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2016 Events (23)

Understanding Tai Chi, Q & A

by Sifu Ron Weatherford

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Presented by: Sifu Ron Weatherford
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: North Tent

Tai Chi, Ron Weatherford, 2016Also leading a Tai Chi session (ADD LINK) on the Main Stage upper lawn at 10:00 am (Eastern), Sifu (meaning master or skilled leader) Ron Weatherford will lead an informal Q-and-A Tent Talk discussion at 1:00 pm (Eastern) in the North Tent about the history and practice of Tai Chi. Participants will learn about the benefits of simple breathing techniques and slow, relaxing exercises that help to circulate energy or chi throughout the body.

Weatherford, from Evansville, Indiana, began training in the Chinese style of martial art in 1977. His kung fu teacher, Sifu David Hobgood, included Tai Chi along with martial art training. Ron received his 1st degree Black Sash in Tai Lung Kuen Tao in 1980 and his 2nd degree in 1983. To enhance what he had learned about Tai Chi during his martial art training, he began a life-long study of Chi Gung and Tai Chi. From about 1985 through today, he has studied many different methods and styles as well as the study of Reiki. Since 1996, he has been teaching martial art, Chi Gung, and Tai Chi on a full-time basis along with sharing Reiki as the need arises. In recent years, he has trained with Tai Chi Master Margaret Muskoph and Chi Gung Master Kenneth Cohen at their seminars in Ferdinand. For more information visit http://www.sifuron.com/?page_id=7 or find Ron on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ron.weatherford.3?fref=ts.


The Sound of (Irish) Music

by Dan Otto

Dan Otto 2016 Blarney CastleTime: 4:00 pm
Location: South Tent

With roots in the medieval period, Irish traditional music experienced a revival in the 1960s and is recognized today as a popular musical genre worldwide. Irish music is performed by several renowned groups, some of which got their start in the '60s and '70s: The Chieftains, The Dubliners, Clannad, Planxty, and The Bothy Band. These acts’ popularity gave rise to popular bands of the '80s and '90s such as Altan, Dé Dannan, and Danú, which in turn inspired bands formed even more recently: Líadan, Beoga, Teada, and Gráda. The aforementioned groups and others represent the instrumental aspect of traditional Irish music. This tradition also encompasses such skills as dancing (Riverdance, Michael Flatley, Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, etc.) and singing (Celtic Woman, Enya, Moya Brennan, etc.). The popularity of Irish traditional music has also spawned Irish rock and punk acts such as Sinéad O’Connor, The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, and Flogging Molly, among others.

The bodhrán (frame drum) and tin whistle (Irish Gaelic: feadóg) are two of several instruments played in Irish traditional music sessions around the world. In his Tent Talk, Dan will discuss the history of these instruments and demonstrate their use. Dan will also discuss the art of singing in Irish traditional music and present songs in both the Irish and English languages.

Bio: Originally from Alfordsville, Daviess County, Indiana, Dan Otto now resides in Ferdinand and is a Treatment Program Facilitator at Dubois County Community Corrections in Jasper. Dan is a 2011 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, where as a member of the Chamber Choir, he went on three concert tours to the Republic of Ireland and gained a love for the folk music of that country. Dan has been playing Irish music in some capacity since 2008, when he first learned how to play the bodhrán. Dan was a member of the Rowan Tree Irish Traditional Band in Evansville for over three years, and has been playing in amateur sessions in Evansville, Washington, and Vincennes since 2010. Aside from Irish music, Dan’s interests include German language, literature and culture, teaching, reading, writing, hiking, and films, history and politics both foreign and domestic.


Project ACORN

Ferdinand's Four-Season Art, Music, Environment, Wellness Program

by members of the Project ACORN committee

Time: 3:00 pm
Location: North Tent

ACORN SkylineLearn all about Project ACORN—Ferdinand's brand new series of year-round classes, workshops, field trips, films, and concerts offered by community-minded Ferdinand-area residents. ACORN, an original, homegrown creation, stands for Art, Community, Originality, Rhythm, and Nature. Its all-volunteer committee—Rock Emmert (co-chair), Deb Abell (co-chair), Kris Lasher, Doug Abell, Jill Sicard, Brooke Daunhauer, and Collin Daunhauer—strives to celebrate and build community, to create an environment where good ideas can be planted and nurtured to grow. Inspired by the mission of the one-day Ferdinand Folk Festival to promote deeper appreciation for music, art, environmental awareness, and wellness, the committee organizes (usually free) fun and educational activities for all ages for each season of the year.

