Feature Articles

Foxfire produces an
ongoing series of articles
to share with a regional
monthly publication, the
Georgia
Mountain Laurel


Below are links to
interesting past articles.


Foxfire Quilts

Serenade

Woodstove Cookery

Gristmills

Gateway Cabin

Corn Shuckin'

Together

Logging

Fox & Geese

Marbles

Winemaking

Blindfold

Dandelions

School Days

International

Weddings

Ramps

New Shoes

Tracking

Skunks

45 Years

Peek at 45th Book

Farm Families

Winter Remedies

Sheep

Appalchian Faith

Playing In Mud

WWI Horse Tale

Boogers & Haints

Apple Cider

First Wood Carver

WPA in Rabun

Grits Explained

Jack-O'-Lanterns

Huntin' Season

Aunt Arie Memory



Check back often for
newer articles!


2014 Event Schedule


July
2, 9,
16, 23,
30

August
6, 13,
20, 27

 



Wednesday
Wander


New
Program!!



It's an unfortunate circumstance: Foxfire simply does not have the resources or staff to provide all-access, fully-guided tours of the Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center to each and every visitor that stops in. The self-guided tour offering, a souvenir information booklet leading visitors through the Museum grounds, is the best option that could be devised to make a portion of the students' work and collections accessible to the public. Guided tours have always been available, offering more information and access to additional buildings and collections that can't be left open and unsupervised (toys, woodworking tools, etc), but typically require groups of 6 or more people to schedule the tour well in advance of their visit.

This summer, Foxfire curator Barry Stiles has set aside a time each week to offer an open guided tour of the Museum. Through June, July, and August, any and all visitors at the Museum on a Wednesday afternoon at 1:00pm will be able to join the Wednesday Wander. For regular Museum admission rates, participants will tour the normally-open buildings like the Savannah House family home, the Wagon Shed, and the Chapel, plus get inside some of the locked-but-peek-in-the-windows buildings like the Museum Cabin (woodworking shop), the Moore House (toy, folk art, and housewares collections), and the Blacksmith Shop—and experience it all with a real, live Foxfire tour guide to share information and stories on the artifacts, the cabins, and the heritage of Southern Appalachia.

Working since 1966, Foxfire's students have amassed an amazing tribute to their mountain heritage, a tribute embodied by the Foxfire books and the Foxfire Museum, and we hope that you will take adavantage of the Wednesday Wander and spend an afternoon looking a little deeper into those students' work and into the heritage of Southern Appalachia—as seen through their eyes and collected by their hands.

Wednesday Wander tours begin promptly at 1:00pm, each Wednesday in June, July, and August. Arrive early to pay admission and browse the Gift Shop. Museum admission rates are $6 per person, $3 ages 7-10, 6 & under free. Plan on a minimum of 2 hours, possibly longer, for the tour. For more information, call the Museum at 706-746-5828 or Contact Us.

 


July
4, 11,
18, 25

August
1, 8,
15, 22,
29

 



Friday
Folk


New
Program!!





For anyone interested in folk art and heritage crafts of the Southern Appalachian region, plan to visit the Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center on a Friday this summer for Friday Folk. In addition to taking the self-guided Museum tour and visiting the Museum's artists-in-residence, Friday visitors will experience live demonstrations and/or displays of mountain folk art and crafts, ranging from traditional hand-crafts to current artisitic stylings. The exact schedule of artists is still being worked out, but you can visit Foxfire curator/blacksmith Barry Stiles as he hammers hot iron at the Museum's forge on June 6, or talk with veteran hand-crafter Paulette Carpenter as she makes cornshuck dolls and bark berry buckets the following week on June 13.

Museum hours are 8:30am—4:30pm. Admission cost is the regular self-guided tour rate—$6.00 for adults, $3 for ages 7-10, and free for children 6 and under. Some demonstrations will be held at the Gift Shop, and will not require admission to the Museum. For more information, call the Museum at 706-746-5828 or Contact Us.


Please call 706-746-5828 for information on upcoming dates.


July
12

Children's
Heritage
Day


workshop
for ages
8-18



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.

The activities, for ages 8-18, for all 2014 dates include:

Blacksmithing - hammer red-hot iron on an anvil to make a decorative wall hook.

Rope-Making - turn basic twine into a sturdy rope with a vintage hand-powered machine.

Candle-Making - practice patience and steadiness while hand-dipping the wick in hot beeswax.

Animal Tracks - learn to identify different tracks and how to make a plaster cast of them.

Folk Art Painting - take a piece of wood, apply imagination and paint to create something special.

Woodworking - master the classic shaving horse and draw knife to customize a wood hiking stick.

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.


July
26

Folk On The
Mountain










Folk On The Mountain is a celebration of Folk Art—the immensely varied works of homegrown, not-formally-trained artists from around the southeastern United States who produce amazing hand-made creations in mediums including paint, pottery, sculpture, textiles, and more. Folk Art comes in every shape and description, from useful pottery decorated with clay grapes or dogwood blossoms to humorous or frightening face jugs; from small birds carved from found wood to life-sized scultpures of wood or metal that can represent animals or people (real or imagined); from paintings on old roof tin of chickens or lizards or other animals to... The possibilities are endless, limited only by the imagination of the artist and the materials they have on hand. Visitors are sure to see styles of Folk Art they know and love, and are equally as sure to encounter things they never imagined could exist before seeing it. Tour the Foxfire Museum, take in (or take home) some great Folk Art, and enjoy some time On The Mountain!

Hours are 9:00am—5:00pm. Admission cost is the regular Museum rate—$6.00 for adults, $3 for ages 7-10, and free for children 6 and under.

Folk Artists interested in participating in the event: download the application form for details.






July
26

Children's
Heritage
Day


workshop
for ages
8-18



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.

The activities, for ages 8-18, for all 2014 dates include:

Blacksmithing - hammer red-hot iron on an anvil to make a decorative wall hook.

Rope-Making - turn basic twine into a sturdy rope with a vintage hand-powered machine.

Candle-Making - practice patience and steadiness while hand-dipping the wick in hot beeswax.

Animal Tracks - learn to identify different tracks and how to make a plaster cast of them.

Folk Art Painting - take a piece of wood, apply imagination and paint to create something special.

Woodworking - master the classic shaving horse and draw knife to customize a wood hiking stick.

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.


August
9

Children's
Heritage
Day


workshop
for ages
8-18



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.

The activities, for ages 8-18, for all 2014 dates include:

Blacksmithing - hammer red-hot iron on an anvil to make a decorative wall hook.

Rope-Making - turn basic twine into a sturdy rope with a vintage hand-powered machine.

Candle-Making - practice patience and steadiness while hand-dipping the wick in hot beeswax.

Animal Tracks - learn to identify different tracks and how to make a plaster cast of them.

Folk Art Painting - take a piece of wood, apply imagination and paint to create something special.

Woodworking - master the classic shaving horse and draw knife to customize a wood hiking stick.

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.


October
4


Foxfire
Mountaineer
Festival

 







Please join us for our annual celebration of Southern Appalachian
heritage, music, and FUN at the Foxfire Mountaineer Festival on
Saturday, October 4, at the Rabun County Civic Center in Clayton, GA.

Information on this year's event, as plans are confirmed, will be available at
www.foxfiremountaineer.org









"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.



Latest 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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