The Folk School offers a variety of themed weeks throughout the year to celebrate different cultures and styles. Some themed weeks like Earth Week, Scottish Heritage Week, and Shaker Week use a cultural theme to influence classes and the campus atmosphere. These weeks are like a typical week at the Folk School with a little extra thematic flavor.
When the classrooms and campus unify under a theme, a festive ambiance is added to not only the classrooms, but to the extracurricular activities, the music and dance, and sometimes even the Dining Hall menu.
During Scottish Heritage Week, you may see a group of spirited Work/Studies donning Scottish blue woad makeup on the dance floor as Bob Dalsemer teaches a traditional Scottish dance on Tuesday night.
During Shaker Week, you might just get the most glorious rendition of ‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple the Dining Hall has ever heard.
During Intergenerational Week, you might see a dad and son bonding over a collaborative project, whether it be a pie in the Cooking Studio or a hook in the Blacksmith Shop (I’ve seen both!).
During Holiday in the Mountains Week, the decorations around the buildings and grounds bring you extra cheer and merriment for the Yuletide season. Each theme week is a fun way to incorporate a common story across Folk School classes.
Other themed weeks like Little/Middle Folk School, Intergenerational Week, and Winter Dance Week take on a different format than a typical week: Little/Middle is the one week of the year where the campus is open to youths 7-17 to discover Appalachian culture and to take part in hands-on programs in dozens of arts and crafts. Intergenerational Week is designed to provide youths ages 12 and up the opportunity to take classes side-by-side with a parent, grandparent, or other special relative or guardian. Winter Dance Week is the Folk School’s popular year-end folk dance and music celebration featuring American contras & squares, English country dancing, waltz and other couple dances, rapper sword and morris dancing, singing, jam sessions, and more.
Themed Weeks 2014
A Salute to the Arts and Crafts Movement (February 23–28)
Scandinavian Heritage Week (March 23–29)
Earth Week (April 20–26)
Little/Middle Folk School (June 15–21)
Intergenerational Week (July 13–19)
Scottish Heritage Week (August 31–September 6)
Shaker Week (November 16–22)
Holiday in the Mountains Week (December 7–13)
Winter Dance Week (December 26, 2014–January 1, 2015)
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. podielski.com