Header-Holiday-Events-BlogThe Folk School’s holiday season is filled with festive classes, concerts, dances, parties, and holiday sales. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. See our complete Holiday Event Schedule below:

Holiday-Sidebar2 Wreath Making

December 3 • 7 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
Learn to make decorative holiday wreaths for free with supplies provided by the Folk School. The wreaths created will be used to beautify the Folk School during the holiday season.
For more information please call Tammy or Kim at our office at 828-837-2775. Limited space available.

Decorating Day

December 5 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
Join the fun of decorating the Folk School for the holidays. Decorations will be provided.
Call the main office at 828-837-2775 or email us at info@folkschool.org to sign up. Space is limited.

Fireside Sale

December 6 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Keith House and Davidson Hall
Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in our beautifully decorated Keith House and Davidson Hall (next to the Craft Shop). Craftspeople will offer handmade items such as jewelry, weaving, forged iron, photography, quilts and turned wood.

Enjoy homemade refreshments such as sweet and savory scones, cookies, and gourmet coffee from the Brasstown Morris Dancers. Watch the Brasstown Dance teams’ performance at 3 p.m., outside of Keith House. Our Craft Shop will be open during the Fireside Sale, and is offering 15% off all items through December 24.

Holiday-Sidebar1Holiday Music Performance

December 7 • 7-8 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
A holiday musical performance by David Brose and Kathleen Secrest.

A Christmas Carol

December 9 • 7 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
In period costume, Bob Grove will present a dramatic reading of the classic tale, including character voices. In the familiar story, miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future who, in the course of a night, convince him to abandon his “bah, humbug” ways.

Holiday Dance Performance by the Morris and Garland Dancers

December 9 • 8 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
After enjoying Bob Grove’s reading of A Christmas Carol, don’t go anywhere! Stay for a lively and fun performance by the Morris, Garland, & Rapper Sword dancers!

Lessons in Carols with a Twist

December 10 • 7 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
Celebrate the holiday traditions of a community with sometimes serious, sometimes zany lessons and songs. Lessons poignant or humorous on Christmas, Wassailing, Food, Hanukkah, Giving & Receiving ~ Food, Coming Home, Singing, and did we mention Food! Put your bells on and come join the fun!


Brasstown Ringers Holiday Concert

December 11 • 7 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
Brasstown Ringers, the community handbell group of western North Carolina and north Georgia continues to challenge its ringers and its audiences with new and exciting music, as well as old favorites.

Holiday Kids’ Party

December 19 • 1-3 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
Be sure to come over to the Folk School for the fun. The Holiday Kids’ Party will have music, dancing, activities, a visit from Santa, and best of all, home made gingerbread cookies!
Call our office at 828-837-2775 for more information.

Holiday Contra & Square Dance Party

December 19 • 8-11 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
Free admission! Come celebrate the holidays with us on the dance floor. The calling and music will be a splendid array of local talent. Guest callers welcome (If you are interested in calling let us know in advance by emailing Annie Fain). Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Also, we will have a holiday treats potluck! Bring your favorite refreshment to share.

Winter Dance Week Evening Dances

December 26-31
Community Room, Keith House
Evening dances during Winter Dance Week are open to our local dance community.
There will be a mix of contras, squares and English country dances.

EXPERIENCED Contra Dancers Only.
These dances coincide with our winter dance week.
Thanks for your consideration.

Winter Dance Week Nighttime Dance Schedule:

Dec. 26-Dec. 29 • 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $10 per dancer, per night.

Dec. 30 • 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $10

New Year’s Eve Dance!
Dec. 31 • 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Admission: $15


Join us for Winter Dance Week!


December 26, 2015-January 1, 2016
Instructors: Matthew Olwell, Emily Oleson, Susan Kevra, David Millstone, Laura Robertson, Greg Canote, Jere Canote, Charlotte Crittenden

Ring in the New Year at the Folk School! This popular year-end traditional dance and music celebration will feature American contras & squares, English country dancing, Irish set dancing, rapper sword, partner dance technique, waltz, group singing, jam sessions, and more.

Enjoy glorious live music by Mavish (Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, & Matthew Olwell), A Joyful Noise (Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm, & Kathy Talvitie), DoubleDate (Joyful Noise, joined by Bob Pasquarello), and the Canote Brothers. Winter Dance Week offers a unique combination of top-notch callers, teachers, and musicians – along with beautiful surroundings, good food, comfortable accommodations, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. A Gala New Year’s Eve Party and New Year’s morning breakfast will finish off the week.

Participants should have previous contra dance and/or English country dance experience (such as our Learn to Contra Dance class or the equivalent). We do not recommend Winter Dance Week for beginning dancers.

Standard Tuition: $376
Local Tuition: $188

Register Today!

Daily Schedule


Warm-up Stretches with Emily
Challenging English Country with David, A Joyful Noise
Partner Dance Bootcamp with Emily, Matt, Jaige, Bob
Morningsong with the Canote Brothers
10:50-12   Contras & Squares with Susan, DoubleDate


12:15 Lunch
English Country for All – Susan, A Joyful Noise
Irish Dance Sampler – Emily, Maivish
Contras & SquaresDavid, Maivish
Songs from the English TraditionAdam
Wonderful Waltz WorkshopEmily, Matt, Bob
Red Hot Rapper SwordLaura
Jam SessionCanote Brothers
Yoga (Sun.-Wed.)Hannah
Alexander Technique for Dancers & MusiciansJaige
6:00 Supper


Gathering with the Canote Brothers & Special Guest
Dance (Sunday 8-10)
English Dancing in the Music Studio (Saturday, Sunday, Monday only)

Special Events:

Tuesday, Dec. 30     The Brasstown Follies with Carl Dreher (10:30-12 a.m.)
Wednesday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Dance (8 p.m.-1 a.m.)

Register on our website.