Friday, August 13, 2010

First Irish Weekend a Great Success!

The Alabama Folk School hosted its first Irish gathering July 23-25, 2010. Henri's Notions (pictured) anchored the weekend with a beautiful performance Saturday night. From Friday evening until Sunday at lunch, student crafters and musicians enjoyed learning in the following classes: fiddle with Tom Morley, mandolin with Rick Cunningham, Ceili dance with Katie Cox, woodcarving with Dylan Goodson, chair caning with Gwen Chafin, and silkscreen printing with Melanie Barnes. Everyone asked the Folk School to repeat this event annually--so mark your calendars for July 22-24, 2011!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June Session: Classes held June 22-27

In about two weeks, our June session of classes will commence. This month, we offer the following classes:
  • Wheel-Thrown and Hand-Formed Pottery, taught by Sandra Heaven
  • Beginning Photography with former Southern Living photographer Meg McKinney
  • Beginning Woodcarving taught by Carol Jean Boyd
  • Banjo with Herb Trotman
  • Mandolin with Jason Bailey
  • Fiddle with Carter Laney
  • Appalachian Dance taught by JoAnna Laney

Camp Fasola starts this Sunday, June 14

The prestigious and well-known Camp Fasola, which describes itself as, "An old-fashioned summer camp for learning and singing Sacred Harp," will be taking place at Camp McDowell this year.

From the website,

"The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association will hold Camp Fasola for learning Sacred Harp singing, history, and traditions for the seventh consecutive year. Camp Fasola is open to both youth and adults, beginners and experienced singers. Multiple daily sessions will be devoted to teaching Sacred Harp singing, as well as times for recreation, rest, fellowship, and singing. All campers will be expected to perform some area of service during the week. More than 200 campers attended in 2008."

If you're interested in hearing what Sacred Harp sounds like, the Camp Fasola website offers a list of Sacred Harp events open to the public:

Nearby Singings Before and After Camp Fasola Session 1

Saturday and Sunday, June 13 & 14 – Hopewell Homecoming – Hopewell Church – Oneonta, Alabama

Sunday, June 14 – Alpharetta Singing – Alpharetta, Georgia

Sunday, June 14 – Oak Springs Church – Calhoun County, Mississippi

Sunday, June 14 – Aldridge Memorial – Johnson Schoolhouse – Fayette County, Alabama

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 18-20 – National Convention – First Christian Church – Birmingham, Alabama

Saturday, June 20 – Addington Chapel – Cullman County, Alabama

Sunday, June 21– Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church – Ephesus, Georgia

Sunday, June 21– Clifford Wakefield Memorial – King School House – Winston County, Alabama

Sunday, June 21– Little Vine Primitive Baptist Church – Empire, Alabama

Sunday, June 21– Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church – Section, Alabama

Nearby Singings Before and After Camp Fasola Session 2

Saturday, June 27 – Salem Methodist Church – Cedar Bluff, Alabama

Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28 – Shady Grove – Winston County, Alabama

Sunday, June 28 – DeLong-Roberts Memorial – Whitesburg, Georgia

Sunday, June 28 – Mount Lebanon Church – Fayette, Alabama

Sunday, June 28 – New Hope Church – Cullman County, Alabama

Friday, July 3 – Independence Day Singing – 9:00 a.m. – Camp Lee

Saturday, July 4 – Mount Herman Primitive Baptist Church – Calhoun County, Mississippi

Saturday and Sunday, July 4 & 5 – Henagar-Union Convention – Liberty Church – Henagar, Alabama

Sunday, July 5 – Crossroads Baptist Church – Tallapoosa, Georgia