Monthly Sacred Harp Singing
Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Sacred Harp Singing

WHO: Sacred Harp singing is a participatory activity where all are welcome! No experience necessary.
WHAT: Sacred Harp Singing - Learn how to sing in this unique tradition or share your passion for Sacred Harp singing with others. 
WHEN: Tuesday, December 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

The schedule will be as follows:

6:30pm-6:45pm | Singing school lesson covering the basics of Sacred Harp Singing for beginners

6:45pm-7:15pm | Singing

7:15pm-7:30pm | Recess (bring a small refreshment to share!)

7:30pm-8:15pm | Singing

WHERE: The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell. The December singing will be held in Pradat Hall in Miller Commons at Camp McDowell (105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578).
DIRECTIONS: Once you enter Camp McDowell, take the first left on All Saints Road. Pradat Hall is the first building on your right side.  
HOW: Click here to stay connected with this event on the Alabama Folk School Facebook page. 

ABOUT SACRED HARP

The Sacred Harp was first published in 1844, but comes from an older tradition of shape-note singing, a practice which evolved out of the desire to teach early Americans how to sing. Like most choral traditions, Sacred Harp music is written in four parts: bass, tenor, treble, and alto. Unlike many other choral traditions, men and women "share" many of the parts--most notably the tenor or lead line, also known as the melody. From "Amazing Grace" (known as "New Britain" in The Sacred Harp) to "Wayfaring Stranger", dozens of contemporary religious and folk songs can find trace their lineage through The Sacred Harp.

"Practice" singings—as opposed to convention or all-day singings—are usually held on a monthly basis. A typical practice singing may include a singing school beforehand, which teach individuals not only about how to sing, but will also teach about the history and culture of Sacred Harp Singing.

SACRED HARP IN WALKER-WINSTON COUNTIES

We are proud to announce the return of a monthly practice Sacred Harp singing to the Walker-Winston County area, hosted by the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell.

Singers, hymn and tune writers, and singing school teachers across Walker and Winston County played a crucial role in the development of The Sacred Harp, particularly in the early 20th century. Today, you can visit a monument honoring the Denson Brothers--the "patriarchs of north Alabama Sacred Harp music"--outside the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, only ten miles from Camp McDowell. 

Today, singings take place not only across Alabama and the greater Southeast, but in places as far reaching as the Pacific Northwest, New England, Poland, Australia, and Japan. We're proud that a tradition so essential to the historic culture of the greater Walker-Winston County area is now enjoyed the world over. 

Artwork: Ethel Wright Mohamed Needlework, "Sacred Harp Singing"

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From Scratch
Feb
16
to Feb 18

From Scratch

Our annual From Scratch weekend is a workshop designed for beginners. Would you like to learn an instrument or art form, but are not sure where to start? This is the perfect workshop for you! Learn to play a new instrument or take up a folk art, craft or hobby in an encouraging and supportive environment. 

Click on the orange class title to learn more and register.

BANJO FROM SCRATCH
HERB TROTMAN

BLACKSMITHING FROM SCRATCH
BRADY JACKSON

DRAWING FROM SCRATCH
SUSIE CAFFEY

FIDDLE FROM SCRATCH
JIM CAUTHEN

FLY FISHING FROM SCRATCH
BRANDON JACKSON

GUITAR FROM SCRATCH
SUSIE COLEMAN

HARMONICA FROM SCRATCH
JAMIE FINLEY

HARMONY SINGING FROM SCRATCH
KATHY HINKLE & ANN WHITLEY

MANDOLIN FROM SCRATCH
JASON BAILEY

UKULELE FROM SCRATCH
JULIE AUSTIN
 

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Bluegrass & Gee's Bend
Apr
5
to Apr 8

Bluegrass & Gee's Bend

One of our most popular workshops is back with great Bluegrass music classes and Gee's Bend quilting. This 4-day workshop provides a truly immersive experience with a fun and enthusiastic community of musicians and artists.

Registration is open when the class title is in orange. Click to learn more and register.

BANJO
TONY TRISCHKA

BASS
SKIP WARD

BLACKSMITHING: Forging the Blacksmith's Hammer
TBA

BLUEGRASS REPERTOIRE
KENNY & AMANDA SMITH

FIDDLE
LAURIE LEWIS

GUITAR
TBA

GEE'S BEND QUILTING
CHINA PETTWAY & MARY ANN PETTWAY

MANDOLIN
TOM ROZUM

We have a limited number of scholarships available for first-time students attending the 2018 Bluegrass & Gee's Bend workshop. Click here for the scholarship application. 

