Spring Folk School Classes at the Ozark Folk Center State Park March 12-16th!

The Ozark Folk Center State Park is offering a variety of classes in crafts such as Knife Making, Broom Making, Blacksmithing, Weaving, Spinning, Letterpress Printing, Soap Making, Pottery and much more during the Spring Ozark Folk School, March 12-16, 2018.

These classes in traditional and contemporary crafts are for students 16 and up. Registration is available now. Visit the web site at www.OzarkFolkCenter.com for a complete list of classes, registration deadlines and class fees, or call 870-269-3851 for more information or to register over the phone.

“Our resident artisans at the Ozark Folk Center State Park begin with talent and then have the opportunity to practice their crafts until they achieve mastery,” said Jeanette Larson, Craft Director at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. “Part of our mission at the park is to teach these crafts and perpetuate the tradition of fine Ozark craftsmanship. Our classes offer everyone a chance to learn these crafts hands-on, from a skilled crafts person and teacher.”

The Cabins at Dry Creek, located in the park, offer special rates on rooms for Ozark Folk School students staying more than five days.  Book your stay when you call to register for your class.

The mission of Ozark Folk Center State Park is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner; through craft demonstrations, musical programs, the Heritage Herb Garden, workshops and other special events.

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.