Author: Reed Caldwell, Development Manager
The June Gala and Benefit Auction was a huge success this year. The art was amazing and the décor was outstanding. It was a wonderful evening of frivolity, fantastic art, fellowship, and food. Oh, the food! Steve Cipriano, the Dining Hall staff, and Nanette Davidson outdid themselves again this year. There were flavors galore. It wasn’t simply delicious food— it was a visual sensation. Each dish, from the pulled pork and pickled shrimp to the deviled eggs and stuffed mushrooms to the cheese pennies and baked Brie, was arranged perfectly with garnishes to accentuate the beautiful dishes.
So let me preface this blog entry with the fact that I grew up reading comic books (or as I would have argued adamantly at one point—graphic novels), and much to my wife’s chagrin I still have several subscriptions to this day. My father grew up reading comics and he passed them on to me. I read his Uncle Scrooge, Batman, Dick Tracy, Lone Ranger, MAD, Superman and other Atomic Age comics until they literally fell apart. For good or bad that set me on a path of buying and collecting thousands of comics.
Look out Rhode Island— here we come! We are preparing for our second trip to George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival this coming weekend (July 27-29). The School will have an information booth near the Fort Stage. We have partnered with Gold Tone Instruments and we will be giving away a CC-50RP Banjo along with a Free Folk School Class and other Folk School schwag. So if you are attending this historic festival, please stop by, visit us and register to win!
Fall Festival: October 5 & 6
Share in a celebration of timeless Appalachian culture at our 45th annual Fall Festival. Strolling through our wooded campus, you’ll meet over 250 fine craft vendors offering their work for sale. Enjoy the Quilt Show, and watch over 30 talented artisans demonstrate their craft. Catch the excitement as you view musicians and dancers on two stages throughout the weekend. Bring the youngsters for lively kids’ activities, and choose from a nice selection of tasty Festival food. Daily admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12. Visit our Fall Festival Page for more information.
Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our 2019-2020 Folk School Catalog is now available, and all classes are open for registration. Choose a class and come join us in Brasstown this year.
The Folk School Cookbook
We are so excited about The Folk School Cookbook. Nanette Davidson, cookbook author, meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!