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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Dancing Has Begun


In only few short weeks we’ll be making our way back to Berea, KY for the 75th Annual Mountain Folk Festival. On Saturday-the dancing started-as we learned some of the dances that will be performed at the festival this year. Marguerite Butler Bidstrup, from the John C. Campbell Folk School right here in Brasstown, helped start the Mountain Folk Festival to encourage and promote the preservation of folk dances, games, and songs in the youth of the mountains. I’m still blown away by the fact-that 75 years after she helped start it-there is a group of kids from Brasstown that attend the festival. I think she succeeded don’t you?

Tipper

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

 

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    Tipper
    March 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    B.-I bet you can guess who’s boots are in the floor : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
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    Tipper
    March 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Elithea-yep you’re right : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
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    Tipper
    March 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Sandra-yes I dance too : )
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    All at http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Tipper
    March 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Yep-you’re right : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Music, Giveaways, Mountain Folk
    All at http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Tipper
    March 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Jim-the dances at the folk school-and in Berea always have a piano player. You’ll have to come and dance with us : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Music, Giveaways, Mountain Folk
    All at http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    [email protected] Rural Journal
    March 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    What a great way to preserve regional traditions and a nice tribute to its founder. 🙂

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    Vicki Lane
    March 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Nice picture, Tipper!

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    elithea
    March 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    that’s the community room in the keith house at the folk school, can’t fool me! i’ve stood right there videoing often enough 🙂

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    B.Ruth
    March 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Tipper,
    Sounds like lots of fun to me!
    Take lots of pictures…Would love to go to the festival…
    I think it is certainly a success…sure wish my Grandchildren could get involved in something like this…
    Thanks Tipper,
    Who took off their boots?

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    Ken
    March 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Tipper,
    I hope you can video the event when the girls do their dance.
    Good luck on your trip…Ken

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    Ethel
    March 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

    She sure did succeed! Music and dance are two of the best ways to involve the young people in preserving our culture. My daughter was in a square dancing club when she was little, it was good for her on so many levels. This is fabulous!

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    Jim Casada
    March 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Tipper–One of my fondest memories of my teenaged years links to square dancing. It was a much bigger thing then than now, with there being a big dance virtually every Friday night during the summer in Cherokee and even bigger ones over at the Stompin’ Grounds in Maggie Valley on Saturday.
    It’s good to know that the tradition continues, although one thing I notice is that today a piano never seems to be part of the music for dances. It often was in the late 1950s and 1960s, and a local woman, Vera Parton was her name (I think), could flat-out tear up “Under the Double Eagle” and “Down Yonder.” Just thinking of it makes my toes twitch, although passing years guarantee they don’t twitch all that long (when I was the age of Chitter and Chatter I could dance for hours without even thinking about being tard (to use the pronunciation which has been mentioned here of late).
    Jim Casada
    http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

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    Becky
    March 7, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Yes, she definitely succeeded!!
    Have fun in KY!!

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    Osagebluffquilter
    March 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I see cowboy boots in that picture. I wonder who those belong too? LOL

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    Sandra
    March 7, 2011 at 8:40 am

    that will be a ton of fun for all of you, i know chitter and chatter will dance, will you?

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    Jen
    March 7, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I would say an amazing success!

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 7, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I am so sorry to miss this event! I love to watch Chitter and Chatter dance and sing!

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