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Located in historic (and historically funky!) Winslow, Ozark Folkways is where the art of today meets the craft traditions of generations past; and music, food, fun and family reach across generations to bring people together.

Apart from the everyday offerings of art and crafts, we have a number of special events coming up over the next few months. There’s bound to be something for you …

Super Fresh! Super Spicy! Super Delicious!

indian foodSaturday, March 12, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Presented by Anjana Mukhopadhyaya

Join us in the Adair-Ford-Levine Community Kitchen for a delicious evening with Calcutta native Chef Anjana Mukhopadhyaya. Fresh from her most recent success collaborating with the team at Khana Indian Grill on their wildly successful menu, Anjana’s culinary creations are legend and her enthusiasm is contagious!

Chef Anjana will demonstrate the basics of Indian cooking with an emphasis on ingredients, spices and technique and will prepare an authentic and delicious Indian meal. Super fresh, super spicy and super delicious! Upon completion of the class you will have a thorough understanding of the Indian cooking tradition.

Recipe booklets will be provided to each participant. This class is recommended for beginners and culinary conoisseurs alike. After the meal is prepared we will sit together to enjoy our makings and company together. So bring your enthusiasm and appetite for an afternoon of fun!

Dinner includes appetizer, dal, a special masala chai, a vegetable dish, shrimp dish, dessert and beverages.

Cost $50 per person. You must preregister and spaces are filled on a “first come/first served” basis. Payment is due when registering and is nonrefundable unless we cancel the class.

To sign up, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Art and Nature Pendant Class

kate_baerSunday, March 13, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presented by Kate Baer

Artist Kate Baer of Kate Baer Fossils will show you how to create a gorgeous artisanal silver pendant with handmade details and stones, inspired by art and nature. Each participant will leave with a unique piece of jewelry to wear home.

About Kate:  Kate’s designs have always served to remind us of our physical impermanence and as an inspiration to live a life of meaning and spirit.  She is a showcased artist at Crystal Bridges museum store.

Cost $75 per person. You must preregister by March 6. Class is limited to 25 persons, and spaces are filled on a “first come/first served” basis. Payment is due when registering and is nonrefundable unless we cancel the class.

To sign up, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Home Mushroom Growing Workshop

shiitakeSaturday, April 16, 10:00am – Noon

Presented by John Collier

Grow gourmet mushrooms in your own backyard!

It’s fun and easy to cultivate edible mushrooms using logs, stumps, and the moist shade of your wooded 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 a small 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. You’ll learn about other varieties you can grow  and receive information on where to buy plug “spawn”.

Class is limited to 20 participants. Cost is only $20 and includes all supplies and instruction, enough to get you started on your own home grown delicious mushroom adventure!

Cost $20 per person, and the class is limited to 20 participants. You must preregister and spaces are filled on a “first come/first served” basis. Payment is due when registering and is nonrefundable unless we cancel the class.

To sign up, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com. If you sign up via PayPal, please note the name of the class you are registering for in the PayPal notes.

Wet Felting for Kids and Adults

feltingSaturday, April 23, 10am – 2pm

Presented by Kathy Sparks

Join fabric artist Kathy Sparks for a fun-filled class creating colorful multi layered felted art pieces from colorful wool fibers. Anyone who has ever taken this class knows what a lively instructor Kathy is and this class is sure to fill up fast!

Cost $15 per person, and includes lunch. Participants will take home a one-of-a-kind piece of fiber art. Class is limited to 12 people, so pre-registration and advance payment is required.

To sign up, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Portrait of a Town

Jane and JamesSaturday, April 30, 6-pm-8pm

Presented by Melissa Hayes

A fascinating journey into some of the characters of the Ozark mountain village of Winslow, Arkansas. Texas artist Melissa Hayes presents a collection of drawings accompanied by in depth interviews and amusing anecdotes. Opening reception Saturday April 30th 6pm-8pm.

Every Mondays beginning January 18th, Melissa will be in residence at Ozark Folkways from 10am-5pm to hear your story, conduct a short interview and sketch your portrait. The materials she accumulates will be used in a presentation at the reception on April 30.

Food and Beverage will be available at the Opening Reception. Donations Appreciated.

For more information, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Still Standing: Vernacular Structures of the Arkansas Ozarks

still standingSaturday, May 7 – Tuesday, May 31
Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Presented by Beverly Simpson and Chris Engholm

Join us for this fascinating exhibit of stories and photographs assembled by Beverly Simpson of Winslow Museum, and independent author/photographer Chris Engholm.

The Still Standing Documentary Project is the largest archive depicting vernacular structures still in existence in the Arkansas Ozarks. Its exquisite photographs and entertaining stories connect us with our region’s unique houses, churches, cabins, schoolhouses, cemeteries, courthouses, bridges, barns, and cabin court motels located all across the Arkansas Ozarks. At this exhibit you will see 28 enlargements from the collection, as well as the complete Still Standing boxed portfolio of over 250 images. As part of the opening reception for this event, we offer a screening of a film about the project and a presentation by the project’s creators.

Anyone interested in Ozark architecture, folklore, traditional photography, and enigmatic places in our region will want to attend. A handsome folio of selected prints and stories will be available for purchase at the reception.

Refreshments will be served. Attendance is free to the public; donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Edible, Poisonous, and Medicinal Mushrooms of Summer

King StrophSaturday, June 25, 10:30am-6:30pm

Join us for another great workshop with renowned mycologist Jay Justice as we discover common – and not so common! — mycological finds in the beautiful Boston Mountains. After a brief presentation in the morning, we will take a break for lunch then forage for chanterelles and other funtastic fungi in the great outdoors. Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on identification workshop followed by a mushroom-centric dinner and wine.

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.

$45.00 including dinner

Pre-registration is required and payment is due when registering for the class. The fee is nonrefundable unless we can sell to someone on the waiting list. Please wear comfortable clothing, appropriate for tramping around in the woods. Bring a sack lunch or plan on having lunch at Grandma’s Cafe just up the street. If you are coming from out of town and wish to stay the night, Skyvue Cabins is right across the street offering comfortable accomodations, great Southern hospitality and breathtaking views, of the Ozark National Forest:  http://www.skyvuecabins.com

These educational and entertaining forays into the forest fill up fast and the food is always fantastic. To sign up, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com