It is almost Spring in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, just a bit too soon for the color to return to this beautiful place. The daffodils and crocus were taking a brave lead, though, and it won't be long until the trees are following.
If you think being at the Folk School for a week will leave you without "Retail Therapy", please be assured that the Craft Shop is open every day! It even has a stairway entrance inside the dining hall, or here from the parking lot.
Inside you'll find all the wonderful crafts featured at the school, some made by the week's instuctors and the rest made by local craft people.
You could drive about 20 minutes back to Murphy, No. Carolina, but it seems a shame to insert a visit to W--Mart into a week at the Folk School. There are other nice shops there, though.
This is one of my favorite places at the school: Mouse Town!
Found on the back of the woodshed building in the complex of studios for woodcarving, ceramics and glass, this spot has gathered trinkets for years. Most seem to be bits from class work, possibly something that didn't come out quite right. My contribution from the enamelling class 2 years ago is still hanging, just to the right of the support.
Inside the library at Keith House is one of the many representations of the Folk School motto: I sing behind the plow.
It's a wonderful idea to think about. To do our work with joy. To have joy because we can do it well...and because it is not the only thing we know how to do!
I heard about the Folk School, but never really checked it out until I went on a cruise...and having enjoyed that (once), started to think about what you could do for the same amount of money.
A week at the Folk School is much better than a criuse!
Next November (1--7, 2009) I will be teaching at the Folk School for the second time. The class is a sampler quilt that uses traditional blocks to tell the story of how the school was founded.
I'd love to see you there!