Applications are open now for vendors who want to be part of Folkmoot 2018

Applications are open now for vendors who want to be part of Folkmoot 2018

Applications are open now for vendors who want to be part of Folkmoot 2018, Western North Carolina’s biggest cultural festival and North Carolina’s official international folk festival.

High quality art, crafts and other offerings – particularly those with a cultural or international flair – are a perfect fit two of Folkmoot 2018’s biggest public events in July.

With good weather, we anticipate that the 2018 festival will attract more than 25,000 people to downtown Waynesville, North Carolina. This is an amazing venue for you to sell your products, at International Festival Day and Many Cultures Carnival.  

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Applications are open now for vendors who want to be part of Folkmoot 2018International Festival Day (IFD), takes place on Saturday, July 28.  We are accepting 100 vendors that offer unique, handmade items. Sales of quality arts and cultural crafts, gifts with an international flair and local and international foods have been successful at IFD. International Day is in its 35th year.

Our Many Cultures Carnival (MCC) takes place Saturday, July 21. We are accepting 50 vendors for this event. The Carnival focuses on children and families and features live entertainment by youthful singers and dancers, free dance lessons by international dancers, an arts and craft tent, food vendors as well as non profit organizations. This is the third year of MCC and we expect between 3,000 and 5,000 guests.

You must successfully submit your application by Monday, April 30, 2018  in order to be considered in our review and selection process.

Please click here to read our vendor guidelines and complete the application online

The application must be submitted with three (3) to six (6) color images of the work the applicant intends to sell and one (1) booth image, if available, along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.

We prefer that vendors submit applications online but will accept hard copy applications, postmarked by April, 30 2018.

The 2017 Folkmoot Festival was one of the most successful in recent history with more ticket sales, more venues and special events, more sponsors and more donors than ever before. We are now accepting applications for vendor space, your opportunity to be a part of the 2018 festival.

Please contact Laura Shepherd or Catherine MacCallum at 828-452-2997 or email if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Folkmoot, a word meaning “meeting of the people,” provides communities all over Western North Carolina the opportunity to build a deeper sense of connection, mutual respect and shared purpose by experiencing other cultures.  Dancers from nine nations around the globe will perform at 35th edition of Folkmoot Festival, July 19-29 in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Click for information on visiting countries.

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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 pass on her crown in October of this year.

“It is a pleasure to be involved with Folkmoot for the first time! I am so excited to be able to spend time with the international groups and learn about their culture, as well as teach them about mine. I feel like Cherokee Ambassador Day is such an important event because it brings so much interest to our tribe from individuals of different countries who may have never seen Cherokee without the help of Folkmoot. I am so honored to be apart of this year’s events. Sgi, thank you!” said Gunter.

Miss Cherokee will be a flag bearer for several Folkmoot events including the Gala, Grand Opening performance at Stuart Auditorium, Cherokee Ambassador Day, and the Candlelight Closing. She will also be a Cherokee Ambassador for the Parade of Nations in Waynesville.

The public is invited to join Folkmoot’s international groups and Cherokee Ambassadors on Tuesday, July 25th, for a tour through Oconaluftee Indian Village, Museum of the Cherokee Indians, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Council House, Qualla Arts and Crafts, and Mingo Falls. A catered lunch by Nikki’s Frybread will be served at the Fairgrounds.

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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 in 1932. The theater has 650 seats and has been renovated and is used for concerts, movies, plays, and more. Adult tickets are $20 and student tickets are $5. This Folkmoot performance is sponsored by Evergreen Packaging.

After the performance, the international groups will parade over to the new Bearwaters Brewing Company for an after party starting at 8:30. This gives the community a chance to mingle with the international performers while enjoying drinks and delicious foods. Folkmoot is expecting a crowd, so make sure you arrive early in order to make food orders!

Named by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event, held across the mountains of Western North Carolina in Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Cherokee, Franklin, Hickory, Asheville, and Hendersonville, plus a first performance in Greenville, South Carolina. The 2017 festival dates are July 20 – 30 and each event offers unique opportunities for an entertaining cultural experience that is fun for individuals of all ages.

