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The New York Folklore Society
celebrates the extraordinary in
everyday life, bringing focus
to traditions of our state’s
diverse peoples.

NYFS fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of folklore and folklife of New York’s diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support, and outreach.

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Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore The editorial/production team of
Todd DeGarmo, Patti Mason, Laurie Longfield, and Desktop Solutions, are at work on the Spring-Summer 2015 issue, coming to you in June!

Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack

June 6 – June 28, 2015

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354

Opening Reception & Curator’s Talk with Ellen McHale, PhD: Friday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students

Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun 12–5 p.m.
Exercise rider, Roger Horgan, checking his
tack at the Palm Meadows Training Facility,
Photo of exercise rider, Roger Horgan, checking his tack at the Palm Meadows Training Facility, Florida. Photo by Ellen McHale.

Explore the community found within the backstretch of the thoroughbred racetracks in New York State, such as Belmont. As a location, the “backstretch” is that physical area of the racetrack lying out of sight from the public. The backstretch can also refer to the community of workers which is forged through a common activity – the care of the race horse. Discover the world of trainers, exercise riders, jockeys, saddle makers and others. Read more...

SEE Executive Director
Ellen McHale
on Schenectady Today,
February 25, 2014.

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SAVE THE DATE! Announcing a Benefit for New York Folklore Society:
Adirondack Attic Music History Tour featuring Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn
flynnphoto-bwFriday, May 22, 2015
7:30 p.m.

GE Theater, Proctors
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY

Tickets: $20
Now on sale!

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum.

Tickets are on sale as of April 1, 2015, at NYFS in downtown Schenectady,
online here, or
by mail to NYFS, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.

For more information, or to order by phone, call NYFS at 518/346-7008.

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Schenectady, NY
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Folk art, CDs, books, handmade gifts! Find that unique gift for someone special!

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Ask the New York Folklore
Society about opportunities
for Mentoring and
Professional Development

Technical assistance and professional development opportunities are now available from the New York Folklore Society, through support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Support is also available for travel to attend conferences or to observe a colleague or fellow artist. Sound interesting? Email the New York Folklore Society or read more here.
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The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The William Gundry Broughton Charitable Trust, The Arthur Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, New York Council on the Humanities, Stewarts’ Corporation, IBM Corporation, the Community Loan Fund of the Greater Capital Region, the Rotary Club of Schenectady, and Schenectady County Initiative Program.

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