Entries by Folkmoot USA

September Volunteer Newsletter

Dear Volunteers, WOW! Another festival has come and gone. There is so much to celebrate this year, we had a fantastic festival season, wonderful groups and we made some serious improvements in our volunteer program. The involvement from the community during this festival was inspirational and extremely helpful! We welcomed new and seasoned volunteers which […]

Where Credit is Due

Over the last couple years, the Folkmoot Friendship Center has undergone a serious makeover! Improvements have been made to create a more comfortable environment for our audience members and international guests. Community members will be surprised to see all the progress and we encourage you to come check it out! These enhancements to the building […]

Let us know if you need a place to stay!

Dear Friends in the path of Hurricane Irma – Folkmoot is willing to make our hostel services available for groups looking for a warm, dry, safe place to wait out the storm. We are charging $25/bed per night, kids and pets are free, and we are booking through the AirBNB website. Look for the Folkmoot Friendship […]

September Volunteer Spotlight: Virginia Wall

Folkmoot’s monthly volunteer spotlight shines on Virginia Wall. Virginia has been a festival goer and avid supporter of Folkmoot since 2011 when her youngest daughter, Mary Miller, became a guide. Virginia said, “After Mary’s first year as a guide, I became involved with the festival. When I saw her enthusiasm, I was interested in seeing […]

Scottish Friendship Dinner

The connection between Scotland and North Carolina dates back to the 17th century, when immigrants settled in the smoky mountains, far away from their home land.  Making America “home” was made easier by the Scots bringing to the region their music style, craft making, and storytelling, all of which have had a profound influence on […]

International Festival Day Performance Schedule

International Day July 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  International Festival Day is one of the most popular festival events. This Downtown Waynesville event will feature two performance stages, dance lessons, cultural crafts, artisan and tasty food vendors, and more. Courthouse Stage 11: 00 American Racket 12:00 India 1:00 Netherlands 2:00 Slovenia 3:00 Taiwan […]

Cherokee’s Beloved Man Receives Highest N.C. Honor By Cory Vaillancourt

Photo was taken by Holly Kays of the Smoky Mountain News. Cherokee native, Jerry Wolfe’s decades of self-sacrifice and hard work on behalf of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has earned him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor. Held in conjunction with a Folkmoot performance at Cherokee Central High […]

Miss Cherokee To Participate In Several Folkmoot Events

“Siyo nigada, amoli galoqwedi dogwado nole talsgo shogwo yegwedetiyvda.” Amorie Gunter is a 21-year-old student pursuing her education online at Johnson & Wales. She currently works as an assistant teacher at Cherokee Elementary and hopes to one day become the Human Resource Manager for the tribe. She also is the 2016-2017 Miss Cherokee and will […]

Canton Performance & After Party

On Tuesday, July 25th, the Folkmoot Festival will make its way to Canton, NC. There will be a performance by four international groups and Stuart Brothers Band, representing southern Appalachian culture, at the Colonial Theatre, 53 Park St at 7:00 p.m. The Colonial Theater is a 2 ½ story colonial style, historic movie theater built […]

Many Cultures Day Will Feature A Stickball Demonstration By Kolanvyi

This year among the international group performances, dance lessons, crafts, and vendors, there will be a demonstration of Stickball at Many Cultures Day on Saturday, July 22nd in the green space adjacent to the Folkmoot Friendship Center.  Stickball, or Indian Ball,  is a traditional Cherokee sport and Kolanvyi (Big Cove), a group from Cherokee, will […]

Sara Queen Shares The Story Behind The Globe

Have you noticed the new addition to the front entrance of the Folkmoot Friendship Center? Last summer, Sara Queen and her dad, Joe Sam Queen, donated a large globe to be placed at the entrance of the building as a representation of the unity that Folkmoot helps to create. The new globe lights up the […]