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September 10, 2011 by wcobserver

Drawing by Fred Derwin - Plans for Ozark Folkways outdoor music stage were unveiled this week as the non-profit organization kicks off a fundraising campaign to raise $10,000. Donations to “buy” a square foot of the stage for $20 can be made at any Bank of Fayetteville branch.

By Rebecca Buchanan

We are building a stage on the grounds of Ozark Folkways. The Washington County Observer printed a drawing of the stage in last week’s edition. The original idea for the stage came to John James and his wife Lisa this past May at our Heritage Day celebration, while Fred Derwin drafted the detailed design and drawings. It is a beautiful simple design, isn’t it?

The director, that’s me, and the Board of Directors at Ozark Folkways have determined that the structure must fit aesthetically on the hill in the woods behind the Ozark Folkways building.

As the W.C.Observer stated, we are in the process of raising all the funds needed to build the structure before we actually break ground.

If you would like to get involved, but don’t have the time or energy anymore to physically volunteer to “raise the stage,” then why not buy a little piece of the project in honor of or in memory of someone you love?

We are selling “square feet” of the stage for only $20, so you too can own a place on the Ozark Folkways stage. I’ll even set up a microphone so you can sing, preach, or tell jokes to the mountainside for your own 15-minutes of fame when it’s complete.
Visit any branch of the Bank of Fayetteville and drop off your donation. You can also send a check to: Ozark Folkways, 22733 North Highway 71, Winslow, Arkansas, 72959 or call in a credit card donation to Ozark Folkways (479-634-3791) if you prefer. Everyone who gives a donation will get to add a name to the actual structure of the stage.

Coming up this Friday at Ozark Folkways from 6-8 p.m. is First Friday art show and reception featuring Ellen Gregory. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
Here is a little biography on Ellen:

“I am from New York City (17 years) via Los Angeles (32 years). At the end of 1990 I decided there had to be a better life and fresher air to breathe. For the next two years I roamed the country with my willing golden retriever, searching a new frontier. When I rolled into Fayetteville via the old 71 from Highway 40, I felt an overwhelming at-home feeling, like I had been here before. Indices of quality of life were apparent (jobs, property value, health care, a reasonable cost of living).
Excited, I fretted that the arts and theater would be minimal in my new adopted home. The Walton Arts Center surpassed my expectations. I started volunteering at the beginning of 1993 and have been part of the Center ever since. Northwest Arkansas is an artist’s pallet. Opportunities for photographic memories abound.

Until a tragic house fire in 2002, I had an eclectic collection of cameras including my first Brownie Box Camera. It started with snapshots of my friends and family and segued into recording happenings in the park and on the street. I became the official photographer at school events and parties.

Currently, I am a volunteer photographer for Osher Institute (OLLI) classes and the volunteer event photographer for the Fayetteville Senior Activity Center. I work in color and black and white and have a gift of catching expressions and moments in time.”

On Saturday September 13 Phyllis Neal will hold a beginner’s knitting workshop from 10-2. Freda Miller will hold a children’s basket-making workshop and T.J. Brown will hold a beginning Woodworking workshop. T.J. is a new instructor to Ozark Folkways and his class sounds exciting. “My class will be a introduction to fretwork, tools, cutting tips and demos, blade choices, how to prepare the wood for cutting, attaching the patterns, etc. All the basics to get started in scrolling without all the trial and errors I learned from for the last 25 years. I will have a few scroll saws for everyone to try and I will help them cut a simple fretwork cross to take home.”

For more information or to register for any of the classes contact Ozark Folkways at: 479-634-3791 or visit us online at



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