The John C. Campbell Folk School will soon deck its Brasstown, North Carolina campus in handmade decorations that showcase the school's historic character and natural appeal. Our State magazine features these Folk School traditions in the current December issue, with a colorful 24-page photo essay.
Folk School festivities begin with a Wreath Making Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Attendees will gather in the school's cozy Keith House Community Room, and will learn how to transform fresh greenery into beautiful wreaths to adorn the school’s campus. Call the main office at (828)837-2775 to reserve your spot.
The Keith House's warmth and beautiful decorations provide an ideal venue for the Folk School's popular Fireside Sale. Held on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Fireside Sale showcases fine crafts from Folk School instructors and other talented artisans. Shoppers can browse for forged iron, jewelry, quilts, turned wood, photography, and much more. Visit the Folk School's Craft Shop during the Fireside Sale, and save 15 percent on a great selection of finely made crafts. The Craft Shop will offer these savings from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.
The following week brings a cornucopia of free holiday entertainment to the Keith House Community Room. Enjoy a family concert with David Brose on Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the premiere of the PBS special, “Craft in America,” which features the John C. Campbell Folk School in its holiday episode. On Monday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 8 p.m., guests can hear a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Bob Grove will don period costume and adopt varied characters’ voices as he changes his tune from “Bah, Humbug!” to “Merry Christmas!” At 8 p.m. that evening, the acclaimed Brasstown Morris Dancers will present an energetic holiday performance.
On Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m, the Smokie Mountain Melodies ladies’ barbershop chorus will present a rollicking holiday concert filled with Christmas carols, humor, and holiday cheer. Handbell enthusiasts will enjoy the Brasstown Ringers' Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. This talented regional ensemble will showcase Christmas favorites along with with spirited new selections. Donations are welcome.
The Folk School's holiday festivities conclude with two free events in the Keith House Community Room. On Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., children get their very own Christmas party. Santa Claus will make a special appearance, and will listen to good girls' and boys' Christmas wish lists. Kids will also enjoy music, dancing, games, and refreshments. At 8 p.m. that evening, Holiday Contra Dance will welcome couples and singles of all experience levels, including beginners. Listen to local musicians, bring refreshments to share, and catch the holiday spirit.
For further information, see the complete holiday event schedule on the school’s website at www.folkschool.org or call (828)837-2775.
Founded in 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.