Folkmoot is defined as a “meeting of the people” and delivers exuberant, educational and entertaining programs for all ages based on cultural exchange through dance and music. The festival is designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity.

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2017 Food Vendors for Many Cultures Day, Sunday Soiree, and International Festival Day

What could make a day of international music, dance, and culture even better? Delicious food vendors! We are excited to have a variety of cuisine offered at Many Cultures Day, International Festival Day, and the Sunday Soiree.

Many Cultures Day, Saturday, July 22nd

Black Forest on Wheels: German specialties including, schnitzels, bratwurst, Reubens, apple strudel, and more!  

Dancing Bear Ice Cream: Offering 8 flavors of hand dipped ice cream (Blue Bell & Breyers) served in waffle cones, cake cones, and bowls. Also serving 5 flavors of ice cream floats.

Dynamite Kettle Corn: Fresh squeezed lemonade and kettle corn.

Gripp’s Grill: Serving chicken & waffles, loaded taters, ribs, fried shrimp, Caribbean cuisine, and kabobs.

King of Pops: Frozen popsicles in flavors such as cookies ‘n cream, salted caramel, strawberry lemonade, blackberry banana, and more!

Nikki’s Frybread: Serving chili fry bread, pizza fry bread, dessert frybread, and more! Nikki will also be catering lunch on Cherokee Ambassador’s Day.

That’s A Wrap: Offering wraps and quesadillas with options for both meat lovers as well as vegetarian, vegan, and for persons with gluten allergies. Best sellers include basil and parmesan chicken, buffalo chicken, beef teriyaki, Santa Fe turkey, and California veggie.

Sunday Soiree, Sunday, July 23rd

Appalachian Smoke: Serving pulled pork, smoked chicken, ribs, and more! (

Fat Belly’s: Burgers, specialty sandwiches, and shrimp and chicken dinners. ( 

International Festival Day, Saturday, July 29th

Apison Creek Coffee Roasters: Delicious hot or iced coffee, hot chocolate, and bags of freshly roasted coffee (Whole bean or ground).

Black Forest on Wheels: German specialties including, schnitzels, bratwurst, Reubens, Apple Strudel, and more!

Dancing Bear Ice Cream: Offering 8 flavors of hand dipped ice cream (Blue Bell & Breyers) served in waffle cones, cake cones, and bowls, and also serving 5 flavors of ice cream floats.

Dynamite Kettle Corn: Fresh squeezed lemonade and kettle corn.

Gripp’s Grill: Serving chicken & waffles, loaded taters, ribs, fried shrimp, Caribbean cuisine, and kabobs.

King of Pops: Frozen popsicles in flavors such as cookies ‘n cream, salted caramel, strawberry lemonade, blackberry banana, and more!

Olympic Corner: Serving Greek dishes including beef/lamb gyros, chicken gyros, vegetarian gyros, baklava (dessert).

Paris Festival: French pastries, funnel cakes and New Orleans Beignets!

Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center: Fish fry, tacos, tamales, corn on the cob, and more!

That’s A Wrap: Offering wraps and quesadillas with options for both meat lovers as well as vegetarian, vegan, and for persons with gluten allergies. Best sellers include basil and parmesan chicken, buffalo chicken, beef teriyaki, Santa Fe turkey, and California veggie.

Vegetable Kingdom: You can enjoy gumbo w/ chicken & sausage over rice or take a jar of gumbo to go.

Along with the delicious food available, Many Cultures Day and International Festival Day will feature artisan vendors skilled in jewelry, woodwork, furniture, pottery, sculptures, digital art, beadwork, native dream catchers, knives, cigars, and much more!

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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 front of the Folkmoot Friendship Center and was designed and constructed by two outstanding undergraduate students at the College of Design at NCSU who worked closely with Professor Sara Queen and Joe Sam Queen in the summer of 2016.

Conor Lenhardt, Graphic Design student, and Peter Rozakis, Industrial Design student, designed and constructed this nearly 5′, 80-triangle octacontagon based on Buckminster Fuller’s 20-sided dodecahedron projection of the earth. The design team wanted to construct a light that represented Folkmoot’s mission. Without the political boundaries typically seen on a globe, this depiction of Earth shows us all as a unified planet. The large glowing globe also serves as a welcome sign, inviting people from all over the world into the Folkmoot Friendship Center.

