As a Folk School blogger, one of the most requested pieces of information I receive from locals is: “Why don’t you introduce the Hosts and Work/Studies!?” Well, as a former Work/Study and Host, I think it’s a GREAT idea! So without further adieu… Let’s get to know a little bit about our current junior host, Lynn Ann!

Lynn Ann outside the History Center

Lynn Ann outside the History Center

Cory Marie: Where are you from?
Lynn Ann: Wisconsin

Cory Marie: What do you do there?
Lynn Ann: I like to kayak and have fun!

Cory Marie: How did you hear about the Folk School?
Lynn Ann: My mom and dad recommended it, which made it immediately seem uncool. It took 4 years for me to get here after they suggested it and when I walked in the door it felt like I had either been here before or that I belonged here.

Cory Marie: Do you have a class focus planned for your host term?
Lynn Ann: I am pushing myself to get out of my box.
I am definitely interested in Woodworking and Woodturning.

Cory Marie: What are your “silver bullets?”
Lynn Ann:
Morris-style Chair with Steve Tengelsen
Felted Shoe Making with Peggy Patrick and Kay Patterson
Build a Short-scale Mountain Dulcimer with Jack Smoot

Cory Marie: What’s your favorite place at the Folk School?
Lynn Ann: The bridge behind Mill House

Cory Marie: Favorite Dining Hall food?
Lynn Ann: Chocolate Desserts

Cory Marie: What’s your favorite thing you’ve made at the Folk School?
Lynn Ann: A tiny silver kaleidoscope created in Sculptural Kaleidoscopes with Scott Cole and Sheryl Koch during Advanced Weeks.

Cory Marie: If you spent the rest of your life at the Folk School, what house would you stay in and why?
Lynn Ann: The Cottage – it has a good view, it feels like it is part of the mountains, it has a great front porch and a fireplace in the kitchen.

Cory Marie: If you were on a desert island what tool would you bring? What craft would you bring?
Lynn Ann: Fork/Watercolor paints

Cory Marie: Favorite Class so far?
Lynn Ann: When I first came here I wanted to prove my parents wrong, so I picked a spinning class, which I already knew how to do. It was with Carla Owen. She spewed jaw dropping wisdom about both spinning and life all week. It was a great class!

Cory Marie: I hear you have a great email address that is inspired by the Folk School. What is it?
Lynn Ann: “773milestobrasstown” at
That’s the distance between my home in WI to Brasstown. What can I say? Brasstown is my happy place!


Do you have questions that you want to ask a host? Leave your interview question ideas in the comments!

Cory Marie Podielski
About Cory Marie Podielski

Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes.