Calling Fall Festival Volunteers

This year’s Fall Festival is just around the corner on October 6 and 7, and we’re looking for volunteers to help us produce this special event.

For the past 44 years, we’ve celebrated our rich Appalachian heritage at Fall Festival, our fun-filled weekend featuring the craft of over 240 craftspeople, continuous live music and dance on two stages, craft demonstrations, food, and kids’ activities.

Volunteers work at our admission gates in 2.5-hour shifts on Saturday and/or Sunday. You’ll take cash, make change, and distribute admission wristbands and event programs.  Oh, and welcome everyone with a smile!

To thank you for your help, you’ll receive free admission to the festival, a free meal ticket, and an event t-shirt.

Email volunteer@folkschool.org with the following information and we’ll put you on the list. We’ll be in touch later with final assignments and other details.

  • Your full name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • Day preference to work: Saturday and/or Sunday
  • Time preference to work: morning, mid-day, and/or afternoon
  • Are you under or over 21 years old? (anyone 16 or older is welcome to volunteer)

We’re looking forward to a great festival and welcome you to be an important part of it!

 

 

Your Fall Festival Guide: October 7 & 8

Come on down to the Folk School Fall Festival this weekend. Enjoy music and
dance performances on two stages, shop for unique craft and art made by local and regional artisans, and view live craft demonstrations. Enjoy delicious food, and participate in many kids’ activities. The Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family.

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Fall Festival Is Nearly Here!

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Come on down to the Folk School Fall Festival this weekend! Enjoy lively music and dance performances on two new stages, shop for fine crafts, and view over 40 craft demonstrations. Savor delicious food, and participate in many kids’ activities. The Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family.

paul_jccfs_ff_cp4_4749Date: October 1 & 2

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily admission: $5 adults, $3 ages 12-17, and free for children under 12

Location: Folk School Campus
4590 Brasstown Road,
Brasstown, NC 28902

GPS coordinates:
35˚ 2’ 21.28” N; 83˚ 57’ 50.2” W
(View us on Google Maps)

Parking: Lots of Free Parking and Shuttle Service. Donations Accepted (see below).

Please note: there are no ATMs on campus. Most craft vendors accept credit/debit cards, but you will need cash for your entry tickets and food items. Please leave your dogs at home. Continue reading Fall Festival Is Nearly Here!

Bell, Hook & Anvil: Auction Talk with Paul Garrett

I stopped by the Oscar Cantrell Blacksmith Shop, the current shop of Resident Blacksmith, Paul Garrett. Paul and I talked about the upcoming Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction on November 1, a special event planned for October 31st, and about Folk School life in general. Enjoy!

Come see blacksmiths in action forging items in the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop on October 31 at 7 p.m. Items created will be auctioned off the following day.
See blacksmiths in action forging items in the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop on October 31 at 7 p.m. Items created will be auctioned off the following day at the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction.

CP: So, the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction is coming up on November 1. I hear there’s going to be a new special event on Friday night. Can you talk about that?

PG: I can. Traditionally, there has been a joint meeting of the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths (AACB) and NC ABANA at the Folk School during the auction weekend. The meeting is on Saturday morning, bright and early.

Fire place set forged at the "Hammer In" 2013
Fire place set forged at the “Hammer In” 2013

I had been trying to think of a way to expand the meeting and make it more appealing for smiths to stay over on Friday night. Last year, we tried a small invitational Friday night “Hammer In” (A “Hammer In” is where blacksmiths get together and make things collaboratively). It went really well. We made a few things for the auction, including a fireplace set, and it was encouraging enough to try it again this year.

I put the word out to members of the blacksmith chapters and we are expecting quite a few smiths on the evening of October 31st. We are opening the shop up to auction goers to come and see what’s involved in the work and to observe how the items are handcrafted. I believe it will add value and interest to the pieces if folks can see the forging process.

Tim Ryan is going to have a kettle of cooked goodness to offer up for a small cost per bowl. It’s gonna be fun! We are going to have a few set projects: a fire tools set and maybe a sculptural piece. Blacksmiths can forge smaller items too. It’ll be a good crowd.

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Fall Festival 2014 Shirt Design

Check out Work/Studies Hannah & Cara and Student Host Laura modeling our 2014 Fall Festival shirts in Purple, Military Green, and Cardinal. Pick up your Fall Festival 41st Anniversary shirt at the Folk School’s Festival Barn booth. Short Sleeve – $15 Long Sleeve – $25 Available in a wide variety of colors and adult sizes (while supplies last). Not available online.

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