Due to the inclement winter weather today (Saturday), Ozark Folkways will be closed. We hope to open tomorrow at our usual time. Stay warm!

Folkways SquareDance Social

Due to the crazy winter weather, this event has been postponed until further notice. Keep an eye on this space: we will try to reschedule and we’ll post the new day and time here as soon as we can. Thank you!

With West Fork Gals
Saturday, January 19, 6:30 pm

Enjoy a sit-down concert of old-time music from West Fork Gals at 6:30 and then get up and cut a rug at 7:30 with a squaredance called by Steve Green. Beginners are welcome!

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

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

Common Roots

Saturday, January 26, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Brother/Sister duo Lacey and Jeremy will bring their beautiful vocal harmonies and touching instrumentation to the Folkways stage.

Admission is free but a $10 donation supports Common Roots as well as the mission of Ozark Folkways.

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

Beginner’s Guide to Soap Making

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, February 9, 9am-noon

Join Northwest Arkansas artist Amy Leisure and earn the basics of making old fashioned lye soap just like your grandma used to make!

With over 23 years of experience creating hand crafted, boutique quality soaps, Amy will show us how to make soap using readily available and affordable materials and ingredients. Class participants will learn the basics of saponification and how to easily and safely combine ingredients found in your own home kitchen. From there we will add botanicals, herbs and fragrances to make each batch your own special creation!

Amy puts the fun into foam and takes the fear out making your own soap. You too can become a soap maker!

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $25 and includes all instruction and materials. Class size limited to 10. 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

Introduction to Blacksmithing

Saturday, February 9, 9am – 4pm

Join Blacksmith Jay Sanders from J6 Forge for a fascinating introduction to blacksmithing.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing including theory, safety and equipment basics, how to operate a forge and manipulate metals and how to draw out your material. After a lunch break (brown-bag it or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down-home country cooking) students will make hand-forged horseshoe hearts, a perfect gift for that special Valentine!

Students will need to bring leather gloves that fit, leather boots and safety glasses. Please remember that safety is your responsibility!

Seats are available for $50 per person, which includes instruction and materials. Class is limited to 10 people. 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.)

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Intro to Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving

Saturday, February 9, 10am-3pm

Join fiber artist Jody Wheeler for this introduction to the art of rigid heddle loom weaving. Instruction, all materials and equipment are provided and class members will leave with their very own hand-woven 9” by 72” woolen scarf.

Jody Wheeler recently moved to Arkansas from Maine. She studied Fiber Arts at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Northwest England, and Art Education at Empire State College in upstate New York. She and her husband Dean have lived in many places around the world where Jody has studied the fiber heritage of diverse cultures. Jody is a gardener, an avid musician and a prolific weaver. With a love of texture, color and composition, Jody brings her excitement and sense of humor to her teaching.

Come join us and get hooked on weaving!

Tickets are $50 per person and include instruction and materials. Class is limited to 6 people. Please bring a sack lunch or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down home country cooking for our lunch break. 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.)

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Succulent Containers

Presented by Cheryl Buell

Saturday, February 9, 1pm-4pm

Join ceramic artist Cheryl Buell for a fun and informative, hands-on class creating whimsical and unique succulent containers. In this class we will focus on slab building techniques including clay preparation, rolling and cutting of clay slab, construction of containers, texture and decoration as well as proper drying procedures and glazing. Class members will return at a later date in March (TBD) to glaze their finished pieces.

Cheryl’s work can be seen at various venues throughout Arkansas including Ozark Folkways, the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market and at her always popular open studio events. Grounded in nature with an instinct for color and natural patterns, Cheryl’s work is in functional and decorative design and is highly sought after!

Cost $45 and includes all materials and instruction.
Class is limited to 8 people, ages 16 and older. 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.)

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

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

Authentic Mexican Desserts

Presented by Felicia Ramos
Saturday, February 9, 1pm-4pm

Join chef Felicia Ramos for a hands on workshop creating authentic Mexican desserts like Tres Leche Cake and Sopapillas. After a brief presentation on these and other authentic and often unknown Mexican sweets, Felicia will lead the class in preparing these delicious Mexican specialties!

Felicia is a native New Mexican living the dream in NWA. Happily married with 8 children and boundless energy, Felicia loves creating safe and interactive environments for children to grow and thrive. She is a public speaker and advocate for preventing child abuse and neglect and is founder and executive director of Project Play. Passionate about Jesus, being a mom, wife, tacos, toys, road trips, foster care, rap music, and children’s art, Felicia’s therapy is cooking Mexican food and feeding anyone who is hungry!

Cost for class $20 per student, limited to a total of 20 participants. Each student will take home a dozen sopapillas and enjoy fine tres leches cake and coffee from Arsaga’s Coffee Roasters. 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.)

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

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

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.

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

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.

ABCs of Arkansas Summer Mushrooms

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.)

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

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.

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