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Songwriters’ Circle

Bring that melody you've been humming. Bring that napkin with the half-written song. Bring that lyric you've been kicking around in your head. Bring your suggestions. Bring your questions. Bring your creative, constructive spirits of collaboration. Come join the circle!
The circle will be facilitated by Clayton N. Schroeder, singer-songwriter showcase performer in 2017 and 2018.

Turners Circus Aerial Dancers

1:00 – 5:00 pm, near merch tent


FFF 2018 Photo Turners and Puppets BESTThe aerial dancers from Turners Circus are returning to the Folk Fest! From a freestanding rig positioned near the merch tent and main lawn, performers of all ages and skill levels will provide ambiance performances, taking turns on aerial fabric (silk), static trapeze, hoop (lyra), rope, and Spanish web. Throughout the park, ground performers will also provide juggling, hoop, poi, unicycling, stilts, acro, or other entertainment for artistic appeal.
Turners’ motto "Sound Mind, Sound Body" supports health and wellness, a prominent theme of the festival. Turners was founded on the principles of improving our democracy by promoting freedom and equality for all humanity, health and physical education, cultural education, and rational thinking--in order to advance the health, happiness and progress of humankind. It emphasizes intellectual, cultural growth, and moral character through special classes under qualified and competent instructors. It recognizes the family's integral role and the harmonious education of the body and mind as the foundation of our communities.
For more information, visit http://www.louisvilleturners.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/turnerscircus/. Also visit http://www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com/ often in the coming weeks for exciting updates.

Fire Horse Morning Yoga Flow (for Teens, Adults)

10:00 – 10:45 am, on hill east and above the main stage
by Amanda Tadatada Gamble, Fire Horse Yoga

FFF 2017 Yoga PhotoIn this free, beginner-friendly, stress-reducing class, enjoy a Morning Yoga Flow session to start the festival in a healthy and positive way. Extra mats will be provided, but please bring your own if you have one. Bring water to keep yourself hydrated. If you have any health conditions, please notify Amanda before the session begins. Donations are welcomed. A children’s yoga class will follow at 11 am ET.


Amanda began practicing yoga in 2008 when she fell in love with hot yoga while attending graduate school at Western Kentucky University. She moved to Jasper for her full time job as a school psychologist and began teaching at Fire Horse in early 2011. Shortly after, Amanda completed her 200-hour training through Fire Horse. She is currently teaching a vinyasa flow class on Tuesdays at 6 pm ET at Fire Horse Yoga. Amanda continues to use yoga as a way to reduce stress and remain mindful in her own life.  She enjoys sharing this passion with both children and adults.

Tai Chi

10:00 – 10:45 am, on hill east and above main stage

by Vanessa Hurst

FFF 2018 Tent Talk Vanessa HurstOpen to all ages, in this free Tai Chi experience led by Ferdinand native, Vanessa Hurst, participants are invited to begin their day at the Folk Fest practicing an ancient art form to promote relaxation and natural balance—and create feelings of peace, calm, quiet, and alertness. All are encouraged to dress comfortably. Donations are welcomed.
Sifu Vanessa F. Hurst has taught 5Element Form Tai Chi for 12 years and is a Neural Synchrony™ facilitator, intuitive, and author. Earning a master’s degree in Natural Health, she shares her knowledge and vision and engages the inner wisdom of clients and students, with the end result increased mindfulness. She also has training in medical intuition, Quantum Healing, and Reiki.

Music Jam Session

All day, upper shelterhouse

9c313d09f9ef1f0e7e84ab8ccf31519aLed by dulcimer player John Sheckler, musicians and singer-songwriters with all levels and styles of music are invited to bring an instrument to jam with friends. The jam area is great for beginners needing an outlet to perform with others and possibly get guidance from more experienced musicians. Keeping time in sync with a group is a common struggle for many artists. The pace and atmosphere of the Folk Fest jam are supportive and novice-friendly, offering music, friendship, networking, and a chance to express oneself. Everyone is sure to enjoy the intimate, welcoming environment of the jam area. Sheckler is from Madison, Indiana, home to the renowned, annual RiverRoots Music and Arts Festival, held in early June on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River in the heart of the historic town famous for its well-preserved architecture and nature. Visit www.riverroots.org

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