Ozark Folkways is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, development, instruction, and celebration of regional arts and crafts.

Hours of Operation

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Sunday: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm (Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

How to Reach Us

Address:  22733 N Highway 71, Winslow, Arkansas • Phone: 479-634-3791 • Email: info@ozarkfolkways.org
Click here for an interactive map to Ozark Folkways

Ashtyn Barbaree in Concert

Saturday, March 2, 6:30 pm

Ashtyn is an internationally touring young indie-Americana singer/songwriter from Fayetteville. She has a smoky, silky voice often accompanied by a tenor 8-string ukulele.

Admission is free, but a donation of $10 supports Ashtyn and the mission of Ozark Folkways.

 

 

Jesse Dean with Mark Bilyeu

Saturday, March 9, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Join Jesse Dean and Mark Bilyeu for an evening of blues-tinged roots-rock on the indoor stage at Ozark Folkways.

Jesse’s shows are always crowd-pleasers, and the inimate space at Folkways breaks down the wall between performer and audience. Come on out and become a part of the show with Jesse and Mark!

Admission is free, but a donation of $10 supports Jesse and Mark and the mission of Ozark Folkways.

 
 
 
 
 

Hands-On Mushroom Growing

We’re sorry, but this event has SOLD OUT! If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, just email us and we will let you know if a seat opens up. Thank you!

Saturday, March 16, 10am-Noon

Presented by John Collier

It’s fun and easy to cultivate edible mushrooms using logs and stumps in the moist shade of your own property! In this hands-on workshop with Winslow resident and mushroom aficionado John Collier, you will not only learn how to cultivate the mushrooms, but you’ll actually do it!

Each participant will receive an oak log to work with and we’ll go through the whole process of drilling, plugging, and waxing. You will have enough plugs to do your in-class log, along with extra plugs and wax to take home with you. (We’ll use shiitake plugs in this workshop, as they are particularly easy to grow.) We’ll also learn about other mushroom varieties you can grow and participants will receive information on where to buy plug spawn and supplies.

Cost is $30 and includes all instruction and materials, enough to get you started on your own home grown delicious mushroom adventure. Class size limited to 20. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It (Part One)

A Fearless Writing Exploration

Saturday, March 16, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

As human beings and as writers we sometimes find ourselves stopped. By doubt in our own abilities, unexpected change, demands on our time, illness, unfamiliar economic, technological, or social conditions. And, who cares what we have to say, anyway?

For over two decades Crescent Dragonwagon’s weekend-long immersive Fearless Writing™ workshop has been offering writers and non-writers a way to stop being stopped. The approach harnesses anxiety as a powerful creative force.

Practical, effective, serious and playful, Fearless turns seemingly insurmountable obstacles into material — from which we write, and build all-around thriving lives. Its practices and principles spill over, cornucopia-like: from writing, to creativity, to problem solving, to business and personal life.

For those who aren’t sure about a whole weekend (and, perhaps, aren’t sure of their own abilities), but want to sample this approach, Exploration offers an exuberant and liberating taste.

Although writing well ultimately requires the apprenticeship of craft (see the other classes offered), all the craft in the world won’t help you without an understanding of the process of writing, and the role fear and misgiving play in that process. A Fearless Writing™ Exploration will give you that understanding; and, from there, dismantle self-doubt just enough so that you can start, continue, and finish.

This is a transformational workshop for writers, non-writers, and would-be writers alike.

A Process of Writing class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

Sign up by March 1 and pay only $99!

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Fire on the Mountain

Saturday, March 30 , 1 – 4pm

Join us for an afternoon of art and magic on the mountain with Gailen Hudson from The Clay Bank in Springdale.

Gailen will demonstrate the ancient art of raku pottery firing and other specialized ceramic firing techniques. Participants will glaze and fire their own pieces and are encouraged to bring their own bisqued pieces (high-fire clay only, unglazed). No pieces of your own? Not a potter? Not a problem! We will have pieces available for purchase for you to glaze and fire and you will bring home a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Accomplished ceramic artist with an interest in learning new techniques? Amateur or student potter of just an interest in pottery and wanting to learn more? This class is for you!

Everyone is encouraged to bring snacks and a beverage and enjoy the autumn splendor of the scenic Boston Mountains.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $25 and includes instruction, glazes and firing. Class size limited to 20. Ages 18 and older, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Utsav! Indian Festival Food

An Evening with Anjana Mukhopadhyaya
Saturday, April 6, 5-8pm

Join us in the Community Kitchen for a delicious evening with Kolkata (“Calcutta”) native Chef Anjana Mukhopadhyaya. Just in time for the Bengali New Year, Chef Anjana will guide us in the preparation of such authentic Indian specialties as Aloo Puri with Potato Curry, Basanti Pulav (a fragrant basmati rice dish with whole spices, cashews and golden raisins), Chickpea Curry from the state of Punjab, Railway Chicken Curry marinated in yogurt and aromatic spices, and Mishti Doi, a rich and decadent yogurt dessert.

Recipe booklets will be provided to each participant. This class is recommended for beginners, culinary pros and anyone with an appetite for good food and adventure!

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $50 and includes all instruction, materials, and recipes. Class size limited to 24. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It (Part Two)

Dialogue (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, April 27, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

Dialogue — speech as spoken naturally between characters, in well-written form — makes narrative leap off the page. Done well, dialogue is lively and fun to read. Done well, it engages readers. Done well, dialogue also reveals character, and relationships between characters, as little else can. Done well, it moves plot forward smoothly and inevitably.

Done poorly, or not done at all, fiction and memoir, and many forms of non-fiction, lie flat and dull.

