Folkmoot Festival Guide Workshop April 23!

Folkmoot Festival Guide Workshop April 23!

Want to be an official Folkmoot Festival 2016 Guide? Make plans now to attend the Folkmoot Festival Guide Workshop April 23!

Being a Guide is the ultimate way to fully experience all that is Folkmoot.

Folkmoot is now hiring official guides for the Folkmoot Summer Festival 2016! The application deadline is April 23 and applicants – or, even, those interested – should attend a special workshop April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Folkmoot Festival Guide is a paid position for the two weeks of the 20165 Festival – July 21-31 a few days prior and a couple of days after the troupes leave. Guides act as liaisons and helpers – 24 hours a day – for the visiting dancers, shepherding them all the way through their joyous visit to our Western Carolina mountains. The Festival will hire up to 20 Guides for 2016.

Being a Folkmoot Guide is truly the international cultural experience of a lifetime. During the two-week festival, a guide stays with their assigned performance group 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guides help groups get to performances, find things they need, help plan late-night parties they host, plan and accompany groups on sightseeing trips and work to be first in line to help them with other requirements. Guides also act as stage managers, emcees and souvenir salespersons at some performances.

Want to be a Folkmoot Festival 2016 Official Guide?The April 23 Folkmoot Guide Leadership Workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Lane Perry of Western Carolina University and Folkmoot Executive Director Angeline Schwab and will focus on communication, team building, public speaking, conflict resolution, emergency management and logistics of the festival. To register for this workshop please call Elizabeth Burson, 828-452-2997 or fill out and submit this form.

It is an intense two weeks, serving as a Folkmoot Guide, that are very rewarding. Some veteran guides say it’s the hardest job they’ve ever loved. Many guides began with Folkmoot near the end of their high school career and continued through college. Some older guides take vacation from their year-round jobs just to work at Folkmoot.

The guide team, totaling about 20, is led and supervised by a director. Guides will be trained in all aspects of the job during workshops held in July prior to the festival. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be available to attend the training workshop and be available to work the last two weeks of July.

If you are interested in being a Folkmoot USA guide, please read through the formal Job Description below. There are a number of ways to apply. You can from right here fill out an online application (scroll to the bottom of the page for the embedded Folkmoot Guide application). You may also drop by the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Avenue, Waynesville (the Historic Hazelwood School) and pick up an application.

Folkmoot Guide Job Description

Folkmoot guides serve as ambassadors of Folkmoot USA to visiting folk music and dance performance groups during the annual 2 week festival held in July. Guides are provided with a stipend and provided with room and board at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Hazelwood, NC, during the festival and act as hosts/liaisons to the group members 24 hours per day for the duration of the with group directors and Folkmoot staff members to ensure group’s compliance with Folkmoot rules, performance schedules, transportation schedules, meal schedules and other festival requirements
assist groups in planning and executing one evening of entertainment for other festival participants
assist groups in planning sightseeing and other activities during non-performance time
act as stage manager for some performances
act as emcee for some performances
sell Folkmoot souvenirs at some performances-work with Folkmoot paid and volunteer staff to execute all festival activities in a professional manner

Must be 18 years or older
Must be available for work 24 hours a day July 17 to July 28
Must be available for 2011 training session July 11, 5 pm – July 12, 1:00 pm
Foreign language skills helpful but not required.

Folkmoot thanks the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for supporting Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives.

The Folkmoot Friendship Center is located in the Hazelwood Neighborhood of Waynesville, 112 Virginia Avenue. Staff can be reached by phone, (828) 452-2997.

Yet another way to fill out an Folkmoot Guide Application: (fill out the form right here and submit)

The Sam Love Queen Auditorium at Folkmoot!

The Same Love Queen Auditorium at Folkmoot!

It was a stellar night of music March 19 as Folkmoot formally recognized its renovated performance venue in the historic Hazelwood School as The Sam Love Queen Auditorium at Folkmoot!

Sam Love Queen was among the most famous and most beloved figures in Haywood County history, known around the world as the premier mountain dance caller and ambassador of mountain culture and heritage. Known as, “Sam Love Queen, the square dance king – the dancin’-est man in the land,” Queen presided over the mainstay of Haywood County social events, the frequent dances at Moody Farm in Maggie Valley beginning in the 1930s.

“You danced in the front yard, in the barn or in the middle of the parlor floor,” said Joe Sam Queen, a grandson of Sam Love and current civic leader and Haywood representative to the North Carolina General Assembly. “It was the genuine folk dance. It was a social institution of the day. It’s where you courted, socialized with your neighbors. It was an art form.”

Sara Queen Brown
Sara Queen Brown

Sam Love was also among those early supporters and organizers of the Folkmoot Festival of traditional folk dance and was immortalized in song by Buddy Melton, Milan Miller and Mark W. Winchester.

At the request of President Franklin Roosevelt, Sam Love took his Soco Gap Dance Team to Washington in 1939 to display the unique Haywood County style of dance and perform before King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England.

Sara Queen Brown, daughter of Sam Love and herself a revered and venerable Haywood County figure, was part of that 1939 Soco Gap Dance Team and together with her nephew, Joe Sam, made possible the endowment for the restoration of the old Hazelwood School auditorium and its transformation into the Folkmoot performance venue, the Sam Love Queen Auditorium.

“Tonight we take the opportunity to honor a woman and a family who has made a contribution that will have a meaningful, positive impact on Haywood County,” explained Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab at the March 19th event. “Over 90 years of positive influence from this person, Sara Queen Brown, and now she has insured at least 90 more years because she has contributed the money to improve this space in which you are sitting right now.

“Sara Queen Brown has been a teacher in Clyde, has directed Mountain Projects, has been on the board of the Haywood Community College and is the only surviving member of the Soco Gap Dance Team. Clogging is important here. Sara’s father, Sam Love Queen was very passionate about folk dance. He believed, and surely passed on to his children and grandchildren that when you holding hands, in one big circle, there is no reason to fight. Dance contributes to peace and harmony in the world. Sara Queen Brown and the Queen family have helped to define Haywood County and Waynesville as a folk dance hot spot, the center of Appalachian dance in the US. What better way to recognize the Queen family than to dedicate this space as the Queen Auditorium in the name of her father, Sam Love Queen.

“The programs in the space, from here on out will be in his name.”

Folkmoot’s founding director, Jackie Bolden, introduced Sara and Joe Sam to the crowd and here is a video of her presentation and remarks from Joe Sam Queen and Sara Queen Brown:

And with the Queen Family gift the circle will remain unbroken: (video by Patrick Parton)

Other performances from March 19…

The Darren Nicholson Band:

Whitewater Bluegrass Company with special guest, Dr. Marc Pruett: