Maypole Dance – John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown 2019
The tradition of dancing around the Maypole in celebration of Spring dates back to the middle ages. In those days, folks brought in trees from the forest to decorate. As time went by many towns erected a permanent Maypole.
Lucky for me, John C. Campbell Folk School holds a traditional Maypole celebration every year.
If the stars align in Brasstown, the Spring celebration occurs on a beautiful day, which is exactly what happened this year.
My favorite part of the Folk School’s production is the singing of the “May Day Carol.”
I’ve been a-wandring all the night, And the best part of the day. Now I’m returning home again. I bring you a branch of May.
A branch of May, my love, I say As at your door I stand; It’s nothing but a sprout, but it’s well budded out By the work of the Lord’s own hand.
My song is done and I must be gone, I can no longer stay; God bless you all, both great and small And send you a joyful May.
—Kentucky Version from the Ritchie Family of Perry County, KY
I send each of you a joyful May!
Come cook with me!
MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley
Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.
Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.