Join us on May 6, 2023 for Friends and Family Day!

A woman helps a child with a project in the Folk School's nature studies studio

Join us May 6, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Friends & Family Day!

Tour our open studios, participate in hands-on making, watch demonstrations, enjoy music & dance performances, savor local food, and learn all about the Folk School. You won’t want to miss this day full of energy, creativity, and excitement. Stop by the Keith House when you arrive, and grab a map with a list of locations and activities before you begin. We hope you’ll join us for a fun day at the Folk School!

This event is free to attend and open to the public. For complete details, visit our Friends & Family Day page on our website or call 828-837-2775. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friends & Family Day Schedule

Open Studios & Classes


Cooking Studio
Cooking: Cookie Decorating

Wet Room
Felt Making: Felted Soap

Open House
Nature Studies: Potting up Pollinator Plants

Blacksmith Shop
Blacksmithing Demonstrations

Music Studio
Music: Learn a Song and Chords on the Ukelele

Weaving Studio
Weaving: Drinking Straw Loom Weaving

Quilting Studio
Quilting: Quilt Squares

Clay Studio
Clay: Hand build pinch a pot or an animal sculpture

Woodcarving Studio
Woodcarving: Hearts with the Brasstown Carvers

Jewelry Studio
Jewelry: Textured Pendant

Rock Room
Basketry: Weave A Daisy

Woodworking Studio
Woodworking: Build a Bee House

Woodturning Studio
Woodturning: Spinning Tops

Painting Studio
Painting: Watercolor

Book & Paper Studio
Marbling: Artful Papers

Other Activities


Keith House Living Room

Keith House Community Room
Music, Dancing & Storytelling

History Center
Folk School History

Craft Shop
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Keith House Loop
Food Vendors, Music & Dance, First Aid


Food Vendors


Hansen’s Tasty Tacos

Smoky Mountain BBQ

Hot Dog Cart

Heyman Kettle Corn
Kettle Corn

Snowies WNC
Snow Cones

Black Stagg Coffee


Community Room Schedule


11:00 a.m.
Children’s Stories with Mountain Area Storytellers

12:00 p.m.
Folk School Junior Appalachian Musicians Performance

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Julie Nelms & Sonny Reighard

2:00 p.m.
Ghost Stories with Mountain Area Storytellers

3:00 p.m.
Tall Tales with Mountain Area Storytellers

3:30 p.m.
Folk School Cloggers Performance

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Stix-In-The-Mud Border Morris Dancers Perform

Volunteers Needed!

Friends & Family Day wouldn’t be possible without the help of our volunteers! Use the form linked below to register as a volunteer for Friends & Family Day. Volunteer responsibilities for Friends and Family Day will include assisting guests with any questions or needs they may have, helping with parking to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, and guiding attendees in and out of studios. By volunteering, you can help make this event a success and support the John C. Campbell Folk School in its efforts to promote traditional arts and crafts.

Register to Volunteer!