From Scratch
Feb
15
to Feb 17

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

FIDDLE FROM SCRATCH
JIM CAUTHEN

GUITAR FROM SCRATCH
Joyce Cauthen

HARMONICA FROM SCRATCH
JAMIE FINLEY

HARMONY SINGING FROM SCRATCH
KATHY HINKLE & ANN WHITLEY

MANDOLIN FROM SCRATCH
JASON BAILEY

UKULELE FROM SCRATCH
CHARLIE AND NANCY HARTNESS

PUPPET MAKING FROM SCRATCH
DAVID STEPHENS

BREAD MAKING FROM SCRATCH 
AUBREY GALLEGO

BASS FROM SCRATCH
ADRIAN MARMOLEJO

DOBRO FROM SCRATCH
ROMAN LOCKLEAR


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March Session
Mar
1
to Mar 3

March Session

This 3-day session features the following workshops:

Click on the class titles to learn more and register. Registration opening soon for other classes! 

BLACKSMITHING: TOOLS FOR THE FORGE
Brady Jackson

SONG WRITING FROM PEN TO PAPER
Walt Aldridge

FLY FISHING
Brandon Jackson

BIRDING AT CAMP MCDOWELL
Kendra Burns and David “Big Dave” Hollaway

DIDGERIDOO PLAYING AND MAKING
William MacGavin

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Bluegrass & Gee's Bend
Apr
4
to Apr 7

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.

This 4-day session features the following workshops:

Click on the class titles to learn more and register. Registration opening soon for other classes! 

Bluegrass Guitar
STEPHEN MOUGIN

Mandolin I
JASON BAILEY

Mandolin II
ALAN BIBEY

FIddle I
ROBBI PODRUG

FIddle II
BECKY BULLER

Dobro
ROMAN LOCKLEAR

Banjo
TBA

Gee’s Bend Quilting
MARY ANN AND CHINA PETTWAY

Bluegrass Harmony
KAY JUSTICE AND GINNY HAWKER

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May
24
to May 26

Community Recreation and Dance Weekend

Community Recreation and Dance Weekend

This upcoming memorial day weekend, The Alabama Folk School will be hosting its first ever Community Recreation and Dance weekend! This weekend will be an excellent opportunity to experience a more relaxed approached to the typical Alabama Folk School workshop. There are no definitive classes, but our Bethany craft facilities will be open for use. One could spend all or none of their time crafting, painting, or working on various projects.

Music is highly encouraged! Feel free to bring an instrument and jump in one of the jam sessions happening throughout the course of the weekend. We are super excited to announce that The Red Mountain Yellowhammers will be joining us for organized Old Time Dancing both nights.

Camp McDowell is home to a large stretch of beautiful hiking trails. From shorter lake trails in Bethany Village, too longer day hikes by the creek, if you want to do some walking and enjoy the lovely Alabama Spring time nature, this will be a great weekend and location for you. Along with hiking, Camp McDowell also has a zero entry pool, paddle boats, canoes, and plenty of spaces to fish. With a short hike, natural swimming holes are available too.

Youth are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult but are encouraged to attend!

For the extra young folk, Camp will be offering a Youngins Camp for the weekend! More information on hours, pricing, age and staff coming soon!

Register by clicking here!

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Youth Folk Camp
Jul
28
to Jul 31

Youth Folk Camp

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. 

Register here!

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Aug
30
to Sep 1

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.

 

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Old Time Music & Gee's Bend Quilting
Oct
10
to Oct 13

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. . 

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. 

2019 class announcements coming soon!

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