Apprenticeship Showcase FAQs

Deborah and Clementine can teach you how to shuck a “pretty” oyster (photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Folklife Program)

Please join us for the 15th Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase this Sunday, May 7 from 12:00 to 5:00pm at James Monroe’s Highland.

Do I need a ticket? How much does it cost?
This event is free, there is no admission fee and no ticket. Just show up! Bring your friends and family!

How do I get there?
Directions are here. Parking is available on site.

Should I bring my kids?
Yes! Volunteers of James Monroe’s Highland will provide kids activities and games, including:

  • Period games
  • Make your own 3-corner hat
  • Design your own Presidential China
  • Monroe themed coloring pages
  • Monroe themed word-search

What can I eat there? Does it cost money?
Food will be for sale on site. Joey’s Hotdogs, Brunswick Stew by the Proclamation Stew Crew, fried apple pies made by Frances Davis will all be for sale. Oysters on the half shell shucked by Deborah and Clementine and taste tests of soul food prepared by Tina Ingram-Murphy will also be available (for which we’ll request a small donation to help cover costs). Unfortunately, Chef Ida MaMusu cannot attend.

What can I drink? Do drinks cost money?
For those 21 and older, we’ll have beer sold by Three Notch’d Brewing Company, cider by Blue Toad Cider, and tastings of Copper Fox Distillery spirits. Water and sodas will be sold for $1 by the Folklife Program, with free juice boxes available for kids.

Should I bring cash?
Yes, cash is preferable, but we can take checks. We also can take credit cards, though not all vendors can take them. You may need to exchange plastic for cash with our information desk.

Are there restrooms?
Yes, full restroom facilities are located next to the Highland gift shop. Port-o-johns will be located near the Pavilion.

What’s the weather going to be?
Ha, if we only knew! Right now forecasters are predicting partly sunny skies with high temperatures in the low 60s.

Are there chairs?
Yes, we will have audience chairs and tables for eating. There’s also plenty of gorgeous green grass to stroll around on.