Save dates now to host World Folk­fest dancers

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It’s that time of year again. Sum­mer is creep­ing up on us. While your plan­ning your su­per fun va­ca­tions, don’t for­get the Springville World Folk­fest. This year, we’re look­ing for fam­i­lies to host dancers from In­done­sia, Colom­bia, In­dia, Latvia, Lithua­nia, Nepal, Morocco, Bel­gium, Chile, Peru, Poland, and Tai­wan.

Some of you may not know what all is in­volved in host­ing. The fol­low­ing is a brief de­scrip­tion: Guests will ar­rive around the 26th of July. They will be picked up by host fam­i­lies at the Art Shop in Springville across the street from the Springville Art Mu­seum.

Host fam­i­lies pro­vide beds and food and trans­porta­tion for the dancers while they are here. They don’t need to have a pri­vate room (an air mat­tress on the fam­ily room floor might be okay) but they must not share rooms with host fam­ily chil­dren. Feed them as your fam­ily would eat or you could take them to the store and ask them what they want. If you take them out to eat, you pay. If they re­quest to eat out, they pay.

Dur­ing the Folk­fest week, the guests have many re­quired events and per­for­mances; how­ever, we try hard to make sure there is ex­tra time for guests to spend with their host fam­i­lies. Fam­i­lies tra­di­tion­ally take guests around to see the sights of Utah Val­ley and shop­ping if they wish. You don’t need to be with them all the time but don’t leave them alone in your home. They may be alone with chil­dren for a while but not young chil­dren and not for too long. Try to make their time full and en­joy­able.

Host fam­i­lies are re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing sure guests get to Folk­fest events in as timely a man­ner as pos­si­ble. There are per­for­mances ev­ery evening and some day­time ac­tiv­i­ties depend­ing on the group. Host fam­i­lies re­ceive a sched­ule be­fore­hand. If there is a con­flict with a fam­ily ac­tiv­ity, your guests can go with an­other host fam­ily for a while. Talk to your neigh­bors about host­ing. It is al­ways more fun if other fam­i­lies are host­ing too. Around Aug. 2, guests will be bused ei­ther to their next fes­ti­val or to the air­port. Host fam­i­lies drop them off with a heart­felt good­bye in Springville.

We have all ages and both gen­ders avail­able but men are harder to place so if you can host men, that would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. We rec­om­mend host­ing two to four dancers but if you would like more, we can ac­com­mo­date. How­ever, we can­not send less than two guests to each home. We can also make ac­com­mo­da­tions for those who would like to host only part of the week, are in need of driv­ers or can­not host but can only drive.

While this may seem like a lot of com­mit­ment - it is - it is also very much worth it. Our fam­ily con­sid­ers Folk­fest our va­ca­tion at home and sees it as an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence coun­tries and cul­tures we would never be able to af­ford to visit and we do ac­tiv­i­ties here in our area that we wouldn’t oth­er­wise do. In this light, the time and ex­pense given in host­ing is small in com­par­i­son.

So, check your sched­ule, talk with your fam­ily and let us know if this is some­thing we can make hap­pen for you. For more in­for­ma­tion or to sign up to host, con­tact Heather Quass, Springville World Folk­fest hous­ing direc­tor, at 801-8508454 or at folk­fest09@ya­hoo.com. We are also still look­ing for coun­try chairs to help find host fam­i­lies. If you’re in­ter­ested in be­ing a chair, your help would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

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