Folk Studies and Kentucky Folklife Program Present at Horse Cave Heritage Festival
On Saturday, September 15th, graduate students, faculty, and staff in the WKU Folk Studies Program and Kentucky Folklife Program partnered to produce the Chattin’ on the Porch stage at the Horse Cave Heritage Festival in Horse Cave, Kentucky. A yearly tradition, this event serves as a key opportunity for Folk Studies students to gain fieldwork and festival production skills. Under the guidance of Kentucky Folklife Program staff and Folk Studies faculty, students take the lead in presenting the event: students interview local tradition-bearers from Horse Cave and Hart County live on stage, document the stage with professional video and audio recording equipment, and learn how to set-up the stage’s sound system (from the mixer to the microphones).
This year’s stage discussions centered on community cookbooks, landmark moments in high school basketball in Horse Cave, and hair traditions in Horse Cave’s historically-African American neighborhood, Henrytown. The stage also featured a demonstration of Linda Melloan’s award-winning blackberry cobbler, as well as a conversation with local artists Jennifer and Jesse Sims of Sims Studio.