The card games and volleyball have been put away, and the sound of children over the Folk School campus has dissipated. This can only mean that Little/Middle Folk School is over. The students made a wide variety of wonderful Appalachian crafts. They also enjoyed nightly contra dances, afternoon activities, wonderful food, and seeing old friends and making new ones.
Blacksmithing is always a coveted class among “Middle” students. It was great seeing Able Allen, a former Little/Middle student, now teaching students in the blacksmithing class what he has learned over the years.
On Monday, when I went by the “Middles” weaving class, taught by Geri Forkner, students were paired up and warping their looms. Many of them told me that this was their first time weaving , and that they would love to do it again.
On Friday, I walked up to the Festival Barn, where the students displayed their creations so that parents and other students could see what had been made in other classes. The “Middles” Fiber Art class, taught by Margaret Radcliffe, made some beautiful knitted works such as scarves, toys, and hats. They seemed very busy over the week.
In the Cornshuck Creativity class, taught by “Little’s” instructor Millie Chaplin, students used their imaginations and made some very creative characters out of cornshucks.
Over all, by looking at children showing off their crafts to their parents and all that was made over the week, Little/Middle 2011 seemed to be a great success.