|Thank you for visiting the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society (WAFS) web site. Founded in 2000, WAFS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on nurturing musical appreciation and talent. Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month except December. Refer to event list for information.|
|Our mission is the enjoyment, perpetuation and encouragement of all types of acoustic music, educating the public in music appreciation and forms of self entertainment, sharing of musical ideas, venues, performing, passing down, and preserving this region's musical heritage for our youth.|
|President Susan Rhodes announced that she is still taking orders for WAFS TEE SHIRT and CAPS. The items will feature the WAFS logo, shirt colors are blue or gray, cost is $12.00 and $15.00. Items should be ready by MerleFest. Orders may be placed at WAFS meetings. Please state SIZE, COLOR, NUMBER OF ITEMS when ordering. PLACE YOUR ORDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This is a fund raiser for WAFS YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS. WAFS Inc. is a 501(c )(3) not for profit organization. Donations are tax deductible as prescribed under the law. Check with your tax professional.|
|NEWS FLASH! To apply for 2018 WAFS SCHOLARSHIPS to Pete Wernick JamCamp at MerleFest and Swannanoa Gathering, Asheville, NC please click on scholarship for info and applications! DEADLINE FOR 2018 is MARCH 1. HOWEVER WAFS BOARD SUGGESTS GETTING APPLICATION IN ASAP! GOOD LUCK.
|NEWSFLASH 2018 INFO on Pre-MerleFest events, Pickin' Place at MerleFest and Little Pickers Instrument Pettin' Zoo! Beginning 2 pm Sunday, April 22, 2018 (prior to MerleFest) the celebration of music concert honoring the late Dr. T.R. Bryan Jr.(DOD 9.17.2011) Sadly, his beloved wife, Ruth (DOD 10.8.2017) will be with us in spirit this year. She will be missed at all the events. Ruth and Doc are singin' sbove! The musical festivities continue the entire week at the Pickin' Place at MerleFest 2018. If you are interested in volunteering with WAFS at MerleFest pre-activities, Pickin' Place at MerleFest or Little Pickers Instrument Pettin' Zoo at MerleFest contact Keith at 336.902.2570. YOU MUST BECOME A WAFS MEMBER TO VOLUNTEER! Volunteer early! Need musicians of various genres, dancers, strolling musicians, record keepers, team leaders. Celebrate all week beginning April 22 thru April 29, 2018!! BECOME A MEMBER OF WAFS AND VOLUNTEER and earn a wristband to MerleFest. Call 336.902.2570 for more info. Wristbands required Thursday, April 26 thru Sunday, April 29. This is a great benefit for WAFS members.|
Welcome to Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. website. Take all the time you need to look over the site and become familiar with our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The 3rd Friday of each month from Spring through Fall at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market: Musical performances are part of a continued partnership with the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, a 501(c)3 organization and the town of Wilkesboro. The free events are held beside the Wilkes Heritage Museum/Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in the Wilkes Communications Commons, Main Street, historic downtown Wilkesboro, NC. Check events for more info.
***NEWS FLASH*** GANDY DANCER JAMS FOR 2017 SEASON END FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017. 2018 DATES TBA, CHECK BACK! Join us at 7 pm at the historic North Wilkesboro Southern Railway Depot located on Cherry Street. Pickers', dancers and music lovers of all ages welcome. Chairs are provided or bring your own, plenty of parking, handicap accessible, rain or shine, FREE event. Please no alcohol, tobacco or pets. This event will run every Friday night until October. Come join us and bring a guest.
NEWS FLASH!!! SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED. CONGRATULATIONS! CHAD RITCHIE winner of the Swannanoa Gathering scholarship and LIBERTY (LIBBY) HARBOUR winner of JAMCAMP at MERLEFEST scholarship.
WAFS encourages old time, traditional, folk music and dance. The range of public domain music and songs is enormous. Irish, English, Deep South, African-American, and Native American music gives folks new to the music craft an eye opening experience. Amazingly folks that attend our meetings and gatherings learn so much from other musicians attending.
WAFS also encourages the art of song writing. An internationally known song writing contest is held annually in Wilkesboro, on the campus of Wilkes Community College during MerleFest. We love to hear that someone in our area has written a piece of work to enter in the Chris Austin Song Writing Contest. We welcome you and your family to become a WAFS member. $20 individual, $25 family. Scholarships, meetings, workshops, and special volunteering at MerleFest are just some of the benefits we offer.
|No meeting due to holidays! - 12/25/2017 - 00:00 - Happy Holidays|
WAFS board and members wish you a MUSICAL and Merry Holiday Season, and a prosperous New Year. Be safe in whatever you do. We will meet January 2018.
PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO THANK ANN SEVERT FOR HER MANY YEARS OF SERVICE AS SECRETARY FOR WAFS. CHAD RITCHIE WILL TAKE ANN'S PLACE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. MELANIE PODBIELSKI IS ALSO A NEW BOARD MEMBER. WELCOME TO BOTH OF OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
|Appalachian Christmas - 1/7/2018 - 2:45 - 5:00 pm - Lutheran Church of the Atonement|
The Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Brushy Mountain Road (Oakwoods Road) Wilkesboro will host "Appalachian Christmas - A Musical Celebration of Old Christmas, A Christmas Card to the Community". Free event, everyone welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-parishable food as a donation to Wilkes County h.o.p.e. Ministry food bank. Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Members and other musicians from the community will celebrate Epiphany with song and music of guitar, banjo, mandolin, harp, bagpipe, drum, hammered dulcimer, piano, organ, fiddle, and upright bass. Refreshments after the program.
|Monthly Meeting - 1/22/2018 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum|
Join us at the Wilkes Heritage Museum for our monthly meeting, jams and workshops. The Wilkes Heritage Museum is located in downtown Wilkesboro on Main St. The museum is handicap friendly with an elevator at the back entrance, please no pets, alcohol, or tobacco. We will meet at 7pm for a short business meeting, followed by our Traditional, Bluegrass and Anything goes jam sessions. PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO THANK ANN SEVERT FOR HER MANY YEARS OF SERVICE AS SECRETARY FOR WAFS. CHAD RITCHIE WILL TAKE ANN'S PLACE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. MELANIE PODBIELSKI IS ALSO A NEW BOARD MEMBER. WELCOME TO BOTH OF OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
|WAFS Monthly Meeting - 2/26/2018 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum|
Monthly meeting at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in downtown Wilkesboro on Main St. at 7:00 PM. The meeting will begin with a brief business meeting to recruit volunteers for MerleFest 2017. The museum is handicap friendly with an elevator at the back entrance, please no pets, alcohol, or tobacco. See you there.
|WAFS Monthly Meeting - 3/26/2018 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum|
Last meeting at the Wilkes Heritage Museum before moving to MerleFest .Still time to pay dues! Join us at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in downtown Wilkesboro on Main St. for our monthly meeting and jam. We will meet at 7pm for a short business meeting. After our feature work shop, we'll move into groups for old-time, acoustic folk, and blue grass jams. The museum is handicap friendly with an elevator at the back entrance, please no pets, alcohol, or tobacco. See you there.