The Folk Reunion will be coming to Seattle in May. That's good news for local fans and friends of Dick Foley. The Bellevue man has been singing with the group, formed by folk legend...

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The Folk Reunion will be coming to Seattle in May. That’s good news for local fans and friends of Dick Foley.

The Bellevue man has been singing with the group, formed by folk legend Glenn Yarbrough, since June of last year. He has performed at more than 20 concerts around the country in the last six months, but none in the Seattle area.

“Whenever I mention to friends that I’m back on the road performing, the first question has always been, when am I playing in Seattle,” Foley said.

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Foley started his folk-singing career locally in the early 1960s when he and three other University of Washington guys formed The Brothers Four. He left the group when the demands of a career as a local TV performer interfered with the Brothers Four’s extensive travel schedule.

When Yarbrough formed The Folk Reunion, he recruited Rick Dougherty, formerly with the Limeliters, and Foley, who had by then left television.

While the local gig will please friends and fans, it will also be the first time Foley’s grandchildren will see him perform on stage. Matthew and Megan Hefty will be at their grandfather’s concert in Benaroya Hall on May 5. Apparently they’ve gotten their grandfather’s musical gene. Matthew, 7, owns and plays a guitar; Megan, 4, loves to sing.

Making it count

Bette Filley of Issaquah reports that being on the inside of the King County ballot recount wasn’t fun.

“We worked 10-hour days, six days a week, and I was ready to drop in my tracks,” she said after finishing the project. “Scads of lawyers, from both parties, I’m sure, were there every day, watching our every move and listening for every word.”

Like other observers, she said, they were dressed in slacks and casual sweaters. So how did Filley and the other counters know they were lawyers?

“Their expensive shoes were the dead giveaway,” she said. “They wore their courtroom shoes to watch us count.”

Crystal ball

Wayne DeMeester, a Bellevue stockbroker, was a big winner at Thursday’s Guess the Dow luncheon at the Metropolitan Restaurant. He predicted the Dow Jones industrial average closing number for 2004.

Think that’s easy? DeMeester, who works at Wachovia Securities, made his prediction last January.

His guess — 10,500 — was the closest of any entry to the final number, 10,783.01. Nonprofessionals enter, too, in a separate category. And Eric Barka of Seattle did better than DeMeester and all the other pros. He guessed 10,783.40.

The contest has been going on for more than two decades.

Taste treat

Looking for gourmet fare at a bargain? Try FareStart. The Seattle cooking school trains and places homeless and disadvantaged men and women in food service industry jobs.

Each Thursday, executive chefs from top local restaurants work with the trainees, putting on wonderful dinners. Tickets, which cost $19.95, sell out rapidly.

Several Eastside chefs will be featured in the next few months.

Lisa Dupar of Lisa Dupar Catering, Redmond, will be Thursday’s star. Alex Nemeth of Waters at The Woodmark Hotel (Kirkland) is scheduled for Jan. 20. Bill Beck of the Calcutta Grill at The Golf Club at Newcastle will be there Feb. 24. And Tom Black, chef at the Willows Lodge (of Woodinville) Barking Frog, will be cooking March 3.

To make reservations, call 206-267-6210. The Guest Chef Night meals are served at the FareStart Restaurant at 1902 Second Ave.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com