If you want to do dialogue and do it well, join this class. You’ll learn to listen to speech more effectively, and when, how, and where to use it in writing. You’ll discover how to create written speech that is unstilted and real, yet still achieves action and serves your story. Whether you’re an experienced writer and just starting out, you will hone and brighten your skills in writing revelatory, engaging, energized talk on the page. Your readers will thank you.

A Craft of Writing™ class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

Sign up by March 1 and pay only $99!

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It (Part Three)

The Truth about “Show, Don’t Tell” (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, May 4, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

It’s advice almost every writer has heard: “Show, don’t tell.” But what does it actually mean? And is it actually sound advice? If “showing” is so good, why is it so difficult? If “telling” is so bad, why do so many of us do it?

Get clear once and for all on the difference between a show and a tell. Learn to stop telling — even in exposition and transitions, two common places where writers of both novels and memoir bog down. Best of all, you’ll explore and discover how to show using your unique material, in the voice that belongs only to you.

A Process of Writing class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

Sign up by March 1 and pay only $99!

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It (Part Four)

From Life to Memoir, Own Your Material (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, May 25, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

A memoir is autobiographical, but it is not autobiography or even your life story. It is both smaller and larger than that.

It’s smaller because it is not the narrative of your whole life, but of part of it. In memoir, well-told related incidents, anecdotes, situations illustrate the protagonist (you) and how she or he undergoes significant inner and outer change.

And it’s larger, because even though it’s you, it isn’t you. If you tell your story vividly and truthfully enough, your memoir becomes transparent. If your before-during-and-after achieves this transparency, readers will be see themselves through your story.

In this class, we’ll explore finding out which memoir you want to write, and what its thematic thread might be. From there, you will learn basic memoir structures, the ways in which you can pick and choose life-events that support that thread, and liability concerns — what to do about other people you may mention in a less-than-favorable light.

Along with all this, you’ll learn to get close to your material — to write right through its heart (and yours), not around it.

A Craft of Writing™ class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

Sign up by March 1 and pay only $99!

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

ABCs of Arkansas Summer Mushrooms

We’re sorry, but this event has SOLD OUT! If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, just email us and we will let you know if a seat opens up. Thank you!

Sunday, June 23, 10 am – 7 pm

This new PowerPoint presentation and foraging fungi workshop will focus on techniques used to identify wild mushrooms. Our morning presentation will be followed by a lunch break (brown bag it or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down home Southern cooking), then an afternoon foray in the Ozark National Forest to observe and collect mushrooms/fungi in their natural habitat.

Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on identification workshop followed by one of our ever mushroom-centric tasting experiences!

Jay Justice is a retired epidemiologist who formerly worked at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He is a co-founder and scientific advisor for the Arkansas Mycological Society (1982) and a scientific advisor to the Cumberland Mycological Society as well as a chief mycologist for the Missouri Mycological Society.

Tickets are $50 per person and include the evening tasting experience. The event will be limited to 30 participants. As anyone who has attended one of Jay’s workshops in the past knows, these informative and delicious events fill up quickly! Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information, contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Edible, Poisonous and Medicinal Mushrooms of Arkansas

Sunday, July 7, 10am-7pm

Presented by mycologist Jay Justice

Back by popular demand, this lecture and foraging workshop will focus on techniques used to identify which summer mushrooms are worth picking for culinary and medicinal purposes and those that are best to admire from a distance.

Our morning presentation will be followed by a lunch break (brown-bag it or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down-home Southern cooking) and an afternoon foray in the Ozark National Forest to observe and collect mushrooms in their natural habitat. Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on identification workshop followed by one of our ever popular soup to nuts mushroom-centric feasts!

Jay Justice is a retired epidemiologist who formerly worked at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He is a cofounder and scientific advisor for the Arkansas Mycological Society (1982) and a scientific advisor to the Cumberland Mycological Society as well as a chief mycologist for the Missouri Mycological Society

Lodging is available across the street at SkyVue Lodge for those wishing to spend the weekend exploring the majestic Ozark National Forest!

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $50 per person and include the evening tasting experience. Class size limited to 30. Adults only please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Music on the Meadow

Fourth Sunday of every month, 5-7pm

Presented by Winslow Squirrel Jam

Join Winslow Squirrel Jam for an evening of music in the front room at Ozark Folkways. Bring an instrument, a singing voice, or just be prepared to do a little toe-tapping and hand-clapping. The songs are all familiar favorites, and lyrics and chord symbols will be projected on the big screen; everybody is encouraged to join in!

Most of the jammers have only been playing their instruments for a couple of years or less, so this is not a group that is going to intimidate a beginner — at the same time, experienced players will find themselves in a welcoming environment where their ability is recognized and appreciated. There’s something for everybody.

If you like, bring a snack and a beverage; this is not a concert, but rather a gathering of friends and neighbors looking to enjoy an evening of music and good company.

Admission is free to the public, although we encourage you to drop a few bucks in the tip jar to help pay the bills. For more information, just give us a call at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org.

Knitting Circle

Second Sunday of every month, 1pm – 4pm

Bring your needles and yarn, or use some from Folkways and join the circle!

Practice your craft and socialize with your friends at the same time at Ozark Folkways.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, though donations to support the mission of Ozark Folkways are welcome.

Introducing: “OZFOLK Clay Makerspace”

clayOZFOLK Clay Makerspace, is a fully functional clay studio at Ozark Folkways. Our studio includes:

  • 3 electric wheels
  • large slab-roller
  • work area
  • community tools
  • slips & glazes
  • raku kiln
  • computerized kiln

We offer community studio space during business hours – and after hours by arrangement!

$30 per month (clay and firing for a nominal fee)

For more information call us at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org