Fall Festival 2023

Celebrate Appalachian culture at our 47th Fall Festival!

October 7-8, 2023

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Regular Admission from September 1-October 8:

Single Day Admission:

Adults: $12 | Seniors 65+/Veterans: $10 | Ages 12-17: $10 | Under 12: Free

Multi Day Flex Pass Admission:

Adults: $22 | Seniors 65+/Veterans: $18 | Ages 12-17: $18 | Under 12: Free

Volunteer for this event:

List of Juried Vendors

Festival Barn

AJ West Wood Art • Wood
Alan R. Young Wildlife Artist • Painting
Annie Smith Quilts • Fiber
Artworks By Karen Fincannon • Clay
Ceramics By Nature • Clay
Debora Crichton Textile • Fiber
Fain House/Martha Owen Woolens/Roving Knitter/Chair Caning • Book Arts, Painting, Fiber & Naturals
Goddess Rags • Fiber
Got 3 Bags Wool • Fiber
Hale Fire Glass • Glass
Helen Gibson Woodcarving • Wood
High Ridge Woodworking • Wood
Imaginary Lands Celtic Colours • Fiber
J. Mills Studio • Jewelry
Jaime Barks Painting • Painting
Jeff Hornung, Woodturner & Artist • Wood
Jerry & Susan Remillard Woodworking • Wood
Knotty Lady • Fiber
Larry Green Woodcarving • Wood
Marijo Simpson & Ashley Graber • Jewelry
Mary Doornbos & JoEl Levy Logiudice • Naturals & Fiber
Misty Kelischek Artist • Painting
Mulheron Craft & Sienna Shute Pottery • Wood, Instruments & Clay
Nancy Crampton Designs • Fiber
Peggy Epton Stitched Textile • Fiber
Riverwood Pottery • Clay
Smoke in the Mountains Pottery • Clay
The Alchemist’s Garden • Jewelry
The Scarf Lady • Fiber
TurtleBay Jewelry • Jewelry
Valley River Artists • Wood
Wilson Custom Knives • Metal

Studio Row

Acorn Wood Works • Wood
Africasy • Naturals, Jewelry
Art Jewelry by Ilene • Jewelry
A Turning Passion • Wood
Blue Moon Elise • Consumables
Bove Pottery • Clay
Contemporary Clay Designs • Clay
Creative Creations • Metal
D. Michael Meinders Art • Painting
Drew Campbell Photography • Photography
Four Seasons Quilt Shoppe • Fiber
Ginger Donn Wildlife Art • Painting
Gnarly Furniture • Wood
Green’s Hand Hewn Bowls • Wood
Hazelwood Pottery • Clay
Holly Dyeworks • Fiber
Ironwood Forge • Metal
Janette Franich Jewelry • Jewelry
Jim Gentry Designs • Fiber
Kim Joris & Nanette Davidson • Wood & Fiber
Laughing Gal Sculpture • Clay
Lena Grace Designs • Jewelry
Maple Moon Designs • Fiber
Moonbow ARTworks • Painting & Clay
Oriskany Glass Studio • Glass
Olde World Carvings • Wood
Quilt Designs by Candace • Fiber
Rivers in Wood • Wood
Turning Point Clay Studio • Clay
Vagabond Painting • Painting
Warfire Forge • Metal

Studio Row Annex

All Things Canvas • Fiber
Allyson Gernandt Jewelry • Jewelry
Appalachian Archery • Wood
A Touch of Hawaii • Fiber
Berry’s Honey Farm • Consumables
Black Eagle Leather • Naturals
Blue Ridge Woodworks • Wood
Byrd Mountain Pottery • Clay
Coweeta Wooden Ware • Wood
Critter Ridge LLC • Metal
Daughters of the Red Sunset • Fiber
Earth Song Fibers • Fiber
EnamelArtz • Glass & Metal
GJL Macrame & More • Fiber
Holly Pottery • Clay
Indigo Roots Textiles • Fiber
Jim Norton Jewelry • Jewelry
Mantid Makings & The Flower Hound • Fiber & Garden Arts
Piece By Piece Intarsia • Wood
Richard Jacobus • Metal
Rivertown Metals • Metal
Woodland Farms Pottery • Clay


Outside Craft Shop
Folk School BBQ • BBQ Pork or BBQ Tempeh Plate, Veggie Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Chips, Baked Beans, Mac N Cheese, Coleslaw, Desserts, Beverages.

