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!

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.