Join the Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities on Sunday, September 12th, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. for the seventh annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. We’ll celebrate the seventh graduating class of folklife apprentices and introduce the incoming Virginia Folk Masters, with musical performances, crafts, and traditional Brunswick Stew.
This year’s showcase will feature masters of a wide range of traditional music styles, including the legendary gospel singing of Richmond’s Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes, the work songs of the Northern Neck Chantey Singers, and the old time dance music of the Whitetop Mountain Band. A diverse range of folk traditions thrive throughout the Commonwealth, and at this year’s Showcase, Deborah Pratt from the Northern Neck will return to demonstrate her award-winning oyster shucking technique; Randall Eller will display traditional instruments made in Southwest Virginia; and the Eagle family, Master practitioners of maple syrup making from Highland County, will demonstrate their craft beside the Shelton family, Master apple cider makers from southern Albemarle. There will be draft horses worked by traditional forestry Master Jason Rutledge, a traditional grist mill run by Master Bill Savage, snake cane carving by Norman Amos, and much more.
The event is free and open to the public. Children and families are welcome. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is located next to the Boar’s Head Inn, 145 Ednam Drive, off Route 250 West in Charlottesville.
Please join us!