The inaugural summer season has included summer-long preparations for the Folk Fest's theatrical premiere of "Ferdinand the Bull (The Musical)", featuring nine talented children from the area. Based on the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, the production will be performed at 12:35 and 1:35 in the lower shelterhouse. Another offering was a series of ukulele-making classes offered by Doug and Deb Abell. Over the summer, they led 31 people of all ages to create their own ukuleles! Lessons will be provided this coming fall.

15 Summer Offerings:
1. Nature Photography, Eric Tretter
2. Children’s Summer Theater, Ferdinand the Bull, Kris Lasher, Leah Robling, Deb Abell
3. Meditation, Tina Drew
4. Appreciating Local Architecture, Any Metz
5. Fun Hikes in the Ferdinand Forest, Zach Wendholt, Brandon Olinger
6. Making a Ukulele, Doug and Deb Abell
7. Healthier Lifestyles Discussion, Phil Barth, Josh Emmons
8. Poetry Writing, Brodie Gress
9. Creative Non-fiction Writing, Brodie Gress
10. Wine-making Classes, Collin Daunhauer
11. Freeing Your Dream, Feeding the Soul of Your Community, workshop, Aim Me Smiley
12. Solar-powered Homes in Ferdinand Circle Discussion, local homeowners
13. Call of Life, environmental film
14. Mighty Kindness Hootenanny! Field Trip, Family-friendly Louisville festival
15. Shakespeare in Louisville's Central Park Field Trip

15 Autumn Offerings (to be announced in detail soon):
1. Painting Pumpkins, Brooke Daunhauer
2. Making Springerles, Miriam Ash and Carla Winner-Striegel
3. Cooking for Vegetarians, Miriam Ash
4. Crocheting, Kris Lasher
5. Healthy Eating: Beans, Josh Emmons
6. Healthy Eating: Sugars, Josh Emmons
7. Autumn Hike in Ferdinand State Forest or Hoosier National Forest, Steve Dekemper
8. Heartwood Fall Reunion in Paoli, IN, Myke Luurtsema
9. Strings and Stars, outdoor acoustic music and astronomy night, Ferdinand Forest
10. Folk Music Concert, upper Ferdinand Forest Shelter House, Eddie Leroy Burch and Rick Burch
11. Music Acting Duo, Troupe from Appalachian Mountains, TBA
12. Ukulele Lessons, Ray Major
13. Healing through Acupuncture and Acupressure, Dana Weidenbenner
14. Square Dance for the Trees, Lazy Black Bear, Paoli, IN
15. Irish Music Night TBA


Making Ukuleles!

by Guy and Brice Austin

Brice and AustinTime: 2:00 pm
Location: South Tent

Hear firsthand about the process of making your own ukulele from two local students who recently built their own instruments. Brothers Guy and Brice Austin spent three Saturday mornings in August in Doug and Deb Abell's popular Project ACORN class. In all, 31 ukuleles were made in their three separate courses (nine sessions total) in the Ferdinand area this summer, with lessons being offered in the coming fall season. In addition to making ukuleles, all involved also made some new friendships and enjoyed the camaraderie of working together on their art and music project in the friendly confines of Doug's woodshop. Brice and Guy will explain the step-by-step process involved in building the popular Hawaiian guitars from kits--from many pieces handcrafted into one beautifully sounding instrument. From sanding and gluing to customized staining and painting, they carefully added their bridges, tuners, and strings to complete their project. Attendees might even hear them play a tune or two. Stop by for this unique Tent Talk promoting the arts in our youth.

Guy and Brice are the sons of Tracy and Matt Austin of Schnellville. Guy is fifteen years old and attends Abeka Academy as a ninth grader. After being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a young age, Guy is flourishing both academically and socially. He has worked with speech, physical, occupational, behavioral, and music therapists. Music plays an important role in Guy's life. He has proven firsthand that music, along with other fine gross motor skill activities, helps him successfully overcome his exceptions both verbally and mentally. Guy has taken lessons in piano and zylophone, and he looks foward to ukelele lessons and future wood working and art classes with Project ACORN.

Brice is thirteen years old and attends Forest Park Jr.-Sr. High School as a seventh grader. Brice is an active young man who enjoys music, golf, hunting, fishing, and most activities that include socializing. He has taken lessons in violin, piano, zylophone, baritone, and percussion. He will concentrate predominantly on percussion, as he looks forward to becoming a Marching Ranger in high school. Since building his ukelele, he has enjoyed figuring it out himself and playing tunes by ear; however, like Guy, he also looks forward to group lessons and other wood working and art classes with Project ACORN. Both Guy and Brice are involved as a volunteers in their church and in their youth group, and they serve as "gophers" for the Marching Ranger Band.

