Folkmoot welcomes new board members

Press release from Folkmoot:

On the cusp of celebrating the 35th summer festival, Folkmoot welcomes two new board members, Pam Meister and Kevin Sandefur for two-year terms as members of North Carolina’s International Folk Festival board of directors.

With experience in cultural costuming, museum management and dance, Sylva resident and Director of the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University, Pam Meister will serve on Folkmoot’s program committee. Pam has worked with Folkmoot to create exhibits in the Queen Auditorium at the Friendship Center and will assist in building educational programs in honor of Folkmoot supporter and Scottish heritage expert, Flora Gammon.

Kevin Sandefur is the co-owner of BearWaters Brewing Company in Canton and has been involved with Folkmoot as a participant and supporter for many years. Sandefur is joining the board with an interest in incorporating international foods and beverages to the festival lineup and building festival activities for youth and families. In 2018, Folkmoot will receive a portion of proceeds from BearWaters Mango Lager, sold in cans at nearby grocery stores. For the second year, BearWaters will host the Canton performance After Party at the Brewery where a portion of beer sales will benefit Folkmoot.

The 2018 festival dates are July 19 – 29 and feature cultural performers from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Venezuela and Northern Cyprus, Thailand and local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians. Get your tickets today by visiting or call, 828-452-2997.

Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by Haywood Regional Medical Center, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Cherokee Preservation Foundation and Western Carolina University.

Folkmoot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating many cultures in one community.  The Folkmoot Friendship Center is located in the Historic Hazelwood School at 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville.

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