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About Three Rivers Folklife Society

The Three Rivers Folklife Society (3RFS) was organized in 1988. It is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to promoting folk music in the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) in the southeastern corner of Washington (state). We call ourselves "three rivers" because our community is located at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers. We are affiliated with the Country Dance and Song Society and the Folk Alliance.

We sponsor non-smoking, alcohol-free folk music venues. We have featured a wide range of performers, including such notables as Bill Staines, Rosalie Sorrels, and Bruce "Utah" Phillips.

All our funds go for paying performers and meeting expenses. We have no paid staff and depend on volunteers. John and Micki Perry were instrumental in founding 3RFS, but many others have played significant roles. If you would like to join our active group of volunteers, please call (509) 528-2215 or e-mail us. If you are interested in our history, read the brief history of 3RFS.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of our many volunteers; the encouragement provided by our Internet service provider, One World Telecommunications; and the support of the Tri-Cities Corporate Council for the Arts (TCCA). A $2500 grant from the TCCA in May 1996 helped pay operating expenses for the 1996-97 season and support initial planning for the Tumbleweed music festival. An additional $5000 grant from the TCCA in June 1997 helped pay operating expenses for the 1997-98 season and provide additional support for the Tumbleweed Festival. The first-ever Tumbleweed Festival was held on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31, 1997. The festival was highly successful and has become an annual event held every Labor Day weekend.

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