Did you get a chance to listen to the interview about the Folk School with Pattie Bagley, Mark Hendry and Jack Smoot on The Avenue Lounge Show on WREK Radio 91.1 FM, Atlanta, GA? If you missed the live show modern technology has preserved the interview for all to enjoy, at any time, here on Soundcloud. Learn about some Folk School history and also about Pattie, Mark, and Jack’s personal stories and experiences.
It just so happens that all three instructors featured in the interview are here teaching this week. Pattie (assisted by Mark) is teaching “Baskets of the Folk School,” and Jack is teaching “Build a Short-scale Mountain Dulcimer.” I wanted to take a moment to thank all three of these Folk School folks for their endless commitment to promoting and supporting the School.
A big congratulations to Jan Davidson for his honorary doctoral degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN! On October 6, Jan received an honorary doctorate of the fine arts for his accomplishments as folklorist and his leadership of the John C. Campbell Folk School. Jan retired earlier this year after 25 years of leadership.
During his tenure at the Folk School, Jan focused on programming, facility building and renovation, fundraising, historic preservation, and conservation. Under his direction, the school’s annual student enrollment has grown from 2500 students to an average of 6000 students. An accomplished writer, musician, and speaker, Jan has exemplified the Folk School’s mission of providing experiences in noncompetitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening.
The Folk School is a Title Sponsor of the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC on May 6 & 7, 2017. Visit our Folk School exhibit area, featuring demonstrations in Blacksmithing, Broom Making, Cooking, Leather Craft, Spinning & Natural Dyeing and Woodturning on a Spring Pole Lathe.
Mother Earth News Fair Info
May 6-7, 2017
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C. 28732
If you are using GPS and enter the WNC Ag Center address, it will take you to the incorrect parking lot. Please stay on 280 and park at Gate 6. You can use “WNC Ag Center Park-n-Ride” for more accurate GPS directions.
With more than 150 Workshops, there is no shortage informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend. Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more! Get great deals from dozens of regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, tractors, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more.
Come on down to Dahlonega, GA this weekend, April 22 & 23, 2017, for Bear on the Square Mountain Festival.
Bear on the Square, held in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, is an authentic Appalachian Festival featuring bluegrass and old-time music, a juried Artists Market Place featuring traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, free music workshops and demonstrations, dance team performances, an old-time mountain dance, an open mic event, and more.
The Folk School is a Primary Sponsor of the Bear on the Square Festival in Dahlonega, GA. We’ll feature craft demonstrations and live music all weekend. Come stop by our booth and say hello.
Spring is so close, you can feel it in the air! The recent beautiful weather in Brasstown has us thinking about all the exciting upcoming 2016 classes that take us out into the natural world to explore plants, animals, and the Appalachian landscape. Enjoy these class picks celebrating the great outdoors and join us this spring and summer.