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Luttie May Comes Alive

by Martha Ann Wilkerson on August 26, 2014

in Around Campus, Hear from Students, We Still Make Things, Writing

Brasstown, NC

Brasstown, NC

“I can’t believe it’s over!” said Luttie May.  “Maybe I should have left my suitcase in the room at Rock House so we’d have to come back and get it.”

“And you were dreading the class before we got here,” laughed Irene.  “I guess you’re glad you came.

“Yes, I am!” said Luttie May. Luttie May and Irene walked through the cool, green trees that hid the serenading birds on their way to Keith House for the last Morning Song.

Their first trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School was coming to an end.

“Things I let you talk me into always turn out good.  I was worried when there were only three people in the class.  You know me; I wanted to fade into the background.”

Luttie May stopped on the stone walk in front of Keith House and turned to Irene.

“And I nearly died when you found the reading by the writing class on the schedule. But even that wasn’t bad.  It felt so good when people came up to me the next morning and told me they liked my story!”

“I love it here!” said Irene. “I like quilting but I like meeting all of the people
even more.  Everybody is so nice.  I can’t believe people come all the way from Alaska!”

Luttie May climbed the steps to the red door.  “There’s just one thing I never figured out.  Where exactly is Brasstown?”

Written by Martha Ann Wilkerson while attending “Creating a World That isn’t There” writing class.

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We Dare You to Be Square: Nov. 14-16

by Cory Marie Podielski on August 25, 2014

in Featured Classes, Music! Dancing!


Put on your dancin’ shoes and grab a partner for a lively weekend of square dancing in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Join famed dance callers Tom Hinds, Beth Molaro and Janine Smith for an exciting variety of square dance styles originating from various regions of the United States. Enjoy live music by Steve Hickman, John Devine, Claudio Buchwald and Sam Bartlett of Evening Star.

Expect talks on the history of square dancing and dance calling technique, family style meals and a Saturday night Brasstown community square & contra dance. Some previous contra or square dance experience is recommended. Singles and couples welcome. Choose from a range of housing, camping and meal package options. A limited number of scholarships are available.

“Dare to Be Square” Weekend
Nov 14-16, 2014
Instructors: Beth Molaro, Tom Hinds, Janine Smith
Register online

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Handmade Mountain Escape Sweepstakes

by Cory Marie Podielski on August 10, 2014

in New & Noteworthy


Did you know the Folk School was voted one of the “100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life” by National Geographic? The Folk School is truly a unique NC experience. We are excited to be featured in a sweepstakes presented by

This sweepstakes includes:

  • Tuition for a six-night class at the John C. Campbell Folk School, including accommodations in a Standard Room with bath and meals for one (1) winner
  • Plus a $500 Visa gift card to help get you here

Sweepstakes ends August 31, 2014. Taxes and gratuities not included. Go to to learn more, enter, and see a complete listing of the official rules.

Good Luck!

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Sunflowers are blooming in the Folk School Garden, August 2014. They are huge - over 8" tall!

Sunflowers are blooming in the Folk School Garden, August 2014. They are huge – over 8″ tall!

It’s that time of the year when students are preparing to return to school. For the first day, the feeling of excitement, enthusiasm, and even a little nervousness is in the air. Arriving at school for a new year, students know they will be challenged, learn, and grow. Walking into a class for the first time at the Folk School isn’t that different, but you can leave your lunch box at home because our Dining Hall cooks the most delicious meals! We have many great classes scheduled this fall to put any adult, of any age, in the back to school spirit.

Book, Paper, Pen

Journals by Annie Fain Liden Barralon

Journals by Annie Fain Liden Barralon

Books are a symbol of back to school. Learn to make your own books and personal journals in classes like “The Joy of Booking” with Suzanne Hall (Sept 7 – 12) or Journals for Creative Use with Annie Fain Liden Barralon (Nov 16-22). You will love the handmade book for its versatility and ability to satisfy any interest. Create the sketchbook of your dreams to organize your thoughts and take notes.

Marbling work by Pat K. Thomas

Marbling work by Pat K. Thomas

Learn to make specialty paper in Marbling around the World with Pat Thomas (Oct 12-18). You will embrace rich cultural histories from Japanese Suminagashi to French nonpareil, Turkish floral motifs to the New Jersey ripple. Construct a simple travel journal with your papers to commemorate this “international” adventure.

Practice your prefect cursive in Incredible, Indelible Italic! with Michael Smith (Nov 9-14). Explore the legible, graceful, and popular style of calligraphy – the Italic hand. Study tools and materials, letter structure, rhythm, spacing, basic design principles, and methods of executing a project of choice.

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scottish_headerCome on down to Brasstown the week of August 13- September 6 for Scottish Heritage Week at the Folk School, featuring a festive week of Celtic themed classes and demonstrations. If you are of Scottish descent, or merely love the culture, come enjoy a “taste of Scotland” through fascinating history and stories, lively music & dance, and savory food.

Fancy Fibers


Weaving a Tartan

Have always wanted to learn about tartans? Consider Melissa Weaver Dunning’s intermediate Scottish Tartans—Inspiration to Weave a Scarf to take your weaving a higher level. Experienced knitters, you will want to try Fair Isle Knitting: Starting with Color with Martha Owen to learn techniques and patterns inspiring by this traditional Shetland style.

Do Celtic knot designs fascinate you? Don’t fear the knot! Learn to construct designs from patchwork in “Celtic Illusions” Wall Hanging taught by Marolyn Floyd.

Appalachian Connection

Early Scotch and Scotch-Irish settlers contributed greatly to American culture, and nowhere has their influence been more strongly felt than in the Appalachians. Learn about the musical connection in Sara Grey’s Ballads and Songs from Scotland to Appalachia and Beyond. Students will explore and sing about the migration of ballads and songs from the British Isles (primarily Scotland) to North America. Explore similarities in legends and folktales and learn techniques and devices used by traditional storytellers in Bobbie Pell’s Scottish Roots in Appalachian Traditions.

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