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Winter 2014-15
Profile

Catherine Foster

By Julie Lancaster

Catherine Foster attended her first EEFC Balkan Music & Dance Workshop at Buffalo Gap in the early 1990s and has taught brass band ensemble or clarinet and saxophone at the East Coast workshops numerous times since 1994. But she has been performing Balkan music for more than 30 years. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15
In the Hood

Golden Festival Turns 30

By Michael Ginsburg

The landscape for Balkan music in the United States was very different 30 years ago. Zlatne Uste had formed two years earlier. It was composed of amateur musicians, many of whom were folk dancers. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15

Sharing with the Future: Workshop Scholarships

By Jay House Samios

In 2014, two longtime campers stepped forward to honor the memories of folk-inspired family members with long-term scholarships for new campers. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15

2014 Scholarship Recipients

By Kef Times Staff

Recipients of the 2014 Dick Crum/Kef Scholarships, Balkan Night Northwest Scholarship, Leah and Nez Erez Scholarship, and Stefni Agin Scholarship write about moments that made their Workshop experiences unforgettable. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15
From the Board

Connecting Through the Music and Dance We Love

By Corinna Škėma Snyder

This year was the first Thanksgiving I had ever gone to a friend’s house to celebrate. There were close to 30 people there, almost all of them with roots in the Balkan, klezmer and old-time music worlds. There were kids and spouses and siblings and ban … Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15

New and Notable

By Kef Times Staff

New recordings and books by folks in the EEFC community. Names in bold type indicate EEFC Workshop campers, staff, teachers, and other EEFC supporters. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15
Balkan Bites

Making Sausage the Romanian Way

By Rachel MacFarlane

Or, how lessons learned in 1972 Philadelphia paved the way for succulent treats at this year’s Iroquois Springs Balkan camp kafana. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15
Eastern European Threads

Looking at the Edge

By Wendy Kiss

An exploration of some knitted lace edging on a chemise from Kjustendil, Bulgaria. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15
From the Program Committee

EEFC Program Committee: Who We Are and How We Work

By Rachel MacFarlane

You’ve told us at many times and in many ways what a magical experience camp is for you. Behind that magic lie hours and hours of diligent and selfless labor, both to run the workshops themselves and to create the program of activities that we offer to our participants. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15

Gems from the Listserv

By Kef Times Staff

In this section we bring you highlights of two recent discussions from the EEFC listserv: one about the scheduled 2015 Bulgarian national folk festival in Koprivštica, Bulgaria, and one on the dance Godečki Čačak. Continue Reading

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