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!?” 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, Rachel!


Rachel (2nd from right) in Susan Hutchinson’s Blacksmithing Class

CP: Where are you from and what do you do there?
RW: Atlanta. I build databases – I am a programmer.

CP: How did you hear about the Folk School?
RW: I was in Grad School at Northwestern working on my Russian History degree. I needed some inspiration and my mom gave me the Folk School catalog with a gentle nudge about taking a class. I took a Weekend Blacksmithing class with Alan Wagner and was hooked. I took 7 more classes in between then and now; all Blacksmithing classes.

CP: What is your favorite class so far?
RW: A Stained Glass class called Not Your Ordinary Flat-panel Lamp with Sheryl Koch. David Baker assisted – the class group was a great dynamic – we had a blast and I made a lamp!

Rachel's Stained Glass Lamp

Rachel’s Stained Glass Lamp

CP: What are your “silver bullets*?”
RW: From Sheep to Shawl with Martha Owen
Light It Up with Greg Price
Make Your Own Rustic Table with James Green

*A “silver bullet” is a class that the host picks that they will get into without the risk of being pushed out because of a full class. Each host gets to pick 3 silver bullets –  the other classes they take are based on availability

CP: What’s your favorite place at the Folk School?
RW: Rivercane Walk – I like to look at different types of plants and see how they change in all the seasons.

CP: What is your favorite thing about being host so far?
RW: I am pleasantly surprised how much fun I’ve had with my co-host Amy and the current group of Work/Studies. Our little community is is great and we do fun things like play music together or games – currently we are planning a Christmas party in July.

CP: If you were on a deserted island and could only have one Dining Hall meal, what would it be?

Hosts Rachel and Amy

Hosts Rachel and Amy

RW: Although it would be sad to be without biscuits, I’d have to pick the blackened shrimp salad. I love it – it’s kinda tropical with citrus fruit so it conveniently fits the island theme. Also – there must be bread!

CP: What Your favorite thing about your co-host, Amy Allen?
RW: Amy has a song in her heart, and since her mouth is almost always open, you can always hear that song. It’s delightful.

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