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Traditional Folk Arts

Spring 2021

All Events are FREE & OPEN to the Public

New events coming soon.  

Recurring Programs

Beginning February 21, 2020

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 Spring 2020:

February 21, Mar 20, April 17, May 15


Dances may carry on through the summer months as long as there are people coming. 

Old-Time Jams are back too! 

3rd Thursdays 5pm - 7pm of the month at Doc Bryan Room 133 on the campus of Arkansas Tech University. Jams are open to all acoustic instruments WELCOME and all levels of musicians. Beginners are encouraged to join us. 

What's an Old-Time jam?

A group of acoustic, sometimes an electric bass, gather usually in a circle. 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. 

Spring Programs

Saturday March 7, 2020  9am-noon RPL 300B

 Stitches in Time

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 April 4, 2020 9am-noon - RPL 300B

Needleturn Applique

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

Free but Registration Required

CLICK AND REGISTER - Needleturn April 4

Tuesday April 21, 2020 7pm - 8pm RPL 300A

A Farmer's Journey Toward Sustainability

Beth Bonner will present information about sustainable farming. Ms. Bonner will discuss traditional farming practices that are used on Bee Happy Farm LLC which is the small family farm that she runs. The old-time practices used at Bee Happy Farm are eco-friendly. Their goal is to create a healthy farm environment that utilizes livestock, water, and soil conservation to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the farm.  


Saturday May 23, 2020 9am -3pm Library 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 and spin, weave, crochet, or knit along.