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Songwriters' Workshop: "Access Your Deeper Self through Song"

by main stage artist Amber Rubarth  
4:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
upper shelterhouse
Bring pen and paper.
FFF 2019 Amber Rubarth WorkshopJoin internationally-acclaimed songwriter Amber Rubarth in this stimulating workshop using songwriting and improv techniques to access deeper levels of your creative being! Many people have difficulty accessing their creative selves by focusing too much on the end result, placing unnecessary judgment or pressure on the process, or never starting out of fear of failure. This workshop helps reconnect to the child inside who is born an artist (every child is an artist!) as we play with tools to access curiosity, subconscious, and wonder. Come ready to have fun challenging yourself to open doors to deeper parts of your self!

Yoga for Children

by Samantha Knies Gray

12:30 pm Eastern

Upper lawn from main stage

FFF 2018 Yoga for Kids 3With the incorporation of a fun story, Samantha Knies Gray, RYT, will teach gentle, fun stretches that children can do every day. She will also focus on breathing and meditation techniques to help calm the body and mind. Children should dress comfortably. Blankets and a stuffed animal friend or doll for Savasana (resting pose) are welcomed. Samantha, a native of Bretzville and graduate of Forest Park and Purdue University, is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. In addition to teaching regular yoga classes at Fire Horse Yoga and the YMCA, she attends regular classes and training and maintains a daily practice at home, believing in taking time out of our busy lives to rest and restore our bodies and minds. Samantha strives to bring a deep level of peace and an awareness of body and breath to every student she teaches. A mother to two daughters—ages 3 and 7—she has been incorporating yoga and meditation techniques into their lives since they were born. The power of a regular yoga practice for children protects them from injury and helps them manage their reactions and emotions.

1974 VolksWagon Bus on Display

by Danny Schnell
All day
Location TBD

FFF 2019 Danny Schnell VW Bus 1974 CROPPEDDanny Schnell has always had a love of cars, although "I am not mechanically inclined, which certainly would be beneficial," he states. He has had many cars in his life including Mustangs, Corvettes, Chevelle, Camaro, vans ("back when they were hippie style before soccer Moms drove them"), and numerous others. Currently, he has 3 Chevy Corvair convertibles, a 1977 Chevy LUV (which he purchased new), and a 1974 VW bus which he has owned for 7 years. "I have never been a fan of foreign cars, but I must say my bus is ranking pretty high on my all-time favorite list," Danny states. "I have never had a vehicle that draws so much attention from such a wide range of people. It is not what you would consider a trophy winner at car shows, but I do enjoy the attention it gets. I enter it in some of the local car shows, but that has become secondary to my bicycling." 

Morning Flow Yoga (Teens + Adults) @ The Ferdinand Folk Festival

by Samantha Knies Gray, RYT (Fire Horse Yoga)  
10:00 - 10:45 am
Hillside east and above the Main Stage
FFF 2019 Samantha Knies Gray Adult YogaSamantha Knies Gray, RYT, from Fire Horse Yoga in Jasper will be leading a free, beginner-friendly, morning flow yoga class to kick-off the festival in a mindful and positive way. Extra mats and props will be available, but please bring your own mat (or a towel/blanket) if you have one, as well as sunscreen and a water bottle. Please notify Samantha of any health conditions before beginning the class.
Samantha made yoga a daily part of her life when she lived in Carmel, Indiana – maintaining a home practice when she wasn’t sweating it out during hot classes after work. She began practicing at Fire Horse after moving back home to Dubois County in January 2016. Samantha fell in love with yin yoga after taking one class with Julia Jalles and knew that she wanted to bring this practice to the lives of others. She finished her 200-hour teacher training at Fire Horse in November 2017 and is passionate about the benefits of all yoga, but especially yin, restorative, and children’s yoga.

In addition to teaching, Sam attends regular Yin and Vinyasa classes at Fire Horse and maintains a daily practice at home with her two young daughters. She’s an avid believer in taking time out of our busy lives to rest and restore our bodies and minds. Samantha’s intention is to bring a deep level of peace and an awareness of body and breath to every student she teaches.

Morton Energy: Solar Panel Demonstration

by Jim Daniels

All day, market area
FFF 2019 Solar CROPPEDJim Daniels will demonstrate how solar panels hooked to a fan and light generate electricity. Also present might be a small pedal device so people can generate some electricity of their own. Jim is a lifelong resident of Evansville, retired from Recycling Coordinator Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District, Past involvement with Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Izaak Walton League, and Sustainable Evansville. He is currently a consultant for Morton Solar and Electric.
Carpenter Owl Tiny House "Concert Car"
early afternoon
Location TBD
The Concert Car tiny house is a 20-seat venue mobile living room venue. It is set up to live stream and film small shows. In the future Carpenter Owl would like to add 4 more seats and sleeping space so that 6 musicians can travel together. The company hopes to arrange bigger tours in the future and are actively looking for collaborators. Also possibly making an appearance at the Folk Fest may be The Broomsticks Bakery--a vegan bakery fully licensed for use in Monroe County. For more info, visit

2019 Printable Schedule & Map

FFF printable schedule 2019