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Your Holiday Season Event Guide

by Cory Marie Podielski on November 13, 2015

in Community Events, Holidays, Music & Dance

The Folk School’s holiday season is filled with festive classes, concerts, dances, parties, and holiday sales. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. See our complete Holiday Event Schedule below: Wreath Making December 3 • 7 p.m. Community Room, Keith House Learn to make decorative holiday wreaths for free with supplies […]


Wow, just finished our 17th Dulcimer Celebration and it was wonderful. Every year I say it can’t get any better, but it seems to always be adding a special touch. The instructors that joined me this year (Bonnie Carol, Rob Brereton and Nina Zanetti) were such fun and all “in sync” with the Folk School […]


English County Dance Starts in September

by Annie Fain Barralon on August 8, 2015

in Community Events, Music & Dance

A new monthly Saturday English Country Dance will start at the Folk School on September 12, 2015. English Country Dancing (ECD) is the historical predecessor to American barn or contra dancing. Like a contra dance, each ECD is made up of short, fun, easy-to-learn figures. What really sets it apart is the music. It can be slow and elegant (dance […]


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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I don’t know about you, but I am awash in changing technology and the new world where I shop, make reservations, and bank–all through apps. I read the newspaper online and can communicate instantly anywhere with my phone. I rarely use cash anymore – and who even understands bitcoins? Anything I could possibly want is […]

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