The globe is constructed from translucent acrylic plastic which was laser cut and etched with the earth’s continents before being sandblasted and painted.   The globe form is supported by over 300 custom-made brackets connecting each of the triangles together.  The design of the globe took about two weeks beginning with cardboard prototypes and material tests. The final construction took around one week to make all the pieces and 1 day for assembly. The globe began construction at the College of Design in Raleigh and was completed in Waynesville.  

I have known about Folkmoot most of my life. It is a summer staple for those who grow up in Waynesville. I attended the performances as a kid, traveled to the Asheville Farmer’s market with my granddad to help pick out produce for the cafeteria when the festival was at the Middle School, and I served as a guide when I was in high school for a number of summers.   It has been an honor to work with my father, Joe Sam Queen, on the renovation of the historic Hazelwood School for its continued use as Folkmoot’s Friendship Center,” said Sara Queen.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Don & Betty Perry

Among our excellent volunteers are Don and Betty Perry who have been volunteering for Folkmoot since 1990. They first became interested in volunteering at Folkmoot after hearing Betty’s son, David Thomason, tell about his experiences as a Folkmoot Guide while he was a student at Western Carolina University from 1985-1991.During this time, Betty was working at Waynesville Junior High which also happened to be the place where the festival was being hosted. She helped out in any way she could and decided she wanted to become more involved.

The couple started volunteering in souvenir sales and then began ushering for the next twenty-five years at various Folkmoot events. Shortly after that Chuck Dickson asked them to help with ushering and they have been Head Ushers for Folkmoot for the past twenty-five years.  Don and Betty also volunteered at the HART Theatre in Waynesville as usher coordinators up until this year.

Don and Betty have many fond memories during their many years being a part of the Folkmoot community. The Candlelight Closing is their all time favorite event and of the international groups they have watched perform, the groups from New Zealand and France were the ones they enjoyed the most. Betty Perry became friends with a group from Russia that had performed at Folkmoot in 1988 and took a trip with Tuscola students to visit them the next year.

Don believes Folkmoot is important in the lives of young adults within the community because “It teaches them about embracing different cultures and to put aside political differences and form friendships on a global level.”

The couple met at Waynesville Junior High when Don was the school psychologist and Betty was working in the office.  They were married in 1996. Together they have made a huge impact on our community and Folkmoot is glad to have these two great volunteers.


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Say Hello To Our 2017 Performers


Folkmoot has eight international groups coming to the festival this year, and even though many of the performers can speak English, it is not the primary language for most of them. Our mission is to build lasting friendships on a global level and that begins with interaction! Take a look at common greetings used in the languages of our performers and don’t be afraid to say hello.



Group: Sentimiento Criollo

Hola (oh-la)

The official language of Argentina is Spanish. However Argentinian Spanish is different from Spanish spoken in Spain or Latin America. Spanish spoken in Argentina sounds similar to Italian. One distinct difference in Argentina Spanish is the use of vos instead of tu (the familiar Spanish form of you). Greetings between strangers or business associates consist of a handshake and greetings between friends is accompanied with a kiss on the right cheek.


Hola can be translated to “hello” in English.

Encantado (when directed at a male) and Encatanda (when directed at a female) can be translated to “delighted to meet you” or “charmed.”



Group: Utkarsh

नमस्ते Namaste (Nam-e-sta)

India has two official languages including Hindi as well as English. The Hindi language is spoken by nearly 45 percent of Indians. During the British Raj, English was used at the federal level, but in 1950, the Indian constitution envisioned that Hindi would gradually replace English, thus making Hindi the sole language of India.  This ideal was met with some resistance in certain parts of the country. Greetings can be accompanied with a handshake, however, greetings by placing both hands together with a slight bow are much appreciated and show respect for Indian customs. In Indian culture, men do not touch women in formal greetings.


नमस्ते Namaste (Nam-e-sta) can be translated to “hello” in English.



