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Work Sample B: 3 Samples of Folk & Traditional Artists Indentified Through Discovery Fieldwork

1) Interviews and Event Documentation by Rori Smith, Walk In Art Center
Recorded Interviews with:
  • Billy Martin (Pottsville), singer-songwriter of regional themes (coal, social justice, ritual)
  • Herb Werner (Lehighton), Old-time musician rooted in bandstand traditions
  • Keith Brintzenhoff (Kutztown), PA Dutch music, dance, language and folkoric figures
  • Carla Binder (Palmerton), PA Dutch wearable art, documentary photography, gardening
  • Bob Cook (Orwigsburg), healing arts from East Asian, PA Dutch, Italian traditions
  • Georgine Borchick (McAdoo), Easter traditions of Protection of the Mother of God
  • Dave Matsinko (Lehighton), Orthodox cantor, Old-time musician, coal region historian
  • Eric Claypoole (Lenhartsville), barn star and hex sign painter
  • Kim Fritzges (Mountain Top), Orthodox iconographer
  • Constance Andrews (Kunkletown), papercutting artist (scherenschnitte and wycinanki)
  • Terry Berger (New Mahoning), PA Dutch foodways, Moravian traditions, quilter
  • William Woys Weaver (Devon), world-renowned food ethnographer and seed keeper
  • Elaine and Matt Vardjan (Oley), letterpress and woodblock printing, paper starcraft 
Site Visits and Events: 
  • December 27: Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center 
  • December 29: Ephrata Cloisters 
  • February 18-19: Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Nesquehoning 
  • March 4: Culinary Heritage Event at WIAC 
  • March 18: Palmerton 
  • March 31-April 1: Middle Atlantic Folklife Association Annual Conference 
  • April 2: Reading-Berks Guild Of Craftsmen Spring Show 
  • April 23: Old-Time Jam in Lehighton 
  • May 20: Penn Dry Goods Market 
  • June 3: WIAC Second Annual Folk Festival 
  • June 4: Forty Story Radio Tower at Mauch Chunk Opera House 
  • July 1: Kutztown Folk Festival 
  • July 2: Leesport Native American Festival