Category: Holidays

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies were made for many years by various children of the Folk School staff for the Kids’ Christmas Party, an annual event going back to the beginning of the Folk School time. Held for local kids in the Community Room, it features music, dance, storytelling, crafts, and the arrival of Santa in the Brasstown Volunteer Fire Truck.

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A Spring Tradition at the Folk School: Dancing around the Maypole

When winter fades and the trees and shrubs burst into glorious bloom, the Folk School tractor lumbers out of the shed and is given a circular turn to mow around the Maypole field. For the last dozen years or more it’s been Jan or John Clarke who climbs to the top of the twenty-foot pole and wedges there a wooden ring holding many pairs of colorful ribbons. As he lets each ribbon drop to the ground, the inevitable wind tangles them up faster than we can put them in the hands of eager children and “grown-ups,” ready to weave them around the pole to the sound of the fiddle, accordion, and banjo.

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Happy Labor Day!

This is the poem that inspired our moto “I sing Behind the Plow” which reflects our desire to find joy in our daily lives.

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Craft Shop Holiday Gift Guide 2015

The Folk School’s Craft Shop is the perfect place to find holiday gifts for your loved ones while supporting local artists. We’re offering 15% off your purchases through December 24. Let our Holiday Gift Guide inspire you with wonderful gift ideas for your family and friends.

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Handmade Catalog Paper Decorations

In the spirit of a handmade holiday, many ornaments and garlands hanging around the school were created from past Folk School catalogs. The new 2015 Folk School Catalog arrives this week, so we encourage you to re-purpose your 2014 Folk School catalog to make crafty and inexpensive holiday decorations with your family and friends.

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Craft Shop Gift Guide 2014

We’re delighted to offer a special Gift Guide featuring 14 distinctive Craft Shop gift choices. Consider high quality, handcrafted holiday gifts for the special people in your life. We’ll also be glad to pack and ship your holiday gifts. Visit the Craft Shop, or call us at 828-837-2775 with your credit card, to arrange this service.

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Maypole Parade & Dance 2014

The Maypole Parade & Dance took place on May 3. Community folks gathered early to make wreaths, finish costumes, and prep puppets. The parade started at the Festival Barn. The motley and joyous procession marched through studio row to Keith House and ended by the May Pole. Nanette led the may pole dancers, including many local children, in several colorful and frolicking figures before the final weave. Then the Morris Dancers entertained the crowd with some lively dance numbers.

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Celebrating Love

It’s Valentine’s Day here at the Folk School.  I caught up with some friends and classmates this week to hear more about what folks are doing to mark the occasion.

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The Folk School Cookbook

Author Nanette Davidson meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes for The Folk School Cookbook. 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!

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