Group: Ayalot Hanegev

שָׁלוֹם (Shalom)

The people of Israel are linguistically and culturally diverse. Hebrew and Arabic are the two official languages in Israel and English is the second language and spoken by the majority of the population. The version of Hebrew that the Israeli population speaks is a modern language that is based on different dialects of ancient Hebrew and influenced by other languages such as English, Slavic, Arabic, and German. When greeting someone for the first time, a handshake is appropriate for both social and business settings.


שָׁלוֹם (Shalom) can be used as a greeting or goodbye and can be translated to “hello” or “peace be with you” in English.




Group: Dance Group Paloina Amsterdam

Hallo (Hall-Oh)

Most people from the Netherlands speak Dutch, which is the official language of the country. The Dutch language is a West Germanic language that originated from Old Frankish dialects. Learning other languages is popular and around 90% of the population is able to either converse in English, German, French, or Spanish. It is cultural etiquette to shake hands with everyone present at a business or social meeting.


Hallo can be translated to “hello” in English.



Group: Ogon’ki

Здравствуйте (Zdra-stvooi-te)


Russian is an East Slavic language and an official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and many other territories. The Russian alphabet uses letters from the Cyrillic script and consists of 33 letters. Russians greet acquaintances with kisses on both cheeks, but when meeting someone for the first time, it is custom to shake hands accompanied with a simple nod.


Здравствуйте (Zdra-stvooi-te) can be translated to “hello” or “I hope you are well/healthy.”



Group: Koleda

Zdravo (ZDRAHvoh)


Slovenia is a linguistically diverse country due to its centralized location. The majority of the population speaks Slovenian, which is the official language, but Hungarian and Italian are also very well recognized and considered co-official languages. Immigration from former Yugoslavia makes Croatian and Serbian significant languages as well. Greetings in Slovenia are typically formal and initial greetings are combined with a handshake and a friendly smile. First names are only used by friends and family, others are addressed as titles such as “Gospodenia” (Miss), “Gospa” (Madam), or “Gospod” (Sir).


Zdravo can be translated to “hello” in English.



Group: Performing Art Department of Yung-ping Vocational High School

你好 (Nǐ hǎo)

The official language of Taiwan is Standard Mandarin Chinese as of 1945, following WWII. Before this time, Japanese was the official language of Taiwan. Taiwanese Mandarin is spoken at different levels according to the social class and situation of the speakers. Formal occasions call for the acrolectal level of Standard Chinese (Guoyu), which differs little from the Standard Chinese of the People’s Republic of China. Less formal situations may result in the basilect form, which has more uniquely Taiwanese features. Bilingual Taiwanese speakers may code-switch between Mandarin and Taiwanese, sometimes in the same sentence.


你好 (Nǐ hǎo) can be translated to “hello” in English.



Group: Thunder Bear Drum Group and the Dancers That Shift

ᏏᏲ Siyo (She-yo)

In 1821, a Cherokee scholar named Sequoyah invented a written Cherokee language. In 1828, just 7 years later, a Cherokee language newspaper began publishing, the Cherokee Phoenix, which was also the first published Native American newspaper. The Cherokee syllabary has 85 (originally 86) characters.

ᏏᏲ Siyo (See-yo) can be translated to “hello” in English.



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Folkmoot is Going To Centre Stage in Greenville, SC!

This year Folkmoot has partnered with Upstate International to have its first ever performance in Greenville, South Carolina. On Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m., four of the talented international groups will entertain guests at the Centre Stage Performing Arts Theater, 501 River Street. This theater has a unique, thrust stage, with only seven rows in each section, so that audience members can experience the show in a new and intimate way. Prices range from $16.50-$32.50 depending on seat selection.

Centre Stage was founded in 1983 by Douglas P. McCoy with the intent of creating a professional theater. The theater held performances in local museums, churches, and fine arts centers until settling into a permanent location in 1996 at 501 River Street in downtown Greenville. This lovely theater seats 285 and is surrounded by the historic Falls Park and many shops and restaurants.

Folkmoot is appreciative of all the assistance Upstate International has given to help prepare for this event and excited to be partnered alongside this organization that also has a passion for creating global friendships. Upstate International is a non-profit organization located in Greenville, SC that thrives on connecting those in the Upstate to dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas through programs and events. Their goal is to provide opportunities for local residents to engage in cultural programs such as language classes, conversation opportunities, relocation services, and social clubs. Through the World Affairs Council, they have added educational forums and global business connections.

