Dear Folk School Family,

“He told me the Folk School was the ‘Real Deal’.” Sally Payne has been coming to the Folk School since 2011, just after the grandson of Fred O. Scroggs—a Brasstown merchant who rallied residents and lobbied Olive and Marguerite to choose our hamlet as the school site in 1925—said these words to her. Justin Scroggs is a long-time colleague and friend of Sally.
And “it was love at first sight” once she and her sister arrived on campus. Sally said, “The campus was beautiful, the music was wonderful, and everyone we met was so interesting.” By the end of her first week taking a stained glass class, she knew she’d be back. Cooking and Paper Marbling have turned out to be her favorite classes to take, but she’s purposefully explored classes outside her wheelhouse to spur her creativity and stretch herself. She’s looking forward to taking a Barn Quilt Blocks painting class in September, saying, “The instructors take such pains to make you feel comfortable, especially when you’re trying something new for the first time.”
Sally has been a kind-hearted ambassador for the Folk School, having brought relatives, friends, and neighbors with her throughout the years. “The Folk School has opened up so many new vistas for me, opportunities for exploration. It’s consistently supportive, so I feel good about introducing new people to it.”
Sally told us, “The Folk School is one of my most favorite places on the planet and I can’t wait for it to reopen.” As you may have heard, we’ll be reopening our regular class programming in May. We’re heartened by the vaccination roll-out and have been making adjustments on campus to help keep people healthy, so we’re grateful to have ambassadors like Sally who share with others what a transformative experience a week at the Folk School can be.
Just as importantly, Sally has supported us with her donations since her very first time here in 2011. She’s provided gifts to help with areas she particularly cares about as well as to our annual fund to help with general operations. Moreover, she’s a valued member of our Olive Dame Campbell Society, in the good company of others who have remembered the Folk School in their estate plans. “I like the idea of helping secure the Folk School’s future. It’s such a unique and wonderful place that I want it to be there for future generations. It’s a treasure that I hope one day, they too, will share with others.”
It’s with your financial support and attendance in classes that we’ll be able to fully recover from the pandemic and be here for those future generations Sally talks about. Thank you for your support. We’re glad you’re part of our Folk School community and hope to see you back in Brasstown soon.



Jerry Jackson

John C. Campbell Folk School is a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN: 56-0552780).
Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Jerry Jackson
About Jerry Jackson

Jerry Jackson is the Executive Director of the John C. Campbell Folk School.