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Fiddle Camp is Almost Here!


July 14, 2011 by wcobserver

July at Ozark Folkways is full of fun for the whole family!  For starters, you must check out Sarah Tomlin’s photography exhibit in the Connie Wright Gallery. She is an amazing photographer with a great talent for seeing the unusual and beautiful in everyday objects.  Well worth a visit to Winslow in July!

Beginning Wednesday July 13, children 11-18, can learn the ancient art of quilting from master quilter Sherron Hays! Classes will be held from 2:00 pm-3:30 p.m on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Class fee will be $5.00 per class.

We will also be hosting a Children’s Basket-making Class July 16from10 a.m. -3 p.m. for children 12-18, or 9-11 with a parent attending. All parents, you are free to attend Ozark Folkways children’s classes with your child. You pay only for class supplies, if you want to make a basket. The cost of the class is $20 and all your supplies are included.  Bring a sack lunch.

We are really excited about our summer Stone Masonry Camp for kids 10 -18 yrs. old, but the class which is scheduled July 18-22, is now full.  Please call if you would like to place your child’s name on the waiting list, just in case we have a cancellation.

One more summer camp this year at Ozark Folkways . . . are you ready for this?  We are hosting a world class Fiddle Camp for kids-July 23 and 24!  This amazing two-day camp will be taught by Arkansas State Fiddle Champion, Babette Allen!

Whether your child can play a few songs by ear, read music, or play a violin or a fiddle, this camp is for them!

Kids, 10-18 are invited to attend this fiddle camp weekend intensive: Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-5 (Younger students may be admitted if a parent attends. Please contact Rebecca for details.)

There is VERY limited space available! Please do not wait. Call to reserve your child’s space now.  I don’t want to anyone who would like to attend, to miss this! The cost is $100.00 and students should bring a sack lunch each day!

Here’s a little background on our amazing instructor:  Babette Allen is equally at home playing with a symphony orchestra or jamming with her friends.

​Babette has a large private studio in Fayetteville, AR, where she is also the Musician’s Personnel Manager and Librarian for the North Arkansas Symphony, as well as one of the violinists. Additionally she is a freelance musician, performing at weddings receptions, often incorporating many different genres into the same event.

She performs with other orchestras and ensembles at schools and regularly joins a local country swing band to play for dances. Like many other fiddlers, Babette has both competed at fiddle contests and judged them. She has been a teacher at Jana Jae’s Fiddle Camp for several years, as well as a teacher at Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp in Tennessee and String Conference in San Diego. Babette is the author of “Babette’s Quick Start Guide to Theory for Fiddlers.”

This camp is funded in part by The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc., private foundations, businesses and individuals.

Finally, (whew!) on Friday July 29, kids can learn how to make great photographs of nature with Nationally acclaimed nature photographer, Todd Whetstine! Bring your digital or regular film camera and join the fun. Workshop is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., so bring a sack lunch and wear shoes you can hike around in. The cost of the workshop is $20.

All ages​ are welcome, but anyone under 12, must attend with a parent. All parents are welcome to attend with their children for free!

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of Ozark Folkways.  The Dream Lives On!





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