The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates our Appalachian heritage and traditions while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of resources. Together we are building a community and working towards creating a society that will be more resilient in the face of these challenges. The festival features over 75 earth-friendly workshops, tent camping, food and guest speakers, plus a community campfire, folk and traditional music, and dancing.
Many of the workshop leaders are experts: longtime residents of Appalachia and community educators who live the Appalachian way of life every day and who understand traditional self-reliant ways of living in the mountains. Some workshops are led by young people who are relative novices, as a way of encouraging leadership development in a region that is rapidly transitioning to a post-coal economy.
The festival also has a great lineup of musical talent including the Restless Leg String Band, The Coteries, The Local Honeys, Saro Lynch-Thomason, Laura Thurston, and Nicholas Penn. Learn more about these awesome musicians by clicking HERE.
To support the local economy, the Whippoorwill Festival features booths and displays from local artists and craft workers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information on being a festival vendor.
In order to promote a healthy and family-friendly atmosphere, the use of alcohol is discouraged and there is a quiet time each night beginning at 11:30 pm. The Whippoorwill Festival was inspired in part by the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv and its call to bring more children and young people into the outdoors.