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April 25, 2020


*All events have been suspended until further notice.
Location:  May Pole

Spring May Day Parade and Maypole Dance

The Brasstown Morris Dancers & Band will lead a parade that begins at Festival Barn.

Watch Maypole and traditional dances performed by Stix in the Mud NW Border Morris, Rural Felicity Garland, Dame's Rocket NW Clog Morris, and Magic Rapper.

Guests are welcome! Bring your friends and family, a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy after the dancing.

Please park in the gravel lot on the corner of Brasstown and Harshaw Road.

11:45 a.m.: Parade begins at Festival Barn, and goes through Studio Row, across Brasstown Rd. through Keith House and down the Red Rail pathway, through the Craft Shop Parking Lot, and then the Maypole in front of Davidson Hall.

12:00-12:30 p.m.: Maypole Dance (at the Maypole next to Davidson Hall) followed by Morris dancing on the drive next to the Craft Shop.

12:30 p.m.: Parade will continue down to Clay's Corner, and then the Shops of Brasstown and end at The Crown Restaurant and Kula Wellness Center.

April 27, 2020


7:00 p.m.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Monday Night Evening Panel

Join us for a Monday Night Evening Panel on April 27, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Keith House Community Room with artists Sue Williams, Pepper Cory, and Helen Gibson. This panel is part of the Folk School's Appalachian Master Artist Series, an initiative to preserve and promote traditional Appalacian craft, music and dance.

Sue Williams has been making white oak baskets for over 30 years. She has been an exhibitor and demonstrator for the annual White Oak Craft Fair in Cannon County for 15 years, winning Best of Show numerous times. Sue has won several top awards for her baskets and has been sharing her basket skills for over 20 years. Some places Sue has taught include the Arts Center of Cannon County, Alabama Folk School, UT's Institute of Agriculture "Heritage Skills Seminars," and more.

Pepper Cory is an avid quilt collector, author of seven books and numerous articles for quilt publications, and teacher. Pepper fell in love with quilts in 1972 when she bought an antique quilt at a rummage sale for $1. After seeking out quilt makers to teach her the art, she became a professional quilter in 1975 and has pursued quilting since.

Helen Gibson is a Brasstown Carver, a teacher, and has been the Folk School's Resident Woodcarver since 1990. She is one of the few instructors who still carves and teaches the Brasstown Nativity figures she illustrates in her books, Carving the Nativity and The Animals of the Nativity. These and Helen's other books depict her highly detailed style of carving in the round.

May 9, 2020


10 am - 4 pm
Location:  Keith House

Friends and Family Day

Join us for a fun day at the Folk School!
Participate in hands-on craft, music, and dance activities. Tour our campus and learn more about the Folk School's programs. All activities will be free.

All ages welcome!

Details and schedule for 2020 Friends and Family Day will be coming soon!

May 18, 2020


7:00 p.m.
Location:  Keith House

Monday Night Evening Panel

Join us for a Monday Night Evening Panel on May 18, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Keith House Community Room with artists Smyth Boone, Aubrey Atwater, and Lyle Wheeler. This panel is part of the Folk School's Appalachian Master Artist Series, an initiative to preserve and promote traditional Appalachian craft, music and dance.

Smyth is an 18th generation blacksmith with a forging legacy dating back to the Vikings. Taught by his father, Smyth went on to build a career designing and forging large architectural commissions in Colorado. His unique designs and works can be seen in many books, magazines, on the Internet, and has been featured in international art museum shows that highlight contemporary blacksmithing. Smyth's work expresses harmony in design and function specific to blacksmithing.

Aubrey Atwater is an award-winning folk musician, vocalist, writer, and dancer. Aubrey is a performer and teacher throughout the U.S. and beyond, sings, plays mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, guitar, mandolin, Irish whistle, and does highly percussive traditional clogging. She conveys the heritage behind traditional folk music and dance, and alongside her husband has produced 13 recordings and seven books.

Lyle Wheeler has been working wood for most of his life, specializing in ladderback chairs and furniture from the late 19th century and is an accomplished blacksmith. He has been teaching at the Folk School for over two decades and is a long-time member and demonstrator at the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


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