expected to reciprocate by participating in various volunteer opportunities for the EFS community, as suggested on the application form. Awards are at the discretion of the EFS Board of Directors. An EFS member may receive only one scholarship a year.

The basis for awarding scholarship includes the following:

  • You are a current, participating member of EFS
  • You intend to be an active, contributing EFS member in future
  • Your participation will likely provide knowledge, skills or experience that you could share with EFS
  • Amount awarded will not exceed cost of participation
Scholarship Form (#13)

Apply for a Blago Scholarship

To be eligible to receive a scholarship you must be a current member of the Eugene Folklore Society. Scholarship applications are reviewed and subject to approval by the EFS Board of Directors.