You are visiting the online home of Long Island, New York’s leading all-volunteer, nonprofit presenter of folk and acoustic concerts. The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents a monthly concert series (most concerts are preceded by open mics), a monthly folk jam and sing-along, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Information about these and other events, along with an extensive links section highlighting our members and Acoustic Allies, can be found elsewhere on this website.
Message from the President of FMSH
Founded in the late 1960s, the Folk Music Society of Huntington (FMSH) has been in continuous operation for more than 50 years. Running an organization that puts on monthly concerts, a monthly acoustic jam, and an annual folk festival — and supports other events — can be challenging under the best of circumstances, let alone during a prolonged pandemic.
Although many in our community continue to harbor health concerns in light of the pandemic, FMSH took the plunge and resumed hosting live events in the fall. Indeed, we have expanded our musical offerings. In addition to our free monthly folk jams at the South Huntington Public Library (the next one is Sunday, March 19, from 1-4 p.m.) and the ticketed Hard Luck Café concert series at the Cinema Arts Centre on the third Wednesday of each month (coming up: CT State Troubadours Kala Farnham and Lara Herscovitch on March 15; Rachael Sage and Avi Wisnia on April 19), we are delighted to now also be partnering with the Cinema Arts Centre in co-presenting the NorthShore Original Open Mic (NOOM) in the Cinema’s Sky Room on the other Wednesdays each month from 7-10 p.m.
After giving the matter much thoughtful consideration, FMSH’s board of directors has, however, decided not to resume our monthly First Saturday Concerts series in the foreseeable future. Attendance at these concerts had been declining prior to the pandemic. That realization, along with financial considerations and a lack of volunteers, prompted us to make this tough decision.
Ticket sales alone have not and cannot cover all the expenses that FMSH incurs annually (including during the 2.5 years when we were unable to present in-person concerts and presented some concerts and open mics via livestreaming instead — as a source of comfort and connection for all of us). Insurance and maintaining our website and email service cost several thousand dollars each year. An all-volunteer, nonprofit presenting organization, FMSH relies on memberships and tax-deductible donations to help pay these operating expenses. Both have been light during the pandemic years. Please consider joining the society and/or making a tax-deductible contribution via https://PayPal.me/FMSHconcerts. More information may be found on our website at FMSH.org.
Thank you for your support.
Folk Music Society of Huntington Board of Directors
Michael Kornfeld, president
Karen Finkenberg, vice president
Gary Schoenberger, secretary
Susan Rothberg, treasurer
Sybil MoserLee Ann Rush