Herb Workshops


Canning Techinques - Preserving the Summer Harvest

Taught by Susan Belsinger

July 19, 2017

In this one day class, you will learn the basic techniques of water bath canning. We will prepare fruits and vegetables to make cucumber pickles with pickling spice and fresh dill: tomato salsa with hot chile peppers: and a seasonal fruit jelly or jam with lemon herbs. All of these use the boiling water bath method. You will go home with your jars of pickles, salsa and jam or jelly. Preregistration required. Click on the class title for details.

Fermentation is Fun, Easy & Good for You

taught by Susan Belsinger

July 20, 2017

In this one day class students will learn the basic techniques of fermentation - find out why probiotics are so good for us and become a fermentista! See how easy it is to make sauerkraut from scratch and learn many variations. Ferment peppers and make fermented chiles into a hot sauce. Make a seasonal vegetable pickle using a salt brine. Registration deadline one week prior to class date. Click on the class name for more information.

Fun & Healthy Herbal Foods

taught by Susan Belsinger

July 21, 2017

In this one day class you will learn how to make healthy recipes featuring herbs. See how simple it is to prepare her pastilles, which are handmade lozenges to use for anything from sore throats to indigestion, depending on the herbs used. We will also make "Zoomies" which are fashioned after Rosemary Gladstar's zoomballs - a tasty combination of nut butters, cocoa, dried fruits and herbs used for energy. We will discuss, taste and prepare herb syrups and elixirs, as well as the delightful summer coolers, Aquas frescas, prepared with seasonal fruits and herbs. Click on the class title for more details. Preregistration deadline one week before class date.


Fall Herb Workshop Details will go live July 30... please check back.


Sumptuous Herb Harvest Supper

October 5, 2017
Join us for a wonderfully educational meal while enjoying the foods and folkways.  The three main course entrees always include a vegetarian options. The reception is hosted by the Herb society of America's Ozark Unit members who also research and plan the meal.

Herb Harvest Festival

October 6-7, 2017
Nationally know and regional herbalists, local herbal merchants, and plantsmen will share their knowledge in this annual seminar.  This year's festival will focus on connecting herbs of the Central America and the West Indies to the Ozarks herb gardening and cultural traditions.  The full program will be announced by July 30, 2017.



Music Workshops 


Autoharp Workshop



June 8-10, 2017


The annual Auto Harp Workshop features instruction for all levels of players with the nation's top players and teachers.  The event includes special performances from instructors and local performers who specialize in traditional playing styles.




String Band Weekend



June 23-24, 2017


Hone your skills as an ensemble performer in guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo.  Classes are focused on group playing and performing with guest instructors from across the country.




Annual shape Note Gathering



 July 6-8, 2017


Venues - OFC Music Auditorium & White Oak Theater, Stone County Historical Society




Old Time Fiddle Weekend



August 10-12, 2017


All fiddle all the time with a special emphasis on traditional old time Ozark style.  Nightly concerts and a one day master class featuring some of the premier players as well as a good ol' fashioned fiddle contest.




Arkansas State Fiddle Championship



August 11-12, 2017





Grandpa and Ramona Jones Banjo Weekend



August 31- September 2, 2017



Events include a Thursday master class for all levels focusing on the traditional claw hammer style of playing made famous by Grandpa Jones and performances from the nation's top banjo players.




Arkansas State Championship Banjo Contest



September 2, 2017



Sponsored by Old Time Ozark Traditions, this contest has divisions for all age groups with cash prizes for all winners in traditional claw hammer style banjo.




Folk Dance Days



September 8-9, 2017



This event features three days of workshops for people of all ages that focus on traditional dance styles such as clogging, jig, dancing, and contra dances.  Dance troupes, instructors, and bands converge on the Ozark Folk Center State Park for an intense weekend of fun.


Craft Classes 2017


Painting the Bob Ross Way

June 29, 2017
Painting can be a relaxing and enjoyable art. Come to the Ozark Folk Center State Park and learn to create your own unique beautiful paintings. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.


Ozark Folk School Summer Classes

July 17-21, 2017
Spend an entire week immersed in learning one or several new crafts, or just a day polishing up your skills. Classes offered in this session are: Pottery, Sheep to Shawl, Weaving, Printing and many more. Part of our mission at the park is to pass these crafts on through traditional hands on teaching. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.