Stay tuned for future classes by Doug, a professional woodworker. Thanks to Deb and Doug for their hospitality and generous spirit in making these classes a huge success in Project ACORN's inaugural season. For hundreds of ACORN photos highlighting the 15 summer offerings and exciting upcoming autumn announcements, visit https://www.facebook.com/ferdinandprojectacorn/, and consider attending the Project ACORN Tent Talk.



Morning Hike in the Ferdinand State Forest

Trees Forest WalkExplore the natural beauty and biological diversity right here in the Ferdinand area with the new Evansville area Sierra Club and the Indiana Forest Alliance. The public is invited to hike through Ferdinand State Forest with the secretary of the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club, Bowden Quinn, the Outreach director of the Indiana Forest Alliance, Sandy Messner, and USI biology professor and Outings Chair of the new Southwestern Indiana Network of the Sierra Club, Eric McCloud.

The hike will be a beautiful 5-mile walk in late summer/early autumn. Along the way, hikers will see a proposed wild land consisting of older stands of trees and talk about the state logging sales policies that may result in the cutting of that forest stand. Trail conditions should be relatively easy and views from the fire tower outstanding. Hikers are invited to enjoy the Ferdinand Folk Festival after the hike. For start time, location, further information, and to sign up for the hike, contact Eric McCloud via Facebook messenger or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Children's Dream Wall

Children RunningTime: All day
Location: Lower shelter house

Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, the Folk Fest planners will provide a special, hands-on opportunity for children to write their dreams on a 4 x 8' ft. chalkboard.


Andy and Henry Hagedorn Children's Concert

Andy and Henry Hagedorn 2016Time: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Lower shelter house

Andy Hagedorn and his 12-year-old son Henry are back for the Folk Fest for the second year. Last year they performed on three stages in the festival—the lower shelterhouse, the Market Stage, and they even filled in on the Main Stage. Andy and his 12-year-old son Henry are from the Adyeville/Bristow area. Andy is originally from Ferdinand and has been playing, singing, and songwriting since he was a kid. His son Henry began playing along on the fiddle and mandolin a couple years ago. "I love a good song; a song you can relate to," Andy says. "That’s what I love about classic country and folk. Sometimes when there’s not a song that comes to mind that speaks to what I’m feeling, I’ll sit down and write one. I’m not a super-talented musician, so I keep it simple. Meaningful lyrics with a few simple chords—to me that’s folk music. I’m thrilled that Henry enjoys the same type of music."


Strings Violin Concert and Instrument Interaction

Strings 2016Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Lower shelter house.

Children will be introduced to the regional music education group Strings, an organization dedicated to professional personalized violin instruction. They will also have the opportunity to hold and handle musical instruments.

Strings, Inc., is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing professional personalized violin instruction according to the Suzuki method for students in south-central Indiana. Although located primarily in the Jasper-Ferdinand area, during its history Strings, Inc., has served students from Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike, Daviess, Gibson, Martin and Crawford counties. The organization was formed in part because local school districts in these counties do not offer stringed instrument instruction in their schools. The Suzuki method of music education was developed in Japan by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) in 1945 and was introduced to the United States in the 1960s. The Suzuki method is based on the mother tongue approach to learning. Just as all children learn to speak their native language through a natural process of listening to, imitating, and repeating what they hear, so can children first learn to play the violin and subsequently learn how to read notes. Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy is designed to develop concentration, awareness, and attention in student’s growing appreciation for the art of music. The Suzuki method is recognized and used worldwide as a great tool for the training of the arts. Unlike larger city schools that offer an orchestra program, local school districts do not provide stringed instrument education.

Strings, Inc., is the only organized string music education program in the Dubois, Spencer, Pike and Martin County area. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/Strings-Inc-503194133092974/ and https://stringsinc.wordpress.com/.


Ferdinand the Bull (The Musical)

Ferdinand the Bull cast 2016Time: 12:35 pm - 1:00 pm and 1:35 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Lower shelter house.

Inspired by the children's story, The Story of Ferdinand, written in 1936 by Munro Leaf, this mini-musical is the culmination of a children's theater class offered to local students this summer through Project ACORN - Ferdinand's new year-round arts, music, environment, and wellness program. Nine children, ages 5 to 11 will share their singing and acting talents, after spending the summer learning a variety of acting skills through interactive play. The story of "Ferdinand the Bull (The Musical)" shares the experiences of a young bull who does not like to fight as his peers do. Ferdinand must be who he is, no matter what others expect of him.

For more info about Project ACORN and to see photos of the summer theatre program, visit https://www.facebook.com/ferdinandprojectacorn/.

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