The 2018 Bluegrass & Gee's Bend scholarship program is funded in part by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation. 

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Alabama Plein Air Artists Paint Out
Apr
20
to Apr 21

Alabama Plein Air Artists Paint Out

The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell is pleased to host a 2018 Paint Out in collaboration with Alabama Plein Air Artists. A Paint Out is an opportunity for plein air artists to gather informally and paint in a designated location. Paint Outs are open to the general public and Alabama Plein Air Artists members. There is no formal instruction during a Paint Out, but there are many opportunities to connect and share with other plein air artists. 

Learn more and register here

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Youth Folk Camp
Jul
31
to Aug 3

Youth Folk Camp

REGISTRATION OPENS THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY

Join us during the summertime for the Alabama Folk School's only camp designed just for youth! Youth Folk Camp is a unique combination of summer overnight camp, community and folk school instruction in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, pottery, painting, and more! Campers may choose one major and minor class for the workshop, all taught by master musicians and artists.  Campers will select the major class from the list below and the minor class on the first day of camp.  In between their classes, campers will enjoy a variety of activities with camp friends including swimming, paddle boating, hiking, and the ropes course. A Camper Showcase for family and friends will be held on the last day. 

The Alabama Folk School Youth Camp is open to rising 5th-12th grades. Experience in fiddle and guitar is required for the music classes. Beginner students may select music classes as their minor. 

Additional classes will be announced soon. 

Majors

FIDDLE I
TIM AVALON

FIDDLE II
CARTER LANEY

Guitar -or- Mandolin
Laine Poole

OIL PAINTING
DOROTHY DIXON

FIBER ARTS: QUILTING & SEWING
SUSIE CAFFEY

Minors

Fiber Arts
Flatfooting & Other Traditional Dancing
Introduction to Banjo
Introduction to Guitar -or- Mandolin
Oil Painting

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Old Time Music & Gee's Bend Quilting
Oct
11
to Oct 14

Old Time Music & Gee's Bend Quilting

During this workshop quilters and artists pursue their work in a beautiful, encouraging atmosphere while others fully immerse themselves in old-time music, their days and nights filled with classes taught by master musicians, jam sessions, concerts and group performances. Classes include... 

BANJO I
RACHEL EDDY

BANJO II
RILEY BAUGUS

FIDDLE I
ANN WHITLEY

FIDDLE II
JOSEPH DECOSMIO

GEE'S BEND QUILTING
CHINA PETTWAY & MARY ANN PETTWAY

GUITAR
EVAN KINNEY

HANDMADE BEADS & JEWELRY MAKING
LEE ANNE JONES

HARMONY SINGING
Kay Justice & Alice Gerrard

OLD-TIME REPERTOIRE
Howard Raines & Trisha Spencer 

UKULELE I
CHARLIE HARTNESS

UKULELE II
Aaron Keim

Additional staff musicians and mini-class instructors include...

JIM CAUTHEN
JOYCE CAUTHEN
JAMIE FINLEY
NANCY HARTNESS
JIM HOLLAND
MICK KINNEY

Participants register for one class that includes six in-depth sessions in that discipline. Afternoon mini classes give participants a chance to take part in a singing group, begin to learn to play an instrument new to them, such as harmonica or participate in square dancing. Instructors for mini-classes will provide a few loaner instruments. 

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Monthly Sacred Harp Singing
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Sacred Harp Singing

WHO: Sacred Harp singing is a participatory activity where all are welcome! No experience necessary.
WHAT: Sacred Harp Singing - Learn how to sing in this unique tradition or share your passion for Sacred Harp singing with others. 
WHEN: Tuesday, November 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

The schedule will be as follows:

6:30pm-6:45pm | Singing school lesson covering the basics of Sacred Harp Singing for beginners

6:45pm-7:15pm | Singing

7:15pm-7:30pm | Recess (bring a small refreshment to share!)

7:30pm-8:15pm | Singing

WHERE: The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell. The November singing will be held in Pradat Hall in Miller Commons at Camp McDowell (105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578).
DIRECTIONS: Once you enter Camp McDowell, take the first left on All Saints Road. Pradat Hall is the first building on your right side.  
HOW: Click here to stay connected with this event on the Alabama Folk School Facebook page. 