Canning Techniques - Preserving the Summer Harvest
taught by Susan Belsinger
July 19, 2017
In this one day class, you will learn the basic techniques of water bath canning. We will prepare fruits and vegetables to make cucumber pickles wit pickling spice and fresh dill; tomato salsa with hot chile peppers; and a seasonal fruit jelly or jam with lemon herbs. We will process all these using the boiling hot water bath method. You will go home with your own jars of pickles, salsa and jam or jelly. Click on the class title for details.

Fermentation is Fun, Easy & Good for You
taught by Susan Belsinger
July 20, 2017
In this one day class, students will learn the basic techniques of fermentation - find out why probiotics are so good for us - and become a fermentista! See how easy it is to make sauerkraut from scratch and learn many variations. Ferment peppers and make fermented chilies into a hot sauce. Make a seasonal vegetable pickle using a salt brine. Registration deadline in one week prior to class date. Click on the class name for more information.

Fun & Healthy Herbal Foods
taught by Susan Belsinger
July 21, 2017
In this one-day class, you will learn how to make some healthy recipes featuring herbs. See how simple it is to prepare herbal pastilles, which are handmade lozenges use for anything from sore throats to indigestion, depending on the herbs used. We will also make "zoomies" which are fashioned after Rosemary Gladstar's zoomballs- a tasty combination of nut butters, cocoa, dried fruits and herbs used for energy. We will discuss, taste and prepare herb syrups and elixirs, as well as the delightful summer coolers, Aguas frescas, prepared with seasonal fruits and herbs. Click on the class title for more details.

Knitting Lace & Shaping Knitted Pieces

by Rusti Barger
July 21, 2017 (1-day class)
The perfect followup to the springtime beginner knitting class! Take your basic knitting skills to the next level with various shaping & Lace-knitting techniques.  Make your own lace-patterned cotton spa/dish cloth, using various increases, decreases, and lace techniques. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.

Cable Knitting


July 22, 2017 (1-day class)
by Rusti Barger
Once you have mastered beginning knitting techniques, make your next project amazing with cable knitting.  Make cabled headband/ear warmer using your newly acquired cabling skills. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.


Apothecary 101

July 22, 2017(1-day class) - This Class is Full

taught by Linda Odom
In this one-day class, students will learn the basics of beginning a personal herbal apothecary, using herbs to produce tinctures and salves. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.


Knitting in the Round on Circular Needles

July 23, 2017 (1-day class)
taught by Rusti Barger
Take the mystery out of knitting in the round with a friendly, low-stress approach to circular knitting.  Create your own knitted headband. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.


Soap Making; Clean and Natural

July 31-Aug 1, 2017(2-day class)
taught by Linda Odom
Class is full..In this two-day class you'll learn to make wholesome soaps using old-fashioned ingredients and modern methods. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class. Click on link to see other dates for soap classes...


Painting the Bob Ross Way

August 10, 2017
Painting can be a relaxing and enjoyable art. Come to the Ozark Folk Center State Park and learn to create your own unique beautiful paintings. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.




Chandling 101

August 17, 2017 (1-day class)
Learn to make beautiful, functional candles from adamantine and beeswax. This “hands on” class focuses on the use of beeswax and adamantine, in both candle and soap making.  Under the direction of master chandler Traci Glover, you will produce candles and soap using these traditional materials. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.


Basic Leather Crafting

August 18, 2017 (1-day class)
taught by Janice Clark
In this class you will learn basic leather crafting skills of tooling, staining, lacing and finishing. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Quilter's Retreat

August 24-26, 2017 (3-day class)
Cozy Comfort Quilt Retreat - 3 days of quilting, relaxation and fun with other quilters.  There are several packages and different classes available. Registration Deadline August 1, 2017. Click on the class name for more information.


Double-Loop Leather Edge Braiding

August 25, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Janice Clark

Learn or refine your mastery of double-loop edge braiding in this hands-on class.  Techniques of leather lacing, splicing new lace, and ending your project with a professional look will be taught.



Chandling 101

September 7, 2017 (1-day class)

Learn to make beautiful, functional candles from adamantine and beeswax. This “hands on” class focuses on the use of beeswax and adamantine, in both candle and soap making.  Under the direction of master chandler Traci Glover, you will produce candles and soap using these traditional materials. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Chandling 101

September 13-14, 2017 (2-day class)

You will come away with beautifully handcrafted candles and soap, as well as the knowledge to pursue these useful crafts at home. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.

