The late David Rakoff held many distinctions including being the only person besides Ira Glass to host This American Life. He starred in and adapted the script of a movie that won an Oscar for best Foreign Short Film. He wrote the three best humorous essay books of the Twenty-First Century. He won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor, the big fried pie in that line of work. His peers approved. One website’s banner was “Actually Funny Man Wins Humor Award.” He was also one of the best friends the Folk School ever had, no joke. He wrote “The week I spent there is as close as it gets to my idea of paradise.” He worked very hard at the craft of writing, and when it got easy, which is never, he would throw himself a curve. His latest book is also his first novel, and he does it in verse. The result is formal and classic, funny and sweet, lusciously about language, life and love. Alexander Pope and Dr. Seuss lyrics to a story by Edith Wharton with accompaniment by Joni Mitchell. Check out the trailer for David’s book, and support the Folk School’s David Rakoff Scholarship Fund.
Fall Festival: October 5 & 6
Share in a celebration of timeless Appalachian culture at our 45th annual Fall Festival. Strolling through our wooded campus, you’ll meet over 250 fine craft vendors offering their work for sale. Enjoy the Quilt Show, and watch over 30 talented artisans demonstrate their craft. Catch the excitement as you view musicians and dancers on two stages throughout the weekend. Bring the youngsters for lively kids’ activities, and choose from a nice selection of tasty Festival food. Daily admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12. Visit our Fall Festival Page for more information.
Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our 2019-2020 Folk School Catalog is now available, and all classes are open for registration. Choose a class and come join us in Brasstown this year.
The Folk School Cookbook
We are so excited about The Folk School Cookbook. Nanette Davidson, cookbook author, meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!