Dear Folk School Family,
Ann Crenshaw has been coming to the Folk School since 2004. “I miss it. The first thing I do when I get to the Folk School is go into the Community Room in Keith House and take a deep breath. It smells like excitement and home and memories.”
“Everyone there is open and friendly and excited to be there—even if they’ve been there a thousand times. Even if they are staff.” (Ann goes on to tell us about, yes, spontaneously singing the Oompa Loompa song with a staff member.)
Sometimes she pursues at home the skills she learned at the Folk School. “Grandmothers need to know how to whittle. A grandmother needs to be able to handle a knife, pick up a stick, and entertain her grandchildren! And I’m excited to have been able to give everyone a Christmas gift of something I made.”
But in keeping with our fervent promotion of lifelong learning, sometimes Ann just casually explores a class area. “If you’re a curious person, the Folk School is for you. I’ve enjoyed every class I’ve taken. You don’t have to continue it at home—just explore something that piques your interest.”
Ann says that, early on, she received some good advice from a friend who’d already attended the Folk School: “When you get your weekly schedule, don’t miss a thing on it. If it says “Morningsong,” do it. If it says “Campus Tour,” do it.” But she’s just as happy directing her own time, nourishing her love of history and traditional craft in the History Center.
“Being at the Folk School is the most pleasant thing I’ve ever done as an adult. My favorite thing is there’s no stress in it. It’s my time. I can be as alone as I want to be or with other nice people if I want. And someone feeds me three fabulous meals every day.”
Ann has supported the Folk School with her donations since she first started coming here. “I can’t tell you enough what an important part of my life the Folk School is. You can’t take as much from an organization as I’ve gotten and not give back to it.”
We appreciate Ann’s ongoing support. Having our typical classes suspended for most of 2020 has hurt us financially, so we’re asking you to donate to help keep the Folk School healthy. The reality is that our financial recovery from the consequences of Covid-19 will not end in 2020. We’re looking forward to a better 2021, but our class sizes will be smaller once they’re safe to resume and our financial challenges will continue even through next year.
It’s with your committed financial support and attendance in classes that we’ll be able to fully recover.
With your help, the Folk School will persevere!
The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.