ABOUT SACRED HARP

The Sacred Harp was first published in 1844, but comes from an older tradition of shape-note singing, a practice which evolved out of the desire to teach early Americans how to sing. Like most choral traditions, Sacred Harp music is written in four parts: bass, tenor, treble, and alto. Unlike many other choral traditions, men and women "share" many of the parts--most notably the tenor or lead line, also known as the melody. From "Amazing Grace" (known as "New Britain" in The Sacred Harp) to "Wayfaring Stranger", dozens of contemporary religious and folk songs can find trace their lineage through The Sacred Harp.

"Practice" singings—as opposed to convention or all-day singings—are usually held on a monthly basis. A typical practice singing may include a singing school beforehand, which teach individuals not only about how to sing, but will also teach about the history and culture of Sacred Harp Singing.

SACRED HARP IN WALKER-WINSTON COUNTIES

We are proud to announce the return of a monthly practice Sacred Harp singing to the Walker-Winston County area, hosted by the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell.

Singers, hymn and tune writers, and singing school teachers across Walker and Winston County played a crucial role in the development of The Sacred Harp, particularly in the early 20th century. Today, you can visit a monument honoring the Denson Brothers--the "patriarchs of north Alabama Sacred Harp music"--outside the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, only ten miles from Camp McDowell. 

Today, singings take place not only across Alabama and the greater Southeast, but in places as far reaching as the Pacific Northwest, New England, Poland, Australia, and Japan. We're proud that a tradition so essential to the historic culture of the greater Walker-Winston County area is now enjoyed the world over. 

Artwork: Ethel Wright Mohamed Needlework, "Sacred Harp Singing"

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Songwriting with Claire Lynch & Louisa Branscomb
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Songwriting with Claire Lynch & Louisa Branscomb

REGISTER HERE! 

Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscomb return to the Alabama Folk School to teach songwriting. In this dynamic and interactive workshop, Louisa and Claire will present interactive discussion with musical examples, exercises, and structured writing opportunities to work with the process of inspiration to execution of the song, with inspiration and impact

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Kentuck Artists in Residence
Oct
23
to Oct 27

Kentuck Artists in Residence

With the shared goal of perpetuating folk art, the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell has joined with Kentuck Art Center & Festival to offer “The Kentuck Experience at the Alabama Folk School.” This exciting collaboration will give Kentuck Festival goers an opportunity to extend their Festival experiences by meeting Kentuck artists and learning their craft in a week-long workshop at the Alabama Folk School.

Workshops are open to all. No experience necessary.  

Kentuck Artists in Residence include: 

Theresa Disney
Fabulous Folk Art Florals

William MacGavin
Didgeridoo From Scratch

Jayne Morgan
Honey Bear Paintings and More! 


More About Our Partner: Kentuck Art Center & Festival

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The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is in 46th year of existence and has become nationally known for its folk, outsider, and self-taught artists. The Festival showcases a number of artists who create contemporary and fine art. Kentuck Art Center operates year-round and features a Gallery Shop, a community clay co-op, artist studios, and monthly exhibitions. Kentuck’s mission is to perpetuate the arts, empower the artist, and engage the community. Learn more about Kentuck Art Center and Festival here


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The Kentuck Artists in Residence workshop has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Monthly Sacred Harp Singing
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Sacred Harp Singing

WHO: Sacred Harp singing is a participatory activity where all are welcome! No experience necessary.
WHAT: Sacred Harp Singing - Learn how to sing in this unique tradition or share your passion for Sacred Harp singing with others. 
WHEN: Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

The schedule will be as follows:

6:30pm-6:45pm | Singing school lesson covering the basics of Sacred Harp Singing for beginners

6:45pm-7:15pm | Singing

7:15pm-7:30pm | Recess (bring a small refreshment to share!)

7:30pm-8:15pm | Singing

WHERE: The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell. The October singing will be held in Pradat Hall in Miller Commons at Camp McDowell (105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578).
DIRECTIONS: Once you enter Camp McDowell, take the first left on All Saints Road. Pradat Hall is the first building on your right side.  
HOW: Click here to stay connected with this event on the Alabama Folk School Facebook page. 

ABOUT SACRED HARP

The Sacred Harp was first published in 1844, but comes from an older tradition of shape-note singing, a practice which evolved out of the desire to teach early Americans how to sing. Like most choral traditions, Sacred Harp music is written in four parts: bass, tenor, treble, and alto. Unlike many other choral traditions, men and women "share" many of the parts--most notably the tenor or lead line, also known as the melody. From "Amazing Grace" (known as "New Britain" in The Sacred Harp) to "Wayfaring Stranger", dozens of contemporary religious and folk songs can find trace their lineage through The Sacred Harp.

