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 (4.8)
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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Anne MacFie
Anne MacFie began her singing career in 1966 at a steakhouse in her hometown of Portales, N.M. Three years later, she and her husband moved to Kentucky and entered the world of folk festivals and dulcimers. She has performed across the country and in Europe. In 2007, Anne turned 60 and remains every bit as vibrant, especially with a dulcimer cradled on her thigh. She has studied Appalachian folklore extensively and teaches the dulcimer at many cultural events.

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

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Anne MacFie
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Lelana Tierney
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