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See Head Fool Seth Tepfer's Downdate/Minor Schedule Changes on 10th Fool's Fest (also see at end of text below)

Registration will not close for this 10th anniversary Fool's Fest.
As usual, a few more men are needed for gender balance.
Due to Easter conflicts we have single admissions available:
  Friday night, $15; Sat day, $15; Sat night, $20; Sun $10.
Email registrar Dave Kehres at foolsfest99 [@]
Weather outlook is partly cloudy with lows in 50s and highs in 70s--perfect for foolishness.

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Single tickets are available; email Dave at foolsfest99 [@]

Fool's Fest

Dance  Weekend

April 2, 3 & 4 (10th Anniversary)

Seth Tepfer, Head Fool

at the
Split Tree Farm Pavilion Studio
in the northwest Georgia mountains two hours north of Atlanta near Chattanooga


Atomic City Rhythm Rascals
Caller: Beth Molaro

Split Tree Motley Fool Orchestra:
Walter Park • Julie Austin
Alan Dynin • Dan Bowles
Rob Hejna  • ACRR

and Friends

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Young People's Fest:
Kate Taluga • Gus Johnson
Julie Austin • Rob Hejna

Becky Forester
Anna Sue Courtney

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A Zany Collection of Contra, Waltz, Tango, Blues, Swing Dancing, Contact Improvisation, Rock ‘n Roll and Other Foolishness. This year we will have very special fool’s activities for young jesters in training, small and large. Fool of  fools Seth Tepfer welcomes and promises all full (and free) membership in the Split Tree Fool’s Hall of Fame.  Expect serious and not-so-serious dancing all weekend. This being a festival of fools, beginners are needed to offset the habits of experienced dancers. We will though upon request set aside some time and space for the new and foolish at heart and foot to learn social dance basics.

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Join Kate Taluga, Gus Johnson, Julie Austin and Rob Hejna for an exciting program of activities designed for the younger hearts among us.  We will share magic tricks, sing, play music, tell stories, create puppets and art, and work on a performance for Saturday evening.  Since this is a foolish fest, we will also cook up some eggsiting surprizes not to be revealed to adults who might be reading.   Interested parents should take note that young people will be invited to share space in the studio cabin Friday evening from 7:30-10:00 p.m., Saturday morning and afternoon during the workshops and again Saturday evening during the 7:30-10:00 dance.   We will not have coverage Sunday though we will do an all camp activity Sunday morning (you can connect with Kate for eggsactly what she has in mind).  Young people will be expected to participate and cooperate as a community (including siblings).   Behavior within the boundaries set by the Court Jester is anticipated.   Outside those boundaries and they'll be banished to your loving arms.  This is not a babysitting service.  It is a program of activities created for young people to enjoy.  Therefore, children under the age of four must be accompanied in the studio by a parent.  Activities are designed for full paticipation of ages 4-12 and we can always adjust for those even older provided they don't act like adults because we won't [well maybe Kate will, but we tolerate her].--Kate Teluga 

penquin.gif (940 bytes)Schedule

6 -7:30 pm: Registration and Potluck Dinner ($3 for STF soup pot)
8:02 -10:30 pm  Split Tree Motley Fool Orchestra: swing, waltz, tango, blues
              10:32 - 12:30  Rockin' Contras: ACRR enhanced with Beth and Seth
               Also: late night drumming at the back pasture drum circle fire pit


8:31 -  9:17  Breakfast
9:30 - 10:00 Partner Warmup  w/ Sid Hetzler (wear loose excercise clothing)
10:00 - 12:01 ACRR with Beth Molaro: contras, squares & absurdities
12:03 -  1:07 Lunch
1:00 -  1:45 Combine Waltz and Pivots to make Zwiefachers & general confusion.
1:46 -  2:33 Swing Swap: trade your favorite swing moves; music by STMFO
2:32 -  5:02 Hall of SethFoolery
5:00 -  5:30 Jesters-in-Training unleashed
6:00 -  7:15 Feast of Fools with Becky Forester--
8:00 - 11:55 Fully Formal Fool's Ball w/ACRR with Beth Molaro: contras, squares & silliness
11:59 - 2:00 am Full Moon Lunacy--waltzing, folk opera, more contras and swing

10:30 -  1:01 Waltz and Gospel Sing/Swing Brunch w/Alan & friends
1:03 - 3:05 pm Midnight Kitchen & STMFO w/ Beth & Seth: contras, squares, swing & folly
3:06 pm -??? Final Hugs & Serious Porching, rest before driving home, improv dance jam

Split Tree Farm is located 20 miles south of Chattanooga, TN and 100 miles NW of Atlanta in the NW Georgia mountains.   Click on map page.

