2016 Folklife Activities

Expanded Hours!

Due to popular demand, the Folklife activities for 2016 have extended hours. The event will start at 10am and end at 4pm. Two more hours of fun and entertainment!


Children's Harmonica Workshop

Art Woodard 12:00pm

Children’s Harmonica Workshop – Harmonicas and Kazoos will be provided.


Made By Hand

Peter Chavalier

Will be making post and rung chairs and will have his shaving horse for people to try their hand at it.


Musical Traditions

Minnie Black Gourd Band

Minnie Black’s Gourd Band is a tribute to an all-gourd senior citizens band of the same name led by the “Kentucky Gourd Lady.” The band features gourd instruments crafted and inspired by Minnie Black (1899-1996), who created hundreds of sculptures and instruments from the gourds she raised in her garden, Minnie’s daughter entrusted the instruments to Eric Ridenour of Evansville, Indiana, who restored and enhanced them. The new band began performing in March 2016.


Antique Bicycles

The Wheelmen

The Wheelmen is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping alive the heritage of American cycling, promoting the restoration and riding of early cycles manufactured prior to 1918, and encouraging cycling as part of modern living. This organization follows bicycle development with such types as the Draissine, Velocipede, Boneshaker, Ordinary (also known as a High Wheeler or Penny Farthing), Tricycle, High Wheel Safety, Hard Tired Safety, Cushion Tire Safety and Pneumatic Safety (including Tandems and Chainless models). Many of these antique bicycles were instrumental in The Good Roads Movement from which America has benefited to this day. This web site is proud to honor all the early cycling achievements and the people behind them.


Soap Making

Lucia Felty with LuciaSoapsEtc

Want to know how the pioneers would have made soap? Lucia Felty from LuciaSoapsEtc will be demonstrating and talking about making soap the way her grandmother did in the early 1900s with animal fats and lye. For safety reasons there won’t be an iron kettle over an open fire, but you can get a glimpse of the soapmaking process of long ago.

Lucia will have her modern soaps, made with vegetable oils and butters, available for sale at the site.