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Tuesday - May 14, 2013

Thumbpicking Weekend

Merle Travis was a phenomenal showman and master of the "thumb picking" style of guitar.  He enjoyed playing at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. This weekend we pay tribute to him as well as others who have embraced this unique and melodic technique.
We'll have mini concerts both days at 11:00 in the White Oak Theater; a panel discussion of the influence of Merle Travis on Saturday afternoon and concerts both evenings featuring artists who follow Merle's style.
The contest portion of our Thumb-Picking weekend is on a one year hiatus. While we take this year off, rest assured the contest will be back in 2014 as part of a new and improved Thumb-Picking Weekend complete with workshops and master classes from our visiting artists.
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Garden Glory Days

The Heritage Herb Garden is in it’s full May glory right now. The weather has been perfect for the plants and we are ready to share them with you.

Scattered among and wrapped around the craft shops, restaurant and other buildings in the Ozark Folk Center State Park, The Heritage Herb Garden is a nationally respected garden that interprets the plants and plant products that were important to the people of the Ozarks between 1840 and 1920; further, the Heritage Herb Garden is a center for study through workshops and seminars and thereby increases attendance at the Ozark Folk Center. In the words of Hillary Rodham Clinton, on June 7, 1986, at Heritage Herb Garden Dedication: “It’s not just a decorative garden; it’s a repository of past knowledge.”

The weeks of May 14-18 and May 21-25 we focus on The Heritage Herb Garden with daily tours at 11 a.m. and a Musical Tea at 3:00 on Friday.

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Skillet Restaurant Specials This Week

This week's Skillet lunch specials are:
Bowl of Ham & Beans and Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Iced Tea $6.49


Black Bean Patty served with Wild Rice & Baby Carrots, Roll & Iced Tea $7.49

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Performing this week

 In the picture - Bette Rae Miller, Mary Gillihan, Robert Gillihan and Kay Thomas identify folks in old pictures and talk about the days of yore at the 40th Anniversary party on May 5, 2013. Stay tuned for more 40th Anniversary events.
Tuesday - Saturday
Daytime Musicians in the Craft Village 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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Daytime Musicians: Mother’s Cabin

Noon Program: Mary Gillihan and the Women of Mountain Music: Park Interpreter Mary Gillihan was blessed to have known Alameda Riddle, Jean Jennings, and many of the women ballad singers of the Ozark past. In her program she shares their songs and stories with you. You may want to bring a hankie.

Evening Music Wednesday through Saturday

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Daytime Musicians: Glover Family

Noon Program: Garden Tours with Tina Marie: What's happening in the heritage garden today? This program meets at the Bessie Moore deck 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 State Park.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Leatherwoods
  • Jo Fudge
  • Joe Jewell
  • The Original Flat Hoof Stringband
  • Mike McGhee
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Daytime Musicians: The Original Flat Hoof Band    

Noon Program: Spinning Tales with Auntie Jen: As she spins fleece into yarn, Auntie Jen 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.

  • Robert & Mary Gillihan
  • Old Timers
  • Bess Kelley & Friends
  • Lick Fork Pickers
  • Ozark Rhythm Cloggers
Friday, May 17, 2013
Daytime Musicians: Whoa Mule!
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.

Young Pioneers for children ages 7-14 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Moon Mullins & Theda Shirley
  • Muriel Anderson
  • Ben Hall
  • Eddie Adcock
  • Tall Timber
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Daytime Musicians: Audrey Giliam
11:00 in the White Oak - Merle Travis tribute jam (Craft Village admission required)
         at the Herb Shoppe - Garden Tour
Noon Program: Spinning Tales with Auntie Jen: As she spins fleece into yarn, Auntie Jen will share stories of how people began spinning yarn, using spinning wheels, weaving, sheep, goats and their history in the Ozarks.
2:00 in the White Oak - Panel discussion on the influence of Merle Travis.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Muriel Anderson
  • Moon Mullins
  • Ben Hall
  • Hard Times
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