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New Folklife Festival Celebrates Traditional Arts & Skills in Huntsville


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New Folklife Festival Celebrates Traditional Arts & Skills in Huntsville

There’s a new Fall festival in town, and it’s sure to appeal to the little history buffs at your house! Kids who love American Girl and Hamilton the Musical will especially love Burritt on the Mountain’s first annual Folklife Festival!

Experience traditional arts, skills, and handicrafts of our region from the 1800s & early 1900s through music, dance, and demonstrations by local artisans and craftspeople. This hands-on event is fun for the whole family with activities from 10am-4pm.

“We are thrilled with the craftspeople joining us for the Folklife Festival since visitors are always fascinated by our blacksmiths, flint knapper, flute maker, lace maker, open hearth cook, leather worker, musicians and dancers,” remarks Director of Education, Tammy Cooney. “We are excited to be adding new demonstrations that include pottery, printmaking, painting, and woodworking where visitors can learn to turn their very own pen on a lathe.”

Along with the hands-on crafts and demonstrations, there will be music throughout the day featuring folk and Americana music, Native American flute playing, storytelling, Old Time Appalachian Clogging, Dulcimer music, Irish Dance, and more! O Taste & See Food Truck will be on site serving up sandwiches, hot dogs and desserts. Admission to the festival is included in general admission prices, from $8-$10.

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Entertainment Schedule

Gazebo Stage

  • 11:30 – 12:30 | Ashley Kent performing mandolin, banjolin & guitar Bluegrass music
  • 12:30 – 1:30 | SarahJayne performing Americana/blues/folk blend
  • 1:30 – 2:30 | Native American flute playing & storytelling by Billy Whitefox
  • 2:30 – 3:30 | American Folk Music by Ira Leitner

Church Stage

  • 11:00-1:00 | Old Time Appalachian Clogging by Step It Up
  • 1:00 – 2:00 | Irish Dance: Origin of Appalachian Dance Forms by Torain Academy of Irish Dance
  • 2:00 -3:00 | Traditional Folk Music by Huntsville Traditional Music Association

Historic Park

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  • 10:00-12:00 | Dulcimer music by Dulci-Jam’rs

Folklife Festival Details

Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Burritt On the Mountain (map)
Cost: $8-10
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