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Registration Open for 2013 Middle Atlantic Folklife Association Meeting

Friday, May 10, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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From the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association:

We are thrilled to invite you to the 2013 Middle Atlantic Folklife Association ("MAFA”) Biennial Meeting on June 14th and 15th. This year, we will be located in Baltimore, on the waterfront in the historic Fell’s Point neighborhood. We’ll be splitting our time between The Admiral Fell Inn and the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival, presented by Maryland Traditions and hosted by the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, a restored historic theatre that works within their neighborhood community to develop programs and give space to artists to create.

To register, visit the new Middle Atlantic Folklife Association website — — and click on "Meeting Registration.” Simply print the form, complete it, and mail the form and the check to MAFA Retreat, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 North Charles St., Suite 401, Baltimore, MD 21201. You can also pay by credit card by calling Josh Kohn at (410) 539-6656 x 116.

The two day convening will include time to learn about and share recent folklore work in the Mid-Atlantic, a tribute session to our departed colleague Polly Stewart, a panel on the history of the organization featuring original and founding members, general MAFA business, and a full afternoon at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival. MAFA will sponsor a panel session at the festival entitled, "Stories from the Field: Folklorists at Work in the Mid-Atlantic”. In addition, the festival program is loaded with traditional music, crafts, and workshops.

The $75 two-day registration fee ($60 for students and in-need members) covers dinner on Friday at a local restaurant, lunch on Saturday at the festival, an evening excursion to the Patterson Bowling Center (winner of Maryland Tradition’s ALTA award) for a night of duckpin bowling, and a film screening of a new documentary by Gerry Milnes of the Augusta Heritage Center on the Mountain Dance Trail.

We have reserved a block of rooms at The Admiral Fell Inn (888 South Broadway) for the evenings of June 14 and 15th. Double occupancy rooms are $169 plus applicable taxes and should be reserved directly under the "Middle Atlantic Folklife Association” block by calling 866-583-4162. Block rate expires May 28, 2013. After that cutoff, rooms and rates are available based on demand.

The meeting will begin Friday at noon and will run through late Saturday evening. The Admiral Fell Inn will be our host for meetings all day Friday, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening for the film screening. If you choose to stay elsewhere, there is a parking lot two blocks from the hotel at 803 S. Caroline Street that charges $10 per day for parking.

In the meantime, don’t forget to fill out the MAFA survey to assess the needs of the field. It’s quick and painless.

A detailed meeting schedule will be published in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please contact David Puglia at

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