N.C. Folklife Festival schedule
The North Carolina Folklore Society turns 100 this year, and in observance of the anniversary the 2013 N.C. Folklife Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Carrboro.
The Saturday festival is the first statewide folk festival held in 35 years, said Joy Salyers, director of the N.C. Folklife Institute. The North Carolina Folklore Society is a nonprofit organization that preserves the state’s folk heritage. That heritage includes music, crafts, food, storytelling and other traditions.
All daytime events are free and open to the public. Highlights include the unveiling of a new historical marker to Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten at 3 p.m. and the North Carolina Folklore Society awards ceremony at 6. The celebration’s finale is the ticketed All Stars of Folk Revue featuring Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes, with guests including Chester McMillian and Backstep, performing at 8 p.m. the ArtsCenter. (Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door.)
Here is a list of festival programs:
-- Traditional Makers Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carrboro Elementary School.
Seagrove potter Sid Luck and other artists will demonstrate traditional crafts.
-- Traditional Foodways for Modern Health, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carrboro Elementary School.
-- Special Foodways Workshops, Open Eye Café, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Coffee roasting demonstrations
-- Cliff’s Meat Market, 2 p.m. Owner will demonstrate ways different communities use the same cut of meat differently.
-- Documentary Film Series 11a.m.-5p.m., The Station.
Documentary screenings of North Carolina’s traditions and folkways.
-- Dance, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Century Center and throughout town.
Folk dance traditions featuring the Green Grass Cloggers from Greenville, flat footing workshop with live music, break dancing with Style of Motion and dancers from the Cambodian Cultural Center.
-- Music 10 a.m.-6 p.m., throughout town.
Performers include Kim Arrington and Victor Moore, Joseph Decosimo, Wilton DuBois, John Dee Holeman, Steve Kruger and the Occoneechee Nighthawks, Rick Ward, Bob Whyte, gospel show featuring the Branchettes, Gospel Tones, and Gospel Jubilators, and more.
-- Preview of the Carrboro Music Festival, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Carrboro Town Commons.
Performers are Barleycorn & Rye; The Mighty Gospel Inspirations; Mary Rocap, Lise Uyanik, Charlie Ebel, & Bob Mutter; Charles Pettee and Friends.
-- Visual Arts, ArtsCenter, North Carolina Crafts Gallery and Carrboro Elementary School.
“North Carolina Textiles: The Fabric of a State,” ArtsCenter (currently on display); “Libba Cotten in Photographs,” ArtsCenter (Saturday only); Seagrove pottery and fiber art, North Carolina Crafts Gallery; On the Street Tattoo Documentation, (Saturday only – have your tattoo photographed and tell its story.); N.C. Language and Life Project Exhibit, Carrboro Elementary School (Saturday only).
-- Stories in Word and Song.
Storytellers, spoken word artists, and other narrative experts will perform. Featuring Dasan Ahanu, Orville Hicks, Rodney Kemp, Claire Ramsey, Alice Clark Sallins, and more.
-- Unveiling of Libba Cotten Historical Marker, 3 p.m., northwest corner of the intersection of the Southern Rail line and Main Street.
Program immediately following the unveiling in the ArtsCenter featuring music by John Dee Holeman and Friends, with ArtsCenter director Art Menius, Mayor Mark Chilton, County Commission Chair Barry Jacobs, William Ferris, and Glenn Hinson.
-- North Carolina Folklore Society Award Winners Reception, 4:30 p.m., ArtsCenter.
-- North Carolina Folklore Society Awards Ceremony, 6 p.m., ArtsCenter.
The 2013 winners of the Brown Hudson and Community Traditions Awards will be celebrated, with additional recognition for those who have won awards over the decades.
-- All Stars of Folk Revue, 8 p.m., ArtsCenter.
Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes, Chester McMillian and Backstep, the Gospel Tones and more will jam the stage in a finale salute to North Carolina’s folk music traditions. For tickets, visit www.artscenterlive.org ($5 advance; $8 at door).