Food Alley
Brasstown Morris Dancers • Chicken or Vegetable Curry with Rice, Kale Salad, Baked Goods.
C & C Snacks • 7 Flavors of Pork Rinds.
Cherokee County Food Bank • Burgers, Hot Dogs, Desserts, Beverages.
Chill & Fill • Shaved Ice, Lemonade, Funnel Cakes, Fried Oreos, Philly Cheesesteaks.
Crazy 8’s • Burgers, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Chicken Tenders, Snow Cones, Beverages.
Dragon Ass BBQ • Turkey Legs, Roasted Corn, Brisket Sandwiches, Beverages.
Funnel Cakes for Education • Funnel Cakes, Fried Oreos
Hayesville Brewing Co. • Bratwurst, Pretzels, Beer Cheese, Chips, Potato Salad.
Legends Steakhouse • Sandwiches, Burgers, Fries, Homemade Chips, Desserts, Beverages.
Jerrie’s Gourmet Kettle Corn • Kettle Corn, Cotton Candy, Beverages.
Rick’s Kettle Corn • Kettle Corn, Lemonade, Water.
The Ark Food Truck • Caribbean Food, Beverages.
Waffle on a Stick • Waffles-on-a-Stick & Waffle Dogs with Savory & Sweet Toppings.
Wildfire Pizza • Wood Fired Pizzas, Salads, Beverages.

My Pop Pops Nuts • Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Nuts, Bottled Water
Ledford’s Brasstown Bayou • Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffe, Red Beans and Rice
A Taste of Hawaii • Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches, Raclette, Rice Bowls, Tropical Sweets, & Beverages.
Heyman Kettle Corn • Kettle Corn, Beverages.

Studio Row Annex
Plum Blossom Kitchen • Slices of Bundt Cake, Cookies, Cakes, Sugar Cake Toppers.
Black Stag Coffee • Coffee & Pasteries.

List of Non-Juried Vendors


2 Cats Creation • Jewelry
6 Ponds Farm • Wood
Ace High Leather • Naturals
Acrylic Paint Pouring by Janet • Painting
American Legion Auxiliary • Consumables
Apple Mountain Wood Arts • Wood
Ava Unique Wreaths • Naturals
Barred Rock Studios • Clay
Bear Hands Pottery • Clay
Becky’s Bevy • Naturals
Bedford Falls Alpacas • Fiber
Bella Luna Farm Goods • Fiber
Binford Studio • Painting
Bloom & Grow Candle Co. • Consumables
Bracelets for You • Jewelry
Brasstown Creations • Wood
Brew Naturals • Consumables
C’est Toi • Fiber
Callie+Boots • Fiber
Caoyu Studio • Clay
Carney’s Unlimited Crafts • Painting
Clay in Wood • Mixed Media
Cold Mountain Toffee • Consumables
D&S Custom Leather • Leather
Dancinsun & Wolf Clay Creation Pottery • Clay
Designs by Anne • Jewelry
Designs by Donna • Jewelry
Devine Appalachia Prints • Painting
Dirt Dauber Studio • Clay
Dogwood Crafters • Naturals
Earth Elements • Painting
Earth to Hannah Caroline • Clay
Earth Vessels • Clay
ERSisters • Wood
Everglades Carving • Wood
Far Western North Carolina Gourd Patch • Garden Arts
Felicitations, ETC. • Book Arts
Foodie Wrap • Consumables
G’s Bees Apiary • Consumables
Garnet Gals Local Jams & Jellies • Consumables
Gene Russell • Jewelry
Greg Shelton Art • Painting
High Lonesome Therapeutic Riding Center • Non-profit
Homemade Soap by Radak • Consumables
In The Woods Studio • Clay
JG Jewelry Creations • Jewelry
Jim Craig Knives • Metal
Karen’s Corner Studio • Clay
Kate Townley Smith • Painting
KnitZy Fiberlicious • Fiber
Lloyds Rustic Furniture • Wood
M H Forge • Metal
MC Designs • Jewelry
Medicine Wind Music • Instruments
MNB Engraving • Wood
Mountain Country • Consumables
Mountain Melodies • Wood
Mountaineer Handcrafted • Naturals & Consumables
Nature Spirit Drums • Instruments
Our Crafty Shanty • Consumables
Out of Our Gourd • Naturals
Paul Lorenzi Woodworking • Wood
Pens by Ilania • Wood
Pine Tree Pottery • Clay
Rapha Rub • Consumables
Reappeared • Jewelry
Red Lizard Farms Bath & Body Products • Consumables
Robin’s Rubble Roost • Painting
Robynne’s Nest Artworks • Painting
Roolya Boolya • Painting
Rustic Works of Nature • Wood
Smoky Mountain Treasures • Consumables
Soaps By Sheryl • Consumables
Sunshine State Yarns • Fiber
Sylvan Heart Creations • Fiber & Jewelry
Taylor’s Greenhouse • Garden Arts
That Guy Keith • Consumables
The Carthy Collection • Jewelry
The Newfound Forge • Metal
The Way In • Painting
Three Tree Woodworking • Wood
Tina’s Tie Dye • Fiber
Town Mountain Farm • Consumables
Treasures in the Wind • Garden Arts
Two Busy Bees Woodwork • Wood
Two Crows Farm • Fiber
Von Thorne Art Emporium • Painting, Clay & Glass
Wander Yonder Folk Art • Wood & Painting
Wild Child Clay • Clay
Windows With a View by Jacquie • Painting
Wreaths by “T” • Naturals
Xee Yang’s Hamong Pandau • Fiber

