Bob Grove Reading A Christmas Carol in 2019

Even though we can’t gather together in the Community Room for holiday events like we have in years past, we invite you to celebrate this magical time of year with us virtually! On December 16, join Bob Grove for a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol. We also have a wreath making workshop led by Nanette Davidson and a holiday baking workshop with Nanette Davidson & Barbara Swell. All events are free and virtual. Register on Zoom or join us on Facebook Live for the events below.

Holiday Events

Wreath Making with Nanette Davidson

Date: December 14, 2020
Time: 5 p.m.

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For twenty-five years Nanette Davidson taught Folk School community volunteers how to create the beautiful, one-of-a-kind, fresh greenery wreaths used to decorate the Keith House, Community Room, and Olive Campbell Dining Hall for the winter holiday season. Join her for a live demo on the use of straw forms, greening pins, and floral picks to make your own stunning wreath. Nanette will be working with evergreens cut from the Folk School campus including pine, spruce, arborvitae, boxwood, holly, and nandina. She will also show you how to wire fresh fruit and cones for embellishment. Use these techniques and try your hand at a seasonal wreath.

A Christmas Carol, Read by Bob Grove

Date: December 16, 2020
Time: 5 p.m.

Tune in on Facebook Live.  

Join us for a special virtual holiday experience at John C. Campbell Folk School. Bob Grove will share a short history of the English author Charles Dickens followed by a performance of Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol. For nearly 20 years, Bob has brought this wonderful story to the Folk School community. His use of period clothing and theatre voice make it a joy for people of all ages.

Holiday Baking with Nanette Davidson and Barbara Swell

Date: December 17, 2020
Time: 5 p.m.

Register on Zoom.


Join baking buddies Nanette Davidson and Barbara Swell in the Folk School Cooking Studio as they stack up layers of homey holiday flavors, friendship, and Southern mountain tradition. The crafting of a fragrant and beautiful, winter, dried apple stack cake with a storied past is just as fun as sharing the many-layered cake with loved ones and neighbors. Make this keepsake part of your own holiday cake baking tradition.

About Nanette Davidson & Barbara Swell

Nanette began the cooking program for the John C. Campbell Folk School in 1998 and served as Resident Artist for twenty years. In 2018 she authored “The Folk School Cookbook: A Collection of Seasonal Favorites” which features recipes from the dining hall, greater Folk School community, and many of her own recipes from decades of cooking. Nanette has taught adults and children alike at summer camp settings, wine and food festivals, farmers markets, sustainability fairs, arboretums, teaching kitchens, wellness centers, and more. Her food philosophy is whole, fresh, healthy, colorful, and seasonal.

Visit Nanette’s website.

Barbara lives in Asheville, N.C., where she enjoys collecting southern Appalachian recipes, oral histories, and folklore from long-time mountain residents. She has worked with children and families for 30 years, has authored 11 historic cookbooks, and currently teaches old-time cooking classes at her historic log cabin in Asheville.

Visit Barbara’s website.

About Bob Grove

Bob Grove was born in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in the mountains of North Carolina. He was formerly an ABC-TV public affairs director, an on-air program host, and the founder and publisher of “Monitoring Times” magazine. As prose critique facilitator for the North Carolina Writers Network and co-facilitator of the Ridgeline Literary Alliance, he has published 20 books, hundreds of articles in 23 magazines, and has been awarded seven gold medals in the North Carolina Silver Arts literature competition. Bob is known for his public readings as a performance art form, specifically his annual reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol each year at the Folk School.

John C. Campbell Folk School
About John C. Campbell Folk School

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.