The ABCs of Summer Mushrooms in Arkansas

Sunday, July 22 10:00am-7:00pm

Presented by Jay Justice

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 mushroom-centric tasting experiences!

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

As anyone who has attended one of Jay’s workshops in the past knows, these informative (and delicious!) events fill up quickly. Tickets are $50 per person and include tasting session. Tickets are non-refundable. (For events like this we have to buy materials, food, and other items in advance of the workshop, expenses that we can’t recoup if we provide refunds. 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.)

To purchase tickets, just click the “Pay Now” button below. All tickets must be purchased prior to the workshop and the number is limited, so call today! Ticket cost is non-refundable and is viewed as a donation to Ozark Folkways. (If you are unable to make the class, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can offer the open spot to others.)

For more information call us at 479-634-3791 or email us at

Music on the Meadow

Sunday, July 22, 5pm – 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

Melody Pond

Friday, July 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Come see Candy and Emily return to Folkways!

The pair has been singing together in various band formations for almost a decade, perfecting their tight, seamless harmonies. Their sound ranges from fun and powerful to honest and tender.

Rooted in the earthiness of folk, Melody Pond keeps it fresh by merging modern indie influences with throwback moods of funk and blues, with jazz.

A $5 donation per person is suggested.

Mountain Music for Beginners

Saturday, August 11, 11am – 5pm

Have you ever wanted to play and sing with a group around a campfire? Do you have an instrument in the closet that you started to learn to play but then life got in the way?

Ozark Folkways in Winslow will host a one-day Mountain Music Workshop for Beginners on August 11 where you can learn to play and sing well-known folk classics in an encouraging atmosphere.

Select which instrument you will bring for a one hour focused break-out session: guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar, fiddle, or percussion.

The workshop will conclude with a group recording of songs to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Smithsonian Folkways Records Music of the Ozark Mountains which was recorded in August 1958 in Delaney, Arkansas. Each participant will receive a copy of the recording we make.

Workshop fee is $50. See below for more details.
Click here to reserve your seats!

This will be a one day folk music workshop for beginners open to all ages.

Songs will include:

  • • Weepin’ Willow
  • • Wildwood Flower
  • • When the Saints Go Marchin’ In
  • • Crooked Creek
  • • Old Joe Clark
  • • She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain
  • • In the Pines
  • • Winslow Gals
11:00am-12:00noonEtiquette/Ear Training
12:00noon-1:00pmLunch/Mountain music overview
1:00pm-1:45pmSinging workshop
Guitar breakout session
Banjo breakout session
Mandolin breakout session
Percussion breakout session
Bass breakout session
Fiddle breakout session
Ukulele breakout session
3:00pm-3:45pmRhythm, melody, and lead
4:00pm-5:00pmRecorded group jam

The Ozark Highballers

Friday, August 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

This old-fashioned ensemble features the rollicking chords and bass runs of Aviva Steigmeyer on guitar, the rhythmically intricate string tickling of Clarke Buehling on finger-style banjo, and the dynamic melodies of Roy Pilgrim on the fiddle.

The trio’s music reflects the spirit and drive of the rural string bands of the 1920s and 30s, particularly those of the Arkansas Ozarks.

A $5 donation per person is suggested.

Vegetarian India

Saturday, September 29, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

$50 per person

Join Chef Anjana Mukhopadhyaya for an afternoon of delicious insights into vegetarian cooking in India. An integral part of Indian cuisine, vegetarian cooking varies from region to region, religion and race. Chef Anjana will demonstrate how to make a full course Indian vegetarian meal with such delicacies as Daal Vada with Green and Red Chutney, Jeera Pulao tempered with Cumin and Ghee, Daal Maharani with Slow Cooked Lentils with Onions, Ginger, Garlic and Chilies, Green Beans Poriyal with Aromatic Curry Leaves and Coconut, Aloo Cabbage with subtle spices and Tomatoes and Paneer Makhani with Cashew paste and Cream. We’ll end our culinary journey with sweet Sooji Halwa, semolina toasted in butter and garnished with nuts and saffron.

This three-hour journey to India includes cooking demonstration by Chef Anjana, insider tips into where to buy authentic Indian ingredients, recipe booklets and a tasting.

Seats are available for $50 per person. Limited to 20 participants, this class is bound to fill up quickly, so sign up soon! Click here to reserve your seat.

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