For more info:
For registration/housing  information:  call Dave Kehres at 404-633-4203
Young persons info:  Kate Taluga at 850-671-5455
For general information: call Sid Hetzler or Anna Sue Courtney at Split Tree Farm: 706-539-2485

Late breaking info:

Lodging:  There is adequate house and pavilion floor space and also tent shelter in a large barn.  For more privacy you can camp on 200 acres of woods and pasture in the NW Georgia mountains. Bring usual camping supplies. For off-campus housing info:

Young Jesters: This is a family event with young people’s activities throughout the day and care during the dances in the evenings. Kate Taluga, Julie Austin, Gus Johnson, and Rob Hejna will be training the young Jesters.   See note above on this new program.

Food: For Friday night, bring your picnic or contribute a $3 donation to Becky & Anna Sue's fresh bread and hot soup crockpot fund.  For $25, five tasty vegetarian meals will be served in the Split Tree cafe by volunteers. Several work exchange dancers are needed for food preparation, serving and clean-up. Call the Split Tree office at number above or send email.

Serious Foolishness:  Paired registration strongly encouraged, but come anyway, even without a partner.  Must wear clean non-street, non-marking, soft-sole shoes for dancing to preserve our beautiful floor. Loose work-out type clothing for floor excercises, such as contact improvisation partner warmup, recommended. Children must be supervised at all times. No pets or alcohol allowed. Avoid strong perfumes.  Smoking is discouraged and is allowed only away from all buildings.

Directions: Detailed directions available from web site, or call if no web access.
Split Tree General Information      Maps, Directions 
    Lodging     Chattanooga Weather

Name, & young person’s age:  ________________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

Day Phone:______________________   Eve Phone: ______________________


Total Enclosed: ___________________

Shelter plans:  Bed______? (limited) House/studio floor space____________? Barn space__________? (A mattress of wood shavings)     Pasture tenting?________    Motel/BnB_____________? Other?______________ Other Lodging

Mail checks to:  Fool’s Fest 99/Split Tree/ 2103 N. Decatur Rd, Suite 339/ Decatur, GA 30030

We welcome your registration by email or fax, but checks must be received within 7 days for registration to be confirmed.  No refunds after 3/26/99.   Fax: 404-378-6433  Email: foolsfest99 [@]     Phone/Email  confirmations sent after payment registration received.   Single dance tickets if space available.

Cost:  Cost is $50 for the weekend. This includes  the dances, shelter (see lodging) and playshops. Children under 15 are $25.
Food: (optional) is $25 for the weekend. Children under 12 are $12.  Optional $25 donation for the bunk and bathhouse building fund is welcome.

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
Foolish questions:  Fool of Fools Seth Tepfer - 770-784-8487 - labst [@]

FLIGHT INFO:  Nearest public airport is Chattanooga (45 minutes); Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Knoxville airports are about 2-3 hours and usually some rides can be found with the help of dancers in nearby cities.

FUTURE SPLIT TREE EVENTS:  Richard Powers' Zen of Waltz weekend, Apr. 30-May 2.

(Tentative:  Millennium Eve Week at Split Tree with Richard Powers and Friends, Dec. 27-Jan. 2
(Tentative: Split Tree Farm's first
Dancer's Christmas in the Country, Dec. 24-26)

OTHER Split Tree Workshops

Mar. 19-21, Southeast Contact Improvisation Jam
Apr. 15-18, 21-25, Introductory and Continued Authentic Movement, Marcia Plevin
Mar 4-9, Jazz Writing Calligraphy Workshop
Jun. 20-26, Modern Dance Choreography Camp for Kids
Sept. 25-26, A Weekend of Singing and Releasing, Elise Witt and Jean Dunham

More info on web page.   Return to main page for complete events list.

Visitors:  Hit Counter                                                 Updated:   04/18/07


Fools Festival Downdate - 3/23/99

Included in this foolish missive:

o Hello & Welcome

o Single Price List

o Male encouragement (like they need it)

o Items to bring (and not)

o Updated Schedule

o Many foolish quotes


Are you too smart for your own good? Does the conformity of antiquated gender stereotyping bore you? Do you suspect that the fashion industry exists solely for the amusement of extraterrestrials? Are you alternately  troubled and amused by the howlingly foolish errors of the people in  charge? Do you feel like you're living amongst a nation of zombies? Welcome to the club. -- Matt Groening