Olive’s Gallery

Artisan of Wood JTB • Wood
Sew Unique, Inc. • Fiber
Art of James Ryder Murphy IV • Painting
Deadman’s Bay Hotglass • Glass
Something Southern Pottery • Clay
One Swell Sculptor • Clay

Shady Grove

Animal Rescue Financial Support • Mixed Media
Bill’s Hand Hewn Bowls • Wood
Cat Callaway • Wood & Fiber
Cherokee County Arts Council • Kids Crafts & Face Painting
Danny Young Photography • Photography
Designs by Drew • Mixed Media
Empress of Hiawassee • Fiber
Expressive Art & Design • Wood
Franks Woodcarvings • Wood
Georgia Moon Soap & Candle Company • Consumables
Hammered • Jewelry
Hotlanta Sauce • Consumables
In The Stix Studio • Clay
Jones Pottery • Clay
Left of Center Candles • Consumables
Linda Miller • Wood & Paper
Marshdog Folk Art • Wood
Mother’s Hemp • Consumables
Savy Creates • Jewelry
Scher Studio • Fiber
Sillie Rillie, LLC • Fiber
Simply Sassy Dry Shampoo • Consumables
Timber Top Creations • Wood

Schedule of Music and Dance Performers

Saturday, October 7

Festival Barn Stage

10 a.m. – Rick Taylor & Geoff Hohwald
10:40 a.m. – Folk School Cloggers
11:20 a.m. – Heidi Holton
12:00 p.m. – Junior Appalachian Musicians
12:40 p.m. – Riley Baugus
1:50 p.m. – Samara Jade
2:30 p.m. – Brasstown Morris Dancers
3:20 p.m. – Owen Liden Barralon Gals
4:00 p.m. – Nora Jane Struthers & Joe Overton

Craft Shop Stage

10:1o a.m. – St. Andrews Pipe and Drum Band (Marching from Festival Barn)
10:40 a.m. – Woolybooger
11:20 a.m. – Jonah Graves Trio
12:00 p.m. – David Wright
12:40 p.m. – Song Circle Jam with Steve Keteltas
1:50 p.m. – The Nowbillies
2:30 p.m. – Red Wine Jam
3:20 p.m. – Chloe & Jan Davidson
4:00 p.m. – Squirrel Butter

Demonstration Schedule

Saturday, October 7

Shady Grove Stage

10-10:45 a.m. – Brant Barnes, Ceramics
11-11:45 a.m. – Jon McDonald, Cooking
1-1:45 p.m. – Susy DesLariuers, Watercolor
2-2:45 p.m. – Jon McDonald, Cooking
3-3:45 p.m. – Karen Barnes, Ceramics

Davidson Hall Parking Lot

10-10:45 a.m. – Ro Borr, Fiber Arts
11-11:45 a.m. – Julie Schreiber, Fiber Arts
1-1:45 p.m. – Sally Blankenship, Fiber Arts
2-2:45 p.m. – Jessica Turner, Fiber Arts
3-3:45 p.m. – Lillian Gantsoudes, Fiber Arts
4-4:45 p.m. – Marion Severy and Jason Ebinger, Fiber Arts

Woodworking Studio Porch

10-10:45 a.m. – Delia Turner, Bark Baskets
11-11:45 a.m. – Joe Dickey, Woodturning
1-1:45 p.m. – Guy Griswold, Woodturning
2-2:45 p.m. – Rusty Tchernis, Woodworking
3-3:45 p.m. – John Tagliarini, Woodturning

Clay Spencer Blacksmithing Shop

11-11:45 a.m. – Sean Fitzsimmons, Blacksmithing
12-12:45 a.m. – Sean Fitzsimmons, Blacksmithing
1-1:45 p.m. – Jeff Hatfield, Blacksmithing
2-2:45 p.m. – Brock Martin, Blacksmithing
3-3:45 p.m. – John Zeigler, Blacksmithing

Woodcarving Studio

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Brasstown Carvers will be demonstrating all day long. Carvings will be available for purchase.

