Photo provided by Nanette Davidson.

We invite you to join us for our virtual events, where you can be part of the Folk School experience from home. Watch live demonstrations in a variety of subject offerings, start your day listening to Morningsong from talented performers, or join in a discussion with skilled artists on traditional Appalachian craft. 

If you can't make it to one of our Morningsong performances or Appalachian Traditions discussions, don't fret. We have recordings available now so you can rewatch any event you may have missed. To watch previous Morningsongs, visit our schedule of upcoming performances and recordings. If you'd like to watch a past Appalachian Traditions discussion, you can find those on our YouTube channel.

If you can't make it to one of our virtual demonstrations, we're working on providing you with recordings so you can watch at a later date. Stay tuned to hear more.

September 4 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Rick Taylor & Geoff Hohwald
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

September 4 • 3 p.m. • $10
Vegetable Alchemy: Making Simple Ferments with Nanette Davidson
Subject: Cooking
Information & Registration.

September 4 • 6 p.m. • $10
Appalachian Plants at Home with Karen Hurtubise
Subject: Nature Studies
Information & Registration

September 6 • 3 p.m. • $10
Cooking with Fire with Nanette Davidson
Subject: Cooking
Information & Registration.

September 6 • 6 p.m. • $10
Fall Mushroom Foraging with Michael Weese
Subject: Nature Studies
Information & Registration.

September 11 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Lorinda Jones
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

September 14 • 4 p.m.
Appalachian Traditions Discussion with Marlow Gates
Subject: Broom Making
View Appalachian Traditions Recordings.

September 18 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Dave & Elizabeth Peters
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

September 22 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Traditional Song and Dance and the Folk School Model with Annie Fain Barralon
Subject: Music & Dance
Information & Registration.

September 23 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Traditional Split-oak Basketry with Mary Ann and Bill Smith
Subject: Basketry
Information & Registration.

September 24 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Weavings of the Settlement Schools with Pam Howard
Subject: Weaving
Information & Registration.

September 29 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
The History of African American Music in Appalachia with Dr. Kathy Bullock
Subject: Music & Dance
Information & Registration.

September 30 • 5-6  p.m. • $10
Appalachian Textile Treasures: Overshot Patterning with Susan Leveille
Subject: Weaving
Information & Registration.

October 1 • 3 p.m. • $10
Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation with Leif Olson
Subject: Nature Studies
Information & Registration.

October 1 • 6 p.m. • $10
An Afternoon with the Trees with Carol Parks
Subject: Nature Studies
Information & Registration.

October 2 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Kathy Bullock
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

October 2 • 3 p.m. • $10
Making a Witches Broom with Marlow Gates
Subject: Broom Making
Information & Registration.

October 2 • 6 p.m. • $10
An Introduction to Birding
Subject: Nature Studies
Information & Registration.

October 3 • 6 p.m. • $10
Capture Nature through the Lens with Liz Domingue
Subject: Photography
Information & Registration.

October 4 • 3 p.m. • $10
Into the Blue with Sally Blankenship & Cathy Mulvey
Subject: Dyeing
Information & Registration.

October 4 • 6 p.m. • $10
A Colorful Moment: Uses of Natural Dyed Fleece in Spinning and Felt Making with Martha Owen
Subject: Dyeing
Information & Registration.

October 6 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Clawhammer Banjo Then and Now with Riley Baugus
Subject: Music & Dance
Information & Registration.

October 7 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Canon County Style White Oak Egg Basket with Sue Williams
Subject: Basketry
Information & Registration.

October 8 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Tapestry: The Weaving Style of Alice Tipton with Tommye Scanlin
Subject: Weaving
Information & Registration.

October 9 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Riley Baugus
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

October 13 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Playing, Dancing, and Singing Appalachian Style with Aubrey Atwater
Subject: Music & Dance
Information & Registration.

October 14 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Cherokee Basketry with Betty Maney
Subject: Basketry
Information & Registration.

October 15 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Appalachian Rag Rugs with Kathy Tinsley
Subject: Weaving
Information & Registration.

October 16 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Aubrey Atwater
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

October 19 • 4-5 p.m. 
Appalachian Traditions Discussion with Helen Gibson
Subject: Woodcarving
View Appalachian Traditions Recordings.

October 23 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Lee Knight
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

October 29 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Eco-prints: Botanical Fun with Pat Armstrong
Subject: Fiber Arts
Information & Registration.

October 30 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Anne Lough
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

November 5 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Traditional Ironwork and Tools of Appalachia with Jim Kennady
Subject: Blacksmithing
Information & Registration.

November 6 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Dawn Davis
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

November 10 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
From Sleeping Beauty to the Industrial Revolution with Martha Owen
Subject: Fiber Arts
Information & Registration.

November 11 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Incorporating Tradition – Old Processes/New Projects with Susan Hutchinson
Subject: Blacksmithing
Information & Registration.

November 13  • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with Karen Mueller
Virtual Morningsong Recordings.

November 17 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Appalachian Chairmaking with Lyle Wheeler
Subject: Chairmaking
Information & Registration.

November 18 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Warp Speed with Beth Ross Johnson
Subject: Fiber Arts
Information & Registration.

November 19 • 5-6 p.m. • $10
Forge an Axe or Tomahawk with John Scroggin
Subject: Blacksmithing
Information & Registration.

November 20 • 7:45 a.m.
Morningsong with The Pressley Family
Tune in on Facebook Live.

November 30 • 4-5 p.m. 
Appalachian Traditions Discussion with Anne Freels
Subject: Corn Shuck Dolls
Information & Registration.

Current Catalog


Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. View the current eCatalog now. You can also search and register for classes here.

Our Top Priority: Health and Safety

As we prepare for 2021 programs, the health and safety of our students, instructors, staff, and community is our top priority. We recognize COVID-19 will likely continue to be a public health concern in 2021, and there is much more to learn about it in the coming months. Read detailed information on safety measures and what you can expect to find at the school on our blog, or on page 9 of the eCatalog.

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!

Archives