Appalachian Folkways
Discover Appalachian culture in Kentucky, where you’ll meet musicians, enjoy folk-culture classes, learn traditional dances and speak with locals about their enduring way of life.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 8252RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

This exceptional cultural adventure in the Blue Grass State gives you a bucketful of south-central Kentucky insight — and then some! Hear from folklorists, naturalists and musicians about the customs and way of life folks in these parts hold dear to their hearts. Meet and interact with local musicians, hike with a naturalist to learn about the region’s geology, delve into decades-old home Rx recipes and warm up your dancing muscles for some traditional dancing, from square dancing to line dancing.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Some walking at a slow pace over gravel or natural woodland surfaces. Less than a mile per day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • The folk-culture class “Grandma Kept a Buckeye in Her Purse” delves into old-time remedies and cures.
  • Insight into the history of foods grown and prepared in settlement days is the subject of a folk-culture class, “Pioneer Vittles.”
  • Anticipation builds for a final-night campfire highlighted by music-accompanied sing-a-longs and entertaining storytelling of Kentucky folklore.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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John Tierney
John Tierney is a retired naturalist with the Kentucky State Parks System. During his 32 years of service, he lead trail walks, cave explorations, and planned many special events programs dealing such diverse nature topics as eagle watches, cave crawling events, bat seminars, wildflower pilgrimages, and environmental awareness programs. He presently conducts programs in state and national parks, as well as presenting programs for community and private organizations.

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

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