Sunday, October 8

Festival Barn Stage

10:00 a.m. – Sunday Morning String Band
10:40 a.m. – Folk School Cloggers
11:20 a.m. – Slim Pickin’s Communal String Band
12:00 p.m. – Getup Rounders
12:40 p.m. – Aubrey Atwater
1:50 p.m. – Junior Appalachian Musicians
2:30 p.m. – Brasstown Morris Dancers
3:20 p.m. – liliana hudgens
4:00 p.m. – Zondo

Craft Shop Stage

10:00 a.m. – Brasstown Ukulele Group
10:40 a.m. – Geraud Barralon
11:20 a.m. – Steve Keteltas
12:00 p.m. – Paddy’s Return
12:40 p.m. – Appalachian Storytelling
1:50 p.m. – Little Brasstown Baptist Choir
2:30 p.m. – Nelson Thomas
3:20 p.m. – Licklog Stringband
4:00 p.m. – Beansidhe

Sunday, October 8

Shady Grove Stage

10-10:45 a.m. – Tim Ryan, Storytelling
11-11:45 a.m. – Sienna Shute, Ceramics
12-12:45 p.m. – Cornelia Cho & Sam Landes, Nature Studies
1-1:45 p.m. – Pam Beagle-Daresta, Printmaking
2-2:45 p.m. – Teri Jones, Gel Printing or Alcohol Inks
3-3:45 p.m. – Maggie Connolly, Ceramics

Davidson Hall Parking Lot

10-10:45 a.m. – Ro Borr, Fiber Arts
11-11:45 a.m. – Austin Clark, Fiber Arts
1-1:45 p.m. – C. Murphy, Fiber Arts
2-2:45 p.m. – Barbara Hudson, Fiber Arts
3-3:45 p.m. – Becky Walker, Fiber Arts
4-4:45 p.m. – Janet Davis and Jason Ebinger, Fiber Arts

Woodworking Studio Porch

10-10:45 a.m. – Jim Carey, Woodcarving
11-11:45 a.m. – Jeff Hornung, Woodturning
1-1:45 p.m. – Charles Watson, Woodturning
2-2:45 p.m. – Gabe Strand, Woodturning
3-3:45 p.m. – Glenn Schmidt, Woodturning

Clay Spencer Blacksmithing Shop

11-11:45 a.m. – Larry Cooper, Blacksmithing
12-12:45 a.m. – Jesse Bolding, Blacksmithing
1-1:45 p.m. – Jesse Bolding, Blacksmithing
2-2:45 p.m. – Sean Fitzsimmons, Blacksmithing
3-3:45 p.m. – Sean Fitzsimmons, Blacksmithing

Woodcarving Studio

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Brasstown Carvers will be demonstrating all day long. Carvings will be available for purchase.

Celebrate Appalachian Culture

Visit a wide variety of fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Watch more than 30 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with traditional roots music, and tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and other dance performances throughout the weekend.

Fall Festival: News & Stories


Bell, Hook & Anvil: Auction Talk

I stopped by the Oscar Cantrell Blacksmith Shop, the current shop of Resident Blacksmith, Paul Garrett. Paul and I talked about the upcoming Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction on November 1, a special event planned for October 31st, and about Folk School life in general. Enjoy!


Betsy Henn Bailey: 36 Years at Fall Festival

Betsy Henn Bailey celebrates her 36th year as a Fall Festival vendor and artist. A local artist and teacher in the Brasstown and Murphy area for over 40 years, Betsy has had a great influence on art and culture in our community. The week before the 39th Annual Fall Festival I talked to Betsy about the festival, her art, and her Folk School memories.


A Colorful Tradition: Fall Festival Banners

 Thirty-eight years ago, the very first Folk School Fall Festival was held by Open House beside the large fields. Gus and Maggie Masters, then directors of the Folk School, were enamellists who were used to selling their art at shows and festivals. So they simply brought to the Folk School and local artists a festival of our own!


Folk School in the Beginning of June

It’s raining again, and if this were boy-scout camp, there’d be a lot of soggy tents, unroasted marshmallows, and unhappy campers.  But here at the John C. Campbell Folk School, each shower puts another bud on the lilies and another apple on the bough over at Orchard House, which will make for fine cider come the Fall Festival.  Over one hundred people have gathered to weave backpacks from straw, piece fabric into quilted jackets, build their own mountain dulcimer or learn to play one–just a few of the projects this week.


Sunday at Fall Festival

The Sunday Morning String Band, Jan Davidson, Martha Owen, and David Liden started the day out right with some old time fiddle tunes.  This year they invited guests to the stage.  Fred Ward, a friend from England, played some tunes from old Britain on the melodion, which looks like a small accordion.  Before long they invited their youngsters, Chole Davidson, my sister Annie Fain Liden, and I to sing a family favorite –  Lazy John.

Locate & Contact

The John C. Campbell Folk School

Events & Volunteer Manager

Morgan Budzinski

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724)

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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