If you're somebody who likes to drive around and look at Christmas decorations-the John C. Campbell Folk School is a must see.
This time of the year the folk school is be-decked with all sorts of fresh greenery. Along with Christmas trees there are numerous wreaths and more than a few kissing balls.
In true Appalachia fashion, the folk school uses past JCCFS catalogs to make paper decorations ranging from chickens to dancing Christmas folk. The windows have paper stars hanging from them to catch the sunlight and the banisters are garnished with paper and ribbon.
The JCCFS hosts numerous Christmas events throughout the month of December-one of which is their annual kids holiday party. This year's kids party included decoration making, a rousing game of musical chairs, folk dancing by way of Morris dancers and cloggers, and of course an appearance of ole Santy.
Chatter and Chitter are dancing with a new clogging team these days-the Kudzu Kickers. Check out the video below to see the dance they performed for the holiday party.
(*Before you watch the video you need to stop the music player-the music controls are along the top of this page on the far left side-just under the Blind Pig logo. Click the center round button to stop the player.) *For those of you who have trouble viewing the video-go straight to youtube to see it by clicking here. Chatter and Chitter are the two middle dancers.
I hope you enjoyed the clogging-and getting a peek at the folk school's decorations. In case you didn't know-the 2014 John C. Campbell Folk School Catalog is now available-you can go here to request a copy or here to view a copy online.
I'm tickled pink to be teaching a cooking class for the folk school again this year. I'll be teaching during Intergenerational Week-July 13-19. The folk school holds this special week each year in an effort to expose today's youth to traditional crafts, music, and food. The neat part of the week-the young students take a class alongside a parent, grandparent, or other special adult. You can check out all the details about Intergenerational Week and my class, Relishing Mountain Flavors by going here (page 84 if you already have the catalog).