FARM 2016 – Just Around The Corner, And A Few 2015 Conference Notes.

Is it possible we’re starting to think about the FARM 2016 conference?  Ummmm, YEAH.  Planning is virtually a year round thing here at FARM Central!  We are close to announcing a VERY exciting Keynote speaker, about to update the website to reflect all things 2016, AND plan on offering special registration rates at the FAI conference in Kansas City in February.  So much to do!

Why should you make plans now to attend FARM’s 2016 conference in Iowa City from October 27 to 30?  One reason comes from a 2015 conference attendee:

This past October was my first year at the conference.  I am a  retired volunteer who helps with the bookings for the Black Hawk Folk Society.  I just want to share with you how successful the conference was for me.  As a direct result of attending, I booked seven artists for 2016, (only one of which I was previously familiar with).  Thanks all you guys do at FARM, see you in October!  Tom Barrett.

If you want to be a more active part of your FARM community, WE NEED YOU!  There is a lot to do.  Send an email to Smitty and tell him you want to help and we’ll find something fun, easy, and fulfilling to do.  It takes a village, as they say, and we want you to be involved!

FARM 2015 – Wrap Up Notes:

Did you take any pictures you are proud of during the 2015 conference?  We’d love to use them for our website gallery and Facebook page.  We don’t pay a professional photographer, counting on crowd sourcing and passing the savings on to you.  Email Nancy with your files, or for instructions on how to use a service to transfer them to her.

Do you want to buy videos of any showcases?  Go HERE, pay for a full video, or just one artist showcase, and then Email Smitty and tell him you’ve paid.  The videos will be ready in early February.

Do you have any memories of the 2015 Conference you want to share?  Send an email to Smitty and tell us all about it!

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Champ Smith, hard at work on FARM 2016!!

A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Due to a couple of last-minute cancellations, we need more volunteers! Can you give us a few hours to help make the conference work? What you’ll get out of it, besides the undying gratitude of the folks planning the conference, is a refund on your registration—50% for 4 hours of your time, or 100% for 8 hours. Sometimes peololaandsusan400ple even give more than 8 hours, and although we can’t offer a monetary incentive, We’re sure that you accumulate good karma points (those of you who were evil dictators or axe murderers in previous lives might want to volunteer a lot of extra hours….).

There are shifts available on Thursday (between 1:30pm & midnight), Friday (between 10 am & midnight), and Saturday (between 10 am & midnight), plus Wednesday night tote stuffing or Sunday morning clean up. Types of shifts include instrument check, door monitor (workshop, performance lane, meals, showcases), CD sales, and stage assistant.

If you can help, let Cindy know what types of shifts you’d like, and also when you are available (& when you’re not).

Email Cindy at morgan.cindy@att.net to let her know how you can help, or if you have any questions. Those of you who have already volunteered, Cindy will be emailing your assignments in the next day or two.

LAST CALL! Special Thursday Dinner at The Mill – sign up required

Special Thursday dinner at The Mill $10.

THE SIGN UP PERIOD FOR THURSDAY DINNER AT THE MILL HAS PASSED.  WE HAVE A VERY FEW EXTRA SPOTS.  THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.  EMAIL INFO@FARMFOLK.ORG, OR ASK AT THE REGISTRATION DESK WHEN YOU CHECK IN.

This will feature entertainment by FARM musicians Gina Forsythe, Julie Christiansen, and Barefoot Wonder, all MC’d by Iowa’s own David G. Smith. It all takes place at The Mill, Iowa City’s premier mid size music venue, located one block from our hotel.  Dinner will be a limited menu (three choices – see below).  This will be a GREAT way to get into the swing of FARM, enjoy some great music, and enjoy a meal with the FARM community.

 

 

You must sign up BY MIDNIGHT OCT. 11 for this meal.  A link is on the ‘Meals’ page so you can register for the Thursday Dinner at the Mill.  When you pay for your cart, please add a ‘note to seller’ specifying which meal you want:

Beef tenderloin, garlic herb chicken, or vegetarian lasagna.
Dinner will also include salad, rice, dinner roll and a dessert.

FREE concert on Sunday, Oct 25: Ronny Cox wsg Dave Moore

Among the comments your FARM Board has collected on post-conference questionnaires is “Why do we rush off on Sunday when some people could stay, jam and enjoy our mutual good company for longer?”  Taking that to heart we have added a free afternoon with a special concert on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM.  We have convinced our California-based FARM attendee and special guest, Ronny Cox and Iowa City local “Dean of Iowa music” Dave Moore to perform at The Mill.  This is a “Town Gown” sort of event.  We are selling tickets to the public AND giving every registered FARM attendee a FREE ticket.  We are pleased to offer this concert event free to every registered attendee of FARM.  Take a moment to invite your own Iowa mailing list and friends and family to this concert.  They’ll be glad to hear of this very special concert from you!  Tickets for the public are available HERE.  If you are attending the conference, and want to attend this great concert, email Nancy Emrich – FreemanPoster jpg

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Showcase and Performance Lane times announced!

Official Showcase lineup times announced!  See them HERE.

 

Folk DJ & Venue Presenter Showcase lineup times announced!  See them HERE.

 

Performance Lane lineup times announced!  See them HERE.

Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2015 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!

Friends of FARM

Wayne Greene (radiowayne.com)
Sandy Andina
West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Mark Dvorak
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Kari Estrin
Annie Capps

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM conferences in Iowa City, IA

* October 22 - 25, 2015
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

FARM Member States

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Manitoba
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nunavut
North Dakota
Ohio
Saskatchewan
South Dakota
Wisconsin

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