Category: Family & Youth

Update: Little Middle 2020 Cancellation

In order to ensure the safety of our students, instructors, and local community, the Folk School has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Kids Little/Middle Program due to COVID-19.

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Help Foster a Child’s Learning and Creativity

For only $173, you can help foster a child’s learning and creativity. By providing a scholarship for our week-long Little/Middle Folk School, you can help kids learn about Appalachian culture and explore fun and educational art and craft classes.

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Photo Memories from Intergenerational Week 2019

Every year during Intergenerational Week in July, youths ages 12 and up have an opportunity to take classes side-by-side with a parent, grandparent, or other special relative or guardian. It is inspiring to see family members working together in the studios collaborating on projects, working together, and sharing ideas and laughs. This year, from July 14 through July 20, students made tables in the Woodworking Studio, baked cakes in the Cooking Studio, threw pots in the Clay Studio, and so much more. One young student named Christian crafted creations in leather working made from hides he trapped and tanned himself. To see more projects and to take a glimpse at what students did during Intergenerational Week 2019, view the photo album below or on Facebook. Registration for Intergenerational Week 2020 will open in January.

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Folk School JAM Program Passes on Appalachian Musical Traditions to Local Teens

On Friday, April 8, high school students in the Folk School JAM Program played a concert in the Community Room to celebrate the conclusion of the first session. Under the direction of Johnny Scroggs (guitar) and Peggy Patrick (fiddle), students spent 12 weeks learning traditional Appalachian music as part of the Folk School JAM program. We recently sat down with Program Director Hannah Levin to find out more about this wonderful program preserving traditional Appalachian music in our local high schools. Read on to find out how you (or your teen) can get involved!

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Socks and Sweaters: Expand Your Knitting Horizons with Margaret Radcliffe

Margaret Radcliffe is teaching two Knitting classes next month at the Folk School: My First Sock (Feb. 28 – March 2 / Weekend) and the Easiest Sweaters in the World (March 2-8). Come learn new techniques to take your garment knitting to the next level (or the first level if you are new to socks and sweaters). I chatted with Margaret about Knitting, the Folk School, and what it is like to write about Knitting. Enjoy our interview!

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Fun For the Whole Family!

This week’s rug weaving teacher, Nancy Crampton, says her idea of a vacation is a change of pace- trying something new. Her family must agree. For seven years now, Nancy’s family, including her husband, son, daughter, and son-in-law, have made the Folk School an annual family vacation. They are taking (and in Nancy’s case, teaching) different classes, but the Folk School experience is something they enjoy sharing together. Nancy, who initially came to the Folk School to take an enameling class from a favorite instructor, says her family enjoys the air of creativity that permeates the campus.

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Little Middle Comes to an End

The card games and volleyball have been put away, and the sound of children over the Folk School campus has dissipated. This can only mean that Little/Middle Folk School is over.  The students made a wide variety of wonderful Appalachian crafts.  They also enjoyed nightly contra dances, afternoon activities, wonderful food, and seeing old friends and making new ones.

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Fun at Little Middle Folk School!

Not only does the Folk School enhance the artistic skills of adults, but they also allow children to join in on the non-competitive atmosphere with Little/Middle Folk School.

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Jan Recaps Little Middle 2010

The Folk School recently completed Little Folk School and Middle Folk School–“Little Middle” or “L/M” as it looms on our planning calendars.  There were 284 students: 156 Little (age 7-12) and 128 Middle (age 13-17), mostly locals, in 26 classes with 30 amazing teachers and a 37-member volunteer crew.

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While classes and events are currently suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our board of directors and staff continue to work toward reconnecting with our Folk School family on campus once it is considered safe and appropriate.

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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