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Remembering Danny Wingate

We remember Danny Wingate, a true renaissance man of the Appalachian region of Virginia. He was known for his woodworking and knowledge of mountain crafts.

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Southwest Virginia Artisan Conference

Presented by Round the Mountain Artisan Network, this three-day event will immerse you in a unique gathering that pays homage to the craftsmanship deeply rooted in the Appalachian region.

April 25–27, 2024 | Abingdon
Steve Christo looks at the camera for a portrait in front of shelves of his finished boots and next to a skeletal model of a foot.Sights & Sounds

Perrin Creek Custom Boots

Steve Christo of Perrin Creek Custom Boots makes bold and colorful boots out of his Gloucester shop, made from trees felled on his land.

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Holiday Hand Me Downs: A Clune Christmas

Virginia Folklife director Katy Clune shares her family’s Christmas traditions, passed down from her maternal grandmother, Margaret Anna Schumann.

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Broomlore: Witches, Weddings & More

There are more histories tied to your everyday house broom than you may realize, as many contemporary broom makers will tell you.

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Bringing Bristol to the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival

Bristol, Virginia, was in lights this weekend in the Virginia Folklife Area of the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival.

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A Family’s Drag Tradition in Bristol

Seventeen-year-old Anna Fleenor of Bristol first raced on a drag strip as part of a youth racing class. From the passenger seat, her father, Chris—a seasoned racer—offered tips to quell her nerves. But as soon as the light turned green, he gave Anna a command that she still hears in her head when it’s time to race: “Mash it.”

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Celebration of Virginia Folklife at the Library of Virginia Recap

Last weekend, we presented a two-day “Celebration of Virginia Folklife” on July 7 and 8, 2023 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, as part of the Library’s year-long 200th anniversary celebration.

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Virginia Folklife Area at the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival

Experience the crafts, music, and culture of Bristol and beyond in the Virginia Folklife Area of the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival!

October 14–15, 2023 | 12PM – 6PM | Richmond
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Floyd Living Traditions Festival

The festival will showcase traditional and contemporary expressions of crafts, including basket making, quilting, spinning, weaving, instrument making, blacksmithing, woodworking, and more.

August 26, 2023 | 10AM – 6PM | Floyd
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Linda Skeens’s ‘Blue Ribbon Kitchen’

This year, Linda Skeens of Russell County returned to the VA-KY Fair with a new book in tow: “Blue Ribbon Kitchen: Recipes and Tips from America’s Favorite County Fair Champion.”

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