Archive for May, 2009

We finally got a new video up of a performance from last month. There should be more to come. Hopefully better ones to come…


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Here’s a nice article I found for someone just learning about your choices for birth.

The Homebirth Choice

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A recently published Ozark Folk Center E-newsletter Rachel Kempf \”Meet the Folks\”:

Monday – May 11, 2009

Garden Glory Days
Daily garden tours in the beautiful Herb Gardens begin at 11 a.m. Stop by the Plant Market for scheduled mini-workshops. Friday, May 15th features a Musical Tea at 3 p.m. on the Dr. Bessie Moore Deck.

Craft Admission is required each day. $10 Adults/$6 Children (ages 6 – 12)



Meet The Folks!
The Ozark Folk Center is a friendly place and no where is that more evident than at the front desk in the Administration Building.

People who come through the door are met with a smile and those who call in hear the same cheery “Hello, this is Rachel” on the phone whether it is morning or afternoon.

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Memorial Day Celebration
Listen to live acoustic music as you move through the Ozark Folk Center craft village learning how to make brooms, throw pots, weave baskets or cook on a woodstove. More than 20 crafters demonstrate traditional crafts, herbal lore and living history. The craft village is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday and Monday to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday.

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Yarb Tales
The Heritage Herb Gardens at the Ozark Folk Center grace the park with visual colors and textures, sweet and pungent aromas. With their natural display, they help us to interpret the history of the human use of plants.

The Heritage Herb Spring Extravaganza took place this last weekend. It was the very best spring herb event ever. Just ask anyone who came. The some of the highlights were great food, awesome music, engaging presentations, educational talks and an overwhelming sense of camaraderie. The overall spirit of collaboration between the speakers, the Committee of 100, the Ozark Chapter of the Herb Society of America, the garden crew, the crafts people, the Cabins at Dry Creek, the Skillet Restaurant, the Music department and all attendees made it happen.

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Performing This Week
This weekend will feature our Merle Travis Thumb Picking Festival with special performances by Moon Mullins, Eddie Pennington and Benn Hall. If you are a fan of thumb picking style guitar playing, then this is the weekend to be at the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium.

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Baby update

Five months down, four to go. I can’t believe I’m over halfway through this whole pregnancy thing. The time has flown by. I have a feeling these next four months will do the same, especially since I’m working five days a week again. I’m just so thankful to feel so healthy and energetic. I hope I can keep that going throughout these last few months, although I’m sure the energy will decline as my weight and size incline, if you will.

Our baby at 21 weeks. 1lb, 3oz

Our baby at 21 weeks. 1lb, 3oz

We had an ultrasound done last week (week 21). We have hired a midwife and are preparing for our home birth, but we decided to continue to visit the ob/gyn throughout the remainder of the pregnancy just to be on the extra safe side since it is my first baby and I’ve never done this before. We thought that way if something turned up late in the pregnancy that made me high-risk, I would have a doctor I was familiar with to catch the baby at the hospital. Unfortunately, the doctor we have been visiting isn’t interested in doing that. Every time we go in for a check-up, she remembers nothing we discussed during the previous visit. She never acknowledges me as anyone she knows until we are in the exam room. During this last visit, we brought up the home birth topic (again) and her being our back-up doctor and she acted horrified and said we had never mentioned this to her before (which we had). She said she would not support anything but a hospital birth (even though she also said there was less than a 1% chance that we would require hospital service unavailable in a home setting). So, basically, we don’t want to go back to that clinic. We will try to find another doctor who is willing to provide us with prenatal care without the sarcasm and hostility we’ve experienced recently. If that isn’t possible, I have faith in my midwife and in my body. We’ll take the necessary tests and have a transport plan in place in case we should need to get to the hospital during the delivery.

Besides that, things are going swimmingly. The baby is constantly moving. I’m getting bigger and bigger. I’ll post some more baby bump pictures soon. I haven’t taken any recently. I shock myself daily by seeing how big I am in the mirror. I have a feeling a photo would really freak me out.

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So Leo and I have jumped in and purchased eight baby chicks. They were hatched two weeks ago today. Right now they are living in a plastic tub with a heat lamp out in Leo’s shop. We kept putting off buying them until we read up more on what kinds to get and how to care for them, etc. One day I got sick of waiting and talking about it, so I just drove by the local Farm CoOp on the way home and picked some up! I took the last four Barred Rocks that they had (we had read that those are good egg-layers and friendly, entertaining chickens to watch) and I also got four Silver-laced Wyandottes (which I didn’t know anything about, but the farmers there told me they were similar to Barred Rocks in personality and egg-laying). I grabbed a waterer and a feeder and brought the little guys home.

When I walked in the door, one of the first things Leo asks is if I bought sexed chickens or unsexed. I realized I didn’t even ask if they were hens or roosters! So, we might end up with eight roosters. If so, I guess we’ll just eat chicken for a while and start all over again for the eggs. That’s what I get for impulsive shopping.


Leo has built an amazing portable chicken tractor for the little guys. It has chicken wire all around, including underneath, so raccoons and coyotes (and Olive) can’t dig under the coop and get them at night. There are nice nesting boxes for them to lay eggs in and a handy little door for me to open and grab the eggs through. It also has a side that lifts up for easy cleaning. Hopefully we won’t have to do too much cleaning since it is portable. That’s the whole idea: After they make a big mess, we just move the coop to another part of the yard. We’ll see how it goes! We’re definitely amateur chicken farmers!



Side panel that lifts up


Nesting Boxes - Easy access to eggs

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