Today, the Folk School offers a unique combination of rich history, beautiful mountain surroundings, and an atmosphere of living and learning together. Guests can find a supportive, hands-on learning environment at the Folk School in more 800 classes including blacksmithing, early American hardware, calligraphy, mixed media, drawing, clay, music, spinning, beginning fiddle, quilting, watercolors, woodworking, writing, and more.
Free concerts are held most Friday nights and feature some of the finest regional and national acts performing old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel and Celtic music. The School also offers free classes in contra, square and circle dances to live music on most Tuesday evenings.
The school’s annual Music and Dance Festival occurs for one week each July and features dancing lessons, slow-tune jams, ensemble playing, instructor presentations, tutorials, and discussions on Appalachian art and music. Instructors and students play for nightly public dances and performances are oriented toward those who can play (or accompany) and who are familiar with contra dance music.