2013 Event Schedule
Special Holiday Event!
Each Children's Heritage Day event consists of a series of hands-on workshops, during which participants will see demonstrations of traditional skills and learn basic practices and tool usage in order to create their own unique souvenirs to take home. The day also includes old-timey games, storytelling, and/or other activities as time allows.
This event's workshops, for ages 8-18, include:
Hand-Made Paper - turn natural fiber/pulp into paper for holiday gift tags.
Tin Punching - use simple tools to craft punched-tin holiday ornaments.
Holiday Décor - use natural greenery to create holiday decorations.
Carving - learn basic woodcarving techniques using wooden tools to carve bars of soap.
Pottery - hand-shape clay into a soap dish and decorate it - a great holiday gift.
Children's Heritage Days run 9am–3pm, rain or shine. Cost is $40 per child, with a $5 discount for additional siblings. Lunch and snack are provided. Parents are welcome to observe and assist (must make their own lunch arrangements). Sunscreen is recommended. For safety reasons, particpants are asked to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and to not bring music players or cell phones. Pre-registration is required, and attendance is limited to 12 children per event. The registration form can be downloaded here.
"Foxfire" is Finally Back at Foxfire!
On December 13, 1987, the CBS network aired the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "Foxfire," starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, and John Denver. This movie, and the Broadway play of the same name that came before it, were based on material in The Foxfire Book, and the central character, Annie Nations, was directly inspired by beloved Foxfire contact Aunt Arie Carpenter.
The movie was filmed entirely on location in Rabun County, GA, and Highlands, NC. Years ago, the Foxfire Museum’s gift shop carried the movie on VHS tape, and visitors have often asked for it often over the years, but, since the dawn of the DVD era, the movie has been contractually restricted to certain Hallmark stores. Over the last few years, though, Hallmark Hall of Fame has worked to renegotiate these restrictions, and they are now able to allow us to carry "Foxfire" in the Museum gift shop again!
Please join us in a heartfelt "Thank You!" for the Hallmark Hall of Fame folks, and if you haven't seen this incredible movie, read more about it and order your copy now!
This mailbox is an original prop used in the movie that was given to Foxfire after production was completed.
It is currently on display in the Bungalow, the last cabin at the end of the Museum's self-guided walking tour.
2013 Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarships
As a young girl, Julia B. Fleet
developed an affinity for the North
Georgia Mountains and their residents.
Ms. Fleet came to Foxfire in 1989
while searching for a way to contribute
something significant back to the
area where she had spent so
many pleasurable days.
For over 35 years, Rabun County High School students involved in Foxfire programs have received scholarship funding from The Foxfire Fund, Inc. These scholarships are currently funded through an endowment established by philanthropist Julia B. Fleet, who came to Foxfire looking for a way to express her affinity for the mountains of north Georgia and the people she met here.
Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarship awards are based on five criteria, including participation in the Magazine program, financial need, volunteerism (outside the classroom) for Foxfire, and with emphasis on potential for success and academic achievement. Consideration is given to quantity and quality of participation—Foxfire classes taken, number of articles written, leadership positions held, and involvement with any special projects, events, or committees. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to maintain active volunteer involvement with Foxfire as a way to help the students maintain ties to Foxfire itself, and, more importantly, to their home community. Foxfire Community Board members Jim Enloe, Danny Flory, Ramey Henslee, Karon Miller, and Nicole Queen made up this year's Scholarship Committee. Each new scholarship recipient will receive a fixed award amount for four contiguous years of college, provided they maintain full-time student status and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
In the scholarship program’s 37 years, 318 local students have been awarded a total of approximately $883,000. For the 2013–2014 academic year, three new scholarships were awarded to graduates Brittany Houck (attending University of North Georgia), Katie Lunsford (University of Georgia), and Kayla Mullen (University of North Georgia). Five other Rabun County students are continuing their higher education this fall with the assistance of the Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarship program: Christina Dills, Gil Fountain, Alyssa LaManna, Alex Owens, and Anna Phillips. Together, these eight students were awarded a total of approximately $24,000 in support of their educations.
Now in its 47th year, Foxfire continues its tradition of giving back to Rabun County through the documentation of our local heritage in The Foxfire Magazine, preservation of the Southern Appalachian way of life at The Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center in Mountain City, and helping our students further their education through the Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarship program.
The newest recipients of Julia Fleet/Foxfire Scholarships, receiving awards for the
2013–2014 academic year: (L to R) Katie Lunsford, Kayla Mullen, and Brittany Houck
Newest Foxfire Book Commemorates 45 Years
In 1966, a group of high school students chose to produce a magazine filled with their own writing as a way to make learning their English coursework more engaging. For inspiration, many of them turned to their elders in Rabun County, GA, and surrounding communities and began gathering stories of life in pre-electricity, pre-automobile Southern Appalachia. Their work struck a chord as the students' writing tore away the "hillbilly" stereotype and revealed lesser-known traits of the Southern Appalachian people—stalwart families with steadfast beliefs, deeply-ingrained appreciation of beauty in simple things, and exceptionally keen powers of observation. 45 years later, through numerous obstacles and several generations of leadership, this classroom project known as The Foxfire Magazine has endured, much like the people who settled this mountainous land so long ago.
The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book: Singin', Praisin', Raisin' celebrates 45 years of local students collecting and preserving the heritage of Southern Appalachia. The book’s first song-themed section, “A Beautiful Life,” features thoughtful and touching stories from new, colorful regional personalities. “Knoxville Girl” and “Barbara Allen” relate intriguing tales and legends of relatively-rare notable crimes and various spooky happenings. “Echoes” contains encouraging life stories about gospel, bluegrass, and faith from several traditional musicians. “Daddy Was a Farmer” relives the days of Rabun Gap–Nacoochee School’s storied Farm Family Program through the memories of those who acquired both sustenance and education while working the land around the school. “With His Own Two Hands” closes the book with a selection of how-to articles ranging from building a versatile farming sled to constructing basic woodworking tools and braiding a leather bullwhip.
The section of Singin', Praisin', Raisin' titled "Echoes" features interviews with a dozen different Southern Appalachian gospel and bluegrass musicians. Book editor Joyce Green, a talented gospel singer herself, brought her love of music to this section personally, as well as to the rest of the new book, but she also knew that printed words couldn't really convey the beauty and power of this timeless music she deems "as pure as the maple wood from which an instrument had been precisely shaped and molded." To give readers of the book the complete experience of "mountain music filling the air," Joyce asked each of the musicians/groups interviewed for a single song to be included on a companion audio CD to be offered alongside the book. Curtis Blackwell, Josh Crowe, David Holt, LV & Mary Mathis, Mountain Faith, The Primitive Quartet, George Reynolds, The Foxfire Boys, Morris Stancil & Greg Stancil, Dale Tilley, Gary Waldrep, and Young Harmony graciously agreed, and the resulting compilation of 12 tracks, also titled "Echoes," is available exclusively from Foxfire.
Contact Us or call 706-746-5828 for more information about these 45th Anniversary releases, or visit Our Shop to listen to sample clips from Echoes or to purchase the CD along with Singin', Praisin', Raisin' today.
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