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Folklife Flashes
Mid-Fall 2016

Celebrate our state's folklife and traditions!

Message from the NC Folk Staff

NC Folk is gearing up for Fall! NC Folk is in the business of providing great content - documentation, essays, photographs and films, and stories - to our friends and supporters. 

On December 15 from 7:30 PM to 2 AM, NC Folk will be hosting "The HeART of North Carolina," our fundraising gala at Motorco in Durham. There will be music, dancing, and a silent auction. Be on the lookout for more announcement soon about how to buy tickets!

If you enjoy the content—the stories we provide—please take a moment and contribute to NC Folk! NC Folk needs your gifts of support so that we can continue to deliver North Carolina's folk and traditional culture to you. Take a moment, donate, and support the People's Arts in North Carolina.

Evan Hatch, Interim Director, NC Folk

Max Woody, 2016 Brown Hudson Award Winner


Max Woody, a sixth generation chairmaker from McDowell County, has received the 2016 Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society. 

Woody makes chairs primarily with hand tools, in much the same way as the generations that came before. His designs are a combination of his own original ideas and passed-down styles and techniques from his forebears. Woody encourages visitors to come and see his work space, and to learn about his family's history and the history of his craft. His contact information and a brief biography can be found here.


  • If you are a resident of Southeastern North Carolina impacted by flooding from Hurricane Matthew—or are looking for ways to help— this article has information on how to access recovery resources, as well as what and where to donate aid.
  • With Fall here and new crops being sown and harvested, check out the NC State Extension guide for gardeners. It contains resources, articles, and they offer workshops and events for those with a green thumb!

Max Woody

This short piece from CBS News is all about 2016 Brown-Hudson Award winner Max Woody. As a special bonus, not only do you get to hear directly from Woody himself about why chairmaking matters, but you also get to hear him playing the fiddle! Gosh, don't we really have some multi-talented folks here in North Carolina?! Click here to watch this video.

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Making Do With Fall Apples

By Joy Salyers

It goes without saying that one of the best things about a North Carolina fall is the diverse bevy of seasonal produce—muscadine grapes, collard greens, and, of course, apples! In "Making Do With Fall Apples," Joy Salyers gives us a snapshot of last year's North Carolina Folklore Society annual meeting in Cullowhee and the fall-favorite activity of supporting roadside produce stands. What to do, she asks, with an abundance of both apples and blessings? Click here to read and find out!

A Class Perspective on Daylight Saving Time

By Joy Salyers

With November now only a few weeks away, the end of Daylight Saving Time draws closer as well. While this tradition is not exclusive to North Carolina, DST's somewhat-obscured history has references to agriculture, class struggle, and leisure—all of which are as much a part of our state as anywhere else! Click here to give it a read!
Blues Came to Burgaw by George Herbert Moore


On Blues Came to Burgaw, guitarist George Herbert Moore plays a combination of blues styles, including North Carolina's Piedmont blues and string-band traditions, that give listeners an idea of what the blues means in the Old North State. George Herbert Moore spent a lifetime in Southeastern North Carolina, absorbing the landscape and music all around him. With our thoughts and prayers going out to the people of Eastern North Carolina devastated by Hurricane Matthew, we want to celebrate what makes the coastal plain—from Moyock to Oak Island—such a special place. George Herbert Moore is one of those gems. Purchase your copy here from NC Folk...

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