Join us for Friends & Family Day on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our new community event is open to everyone, of all ages, and free. Bring your family, friends, or anyone who is curious about the Folk School. Learn about who we are and what we offer, and have lots of hands-on fun while you’re here!
See craft demonstrations and learn about the history of the Folk School in the History Center. Watch music & dance performances by Brasstown Morris, Folk School Cloggers, Junior Appalachian Musicians, and more in the Keith House Community Room. Visit the Craft Shop, open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Food made by local vendors will be available in the Keith House parking lot from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
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Open Studio Craft Projects

Stop by Keith House, and pick up a Friends & Family Day map. Walk the trails (or drive) to the following studios where you’ll make things with our artists and volunteers.

Cooking: Southern Succotash
“Southern Succotash.” It’s not only fun to say, it’s also easy and enjoyable to make. We’ll have ingredients ready for small groups to prepare a portion – and taste, of course!

Feltmaking: Felted Soap
What do you get when you place brightly colored wool on a bar of soap and give it a massage in warm water? A felt-covered bar of soap! This is a great scrubby for dirty fingers. The felted soap is easier to hold, and the soap lasts longer. Plus, it’s a nice little gift.

Beekeeping: It’s the Bees Knees
Learn to appreciate bees. Watch a beekeeper demonstrate the gear and equipment used to manage a hive. Discover how to build a simple wooden “hotel” to help native bees in your yard. Make a rolled beeswax candle to take home.

Blacksmithing: Hammer a Hook
Want to be a blacksmith? Learn how to make a wall hook using fire, steel, and a hammer.

Weaving: Drinking Straw Loom-weaving
Can you imagine using drinking straws to make a simple loom? Try it! Plus, learn to weave over & under for fun yarn creations – a great take-along project.

Quilting: Make a Mug Mat
Learn amazing fabric tricks to make four-patch, triangular, and hexagonal mug mats – as easy as fold, sew, and flip! Quiltmakers will also show and explain the steps to making favorite traditional quilt blocks.

Clay: Clay by Hand and Wheel
Give the wheel a whirl! Guide and manipulate clay as it turns on the potter’s wheel to create a small bowl. Learn to handbuild an animal out of clay. View a demo of raku firing.

Woodcarving: Hearts & Crosses
Enjoy watching Brasstown Carvers at work. Wooden hearts and crosses will be cut and ready for you to sand to take home as a memento.

Jewelry: Textured and Enameled Pendant
Make a copper-enameled pendant. Learn to texture a copper disc using the rolling mill, and then fire colorful powdered glass (enamel) onto it with a torch.

Basketry: Weave a Daisy
Using basketry reed, weave a colorful daisy for yourself or for someone special on Mother’s Day.

Woodturning: Log to Bowl Demo
Watch professional woodturners attach a block of wood to a lathe. Observe closely as they use tools and use tools to shape the wood into a bowl or other amazing wooden item.

Painting and Drawing: Watercolor & Graphite
Discover how to paint small watercolor landscapes that capture the world around us. Then, try drawing the same subject matter with graphite while learning about composition and design elements.

Marbling: Artful Papers
Come transform ordinary white paper into a sheet of magical colors and beautiful designs with the art of marbling. No two are the same!

Printmaking: Poster by Printing Press
Crank up the presses! Learn how to run a print on a tabletop proofing press, and create your very own poster.

Woodworking: Build a Sailboat
Build your own little sailboat, a treasure you can play with in the tub or take to the creek to see it float. Along the way, learn about woodworking with hand tools.

Music and Dance at Friends & Family Day

Watch Music & Dance performances by Brasstown Morris, Folk School Cloggers, Junior Appalachian Musicians, and more in the Keith House Community Room.

10 a.m. Dawn Davis, Celtic Harp
11 a.m. Brasstown Morris Dance Teams
12 p.m. Campbell Folk School Cloggers
1 p.m. Junior Appalachian Music Students
2 p.m. David Brose, Martin Sachs, & Kathleen Seacrest: Folklore & Music
3 p.m. Ted Cooley: Tales and sing-a-longs