Photo of Concert Performers

Dekelboum Concert Hall
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD

WFMA Founder and Past-President, Dick Cerri, passed away on October 3, 2013.  Dick, along with Tom Paxton, founded the organization in 1982 and was the guiding force behind WFMA for 29 years.

Under Dick’s leadership, WFMA sponsored a wide variety of events in support of its mission to bring performers and fans together in ways that support the intimate nature of the folk tradition.  In addition to the annual Benefit Concerts, WFMA has sponsored monthly showcases, group travel to see performances around the country and many unique events in the Washington, DC area.  Through these activities and his radio show, Music Americana, Dick introduced many Washington area fans to the music of his favorite artists, to the delight of fans and performers alike.  There are countless performers who owe their success in the Washington, DC area to Dick, and countless fans who are grateful to Dick for introducing them to new and exciting folk performers.  Dick will certainly be missed by the entire DC area folk music community.


There was no memorial service for Dick at the time of his death, but WFMA Dick's life with a concert in his honor.  Many of Dick's friends and family on September 27, 2014 for an evening of Dick's (and our) favorite music.

Photo of Noel Paul Stookey Photo of Tom Paxton
Photo of Peter Yarrow Photo of Christine Lavin Photo of Mack Bailey
Photo of Bill Danoff Photo of Schooner Fare Photo of the Squid Jiggers
Photo of Side by Side Photo of Modern Man
Photo of Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Photo of Anne Hills Photo of Carolyn Hester


After the show there was be a coffee and dessert reception with the performers at the Headquarters Hotel.

Headquarters Hotel

Our Headquarters Hotel the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, located just a short distance from the Clarice Smith Center.