The Campaign for Folkmoot – future is here!

Folkmoot Friendship Center

The Campaign for Folkmoot, which began quietly in 2015, is raising $1.2 million for Folkmoot Friendship Center as well as year-round programs and the ever-popular summer festival, Folkmoot USA! Think you know Folkmoot? You haven’t seen anything yet! With a campaign team lead by Joe Sam Queen, the effort is leading the way to a bright, new … Read moreThe Campaign for Folkmoot – future is here!

Karen Babcock dancing on to new worlds!

Folkmoot USA dancers

Having served as Executive Director of Folkmoot USA for six years, Karen Babcock is leaving on February 27 to become General Manager of Biltmore Industries. The Folkmoot Board of Directors has secured Angeline Schwab as the interim Executive Director and will consider formally appointing Schwab as the Executive Director at its March meeting. Schwab has … Read moreKaren Babcock dancing on to new worlds!

Waynesville completes $25K grant to Folkmoot!

Town of Waynesville NC

The Town of Waynesville handed Folkmoot a $20,000 show of support Feb. 10 when city leaders enthusiastically endorsed Folkmoot’s vision for the future as a year-round contributor to the culture, education & economy of Haywood County and Western North Carolina. Waynesville’s governing board voted unanimously to grant Folkmoot its full $25,000 allocation. “It’s good that … Read moreWaynesville completes $25K grant to Folkmoot!

So what the heck is a workshop performance anyway? Well…

A workshop performance is one of collaboration in which the audience gets to participate at different points and join in!  It has a much less formal vibe.  You don’t *have* to join in…you just can if you choose!  And oftentimes, you get to see the groups collaborate as well! What workshop performances do we have … Read moreSo what the heck is a workshop performance anyway? Well…

Folkmoot USA loves our sponsors!

Now that the festival has started, we wanted to take a minute and say thank you to all of our sponsors – Evergreen Packaging, HomeTrust Bank, Champion Credit Union, Pepsi, HVO, United Community Bank, Old Town Bank, CIOFF, the Town of Waynesville, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, Art Works, City Bakery, … Read moreFolkmoot USA loves our sponsors!

TONIGHT! Folkmoot USA 2014 is here!

We are so excited!  We can’t wait for tonight’s Grand Opening at the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley!  7:30 pm…all groups, with special guests Jonathan Creek Cloggers and Stuart Brothers!!!  Buy tickets here, downtown at the TDA Visitor’s Center until 4PM today, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center ticket office during business hours, or at the … Read moreTONIGHT! Folkmoot USA 2014 is here!

Visit NC Smokies Blog Post Series – Part 3 is up!

Part 3 of the Folkmoot/Visit NC Smokies blog series is up!  Want know more about being an international performer?  Did you miss either of the first two about being a local performer or being a guide? Check them out! Special thanks to blog authors Lynda Hoekstra, Kim Ross-Woody, and Chase Smith and much appreciation to … Read moreVisit NC Smokies Blog Post Series – Part 3 is up!

45% of the Way to Completing our Computer Fundraiser!

We want to say thank you to the donors who have helped us achieve reaching 45%!  Big thanks go out to Carolyn Gonzalez, Patsy Wells, Laura Ivey, Pat Wells, Karen Babcock, Rolf Kaufman, Andy Cooke, Irvine Cherry, John Tederstrom, and Aaron & Anna Morris! Would you like to contribute yourself?  Please visit  We receive … Read more45% of the Way to Completing our Computer Fundraiser!