"Practice" singings—as opposed to convention or all-day singings—are usually held on a monthly basis. A typical practice singing may include a singing school beforehand, which teach individuals not only about how to sing, but will also teach about the history and culture of Sacred Harp Singing.

SACRED HARP IN WALKER-WINSTON COUNTIES

We are proud to announce the return of a monthly practice Sacred Harp singing to the Walker-Winston County area, hosted by the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell.

Singers, hymn and tune writers, and singing school teachers across Walker and Winston County played a crucial role in the development of The Sacred Harp, particularly in the early 20th century. Today, you can visit a monument honoring the Denson Brothers--the "patriarchs of north Alabama Sacred Harp music"--outside the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, only ten miles from Camp McDowell. 

Today, singings take place not only across Alabama and the greater Southeast, but in places as far reaching as the Pacific Northwest, New England, Poland, Australia, and Japan. We're proud that a tradition so essential to the historic culture of the greater Walker-Winston County area is now enjoyed the world over. 

Artwork: Ethel Wright Mohamed Needlework, "Sacred Harp Singing"

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Old Time Music & Crafts
Oct
12
to Oct 15

Old Time Music & Crafts

During this workshop quilters and artists pursue their work in a beautiful, encouraging atmosphere while others fully immerse themselves in old-time music, their days and nights filled with classes taught by master musicians, jam sessions, concerts and group performances. Classes include... 

BANJO I
CARTER LANEY

BANJO II
ADAM HURT

FIDDLE I
ANN WHITLEY

FIDDLE II
MICK KINNEY

GEE'S BEND QUILTING
CHINA PETTWAY & MARY ANN PETTWAY

GUITAR
HILARY DIRLAM

HARMONY SINGING
ALICE GERRARD & KAY JUSTICE

OLD-TIME REPERTOIRE
GREG & JERE CANOTE

UKULELE
AARON KEIM

Participants register for one class that includes six in-depth sessions in that discipline. Afternoon mini classes give participants a chance to take part in a singing group, begin to learn to play an instrument new to them, such as harmonica, ukulele or bass. Instructors for those mini-classes will provide a few loaner instruments. Click here for mini class descriptions. 

Registration is now open for ALL classes.

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Monthly Sacred Harp Singing
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Sacred Harp Singing

WHO: Sacred Harp singing is a participatory activity where all are welcome! No experience necessary.
WHAT: Sacred Harp Singing - Learn how to sing in this unique tradition or share your passion for Sacred Harp singing with others. 
WHEN: Tuesday, September 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

The schedule will be as follows:

6:30pm-6:45pm | Singing school lesson covering the basics of Sacred Harp Singing for beginners

6:45pm-7:15pm | Singing

7:15pm-7:30pm | Recess (bring a small refreshment to share!)

7:30pm-8:15pm | Singing

WHERE: The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell. The August singing will be held in Phifer Hall (105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578).
DIRECTIONS: Camp McDowell is located off highway 195 at mile marker 13 between Jasper and Double Springs. Once you enter Camp McDowell, stay straight on the main road. Take a right into Bethany Village, then your first first right onto Darby Drive. Phifer Hall is the third building on you right. 
HOW: Click here to stay connected with this event on the Alabama Folk School Facebook page. 

ABOUT SACRED HARP

The Sacred Harp was first published in 1844, but comes from an older tradition of shape-note singing, a practice which evolved out of the desire to teach early Americans how to sing. Like most choral traditions, Sacred Harp music is written in four parts: bass, tenor, treble, and alto. Unlike many other choral traditions, men and women "share" many of the parts--most notably the tenor or lead line, also known as the melody. From "Amazing Grace" (known as "New Britain" in The Sacred Harp) to "Wayfaring Stranger", dozens of contemporary religious and folk songs can find trace their lineage through The Sacred Harp.

"Practice" singings—as opposed to convention or all-day singings—are usually held on a monthly basis. A typical practice singing may include a singing school beforehand, which teach individuals not only about how to sing, but will also teach about the history and culture of Sacred Harp Singing.

SACRED HARP IN WALKER-WINSTON COUNTIES

We are proud to announce the return of a monthly practice Sacred Harp singing to the Walker-Winston County area, hosted by the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell.

Singers, hymn and tune writers, and singing school teachers across Walker and Winston County played a crucial role in the development of The Sacred Harp, particularly in the early 20th century. Today, you can visit a monument honoring the Denson Brothers--the "patriarchs of north Alabama Sacred Harp music"--outside the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, only ten miles from Camp McDowell. 

