Children will find a variety of fun, state-of-the-art playground options, including a brand new set of four outdoor musical instruments gifted to the community by the 2017 Leadership Academy Project. The Folk Fest, with its commitment to children and music, happily contributed funds to support the project. Special thanks to the Ferdinand Park Department and Brett Pund for his role in helping to make music a year-round feature in the park. The group had the ribbon cutting Saturday, June 16, 2018, during the Ferdinand Heimatfest.
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.
10:00 – 10:45 am, on hill east and above main stage
by Vanessa Hurst
Open 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.
The 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.
10:00 – 10:45 am, on hill east and above the main stage by Amanda Tadatada Gamble, Fire Horse Yoga
In 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.