“Upstate International is thrilled to partner with Folkmoot to bring this annual North Carolina festival to Greenville’s Center Stage for the first time.  Upstate International and the Folkmoot Festival are aligned in their shared missions to build global relationships and foster cultural understanding.  Music and dance are indeed universal languages that connect us across the cultural barriers that often isolate us from one another,” said Caren Senter program manager for Upstate International.   

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Join Folkmoot For A Trip To Greece

Tasting.  Seeing.  Feeling.  Hearing.  Giving.  The first four experiences await you as you travel to Greece in December 2017 as part of this limited-offer trip sponsored by Folkmoot and coordinated by Wilcox World Travel & Tours.  The fourth experience – giving – is how your trip purchase supports the efforts of Folkmoot.

Folkmoot is working with Wilcox Travel to offer an affordable, informative and fun eight-day trip to Greece, departing December 26, 2017, and returning January 3, 2018.  This trip is for those interested in history, antiquity, art, archeology, religion, culture, and the joy of traveling to different parts of the world.  No place on this earth brings world history to life more than Greece.  

Not only can you be a part of this amazing week, but you can know that your trip is bringing important programming to the Folkmoot community.

Based on the number of trips sold, Folkmoot can earn free trips, which in turn will become raffle/fundraising opportunities that will help Folkmoot with reaching its goal to grow its year-round programming.  Therefore, your trip aids Folkmoot’s efforts to increase its role in leading cultural conversations, expand its youth and family programming and continue its efforts to restore the historic Folkmoot Friendship Center so that it can boost the number of concerts, dinners, classes and programs it offers western North Carolina communities.   

Your decision to travel to Greece will not only make great memories for you, but it will help Folkmoot build programs that will have a lasting effect on our community.  Your trip gives us opportunities for all the good that comes with “more.”








December 26, 2017 – January 3, 2018

  • Roundtrip Airfare from Asheville to Athens, Greece
  • Current airport departure taxes, customs and security fee and fuel surcharges
  • First and superior first-class hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily, lunches are independent
  • Comprehensive daily sightseeing by private deluxe motor coach with qualified driver and licensed, English-speaking guide/escort
  • Entrance fees to all sighting
  • All transfers and porterage (one suitcase per person)
  • “Whispers” headsets
  • Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag and Greece Guidebook
  • Individuals who purchase a trip to Greece will receive a ticket to the Candlelight Closing in 2018.
  • Not Included:  Single room supplement, insurance, beverages with meals, passports, personal items, and immunizations

Trip Highlights:

  • Overnights in Athens (2  at beginning, last night), Delphi (1), Kalambaka (1), Thessaloniki (2)
  • Tour of Athens, modern and ancient
  • Peloponnesian Gulf drive to Corinth, where St. Paul lived and preached.  Mycenae (described by Homer), Lions Gate, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace are included, as is a visit to Epidaurus and its 2,300-year-old open-air theater
  • Tour the Parthenon, the Acropolis, Theater of Dionysus, the Agora and Mars Hill before traveling to Arachova, a small town famous for its flokati rugs, cheese, honey, and wine.  Overnight in Delphi, the home of the ancient Oracle.
  • Tour Delphi,  then Meteora and Kalambaka, with their hanging monasteries
  • Tour Thessaloniki, another famed spot where St. Paul preached
  • Drive to port city of Kavala and then visit Philippi and Thessaloniki


Price, Per Person Based on Double Occupancy:  $3,349.00

Contact Elizabeth Burson for more information and to start the registration process: or 828.452.2997

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Bonding With Beads

For the 2016 Folkmoot Festival, Lisa Wilnoty, Folkmoot Cherokee Coordinator, designed hand-beaded lanyards for staff and guides. Lisa wanted to create something for the guides and staff and thought these lanyards would be a great gift to symbolize the friendships and unity that Folkmoot brings. The beaded lanyards were such a hit within the Folkmoot community that we have asked her to make more for the 2017 Festival!