Today, singings take place not only across Alabama and the greater Southeast, but in places as far reaching as the Pacific Northwest, New England, Poland, Australia, and Japan. We're proud that a tradition so essential to the historic culture of the greater Walker-Winston County area is now enjoyed the world over. 

Artwork: Ethel Wright Mohamed Needlework, "Sacred Harp Singing"

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September Session
Sep
15
to Sep 17

September Session

This 3-day session features the following workshops:

Acoustic Guitar: Flatpicking and Vocal Accompaniment
Kenny Smith

Acoustic Guitar: Beginning
Herb Trotman

Acoustic Guitar: Finger Style and Vocal Accompaniment
Jim Ohlschmidt

GARMENT SEWING WITH ETHNIC PRINTS
TISHA THORNE

Intermediate Blacksmithing: Tools for the Forge
Brady Jackson

LABYRINTH WORKSHOP
MARY ELLEN CALHOUN

MOSAICS IN ALABAMA ROCK
Enid Probst

Traditional Food Preservation
April Hill
*The Food Preservation class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment. 

 

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Youth Folk Camp
Jun
26
to Jun 29

Youth Folk Camp

Register here!

Join us during the summertime for the Alabama Folk School's only camp designed just for youth! Youth Folk Camp is a unique combination of summer overnight camp, community and folk school instruction in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, pottery, and more! Campers may choose one major and minor class for the workshop, all taught by master musicians and artists.  Campers will select the major class from the list below and the minor class on the first day of camp.  In between their classes, campers will enjoy a variety of activities with camp friends including swimming, paddleboating, hiking, and the ropes course. A Camper Showcase for family and friends will be held on the last day. 

The Alabama Folk School Youth Camp is open to rising 5th-12th grades. Experience in fiddle and guitar is required for the music classes. Beginner students may select music classes as their minor. 

Additional classes will also be announced.

CERAMICS WITH ALABAMA CLAY
SUSIE CAFFEY

FIDDLE I: OLD TIME FIDDLE
TIM AVALON

FIDDLE II
CARTER LANEY

GUITAR & MANDOLIN
LAINE POOLE

FARMING: RETURNING TO YOUR ROOTS
MCDOWELL FARM SCHOOL STAFF

THE ARTIST IN YOU! AN INTRODUCTION TO CREATING ORIGINAL PAINTINGS
DOROTHY DIXON

 

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Monthly Sacred Harp Singing
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Sacred Harp Singing

WHO: Sacred Harp singing is a participatory activity where all are welcome! No experience necessary.
WHAT: Sacred Harp Singing - Learn how to sing in this unique tradition or share your passion for Sacred Harp singing with others. 
WHEN: Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

The schedule will be as follows:

6:30pm-6:45pm | Singing school lesson covering the basics of Sacred Harp Singing for beginners

6:45pm-7:15pm | Singing

7:15pm-7:30pm | Recess (bring a small refreshment to share!)

7:30pm-8:15pm | Singing

WHERE: The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell. The June singing will be held in Randall Commons below St. Francis chapel (105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578).
DIRECTIONS: Camp McDowell is located off highway 195 at mile marker 13 between Jasper and Double Springs. Once you enter Camp McDowell, stay straight on the main road until you come to a large stone chapel on the left across from the softball field. The entrance to Randall Commons is below the chapel around the back side.  
HOW: Click here to stay connected with this event on the Alabama Folk School Facebook page. 

ABOUT SACRED HARP

The Sacred Harp was first published in 1844, but comes from an older tradition of shape-note singing, a practice which evolved out of the desire to teach early Americans how to sing. Like most choral traditions, Sacred Harp music is written in four parts: bass, tenor, treble, and alto. Unlike many other choral traditions, men and women "share" many of the parts--most notably the tenor or lead line, also known as the melody. From "Amazing Grace" (known as "New Britain" in The Sacred Harp) to "Wayfaring Stranger", dozens of contemporary religious and folk songs can find trace their lineage through The Sacred Harp.

"Practice" singings—as opposed to convention or all-day singings—are usually held on a monthly basis. A typical practice singing may include a singing school beforehand, which teach individuals not only about how to sing, but will also teach about the history and culture of Sacred Harp Singing.

SACRED HARP IN WALKER-WINSTON COUNTIES

We are proud to announce the return of a monthly practice Sacred Harp singing to the Walker-Winston County area, hosted by the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell.

Singers, hymn and tune writers, and singing school teachers across Walker and Winston County played a crucial role in the development of The Sacred Harp, particularly in the early 20th century. Today, you can visit a monument honoring the Denson Brothers--the "patriarchs of north Alabama Sacred Harp music"--outside the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, only ten miles from Camp McDowell. 

