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Tuesday - July 9, 2013

SweepIn - a broom maker's gathering

“Most people, when they come into my shop at the Ozark Folk Center State Park,” says Shawn Hoefer, the park’s broom maker, “are amazed at all the different styles of brooms I make.”

“I have to laugh,” He says. “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

The Ozark Folk Center State Park is home to the Fourth Annual SweepIn which is taking place July 11-14. This is a gathering of around 30 broom makers from 8 different states. And, they all have slightly different styles of making a broom.

The public is invited to come and visit with the broom makers on Friday and Saturday, watch various demonstrations and buy some real quality brooms.This year's SweepIn events will be indoors in the Administration Building. Admission is half-price - only $6 for adults and $4 for children for SweepIn and the Craft Village.

All weekend there will be art brooms on display for visitors to view and vote on for a people’s choice award to be presented Saturday at 4 p.m. Some of the art brooms will also be available to purchase. Along with the art brooms, many of the broom makers will be offering their brooms for sale. Those wanting to learn the art of broom making will have an opportunity to purchase broom making supplies and tools.

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Join in a traditional Shape Note Singing School

Come to the Ozark Folk Center State Park to sing and learn about the choral music of our frontier ancestors on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 2012 - or just come and listen. You will be led by experienced teachers of unaccompanied four-shape and seven-shape traditions that formed the roots of our present day gospel and congregational singing.
 
Sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on both days and take place on the Main Stage in the Large Music Auditorium. Participating singers will be invited to be part of the Friday evening program in the Ozark Folk Center State Park Auditorium.
 
Admission to the class is free. Please call our front desk at 870-269-3851 to register. Enter through the main entrance at our Music Auditorium for the classes both days. Parking is available at the main lot and shuttle buses will be running to the auditorium.
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Good stickers and other Yarb Tales

This past weeks, the garden has been dry, a perfect condition for harvesting important herbal crops. Many kinds of seeds, everlasting flower heads and pods have matured, including milk thistle, (Silybum marianum) teasel, (Dipsacus spp.), coriander, (Coriandrum sativumum) and love-in-a-mist (Nigella). These are harvested by cutting the stems and inverting the seed heads into clean plastic buckets or paper sacks. The pods of teasel and love-in-a-mist are gently tapped on the sides of the buckets or sacks. The cilantro seeds (coriander) must be gently rubbed off of the top of the stems into the container.

Milk thistle is a wild edible and medicinal herb that is native to the Mediterranean region and is found throughout Europe, Central Asia, West and Eastern Africa. It should not be confused with the bad weed, Russian thistle, (Salsola kali tenuifolia). Uncontrolled Russian thistle plants are currently dispersing ripe seeds on the wind as would milk thistle, if left to its own devices. Neither plant is welcome in hay fields or pastures.

Milk thistle has white –marbled leaves and edible flower buds. All above ground parts are stiff and covered in sharp spines. The spines are removed from the young leaves and flower buds before cooking. The flower buds are eaten like artichokes.The roots may be eaten raw or boiled. The stems are hollow and are peeled and boiled.
 
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This Week's Skillet Specials

Crispy Popcorn Chicken Salad with your choice of dressing, roll & drink $6.49

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Cajun Shrimp Po’boy with tator tots & drinks $5.95

 
 

FRIDAY NIGHT IN July:

 

DeGray Lake State Park Special: Spicy Shrimp Served on a Bed of Garden Blend Rice with Grilled Vegetables $10.95
 

SATURDAY NIGHT IN July:

Seafood special: Fresh Herb Grilled Trout & Shrimp, baked potato, hushpuppies & side salad $12.95


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Performing this Week
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Clancey Ferguson & the Ragtags
Noon Program: Spinning Tales with Jeanette - As she spins fleece into yarn, Jeanette will share stories of how people began spinning yarn, using spinning wheels, weaving, sheep, goats and their history in the Ozarks.

Evening Music Wednesday through Saturday

 

Schedule Subject to Change

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.:  The New and the Gray

Noon Program: Garden Tours with Tina Marie - What's happening in the garden today? This program meets and then follows the leader through the park. Herbalist, gardener and musician Tina Marie Wilcox is nationally known for her programs on herbs and the Heritage Herb Gardens at the Ozark Folk Center.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Upjumpers
  • Big Foot Stompers
  • Glover Family
  • Herbin’ League
  • Mountain Magic

Schedule Subject to Change

 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Old Timers

Noon Program: Obadiah T. Fassbinder and his modern medical miracle—Carpet baggers and medicine shows roamed the south in the reconstruction years. Enjoy an entertaining half-hour learning how modern medicine can save you from all sorts of ills.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Old Timers
  • Lazy Goat Stringband
  • Roger Gardner
  • Possum Juice
  • Ozark Rhythm Cloggers

Schedule Subject to Change

 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: The Glover Family

Noon Program: Kathleen Connole - Native American peoples traveled through the Ozarks and hunted, fished and farmed these mountains. Kathleen shares their stories from the perspective of the plants they gathered, grew and loved in these deep valleys and rocky hillsides.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Charlie White
  • Clancey Ferguson & the Ragtags
  • Carolyn Carter
  • Lick Fork Pickers
  • Shapenote Singers

Schedule Subject to Change

 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Audrey Gilliam
 

Noon Program: Spinning Tales with Jeanette - As she spins fleece into yarn, Jeanette will share stories of how people began spinning yarn, using spinning wheels, weaving, sheep, goats and their history in the Ozarks.

 

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Lazy Goat Stringband
  • Adam Fudge
  • Odell Jackson
  • Original Flat Hoof Stringband
  • Jimmy Joe Sasser

Schedule Subject to Change

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