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Traditional Folk Arts


All Events are FREE & OPEN to the Public

Saturday . February 16 . 10AM-2PM        @the Library Room 300 B

The Ozarks Fiber Group will be here for a spin-in at the Library.

Live demonstrations of spinning fibers of many kinds will be done. Materials in various stages of the yarn or string making process will be available. This is the literal portion. 

The figurative part of the program will look at Arkansas and Ozark region folklore and stories. Books by Vance Randolph and other story collectors and tellers will be featured. There may even be a story or two to be told. 

This is an OPEN house style event meaning that there will be no set times for specific events. The group will be working on their projects throughout the day. 





Photo: (1936)82 year old woman with 125 year old spinning wheel

(Library & Archives of Canada)

Saturday . March 9 . 9AM-12PM         @the Library Room 300 B

Learn the art of hand quilting as it has been done for centuries. Local quilters will display hand quilted pieces both old and new. There will be a short presentation discussing the background and process of quilting by hand rather that by machine followed by a demonstration. 

Each person attending this program will have the opportunity to participate in this hands-on workshop. A kit containing 2 pieces of fabric and batting which is the material used inside the quilt will be available to the first 25 people that register. Please click the link below to register. 

You will need to bring a thimble and we suggest you bring a needle you are comfortable with. Various sized needles will be on hand in case you forget. 










Photos Courtesy of Sindy Devereux Above: Handquilting Right: 8 pointed broken star block 

Feb 9 & April 6, 2019 7pm - 9pm         @the Library Rm. 300 B 

An old-time contra dance,  also referred to as a barn dance, is an informal country dance stemming from such dances in 17th century Western Europe. It has evolved just as the old-time music has. Traditionally this type of dance always uses live musicians playing fiddle tunes. Each dance is taught before its done. 


Ongoing Event - Thursdays             @ Doc Bryan 

See the "Open Jam Sessions" tab for more information.