Today, singings take place not only across Alabama and the greater Southeast, but in places as far reaching as the Pacific Northwest, New England, Poland, Australia, and Japan. We're proud that a tradition so essential to the historic culture of the greater Walker-Winston County area is now enjoyed the world over. 

Artwork: Ethel Wright Mohamed Needlework, "Sacred Harp Singing"

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Monthly Sacred Harp Singing
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Sacred Harp Singing

WHO: Sacred Harp singing is a participatory activity where all are welcome! No experience necessary.
WHAT: Sacred Harp Singing - Learn how to sing in this unique tradition or share your passion for Sacred Harp singing with others. 
WHEN: Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

The schedule will be as follows:

6:30pm-6:45pm | Singing school lesson covering the basics of Sacred Harp Singing for beginners

6:45pm-7:15pm | Singing

7:15pm-7:30pm | Recess (bring a small refreshment to share!)

7:30pm-8:15pm | Singing

WHERE: The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell. Singings will be held in Pradat Hall in Miller Commons at Camp McDowell (105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578).
DIRECTIONS: Once you enter Camp McDowell, take the first left on All Saints Road. Pradat Hall is the first building on your right side.  
HOW: Click here to stay connected with this event on the Alabama Folk School Facebook page. 

ABOUT SACRED HARP

The Sacred Harp was first published in 1844, but comes from an older tradition of shape-note singing, a practice which evolved out of the desire to teach early Americans how to sing. Like most choral traditions, Sacred Harp music is written in four parts: bass, tenor, treble, and alto. Unlike many other choral traditions, men and women "share" many of the parts--most notably the tenor or lead line, also known as the melody. From "Amazing Grace" (known as "New Britain" in The Sacred Harp) to "Wayfaring Stranger", dozens of contemporary religious and folk songs can find trace their lineage through The Sacred Harp.

"Practice" singings—as opposed to convention or all-day singings—are usually held on a monthly basis. A typical practice singing may include a singing school beforehand, which teach individuals not only about how to sing, but will also teach about the history and culture of Sacred Harp Singing.

SACRED HARP IN WALKER-WINSTON COUNTIES

We are proud to announce the return of a monthly practice Sacred Harp singing to the Walker-Winston County area, hosted by the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell.

Singers, hymn and tune writers, and singing school teachers across Walker and Winston County played a crucial role in the development of The Sacred Harp, particularly in the early 20th century. Today, you can visit a monument honoring the Denson Brothers--the "patriarchs of north Alabama Sacred Harp music"--outside the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, only ten miles from Camp McDowell. 

Today, singings take place not only across Alabama and the greater Southeast, but in places as far reaching as the Pacific Northwest, New England, Poland, Australia, and Japan. We're proud that a tradition so essential to the historic culture of the greater Walker-Winston County area is now enjoyed the world over. 

Artwork: Ethel Wright Mohamed Needlework, "Sacred Harp Singing"

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Fine Arts Workshops
May
15
to May 19

Fine Arts Workshops

This week-long session features the following workshops. Click on the class title for more information and to register. 

MOSAICS IN ALABAMA STONE
ENID PROBST
**This class has been rescheduled for September 15-17, 2017.

PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE PAINTING
ELANA HAGLER

Skinner Blends in Polymer Clay
LEE ANNE JONES
**The polymer clay class has been rescheduled for November 3-5, 2017.

 

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Bluegrass & Gee's Bend
Apr
17
to Apr 20

Bluegrass & Gee's Bend

One of our most popular workshops is back with great Bluegrass music classes and Gee's Bend quilting. This 4-day workshop provides a truly immersive experience with a fun and enthusiastic community of musicians and artists.

Click on the class title to learn more and register for the workshop. 

BANJO
BUTCH ROBINS

BASS
Skip Ward

BUTCHER BLOCK CUTTING BOARDS
STEPHEN LIVERMAN

FIDDLE: All Fiddle Secrets Revealed!
ROBBI PODRUG

GEE'S BEND QUILTING
CHINA PETTWAY & MARY ANN PETTWAY

GUITAR
KENNY SMITH

Mandolin I
Jason Bailey

MANDOLIN II: The Path To Mastery
NATE LEE

BLUEGRASS LEAD VOCALS
Stephen "Mojo" Mougin

Mini Classes

It's a Man's Musical World... or is it?

How To Play A Solo On A Song You've Never Heard

The Origin & Development of Bluegrass Music As a Unique, Creative Art Form

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Fiber Arts Sampler Retreat
Mar
17
to Mar 19

Fiber Arts Sampler Retreat

This workshop has been rescheduled for March 2018. Please stay tuned for specific dates! 

This retreat offers an exploration of different fiber arts techniques. Classes are offered at multiple levels and taught by experienced fiber artists--Ellen Johnson, Peggy Canterbury, Melissa Carter, Mary Beth Cavert, and Lou Anne Lamar.

The Fiber Arts Sampler Retreat will feature the following classes...

  • Color Theory for Fiber Artists
  • Introduction to Counted Thread Embroidery (project class) 
  • Duplicate Stitch 
  • English Smocking Primer 
  • Introduction to Embroidery 
  • 15 Clever Cast Ons and Bind Offs 
  • Fair Isle Knitting
  • Dyeing to Get Some Color (Yarn)
  • Picture Smocking 
  • Christmas Lights (needlepoint project class) 
  • Continental Knitting 
  • Top 10 Finishing Tips 
  • Dyeing to Get Some Color (Spinning Fiber)
  • Introduction to French Handsewing
  • Introduction to Needlepoint 
  • Knitting Magic
  • Cabling the Quick and Easy Way 
  • Introduction to Drop Spindle Spinning 
  • Embroidery on Hand Knits 

Classes will range from 90-minutes to 3 hours with many classes repeated over the course of the weekend.

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From Scratch
Feb
17
to Feb 19

From Scratch

Our annual From Scratch weekend is a workshop designed for beginners. Would you like to learn an instrument or art form, but are not sure where to start? This is the perfect workshop for you! Learn to play a new instrument or take up a folk art, craft or hobby in an encouraging and supportive environment. 

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BANJO FROM SCRATCH
HERB TROTMAN

BIRDING FROM SCRATCH
KENDRA BURNS & DAVID "BIG DAVE" HOLLAWAY 

BLACKSMITHING FROM SCRATCH
BRADY JACKSON

DRAWING FROM SCRATCH
SUSIE CAFFEY

FIDDLE FROM SCRATCH
JIM CAUTHEN

GUITAR FROM SCRATCH
SUSIE COLEMAN

HARMONICA FROM SCRATCH *cancelled due to family illness
JAMIE FINLEY

HARMONY SINGING FROM SCRATCH
KATHY HINKLE & ANN WHITLEY

LAP DULCIMER FROM SCRATCH
ROB ANGUS 

UKULELE FROM SCRATCH
JULIE AUSTIN

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Traditional Arts & Crafts
Nov
3
to Nov 6

Traditional Arts & Crafts

This workshop is perfectly timed at the beginning of the holiday season! Come to the Alabama Folk School to make handmade holiday gifts for your family and friends. 

Students will register for one class that includes six, in-depth sessions in that subject matter. Two mini class sessions will be held during the workshop, so students can have an opportunity to sample one or more of the other disciplines. 

Chair Caning
Valerie Burns

Fused Glass
Linda Munoz

DIY Natural Soaps & Skincare
Laura Spencer

Wooden Cutting Boards
Stephen Liverman

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Old Time Music & Crafts
Oct
13
to Oct 16

Old Time Music & Crafts

Choose from nine Old Time music classes in banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin or repertoire or try your hand at flatfooting, painting or quilting in the Gee's Bend tradition. 

BANJO I
Jim Holland

BANJO II
BRETT RIGGS

BASKET MAKING
SUE WILLIAMS

FIDDLE I
GREG CANOTE

FIDDLE II
MIKE BRYANT

FLATFOOTING AND OTHER TRADITIONAL DANCES
PHIL JAMISON

GEE'S BEND QUILTING
CHINA PETTWAY & MARY ANN PETTWAY

GUITAR
SUSIE COLEMAN

MANDOLIN
TIM AVALON

OLD TIME REPERTOIRE
CARL JONES & ERYNN MARSHALL

PAINTING
DOROTHY DIXON

UKULELE
JERE CANOTE

MINI CLASSES 

BAND LAB, MICK KINNEY
BASS, KATHY HINKLE
HARMONICA, JAMIE FINLEY
UKULELE, CHARLIE HARTNESS
SINGING, ANN WHITLEY

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Sep
9
to Sep 11

Acoustic Guitar & Crafts

Workshops for everyone – come to the folk school and enjoy the cool weather while taking acoustic guitar, marbling, or learning to throw on a pottery wheel. 

