Virginia Folklife Program

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Join Us at the Richmond Folk Festival

Posted: 2010-09-21 | Categories: Uncategorized |

The Virginia Folklife Program presents:  “Maritime to Mountain Time: From Virginia’s Coast to Coalfields” at the Richmond Folk Festival.

When: Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Virginia Folklife Area will highlight the culture of the two geographic ends of the state, the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the rocky peaks of the Appalachian Mountains.

Within the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, Tidewater, and Eastern Shore, Virginia holds a bounty of maritime culture, particularly in the material culture of the men and women who have earned their living on or from the water. The Virginia Folklife Area will showcase many of these rich maritime traditions, including:

  • decoy carving
  • boat building
  • net mending
  • oyster shucking
  • sail making

The CenterStage Folklife Stage will feature the music of deep Southwest Virginia, with a special emphasis on the coalfield region.  This year’s lineup includes next generation Carter Family member Dale Jett, Appalachian Songster Ron Short, coalfield blues master Nat Reese, and many others.

The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront. The Festival is a FREE three-day event featuring more than 200 performers and performing groups on six stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with the Virginia Folklife Area, an interactive Family Area, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more.

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