5/31/2012 to 6/3/2012
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The 2012 Midwest Folklorists’ RetreatWe are pleased to announce the 2012 Midwest Folklorists’ Retreat will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, Thursday, May 31—Sunday, June 3, 2012.
challenging times for folklorists, both in academe and the public
sector, it is crucial to gather, on a regional basis, to network,
brainstorm and plan. We seek means to promote our profession and ways
for academic and public folklorists to collaborate and be of mutual
support. We urge all folklorists in or interested in the Midwest to
attend and participate Friday’s session will include a Panel on Publishing by Jim Leary and Tom DuBois, Editors of the Journal of American Folklore,
Robert Glenn Howard, who previously served as the Editor of Western
Folklore and Sheila Leary, Press Director, University of Wisconsin
Press; a Panel on Internet Based Folklore Resources; and a Panel on Hybrid Models of Collaborations between
public, and academic folklorists, arts and humanities agencies.
Saturday’s session will focus on long term and strategic planning for
The retreat’s setting will be at Edgewood College, (http://www.edgewood.edu/aboutEC/GreenTier.aspx)
an exceptionally beautiful and very inexpensive location. Dormitory
rooms are available only several yards from our meeting space, in a
nature study center in the woods on the shore of Lake Wingra, an urban
lake that nonetheless is completely surrounded by forest and park land.
Retreat participants will have the opportunity to hike on trails through
the woods and on boardwalks through the adjoining wetlands. Edgewood
abuts the 1,260 acre UW Arboretum, a remarkable expanse of restored
ecosystems, forest, prairie and wetlands, established in 1934.
very progressive outlook of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, the order that
established Edgewood, is reflected in the healthy, well-prepared food
service we will enjoy during the retreat. Vegetarian and vegan options
are always available and they are very proud to have been the first
Wisconsin university food service to be certified as a Green Restaurant.
At least 40% of their foods are from local sources and a substantial
portion of their fresh produce is raised in their on-campus vegetable
As a recreational activity, Rick March has planned a Saturday bicycle tour
using Madison’s remarkable paved off-road bike trails. Bicycling
magazines often proclaim Madison to be one of the most bike-friendly
cities in the US. The tour route includes a visit to the Arboretum, to
Madison’s fabulous Saturday Farmers’ Market, plus stops at Outsider Art
sites and a visit to an authentic Thai pavilion. Rental bikes are
available or bring your own. (Driving is an option for those who need
For those who would like to stay for it, there will be a post-retreat canoe or kayak paddling outing on Madison’s lakes beginning late-morning on Sunday. Bring your own boat if you can, or you can rent a canoe or kayak nearby.
retreat begins with lunch on Thursday, May 31, followed by meetings and
evening socializing. We will have meetings during the day on Friday and
in the evening enjoy a Friday night fish fry, (a Wisconsin
institution), then go out for a beer and a polka dance, (also Wisconsin
institutions). The Saturday bike excursion will run from morning to
mid-afternoon, followed by another meeting and Saturday evening
socializing. A wrap-up session will follow breakfast on Sunday morning.
Please register by May 15. We cannot guarantee space for you after that date.
will be available by credit card through the Brown Paper Tickets
website by clicking here (a $.99 + 3.5% surcharge will be added for on-line
registration), or you may mail a registration form and check made out to
Richard March at the address below. To determine the amount of the
registration fee, select either the "full retreat” option for 3 days or
"weekend only” for 2 days. Then select the corresponding food and
lodging option that you desire: a triple-occupancy room,
double-occupancy room or commuter (meals and parking only). Indicate the
name(s) of your roommate(s). Participants who are seeking a potential
roommate can contact Rick March for assistance.
For more information contact:
Rick March or Sue Eleuterio
507 Leonard St Sueeleu@gmail.com
Madison, WI 53711 219-902-1831
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Registration Fee: Full retreat $25 ____ Weekend only $20 ____
Full retreat food & lodging: Weekend only food & lodging:
Triple occupancy $111 ____ Triple occupancy $74 ____
Double occupancy $156 ____ Double occupancy $104 ____
Commuter $105 ____ Commuter $70 ____
Full retreat total $______ Weekend total $______