Second Sunday brings music, dance to county
Bette Premo (left) and Dean Premo started Second Sunday Folk Dance in 1985 and the series has grown in popularity since. Their band, White Water, includes Carrie Dlutkowski and her mother Susan.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Over the past 33 years, the Second Sunday Folk Dance series at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp has become a fixture in Iron County. Started in 1985 by Dean and Bette Premo, this beloved community event offers live folk music and dancing on the second Sunday of each month between October and April.
The long-running series began as a brainstorm between Dean, Bette and the late Rev. Cyrus Warmanen, the former director of the Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp. Warmanen, who met the Premos when they were playing at Alice’s Restaurant, offered the camp as a venue for the event, and for the first several years it was held in the camp’s dining hall. The event then moved to the camp’s chapel, where it has been held for approximately the past 20 years.
The spacious facility, complete with a stage and large dance floor, is the perfect setting for the SSFD.
“The dance floor is one of the best in the Upper Peninsula, with a special underlayment that makes it comfortable for dancing, and is topped with cherry flooring that was donated by Connor Sport Flooring,” Dean Premo said.
Last month the series wrapped up its 33rd season and already has a full lineup of guest musicians slated for its 34th. The series is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind. It started out as a local event, but every year it has gained in popularity with both Iron County residents and throughout the region, attracting attendees from more than 200 miles away. SSFD has become a well-known event among folk musicians, with performers often reaching out to the Premos to be included.