Workshops, Activities and Excursions

The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival holds a variety of free workshops throughout the weekend on topics of regional interest. Most workshops are suitable for all-ages, do not require pre-registration and are held at various downtown locations. Visitors can also enjoy excursions, films and friendly competitions. Please check back for updates as our 2017 schedule takes shape

2017 Activities and Workshop Topics

The Arts

•  Appalachian Mountain and Celtic Music
 Louise Bem and the Grand Old Dames, members of the Sandy Lick Dulcimer Club
Listen and learn about mountain music and the Appalachian mountain dulcimer.
Louise and the Grand Old Dames will also perform 6PM Friday night (September 19) at the Artists Hand Gallery as part of our series of after-shows.

•  Woodworking
 BA Harrington, IUP Woodturning Programs
Details coming…

The Arts

•  William T. Clarke and His Photos
 Steve Manginell, Lumber Heritage Region Outreach Coordinator
A dusty box discovered in a shed turned out to contain something more valuable than old window panes. A talk by Steve Manginell accompanies the Wood on Glass photo exhibit generously lent by Pennsylvania’s Lumber Heritage Region. This collection of photographs by William T. Clarke chronicles the lumber industry and daily life between 1890 and 1917 in Pennsylvania’s Potter, McKean and Clinton Counties. The exhibit will be on view in Indiana September 4-12. Location and details TBA.

The Natural World

• The Allegheny Woodrat
Dr. Joseph Duchamp, IUP Biology Department
Details coming…

The Butterflies of Pennsylvania
Jim Monroe
Details coming…

Home, Garden and Edible Stuff

• Chickens!
Homestead Phil and Jenn of  Rent the Chicken
Details coming…

• Garlic
Karin Eller, Planet Earth Greenhouse
Details coming…

The Herb Study Group of Indiana County
Virginia Bash
Details coming…


Contemporary Issues

Injection Wells: A Community Response in Indiana County
Esneda Elser, Joanie Brooks / IUP Immigration Group
Details coming…

• The Impact of Health Care Policy on Northern Appalachia
Dream Van Cise & Judy Holiday



The Invisible Hand a documentary by Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic
Details coming…



Indiana County Historical Society  – On your own/self-guided
Saturday September 10th 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
621 Wayne Ave. Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-9600
Exhibitions on the history of Western Pennsylvania that illuminate the past and enlighten the present. Permanent displays and a variety of changing exhibits explain how this community grew and what its people have done. Permanent exhibits include coal mining; farm and home; Native Americans; and an old doctor’s office and medical instruments display.

Friendly Competition

Click here to learn about our Storytellers and Liars Contest
Saturday, Sept. 9