Introduction:  As Head Fool, it is my delight to tell you the latest news. The 10th  anniversary Fools Fest is nigh upon us, and the excitement mounts. Several surprise guests; a cabin full of young jesters; a near full moon; a program  packed with games, wonder, and high foolishness all will combine to make this weekend unforgettable. Plus a time change and a (practically) full  moon. What more could you want? Well, you also get Cross-step Waltz; Zwiefachers; A Folk Opera in 4 parts   (thank you Claude Stephens); the traditional Saturday night Feast of Fools followed by the Fully Foolish Fool's Ball (mix your favorite colors) and the Sunday Waltz and Gospel Sing/Swing brunch--  and more delights than you can rattle your bells at.  
---Seth Tepfer


Love is foolish ... but I still might try it sometime. -- Floyd, age 9



We know you have (foolishly) busy schedules, and sometimes have to make choices. For those that can only attend a portion of the planned inanities, we have fixed the following price schedule to accommodate Easter weekend choices between dancing and other obligations:

Friday activities: $15
Saturday dance & play ( before 6 pm): $15
Saturday night ecstasy: $20
Sunday morning delights: $10
Remember, the cost of the entire weekend is just $50, and only $25 for 5 delectable meals.


You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. -- Colette



We need a few good men. Our Male/Female ratio is slightly out of balance. Single men, please apply!  Ladies, this sometimes corrects itself but leave nothing to chance and apply gentle pressure to your male partners.


April Fools Day - That day when we recognize what we are the other 364 days of the year. -- Mark Twain



* Foolish Attire for the Saturday night Fully Foolish Fool's Ball of Fools

* Sense of Humor

* Drum for Friday night bonfire & drum circle

* Face Paint (washable, safe)

* Best jokes and riddles

* Soft soled non marking shoes

* Sense of Wonder

* Desire to Dance


* Cares

* Fears of Dancing

* Worries

* Bills

* Dance Nazis

* Hard soled shoes; street shoes in house or on dance floor

* Seriousness

* Bad jokes or puns (okay, you can bring these)


You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, ...... and that is sufficient. -- Not Lincoln


[Note:  Volunteers are welcome for painting the studio/house this Saturday and Sunday, 3/27-28--call Don Walker, 615/847-0133; and there's a Chattanooga contra dance Sat. night or STF jamming]


THURSDAY April 1, 1999

Come early, help set up, sleep over

FRIDAY April 2, 1999

6:00 - 7:30 Registration & Potluck (or $3 for Becky's soup)

8:00 - 10:30 Swing, waltz, tango, blues: Split Tree Motley Fool Orchestra  (STMFO)

8:47 pm Moonrise

11:00 - 12:30 Contra & Squares: Atomic City Rhythm Rascals & Seth Tepfer

12:30 fool down; whispers time - unorganized music; drum circle & bonfire

SATURDAY April 3, 1999

8:30 - 9:15 Breakfast

9:30 - 10:00 Partner Warmup with Sid Hetzler; Alan Dynin at piano

10:00 - 12:00 Contra & Squares: ACRR, Beth Molaro calling

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch, caller square-table

1:00 - 1:45 Zwiefachers, Alan on piano

1:55 - 2:30 Swing Swap

2:30 - 3:00 Swing Dancing: STMFO

3:00 - 3:45 The New Cross-Step Waltz: Seth, Alan, Walter and STMFO

4:00 - 5:00 Crazy Contras & Sethfoolery: ACRR

5:00 - 5:30 Jesters in Training

5:30 - 5:45 10th Anniversary Photo Op - all fools show up

6:00 - 7:30 Feast of Fools

8:00 - 11:45 Contras & Squares: Beth Molaro & ACRR

10:35 Moonrise

11:45 Folk Opera in 4 Movements

12:15 - ??? Waltzes, Blues, Swing

2:00 Suddenly becomes 3am: Lose an hour - spring forward (fall back)

SUNDAY April 4, 1999

9:30 Dance Fools SunRise Vigil - Kate / Lynn and community 

10:30 - 1:00 Waltz/Gospel Sing/Swing Brunch: Alan Dynin & Walter Parks

1:00 - 3:00 Final Contras: Midnight Kitchen & friends with Beth & Seth

3:00 - ??? Final Hugs

3:01 until - Serious Porching, rest before drive home, improv dancing


A few more quotes:

My girlfriend has a king sized bed. I have a court jester sized bed.
--Steven Wright

Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel  that you've done a permanent job.

If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
-- Anatole France

"All right, then. There are four kinds of people in this world: Cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics."  "And that covers everybody?"  "Oh, yes, including us. Or at least me." -- Focault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco

I asked professors who teach the meaning of life to tell me what is  happiness. And I went to famous executives who boss the work of thousands of men. They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though I was  trying to fool with them. And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along the Des Plaines River, And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the  trees with their women and children and a keg of beer and an accordion. -- Carl Sandberg

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