The Blue Moon
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  VOL. 12  NO. 6

November/December 2005
In This Issue
bullet The Arts and Hurricane Relief Efforts
bullet On the National Front
bullet Arts Council News
bullet Around Kentucky
bullet Craft Marketing News
bullet Focus on Folklife
bullet Arts in Education
bullet Resources and Reports
bullet Quotable Quote
bullet Hot Dates

Kentucky: Unbridaled Spirit, The Kentucky Arts Council

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Focus on Folklife

More than Music: A Heritage Driving Tour of Kentucky's Route 23



Eastern Kentucky's U.S. Hwy 23, the "Country Music Highway," is the subject of a new heritage driving tour produced by the Kentucky Folklife Program.

The driving tour includes three compact discs narrated by country star Ricky Skaggs, a native of Lawrence County, through which the Country Music Highway passes as it wends its way 150 miles through Kentucky from Portsmouth, Ohio at the northern end to Whitesburg, Ky. at the southern end on the Virginia border.

The narrative CDs tell the story of the Appalachian experience through interviews with some musicians and other community members along the way. Topics include the importance of regional culture, work, religion and family, as well as music.

You may place an advance order of this driving tour guide for a special price of $19.99 by contacting Sarah Milligan at The regular price will be $24.99 when the project is released later this winter.

2005 Kentucky Folklife Festival a Big Success

Kentucky State University’s fraternities and sororities share their step-dance traditions with a captive audience at the Community Crossroads stage.

The 2005 Kentucky Folklife Festival was a success, thanks to the deep commitment of researchers, artists, staff, and volunteers. New research by folklorists and Community Scholars provided an abundance of new programming alongside some favorite artists from previous Festivals. A record high attendance was evident this year, while narrative stages, foodways demonstrations, learning workshops, and hands-on activities provided in-depth encounters for visitors and school groups.

Below are images from this year's celebration of Kentucky's folk culture.


Young dancers from St. John Viannay Church in Louisville demonstrate traditional Vietmamese dance that they practice in their community.


12-year-old Mary Norris makes pecan pie following a family recipe on the Foodways Stage. An abundance of pecan groves in Western Kentucky makes the pies a strong tradition in Mary’s region.


Charlie Whitaker and his apprentice Erin Cokonaugher call the square dances for Carcassonne Community Center dancers at Saturday evening’s Highway 23 concert.


Members of the Dry-Stone Conservancy completed a stone footbridge at Frankfort’s Riverview Park during the three days of the Festival.


Russ Kennedy demonstrates western Kentucky burgoo-making to a group of students on the Old Capitol Lawn.


John Harrod (wearing a cap), winner of a Governor’s Award in the Arts, performs with his old-time music group Kentucky Wild Horse.


Cristina Cuevas shares a Day of the Dead altar, a sacred family tradition brought with her from Mexico to Kentucky. The altar honors deceased family members and ancestors during the important holiday.


Kentucky Folklorists and Community Scholars Participate in American Folklore Society Annual Meeting


Planning is taking place for another meeting of the Kentucky Folklife Association, slated to occur in the spring of 2006. Watch the Blue Moon Focus on Folklife and the Kentucky Folkweb-, for updates.

Kentucky had a strong representation at this year's American Folklore Society Annual Meeting which drew participants from all over the world. The conference was in Atlanta, Georgia from October 19-23, with a focus on "Folklore, Equal Access, and Social Action."

At the meeting, Kentucky Folklife Program staff hosted a forum titled Community Scholars Programs: A Forum on Training and Coordinating Local Fieldworkers and Presenters. The session addressed the benefits, issues, successes, and challenges of Community Scholars programs. Gabrielle Beasley and Janet Gates, two Community Scholars from Kentucky, received grants from the American Folklore Society to support their participation in the meeting. Representatives from Alabama and South Carolina also discussed their ongoing Community Scholars programs. Topics included early development of programs, as well as current changes and future trends.

Kentucky folklorists were also active in the other areas of the Annual Meeting. Kentucky Historical Society Senior Archivist and folklorist Dr. Doug Boyd led a session titled Equal Access and Representation, during which he discussed the development of the Kentucky Oral History Commission's online Civil Rights Project. Western Kentucky University's Folk Studies Department professors read academic papers and hosted sessions related to their research.

For more information about the American Folklore Society, visit

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