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14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival
"A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage" in Franklin, NC
Saturday, August 18, 2018 • Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center

The 14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. Nestled in Cowee West’s Mill Historic District at 51 Cowee School Drive in Franklin, NC, the Center is a unique showcase for demonstrating the everyday skills, crafts and music of our ancestors. And it is a FREE event!

Updates and Opportunities!

On August 18, 2018, the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center will come alive with sights and sounds of our Appalachian heritage during the 14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival. Come learn about the culture and folkways of our mountains by engaging in one of the many living history experiences and heritage demonstrations, a trademark of this FREE festival.

Here are reminders of opportunities that get you involved and more information on the free shuttle being offered from the downtown Antique Car Show out to Cowee School.

MUSICIANS: If you enjoy picking with others, be sure to bring your instruments and join in either the SEBA (SouthEast Bluegrass Association) Jammin’ Tent or the Old-time music group jam. Jammin’ will occur throughout the day and for the novice picker, a special beginners slow jam session will be held at 3:15 on the Outdoor Stage.

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW / FREE SHUTTLE / Downtown: Calling all cars – bring your antique car to display from 10 am – 2 pm at the lower level parking lot of Town Hall. Contact John Waldroop (828) 342-2506 for more details about the show. Make a day of it - come stroll the streets downtown, peruse the old cars and hop on the free shuttle nearby that will transport you to and from the festival being held at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center.

ENTERTAINMENT / ACTIVITIES: Don’t miss these fun kid areas at the festival: Grandpa’s Woodshop, Scavenger Hunt with the Blacksmith, Smoky Mtn. Quilters Guild Make It/Take It project, play with clay (pottery/raku), FFA “Mock Wooden Cow”, Library activities, old fashioned games, Toy Museum, dulcimer lessons on the Back Porch, loom for kids to try weaving and more. Some of the new exhibits and booths this year include: Aunt Doc’s native plants for healing; the Coon Hunting Club display; crafters with cornhusk art, stringed musical instruments, weaving long leaf pine needle baskets, etc.; and the Mountain Heritage Center’s
Plott Hound Exhibit and Walton War Exhibit will be on display.

Featured entertainment on Inside and Outside Stages include: Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, Frogtown, Joe Dietz Family Band with Ella (storytelling and yodeling), Limited Distance, Nikwaski Dulcimers, Phil and John (dulcimers), Susan Pepper, other local musicians and Kornbread Kreek whose performance is being sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County.

Many of our favorite activities will return: Civil War Re-enactors/Camp, Border Collie Demonstrations, textiles and quilting groups (the Original World’s Largest Quilt, Cabarrus Quilt, Celebrate America Quilt), dedicated Farmer’s Market area, Cowee Valley Bus Tours, numerous heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafters and more.

Food and snack options located in the cafeteria and on the grounds will offer BBQ, hamburgers, hotdogs, tomato biscuits, roasted corn, ice cream, milk shakes, floats, snow cones, cobbler, baked goods, lemonade, sodas, and bottled water.

The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts& Heritage Center board jointly sponsor the Franklin Area Folk Festival with support from the Cowee Community Development Organization, Rickman’s Store, Macon County Historical Museum, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Heritage Music Trail/SEBA, the Arts Council of Macon County and others.

Come learn about the culture and folkways of our Southern Appalachian Mountains by engaging in one of the many living history experiences, a trademark of the Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage.” This FREE event is co-sponsored annually by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center with support from Cowee Community Development Organization, Rickman’s Store, The Scottish Tartan Museum, Macon County Historical Museum, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Heritage Music Trail/SEBA and others.

The festival is made possible by a grant from the Franklin/Nantahala Tourism Development Committee, the Tourism Development Authority of the Town of Franklin and the Macon County Arts Council along with funding from local businesses and individuals. For more information call (828) 524-6564.

   

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  • Program Schedule › More Information (PDF)

  • Heritage Demonstrations/Exhibits
    See Appalachian Artisans in action as they offer living demonstrations of their craft passed down from generation to generation.
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  • Antique Car Show
    Always a popular attraction of the Franklin Folk Festival featuring dozens of antique rides located in Town with FREE Shuttle Rides.
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  • Civil War Re-enactors
    Re-enactors demonstrate life from the Civil War era including live artillery fire and skirmishes.

  • Live Heritage Entertainment
    Hear the sound of authentic Appalachian music throughout the day at the Main Stage and jammin' sessions. » Learn More

  • Quilt Show & Indoor Exhibits
    See a Special Exhibit of the Cabarrus Quilt, Celebrate America Autograph Quilt, and more including the Smoky Mtn. Quilters Guild and Cowee Quilters.

  • Bluegrass Jam Sessions
    Hear local talent or play along, so be sure to bring an instrument if you play. Hosted by the Macon County Chapter of the Southeastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA).

  • Children’s Heritage Activities
    100 Years ago there were no XBoxes. Your young ones can participate in free heritage activities and learn how kids of yesteryear passed the time.

    Look for Tartan Flags to identify children's activities.

    Among the activities ... help your child make an Appalachian folk item with asssitance. Projects include: Spinning Tops, Spoon Making, Fish Hook Toy, Game of Grace, and a Pendant. (Donations welcome.)

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