Acoustic Guitar
Steve Kilby

Acoustic Guitar
Pat Kirtley

Acoustic Guitar
Jim Ohlschmidt

Marbling
Pat K. Thomas

Photography
Kenneth Boone

Pottery Wheel
Scott Bennett

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Sep
2
to Sep 5

Farm Folk Weekend

Farm and folk workshops, traditional camp activities, jam sessions and more will be featured during this Labor Day weekend getaway for individuals and families at Camp McDowell!

Join us in community Labor Day weekend at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama. The weekend will be full of opportunities to reconnect with your heritage and obtain forgotten knowledge leading you back to your roots.

The weekend will begin Friday night with the option to stay until Monday. Activities include class time, free time, old time dancing and corn shucking, and a champagne brunch Sunday at the barn.

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Jun
17
to Jun 19

C.A.M.P. Camp

Our 3rd annual C.A.M.P. Camp is a weekend workshop with no classes. Instead, it's an opportunity for adults (and their families) to visit the Alabama Folk School and enjoy non-scheduled relaxation. Bring your instrument or sewing project and still have plenty of time to enjoy the hiking trails, swimming pool and rocking chairs. 

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May
6
to May 8

Cajun Weekend

The Savoy Family Cajun Band is back for our 2nd Annual Cajun Weekend. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn from this very talented family. 

Cajun Accordion
Wilson Savoy

Cajun Fiddle
Joel Savoy

Cajun Guitar
Ann Savoy

Cajun Cooking Mini Class
Marc Savoy

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Apr
18
to Apr 21

Bluegrass & Gee's Bend

One of our most popular workshops is back with great Bluegrass music classes, Gee's Bend quilting and pottery. This 4-day workshop provides a truly immersive experience with a fun and enthusiastic community of musicians and artist. 

BANJO I
HERB TROTMAN

BANJO II
NED LUBERECKI

FACES IN CLAY
SAM WILLIAMS

FIDDLE I
ROBBI PODRUG

FIDDLE II: JAMTASMAGORICAL FIDDLING
BECKY BULLER

GEE'S BEND QUILTING
MARY ANN PETTWAY & CHINA PETTWAY

GUITAR I
TBD

GUITAR II
KENNY SMITH

MANDOLIN I
JASON BAILEY

MANDOLIN II
STEPHEN MOUGIN

BASS
SKIP WARD

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Mar
18
to Mar 20

Words, Words, Words

This weekend workshop is all about the written word. Enjoy the spring weather and immerse yourself in the art of writing. 

HAND MARBLING PAPER
PAT K. THOMAS

MENDING AND COLLECTING MEMORY - BOOK ARTS
DOUG BAULOS

SOUL TO STAGE: THE LIFE OF A SONG
LOUISA BRANSCOMB & CLAIRE LYNCH

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Feb
19
to Feb 21

From Scratch

Our annual From Scratch weekend is a workshop designed for beginners. Ever wanted to learn an instrument or art, but not sure where to start? This is the perfect workshop for you! Learn to play a new instrument or finally take up painting or blacksmithing as a hobby in a safe and secure environment. 

BANJO FROM SCRATCH
HERB TROTMAN

BLACKSMITHING FROM SCRATCH
RUSSELL COLVIN

FIDDLE FROM SCRATCH
MICHAEL ISMERIO

GUITAR FROM SCRATCH
SUSIE COLEMAN

HARMONICA FROM SCRATCH
JAMIE FINLEY

HARMONY SINGING FROM SCRATCH
KATHY HINKLE & ANN WHITLEY

UKULELE FROM SCRATCH
NANCY & CHARLIE HARTNESS

WHATEVER IS LOVELY - AN INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING
DOROTHY DIXON

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Jan
15
to Jan 17

Art & Design

Back for its second year, the Art & Design workshop offers three classes that focus on art and design. De-stress from the holidays and enjoy a weekend at the Alabama Folk School. 

HISTORIC LONGSTITCH
MARGOT ECKE

THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF COLLAGE JOURNALING
DARIANA DERVIS

JAPANESE POSTCARDS
CHIHARU ROACH

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Nov
5
to Nov 8

Traditional Arts & Crafts

This workshop is timed perfectly at the beginning of the holiday season! Come to the folk school and make handmade Christmas gifts for your family and friends. Your loved ones will be delighted to receive beautiful baskets, handmade soaps, felted scarves, and more!

Blacksmithing
Lee McKee

Basket Weaving: Making a Quilter's Tote
Betty Bain

Sgraffito Design on Pottery
Kristin Law

Splendor in the Glass: Fun with Fused Glass
Linda Munoz

Fun with Fiber
A.C. Reeves

Natural Handmade Crafts for Gift Giving
Laura Spencer

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