The Texas Folklore Society held its 100th Annual Meeting in Austin on April 1-3, 2016. This was a special meeting for us, for a few reasons. First, it was Number 100! Also, it was the first time we had met in Austin since our 50th Annual Meeting.
We started things off on Friday afternoon with a tour of the Capitol, courtesy of our guide, James Haley. That evening, we had one of the best hootenannies in recent memory, with tall tales from Donna Ingham (the Texas Lying Champion), and music from Lee Haile, Herb and Carol Bolland, Jean Schnitz, Chuck Smith, and even new members like Otis Maclay. Clifton Fifer taught members young and old how to play the tub bass, and we shared fellowship through stories and song.
Members presented excellent papers throughout Saturday's sessions. We heard about female bullfighters, bats, peg-legged buffalo riding rodeo showmen, windmills, Czech foodways, and a monster fish. The banquet that night featured a special video presentation that celebrated our "Legends and Leaders." We wrapped up on Sunday morning with more good papers, and then all headed home--excitedly anticipating the next time we can get together again.
If you'd like to see the names of presenters and titles of papers given at the 2016 meeting, click here:
Check out the photos of members and activities below.