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A Message from The Living Tradition Board Regarding
Reopening our Concerts, Jams, and Contra Dances in 2022


We have certainly missed seeing all of you at our events.  We have restarted our jams (but need to skip the June 2022 jam) and hope that we can host concerts and contra dances later in 2022, assuming that the rate of COVID breakthrough cases remains low and that there is no holiday surge in new breakthrough cases. 

We will monitor the rate of breakthrough COVID cases from both the Los Angeles County and Orange County Departments of Health before making a final decision on when to resume our activities.  We hope this will be sooner rather than later, but we want to do our best to provide a safe environment for our performers, volunteers, and audience.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

COVID Data Sources

Here are links to both LA and Orange counties’ data tables and graphs for COVID infections.  This data is updated weekly or biweekly.

For Orange County data, click on the following link, scroll down to County and Statewide Data, type Orange in the Get County Data box, and then click Get County Data.


For Los Angeles County data, the California Dance Co-Operative takes the LA County Public Health statistics and converts them to an easy-to-read format.  To view this data on a Cal Dance Co-Op webpage, click the following link:


Event Volunteers Needed

To borrow a phrase, it takes a village to put on our events.  We must be certain that we have enough vaccinated volunteers to staff our events before we are able to reopen.

If you are fully vaccinated and interested in volunteering to help with either concerts or dances, please contact Ron Bloom at themacmammals@yahoo.com for concerts, and Patty McCollom at pattymccollom96@gmail.com for dances.  Additionally, we need an EXPERIENCED sound technician and volunteers willing to help with event security.

We are looking forward to seeing you in 2022!

All the best,

The Living Tradition Board



What is The Living Tradition?

The Living Tradition is a non-profit organization working to support and preserve traditional music and dance in Southern California.  We host contra dances and contemporary and traditional folk music concerts at the beautiful Anaheim Downtown Community Center at 250 E. Center St., in Anaheim, California We also host traditional music jams at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1145 W. Valencia Mesa Drive, Fullerton, Calif. on the second Saturday of the month.

All of our events are family-friendly and are open to the public.  Admission prices for dances and concerts are modest, and children under 18 years are free with a paid adult.  We ask for a contribution of $2 to $5 per person at our music jams to defray rental costs.  Bring your friends, make new friends, get some exercise (dancing), or just relax and enjoy traditional American music.

Our Concerts, Dances, and Jams

We sponsor some online events while the community center concerts, jams, and dances are not possible.  Check the Online Events page for virtual event details.

The Living Tradition concert series presents international and local artisans of contemporary and traditional folk music for a modest cost in an intimate setting. 

Our contra dances allow folks of all ages to dance to live music and enjoy easy-to-learn traditional dance - without a partner. 

Our traditional music jams bring musicians (and singers) together in a relaxed atmosphere where all levels and talents are welcome, including those who simply want to hear traditional music or song.


Special Events

The Living Tradition also supports a variety of special events.  See Special Events for more information.


General Questions for The Living Tradition

If you have questions about The Living Tradition, contact the President, Patty McCollom at mccollomp@sbcglobal.net.  To view additional contact links for the The Living Tradition, click Contact Us.


Membership: Why Join The Living Tradition?

Members of The Living Tradition enjoy and preserve traditional music and dance in Southern California.  Benefits of membership also include discounts for most of our concerts and dances.  To become a member, simply print and complete the membership form, then mail the completed form and a check for membership dues to the address listed on the form.  (Note that this form is a PDF file; viewing or printing it requires Acrobat Reader to be installed on your computer.)

Thank you for your support.

More About The Living Tradition

Founded in 1982 by Carolyn Russell, The Living Tradition is a group of people bound together by the desire to share traditional music and dance.  The Living Tradition brings us a sampling of today’s brightest traditional music entertainers, provides family-friendly, community-oriented contra dances, and hosts popular monthly jams.

Go to Our History page to read A Brief History of The Living Tradition written by Patty McCollom, and to view a transcription (PDF file) of James Hutson's 1995 interview with Carolyn Russell.

Our contra dances provide an evening of fun – without a partner or formal instruction.  These dances are fun, good exercise, and build a sense of community with other contra dancers.  Many fine bands have graced our dances, and well-known dance “callers” provide lively prompting.  Bring your friends, make new friends, get some exercise, or just enjoy the lively sounds of traditional music.  Our dances are beginner-friendly because each evening begins with a group lesson, and the actual dances are explained and prompted by the “caller”. 

The Living Tradition concert series  presents international and local artisans of contemporary and traditional folk music nearly every month in the beautiful Anaheim Downtown Community Center.  These intimate concerts are reasonably priced and a great way to get together with friends or meet new friends.

We also sponsor regularly scheduled music jams to provide a forum for those who play an acoustical instrument, sing, or simply enjoy listening to traditional music and song.  Our jams are open to all levels and talents, and offer an opportunity for anyone who loves traditional music to participate in a relaxed atmosphere. 

The Living Tradition is all of this and more.  We serve as a catalyst for the preservation and promotion of traditional music and dance and ensure that traditional music, dance, and song will thrive for years to come.

To see this article about The Living Tradition, with more details about our history and concert series, go to the January / February 2001 issue of the FolkWorks newspaper and scroll down to page 13.

Special Thanks Go To . . .  

The Living Tradition extends sincere thanks to John Davidheiser for designing and implementing the original format of The Living Tradition Web site. 

Thanks also go to Tim Steinmeier, who designed The Living Tradition logo.

“A Bit More About Us” was written by Ellen Swope (and updated by Mindy Belli).



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