Lisa began beading about three years ago when she decided to pursue her passion for traditional crafts. Her husband, Freddy Wilnoty II, showed her the basics and from there she began creating her own designs. When designing these beautifully beaded lanyards, Lisa incorporates an array of colors, especially watercolors to be used as a representation for how water gives and sustains life. This year she chose green and white for growth & peace. 

Many of the guides and staff look at these hand-beaded lanyards as a symbol for Folkmoot 2016 and all the wonderful memories from the festival. They all recognize the hard work that Lisa put into making these special gifts, and were humbled and honored to receive them. Some of the individuals who were given these lanyards still use them to hold keys or badges in everyday life as a reminder of the friendships they made during the 2016 Festival.  

Assistant Guide, Gracie Feichter said, “The lanyard represents a sense of unity. All of the colors blend beautifully together, much like we do in our own world. Even though the pattern of beading on each lanyard is different, it symbolizes how we are able to create something beautiful if we work together.”

Guide Thomas Greenarch said, “When I received the lanyard last year at Folkmoot and learned it was hand-made by a Cherokee woman named Lisa, I felt honored as I am also Cherokee. Cherokee people make such amazing art such as pottery, clothes, and bead work that all take patience and skill. Therefore I know, she worked hard on these for all the guides and assistant guides and represented all that Folkmoot represents. I still use my lanyard as a necklace at times and every time I see it, I remember the wonderful experience and fun times we all had at the festival last year.”

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Sunday Soiree Will Feature Tuscola Band Students

The Sunday Soiree is a brand new Folkmoot Festival event sponsored by the Smoky Mountain News and scheduled for Sunday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m. This event will be held in the green space adjacent to the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for everyone under the age of 5. The evening will feature American Grammy-award winning, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo ( and Empire Strikes Brass ( These bands offer a wide spectrum of musical genres, are multi-instrumental and musically sophisticated.

Tuscola High School band students, directed by Tim Wise, Dillon Ingle, and Adam Stewart, will be joining 23 Skidoo and Empire Strikes Brass during this evening of music. The Soiree will open with a Jazz Band of about fifteen students and Drumline consisting of 3 Snares, 2 Tenors, and 5 Basses. The Jazz Band will start the evening with a mixture of 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and modern Jazz. The Drumline is scheduled to play a set with Empire Strikes Brass.

“These students are hardworking, top-notch individuals who practice diligently, meeting during their time off from school for rehearsals, as they prepare to give the audience a great show,” said Dillon Ingle, Associate Director of Bands at Tuscola.

A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Haywood County School band students who wish to attend Western Carolina University and play in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

Attendees can also grab a bite to eat from one or both of the delicious food vendors that will be joining us for the Sunday Soiree. Appalachian Smoke serves pulled pork, smoked chicken, ribs, and more. ( Fat Belly’s offers burgers, specialty sandwiches, and shrimp and chicken dinners. (

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Our Friend, Edward Broadwell, Board Emeritus

Ed has been a part of Folkmoot since its inception more than three decades ago. Along with founder Clint Border and a group of community leaders, he helped kick start this great organization. He has continued to be an active volunteer and champion for Folkmoot. At their recent annual meeting, The Board Of Directors recognized Ed by giving him the Director Emeritus Award for his long service, advocacy, and consistent support of Folkmoot.

Ed and his family have been coming to Folkmoot for years, and the tradition now extends to Ed’s grandchildren. Even the family members who are no longer nearby try to attend Folkmoot Festival whenever they can. He says it is part of their children and grandchildren’s heritage.

Two of Ed’s favorite events are the Gala and the Candlelight Closing. He thinks the closing event is such a moving ceremony because of the emotions surrounding the formation of new friendships from around the world that often last a lifetime. When asked about a favorite memory, he finds it difficult to come up with just one, as there have been so many over the years. However, he notes that he loves to see the performers’ enthusiasm about coming to the U.S., many for the first time, and also the mutual excitement of the hundreds of hard-working volunteers each year who help make the festival a success.

Ed also believes that Haywood County hosting these international guests is a big responsibility because the county is representing American culture. He adds that Folkmoot’s successes are the region’s successes. “Folkmoot has helped bring Western North Carolina together. Haywood County has collaborated with surrounding counties to successfully run the festival, which has created a special fellowship in the region.”

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