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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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Fall Festival 2014 Poster

by Cory Marie Podielski on August 7, 2014

in Around Campus, Fall Festival, Special Events

Presenting our new Fall Festival Poster for 2014! The image celebrates the bounty of the fall harvest with a young banjo pickin’ gal sitting in a pumpkin patch. She holds a cornucopia, a symbol of abundance, overflowing with riches of the land. The two vessels, a clay vase and a hand woven basket, harken to the union of the form and function found in many crafts created at the Folk School. The style of our fall maiden is inspired by Dame’s Rocket Clog Morris.

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The picture reminds us that we need nourishment of all types: delicious harvest food to nourish our bodies, sunshine, nature and seasons to warm our hearts, and the joy of creating, learning and growing to feed our souls.

One of the largest and most popular regional events of its type, Fall Festival is a celebration of our rich Appalachian heritage. Over 200 fine craft vendors will display their work for sale. Musicians and dancers will grace the two stages with lively performances. Children’s activities and delicious Festival food make this event fun for the whole family!

Join us October 4 & 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
Daily admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12.

Visit our Fall Festival page for more information.

View photos from Fall Festival 2013 on our Flickr or Facebook albums.


Everyone had a wonderful evening during our July 31 Wine Tasting Event at the Craft Shop! Enjoy our photos and stop on by the Craft Shop to find out more about our events.


Valley River Vineyards and Winery provided the wine…

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Rick Taylor & Friends made music…

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JCC Craft Shop offered special, surprise discounts…

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and everyone shopped for unique, hand-crafted items! A fun time was had by all!


The Craft Shop Hours:

Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat. – 8am-5pm
Thu. – 8am-6pm
Sun. – 1-5pm
Phone for pricing and shipping info: 828-837-3899
Or, stop by, we’d love to see you!

Handcrafted Merchandise Arriving Daily
At John C. Campbell Folk School Craft Shop!

Bottom floor of the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall. Campus Map

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