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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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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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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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At the end of January, we had an intense ice storm hit Mountain View and other parts of Arkansas and the south. The weight of the ice took down power lines, power poles, and lots and lots of trees. All of Mountain View was powerless for several days. We lost power on a Tuesday afternoon. We waited it out for a couples days. Spending our evenings playing cards and games by oil lamp light. By Thursday, we called the power company and the message said “They were still assessing the damage”. We really needed to bathe, so we decided to bail. We drove to Washington, MO on Thursday night. The trip heading north was pretty intense. The roads were down to one lane because of all the downed trees and we were constantly driving over power lines. The first town we found with electricity was in Missouri.
We’re pretty sure our power came back on Saturday and we returned on Monday. Several of the people I work with didn’t have power for 13 to 15 days. Talk about living the pioneer life! But these people can do it…of anybody in the world, they can do it!
Here are some photos I took the day after the storm on the drive into Mountain View:


It feels strange to be writing about this now, since last night we had a bonfire and I was wearing flipflops! And I’m sitting on my porch writing this right now in beautiful 70 degree weather. The weather changes so quickly. Last weekend we had snow!

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Last Sunday, I attended my first “Art time for the womyn” gathering. A friend of mine from work hosted this event. A small group of us are getting together once a month to create whatever we feel like creating. I worked on a watercolor painting. For not touching watercolors since college, it wasn’t too bad.


My first watercolor painting in a long time

I am very inspired by the women in this town. Yes, they all have quite a few years on me, but I still feel just as much of a connection with some of them as I do with friends my own age. One friend in particular is a daily inspiration to me. She has had such an incredible and difficult life. From a teenage date-rape pregnancy to several bad bad husbands to writing a song for Willie Nelson (which he recorded), she has had an incredible journey. She is always positive and encouraging.

I’m looking forward to many more Art Sundays. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by creative people and taking the time to be creative myself.

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Leo and I have been observing the work of beavers on the edge of our creek over the past few months. It’s pretty amazing what they’re capable of! Here are some photos of their work upstream. I’ll have to go back and take a picture of their dam for you to see. It’s pretty darn impressive. All I know is, after taking a look at some of the huge trees they gnawed down, I would not want to get in a fight with one of those little guys.

beaver creation...or destructionbeaver work

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I started this post a couple weeks ago. It’s kind of sad now, because it may be a “In Memory of Olive” post. We haven’t seen her since Friday afternoon. Who thought that I would ever mourn the loss of a cat? But I’m pretty darn depressed. Our best scenario: She was pregnant and she went off somewhere to have her kittens and she’ll return in a couple days. I don’t know how likely that is…but I’m holding onto it for a couple more days, at least!!!

So, here’s my Memorial Post to Olive:

God & Adam?

Leo and Olive reproducing Michelangelo's work...

Asleep in the fabric basket

One of her favorite places to nap: in my sewing fabric trunk.

Leo & Olive

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