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Remembering Jean Ritchie

by David Brose, Folklorist on June 9, 2015

in Folk School Folks, From the Archives, In the News, Music & Dance

Jean Ritchie (February 1922-June 1, 2015) was an icon of Appalachian folk music. The youngest of fourteen children, Jean grew up in Viper, Kentucky hearing songs throughout the day as her parents and siblings sang while working with crops, cleaning the house, walking to places in the community and while at leisure. Jean was the […]

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Well, we had an excellent auction this weekend—the diverse array of food was scrumptious, the band was hopping, and the art was impressive. Our Gala is more than a simple auction, it is a time where folks can come together and celebrate our unique community and our talented artists. This year’s Gala also marked a […]

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A big congratulations to Brasstown artist Lynda Metcalfe for being the recipient of a NOMMA (National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association) Top Job 2015 Silver Award. She received the honor for creating an impressive railing for the Lost Hollow Children’s Garden at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden near Charlotte, NC. I was delighted to sit down with […]

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It’s like Christmas Eve over at Smoke in the Mountains Pottery today because it’s the day before the big wood kiln will be opened and unloaded. Many potters from all over the region contribute pots to be fired the traditional way in Rob Withrow’s huge wood kiln. This is Rob’s 13th wood firing at his […]

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Felt is the oldest known fabric used by man. That stands to figure… felt is so easy to make, it was probably first discovered by accident. The recipe for felt, after all, is wool, moisture and agitation. Picture lining a sandal or shoe with raw wool to act as a cushion. Now picture walking around […]

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