North Carolina
Ballads, Dances & Crafts: Appalachian and Global Culture
Celebrate cultures and countries from around the world through music, dance and crafts with behind-the-scenes access at the Folkmoot USA and Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands.
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Program No. 15162RJ
4 days
Starts at
4 days
3 nights
7 meals
3B 1L 3D
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At a Glance

Go behind-the-scenes at two of North Carolina’s art and craft festivals: Folkmoot USA and the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands! The Folkmoot, originating from Old English meaning “meeting of the people,” has been bringing traditional music and dance from around the world to the Appalachian Highlands since 1984. Attend evening performances, an a colorful morning parade. Then get special access to the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands with a local expert, exploring the fair, taking in craft demonstrations and learning about the life and works of craftspeople.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking between 2-4 miles on field trips over flat, indoor surfaces and city streets; some stairs, crowds and standing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the Folkmoot’s history, enjoy two dance performances and meet the dancers.
  • Explore downtown Asheville and its thriving cultural and arts scene as you learn about various forms of art.
  • Attend special sessions at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands and learn from craftspeople about their creative processes and lives in the Appalachians.
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Bobbie Pell
For over 25 years, Bobbie Pell has shared her love of story with audiences through written works, storytelling performances and workshops. Her specialty area, Celtic folklore and traditions, focuses on faerie lore, ballads and myths. A modern-day minstrel, Bobbie unites song and story in delightful images and universal themes. Bobbie holds degrees in Outdoor Environmental Education, Creative Writing and Literature. She lives on Avalon Ridge with her husband Ron and their many golden retrievers.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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