Monday, October 4, 2010

Folklife, rag man and exit music

- An overnight trip to North Carolina to visit the John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival. Musicians performed while we browsed artisan offerings in an old dairy barn. The school features year-round "non-competitive learning and community life" with classes in such things as basketry or writing. My sister and her friend are inspired to come back and take clogging lessons.

- A rag man presides over a booth selling treats, such as scones and shortbread.

- This band, Coldwater Creek, provided graceful exit music at the end of the day.

A lovely quick visit. I was pleased to be invited to join my sister and her best friend for their annual friend trip to the mountains. Her friend is part of our family landscape and I tend to only see her for Christmas Eve church service in Florida, so it was lovely to sit and catch up over Saturday night dinner and a Sunday adventure at the folk school.

15 comments:

Fireblossom said...

What a neat place to go visit!

I want some shortbread from the rag man's stand!

LL Cool Joe said...

Looks like an interesting place and a lovely place to visit. You must take your camera with you everywhere! How great to record so many great moments.

Jannie Funster said...

Looks marvie,and fun! I like how they have the banners from past years hanging.

Please have a super-excellent-wonderful-amazing day.

xoxo

TALON said...

Sounds (and looks!) like you had a beautiful weekend, Lynn. I love the rag man and now I'm curious what they represent - are they a type of scarecrow or such?

desk49 said...

A school a Festival
Early in the fall
Music and hand work
For one and all

A man of rags
With treats to bye
You can scoff them down
Then a quick good bye

The band played
A farewell tune
For friends you won’t get
To see again soon

Louvregirl said...

Top of the mornin' to you Lynn! I am STILL waiting on a tech call back to address my new camera/PC issues :(:(:( Looks like you had a peachy weekend Lynn! I might have to resort to uploading the pics from this weekend onto another computer and then e-mailing them to my own :(:( Hope I'm back soon!
lg!!

Lynn said...

FB -

I wish I could go to that school - everyone there looks so peaceful. I could get behind some basket weaving for a week. :)

The shortbread was good - or so my sis said!

Joe -

Yes - I keep my Canon digital camera in my purse all the time. It is small and has a little padded case. It's handy for blog photos and the like. I did have a wonderful time - I was just thinking of yesterday wistfully as I sit in my cubicle. :)

Jannie -

It was marvie and fun. I hope your day is all of those things and more! xoxo

Talon -

I didn't really know, so looked it up: The earliest record of Morris dancing dates from the aftermath of the crusades. It was a seasonal, ritual dance done by men in disguise, often at Christmas or May Day, with vaguely symbolic meanings. The “Border” version is mock sword fighting and bluff, and came from the English side of the Welsh border, and was intended to show those Welsh what they would get if they dared come over that border. Dancers perform with painted blue faces, colorful rag coats, loud leg bells, and plenty of attitude. They beat sticks together and shout rude taunts; even more cruel, sometimes they sing.

Ellis -

Love that wrap-up poem! Thank you and hope you had a good weekend, too.

lg -

I have missed your blog - I hope the technical difficulties are over soon.

I did have a peachy weekend and hope you did, too!

Riot Kitty said...

Neat! I'm jealous.

Mama Zen said...

That sounds and looks like a marvelous festival!

Lynn said...

Riot Kitty -

Don't be - I am sure there are wonderful festivals and such around your area.

Mama Zen -

It was so marvelous. I hope to go again next year.

Jingle said...

cool festival.

Jingle said...

http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/2010/10/poetry-potluck-natures-elements-air.html
Greetings!
I sincerely invite you to join us for a Monday Poetry Potluck party, bring in 1 to 3 poem treats to share via the link on the top! You could use an old poem.

Lynn said...

Jingle -

Thank you - it was a cool festival. And thank you for your invitation, but I do not write poetry. I just write this blog.

Snaggle Tooth said...

The Festival sure looks like a good time- bet I'd like that school! Weird ragman dance thing you described to Talon!

Love folk tunes also.
Family friends can be so wonderful to add in. There were many around our home growing up, n don't see them any more. You are so fortunate!

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

I am fortunate to have extended "family" around.