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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Mountain Folk Festival 2012 Berea KY

My life in appalachia - Mountain Folk Festival Berea 2012

About this time every year Bob Dalsemer gathers up young dancers from around Brasstown (along with a few older ones) to practice for our annual trek to Berea KY for the Mountain Folk Festival. Our Brasstown group has grown-seeing all those dancing feet in the photo makes me happy-and that ain’t even all of us!

This year’s Mountain Folk Festival will be held March 30-31 on the Berea College Campus.

I especially like the Why? on Berea’s page:

“To educate the next generation of dancers to the joy of dance and carrying on a 75-year tradition of folk dance for young people at Berea College.”

If you’ve never heard of the Mountain Folk Festival-you can check out what I’ve said about it in the past:


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    March 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I know you will have so much fun! Wish I could be there to watch.

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    March 21, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I love that you are all carrying on that wonderful tradition! I live in a very Scandanavian community and a friend of mine is carrying on his father’s legacy of teaching all the young Norwegians the traditional dances. Very cool!

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    Darlene LaRoche
    March 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Sounds like it would be a fun place to visit.

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    Jim Casada
    March 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Tipper—I hope all you folks have a grand old time shakin’ a leg up Berea way. My did I love to clog when I was far younger and far more nimble, but today I just flat-out wear out abut half way through some fine clogging song like “Under the Double Eagle” or “Down Yonder.” In fact, when Don’s youngest son got married we had a bit of a pre-wedding shindig which no doubt convinced all the bride-to-be’s family that they had tumbled into the maws of the ultimate hillbilly clan, but about halfway through an impromptu buck dancing performance I lost all my juice. Now Don’s wife, Susan, can cut a rug, and I do believe she would have gone on for a good while.
    One other thought, and it’s a reply to Special Ed. He’s got to be careful with them thar tooters, because in my granddaughter’s vocabulary that’s someone afflicted with a severe case of flatulence.
    Jim Casada

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    B. Ruth
    March 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhh, Spring…You’re just busy as a bee!..Have fun and take a break…
    Need some more clogging videos…

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    March 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hope you all have a good safe time in Kentucky.

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    March 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Have a safe trip and a great time!

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    David Templeton
    March 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Looks like some of those kids can even clog in their cowboy boots.
    My wife and I always enjoy Berea. I wish we could be there for this event.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    March 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I hope you and the girls have a great time going to the festival at Berea. Sounds like a fantastic event!

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    Miss Cindy
    March 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Hope you guys have a great time at the 2012 festival!
    I love the stories and videos when you return form the past trips.

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    dolores barton
    March 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I wish you good luck and lots of tappin’ feet. The building in the picture reminds me of the barn dance buildings I remember from seeing in various movies of old.

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    March 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

    You all be careful making the trek
    to Berea and have fun. And be sure
    to bring us back some videos of all that great cloggin’. Its good
    that you have Bob Delsemer to help
    with the organizing every year.

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I too, like their mission statement. Enjoy your trip.

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    Bill Burnett
    March 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Have a great Festival, I know Chitter & Chatter will do us all proud.

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    Mary Shipman
    March 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Thinking I need to go to this event and wondering how to arrange it!
    Just the thought gets my blood pumping and my toes tapping!

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    Special Ed
    March 19, 2012 at 5:53 am

    You gonna git us some vedeo uv all the clauging and stompin when youins go? Shore wood lik to see some. Spesulee them 2 youngins of yorn.
    Iv bena taken some riten and spellin clases. Somebidy they call a tooter has bena comin hear and heppin me. She saiz imma doin beter. Whut do you thank?

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