Whitesburg KY

Camp held at Carcassonne

Martha Watts of the Campbell’s Branch Community Center, and the Carcassonne Community Center teamed up last week to hold a Carcassonne Day Camp June 3-7. Held at the historic Carcassonne School near Blackey, more than 27 children and numerous volunteers participated in presenting and teaching traditional arts and folkways.

Shad Baker of the Letcher County Extension Service held a class on beeping, and Vicki Caudill taught several classes on jelly making and crafts.

Folk artist Frances Whitaker taught courses on gourd painting and Kentucky white oak basket weaving, and educators Charlie and Joyce Whitaker conducted a class in traditional square dance steps.

Folklorist Dale Johnson held workshops in the community center’s One Room Schoolhouse, a renovated classroom of Carcassonne School, discussing a day in the life of a student attending an early mountain schoolhouse. On Friday, Pioneer Cooking by Wayne and Sue Whitaker featured a meal of beans with salt pork, pan-fried cornbread, sauerkraut and franks, and fried potatoes cooked over open fires with blacksmith utensils made by Wayne Whitaker.

The camp was sponsored by the Community Collaboration for Children, Letcher County Parks and Recreation, Letcher Resource Center, and Carcassonne Community Center. It, and a previous camp, were founded by Martha Watts.

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