Basic Leather Crafting

September 16, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Janice Clark

In this class you will learn basic leather crafting skills of tooling, staining, lacing and finishing. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.


Basic Letterpress Printing

September 18-20, 2017 (3-day class)

taught by Troy Odom

Turn back the clock to a time when printing was produced using handset metal type and foot powered presses. In this three day class, you will learn the fundamentals of typesetting, composition lock up, press operation and bindery operations. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class



Stained Glass

September 18 & 19, 2017 (2-day class)

taught by Dona Sawyer

8 inch Square with Fall Leaf - Learn the basics of making stained glass the way Louis Camfort Tiffany did! You will learn how to make a pattern; cut and grind glass, apply copper foil and solder. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Introduction to Woodcarving

September 21-22
, 2017 (2-day class)

taught by Summer Woodsong

Have you ever wanted to learn wood carving?  This two day “hands on” class focuses on basic carving techniques and materials. Summer has been an avid whittler and carver throughout her life, but was fortunate to attend classes with a professional European wood carver for three years. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Double-Loop Leather Edge Braiding

September 23, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Janice Clark

Learn or refine your mastery of double-loop edge braiding in this hands-on class.  Techniques of leather lacing, splicing new lace, and ending your project with a professional look will be taught.




Farmstead Cheesemaking

October 4, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Jeanette Larson, 

Ozark Folk Center State Park Craft Director


Learn to make cheese like your grandmother did on the farm, but in a modern convenient kitchen of today.
Simple cheesemaking class; 4 hour class; $30 payable to Ozark Folk Center State Park when you register for the class. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Painting the Bob Ross Way

October 5, 2017

Painting can be a relaxing and enjoyable art. Come to the Ozark Folk Center State Park and learn to create your own unique beautiful paintings. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Basic Leather Crafting

October 14, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Janice Clark

In this class you will learn basic leather crafting skills of tooling, staining, lacing and finishing. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Double-Loop Leather Edge Braiding

October 21, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Janice Clark

Learn or refine your mastery of double-loop edge braiding in this hands-on class.  Techniques of leather lacing, splicing new lace, and ending your project with a professional look will be taught.




Stained Glass

October 23 & 24, 2017 (2-day class)

taught by Dona Sawyer

8 inch Square with Christmas Tree - Learn the basics of making stained glass the way Louis Camfort Tiffany did! You will learn how to make a pattern; cut and grind glass, apply copper foil and solder. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Double-Loop Leather Edge Braiding

November 3, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Janice Clark

Learn or refine your mastery of double-loop edge braiding in this hands-on class.  Techniques of leather lacing, splicing new lace, and ending your project with a professional look will be taught.




Soap Making; Clean and Natural - This Class is Full

November 5 & 6, 2017 (2-day class)

taught by Linda Odom

In this two-day class you'll learn to make wholesome soaps using old-fashioned ingredients and modern methods. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Basic Leather Crafting

November 10, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Janice Clark

In this class you will learn basic leather crafting skills of tooling, staining, lacing and finishing. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.




Beginner Spinning

November 10-11, 2017 (2-day class)

by Rusti Barger

Take home your own skein of handspun as you spend a couple of days acquiring the peaceful and rewarding art of crafting your own yarn. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Basic Knitting

November 13, 2017 (1-day class)

by Rusti Barger

Spend a day in the mountains learning the time-honored techniques of knitting! We will cover all the basics needed to begin creating your own knitted pieces.  Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Knitting Lace & Shaping Knitted Pieces

by Rusti Barger

November 14, 2017 (1-day class)

The perfect followup to the springtime beginner knitting class! Take your basic knitting skills to the next level with various shaping & Lace-knitting techniques.  Make your own lace-patterned cotton spa/dish cloth, using various increases, decreases, and lace techniques. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Painting the Bob Ross Way

November 16, 2017

Painting can be a relaxing and enjoyable art. Come to the Ozark Folk Center State Park and learn to create your own unique beautiful paintings. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Cable Knitting

November 16, 2017 (1-day class)

by Rusti Barger

Once you have mastered beginning knitting techniques, make your next project amazing with cable knitting.  Make cabled headband/ear warmer using your newly acquired cabling skills. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.



Knitting in the Round on Circular Needles


November 17, 2017 (1-day class)

taught by Rusti Barger

Take the mystery out of knitting in the round with a friendly, low-stress approach to circular knitting.  Create your own knitted headband. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for this class is two weeks prior to date of class.