Alabama Folk School Presents “From Scratch” Beginner Workshops

Words by Jenny Lynn Davis | Images Courtesy of Alabama Folk School

Are you eager to dive into the world of folk music and traditional crafts, but don’t know where to start? The Alabama Folk School has the perfect solution with its “From Scratch” 2024 workshops. These immersive sessions, taking place from February 23-25, 2024, offer a unique opportunity to learn the basics of various instruments and crafts, all within the stunning natural surroundings of the Camp McDowell wilderness.

The “From Scratch” weekend is tailored for true beginners, making it the ideal entry point for those interested in exploring the arts.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Classes with Experts: The workshops are led by expert musicians, artists, and craftspeople who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills.
  • Instrumental Instruction: Whether you want to pick up the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, or mountain dulcimer, there are classes available with experienced instructors.
  • Craft Workshops: Delve into the world of traditional crafts with workshops on ceramics, hand-stitch quilting, and basket weaving.
  • Foraging and Herbal Medicine: Explore the art of foraging and herbal medicine under the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor.
  • Lodging Options: Choose from a variety of lodging options, including private rooms or bunk-style cabins.
  • Scenic Surroundings: The Camp McDowell grounds boast over 1,140 acres of pristine forest, canyons, waterfalls, hiking trails, and serene streams. In your free time, you can embark on outdoor adventures like hiking or canoeing, or simply relax on a porch in a rocking chair.

Each class is led by a dedicated and experienced instructor:

  • Ben Ayers – Guitar
  • Bailey Hill – Banjo
  • Amy Alvey – Fiddle
  • Jason Bailey – Mandolin
  • Laurie Alsobrook – Mountain Dulcimer
  • Cameron Strouss – Foraging & Herbal Medicine
  • Jen Manning – Beginner Ceramics
  • Aaron Head – Hand Stitch Quilting
  • Sarah Bell – Basket Weaving

The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell was founded to enrich lives, reconnect people to music and traditional arts, and preserve Alabama’s cultural heritage. These workshops provide a unique opportunity for people to work creatively with their hands, minds, and spirits.

Don’t miss your chance to learn “From Scratch” in 2024. Registration is now open, and pricing is based on your choice of classes and lodging options.

Visit to learn more! WL

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