Folk College event celebrates 15 years

HUNTINGDON – Folk College, the annual music event hosted by the Huntingdon County Arts Council at Juniata College, will celebrate 15 years this coming weekend.

Linda Littleton of the musical trio Simple Gifts is involved in the event – which started in Clarion before moving to Huntingdon in 2005 – and provides workshops, concerts, dances and, through outreach, components in public schools.

This year, more than 70 workshops will introduce novice musicians to concepts of folk music, while the more advanced musicians may choose from master classes or workshops specific to a certain instrument or technique.

Two concerts, many jams, a dance and a community of fellow musicians round out the weekend.

Folk College has received four National Endowment for the Arts grants.

The event features a faculty that encompasses nationally recognized master musicians, professional performers and music instructors.

Music workshops will begin with master classes on Friday morning, with separate registration required, and general workshops will start on Friday afternoon lasting through Sunday morning.

A Friday evening concert features Simple Gifts, Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet, the Hot Seats and Tomchess, followed by jamming.

On Saturday evening, the concert includes Dede Wyland and Henry Koretzky, Laura Cortese and Mariel Vandersteel, Orrin Star and Bruce Molsky. The concert is followed by a contra dance and jamming opportunities. Evening activities are open to the public with tickets available at the door.

Registration forms are available online at Additional information is available by calling the Huntingdon County Arts Council at 643-6220 or 599-6000 or by e-mail at huntingdonarts@gmail. com.