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Enjoy a relaxing, festive week at the Folk School during Holiday in the Mountains Week, December 3-9. Our last week of 2017 classes, this much-loved session celebrates the season with holiday-themed offerings and popular special events. Choose your favorite class, and come experience this magical week with us.

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Night Hoots & Morningsongs, Vol. 2

by Cory Marie Podielski on November 1, 2017

in Craft Shop, Folk School Folks, Music & Dance

We have a new CD, hot of the presses: Night Hoots & Morningsongs, Vol. 2! The 21-track compilation features a variety of musical selections by local musicians in a diverse array of genres representing the diversity and eclectic flair of the Folk School. Much of the compilation honors multi-generational families that have two or three generations of family members playing music and singing together. CDs are available in the Folk School Craft Shop. [click to continue…]

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Jan Davidson Awarded Honorary Doctorate

by Cory Marie Podielski on October 25, 2017

in New & Noteworthy, Out & About

Nanette and Jan Davidson on the campus of the University of the South at Sewanee, TN.

A big congratulations to Jan Davidson for his honorary doctoral degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN! On October 6, Jan received an honorary doctorate of the fine arts for his accomplishments as folklorist and his leadership of the John C. Campbell Folk School. Jan retired earlier this year after 25 years of leadership.

During his tenure at the Folk School, Jan focused on programming, facility building and renovation, fundraising, historic preservation, and conservation. Under his direction, the school’s annual student enrollment has grown from 2500 students to an average of 6000 students. An accomplished writer, musician, and speaker, Jan has exemplified the Folk School’s mission of providing experiences in noncompetitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening.

Read an article about the award on The Sewanee Purple website. The Sewanee Purple is the student-run, student-published newspaper of The University of the South, located in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction: November 4

by Cory Marie Podielski on October 24, 2017

in Blacksmithing, Community Events

Join us for our Annual Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction, set for Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 p.m. in the Keith House Community Room. We’ll enjoy a silent and live auction, featuring striking pieces from Folk School Resident Artists, instructors, students, and local artists. All auction proceeds benefit the Folk School’s programs, helping to guarantee that the School will continue to be a haven for artists’ creative inspiration. [click to continue…]

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Tend to Your Home & Hearth

by Cory Marie Podielski on October 13, 2017

in Class Picks, Featured Classes


October is here! Soon will be the time to gather around the table and to congregate in front of the fireplace. It is also a time to focus on crafts of the home and hearth. Consider our class picks to get you in the mood to get cozy around the fire and inspired for the fall season.

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