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Traditional Folk Arts

Fall 2021

All Events are FREE & OPEN to the Public



Monthly Contra Dances

Beginning Friday September 17, 2021

Contra Dances are back!!! They will be held the 3rd Friday 7pm - 9pm of each month at Pope County Library's Heritage Hall, 113 E. 3rd Street        Russellville, AR 

 An old-time contra dance,  sometimes 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 features live musicians playing fiddle tunes. Each dance is taught before its done. 

The 3rd Friday's for Fall 2021:

September 18, October 15, November 19, 2021



Old-Time Jams are back too! 

3rd Thursdays 4pm - 6pm of the month at BazTech Room 202 on the campus of Arkansas Tech University. Jams are open to all acoustic instruments and all levels of musicians are WELCOME!

What's an Old-Time jam?

A group of people playing traditional tunes on acoustic instruments. Each musician starts a song of their choice and others play along. Old-timey music can mean different things. This group tends to play a lot of fiddle tunes that are played at contra dances. We welcome songs of all kinds. 

Saturday September 11, 2021, 9am - Noon

Needleturn Applique with Sindy Devereux

This hand-quilting workshop will demonstrate the needle-turn applique method for sewing a decorative fabric onto a quilt top. This class will be taught by Sindy Devereux. 

Free but Registration Required

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 9am-Noon 

Hand-quilting workshop with Sindy Devereux - Kits will be provided to learn the basics involved in traditional hand-quilting.

FREE but Registration Required

Make sure you bring a thimble.    Bring a needle if you have a favorite. Basic needles will be provided in the kit that comes with the class. If you have a project of your own to bring you are welcome to do so.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Saturday November 13, 2021, 9am-Noon

    Quilting Workshop with Sindy Devereux

Sindy will teach us how two make a 3D bo-tie block using traditional hand-piecing methods. 

Free but registration is required. 



Saturday September 25, 2021 - Tech Learning Center - 1st Floor

Spin-in Ozarks Fiber Group

The group will spend the day spinning yarn and processing fibers from raw state to finished pieces. This is a FREE event and is open to the public. You may come and watch or bring your things to spin, weave, crochet, or knit along.