Southern Appalachian Folk School hosted the first class at our new location this summer! Sandra Quinton taught a Kid & Me quilting class to a creative group of local girls. The group learned sewing machine basics and quilted some adorable hearts. Quilting is a longstanding Appalachian tradition, and it is wonderful to see it be passed on to such enthusiastic learners. Getting to see these girls embrace this part of their heritage is so rewarding–this is why we do what we do!
This summer Southern Appalachian Folk School found ourselves a new home! We moved into the former Sharptop Arts Association building in downtown Jasper, Georgia. Locals of Pickens County may recognize the historic significance of the building; it was owned by the Lions Club, a civic organization formed in Jasper in 1939, and has been put to use in various ways since then. At one point, it was the library. Many locals even remember having sock-hops here when they were in high school! The expansive gardens behind the building were created by the Master Gardeners of Pickens county. This building has a history of housing creatives and creative pursuits, and SAFS is proud to carry on that legacy. Below are some photos; please come visit us at 68 D.B. Carroll Street, Jasper, GA.
To early settlers the arrival of spring meant it was time to forage for spring plants, make a spring tonic and detoxify their bodies.
When most foods were raised at home folks depended on what they put by to last them the winter. They dried, canned, and cold stored vegetables. Winter diets, often heavy in cabbage, canned corn, dried beans and root vegetables, lacked sufficient quantities of vitamins and minerals provided by garden fresh greens and other veggies.
Drinking a spring tonic was thought to invigorate the body and stimulate the digestive and circulatory systems sluggish from winter diets and reduced activity. Spring tonics can be made as teas, infusions or tinctures.
The following links will provide additional information and recipes for spring tonics.
Disclaimer: Consult your doctor before drinking any homemade spring tonic as herbs may interact with prescribed medicines. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult your physician before drinking any spring tonic. Some plants and flowers can cause allergic reactions. Avoid drinking spring tonics if you have allergies to any of the ingredients. Keep all plants away from children. As with any product they can be toxic if misused. Read all warnings and disclaimers of the listed websites.
July 27, 2018
Southern Appalachian Folk School opened for classes February 24, 2018 and we have seen a whirlwind of activity ever since. I thought today was a good day to stop and give you a summary of what we’ve been up to lately.
The heart and soul of our folk school are the classes taught here. I can’t say enough about the caliber of instructors who have stepped forward to join us. We appreciate every single one and thank them for teaching and helping us in large and small ways around the school. Our instructors are the BEST!
We are delighted at the overwhelming response to our Community Folk Art Fence Fundraiser. We knew this project would be fun and it has exceeded our expectations. We cannot wait to present this piece of community artwork to you guys. If you would like to paint a picket, please contact us or come by the school when classes are in session to pick one up.
As you know, our home is a building once used for offices. These small office areas are not always ideal for classrooms and we knew from the beginning we needed to remodel. Last night, the journey began. We knocked down walls and will be taking up carpet. By the time our Grand Opening arrives you will see many changes. Classrooms will be larger, the gallery area up front will be more open and we will have a gift shop.
As we grow we are finding more and more opportunities for you to be involved with the school. Southern Appalachian Folk School is more than a place where classes are taught. So far this year we hosted the Youth Art Month Exhibit, we had an evening dedicated to learning about the history of mountain music and we moved the Art Pickens Artist Gathering to the school campus. The founders created the school to “keep our mountain culture alive”. This dream will be impossible without you. We invite you to volunteer. We will keep you posted on opportunities. You can email us at email@example.com or call 706-253-0329.
Thank you for going on this journey with us!
Rhonda Fouts Lindsey is a Founder and Board Member of Southern Appalachian Folk School. She is a lifelong resident of Pickens County, GA, a poet, a grandmother and a mystic mountain woman who has a special connection to the hills she was born to.