Glorious fall weather has always brought folks out of the hills to gather and trade harvest, stories and information. This fall, a new event at the Ozark Folk Center will showcase that heritage. The Ozark Trader’s Rendezvous, from Oct. 5 through Oct. 9 will feature demonstrations of trade beads, leatherwork, black powder riflemaking, knifemaking, broom tying, wood carving, cooperage, soapmaking, spinning and weaving and more.
Demonstrations throughout the week include:
• Rifle building at the Gunsmith Shop
• Knifemaking and history at the Knife Shop
• Rug weaving at the Spinning and Weaving Shop
• Glass beadmaking at the Flamework Glass Shop
• Carving at the Leather Shop
Classes will be held throughout the Rendezvous. Several of the craft shops are offering hands on craft opportunities in their shop. Check with the individual crafts people for details.
October 5 - Beginning Flamework Beadmaking class with Sage or Tom
History on a String - Glass BeadMaking talk by Tom Holland 11:00 a.m. in the Picnic Pavilion.
October 6&7 - Intermediate to Advanced Two Day Beadmaking workshop, taught by Sage and Tom Holland pre-registration and fees required.
October 6 and 8 - Lye soap making at the Soap Shed.
October 7, Glass History a Universal Language, Friday Night Slide presentation by Tom Holland. 7:00 p.m., White Oak Auditorium.
Saturday Oct 8
*Tom Holland, Glass Bead History 11:00 a.m., White Oak Auditorium
*Charley Sandage, stories and songs of the Traders 1:00 p.m. White Oak Auditorium
*Paper bead making workshop with Peggy Taylor 10 to noon Sign up in the Demonstration Classroom next to the Music Pavillion. $10 workshop fee in addition to craft village admission.
*Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop - taught by Josh Epperson. Cost is $30. Registration deadline Oct. 6
Sunday, Oct 9
Early Arkansas Pearl industry - 11:00 a.m. - White Oak Auditorium
Panel Discussion - Native Peoples Adornment Arts - 1:00 p.m. White Oak Auditorium
Special Beadmaking Demonstrations on the torch throughout the week in the Glass Shop
Regular Craft Village Admission covers all Rendezvous talks and demonstrations. Daily admission price is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free. A three day combination ticket will get an adult into to the Craft Village and the evening Music Shows for all three days for $40.00.
The application date for vendor booths for the Rendezvous has been extended to Oct. 3.
Visit the web site at www . ozarkfolkcenter . com for a complete list of classes, schedules and class information. Or call 870-269-3851 for more information or to register for workshops or vendor spots.