The Haywood County Arts Council is holding its annual Junior Appalachian Musicians Camp starting on Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 — lasting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The camp, which will be held at First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood Street, Waynesville, will introduce area young people to the Junior Appalachian Musicians Program (JAM). The program strengthens skills of current JAM students through a summer experience and to welcome past JAM students back for a “refresher” course.
The Junior Appalachian Musicians Program (JAM) is designed to acquaint area young people, grades 4 through 8, with their mountain cultural heritage through instruction in mountain music and exposure to mountain dance, songs and stories. The JAM after-school program takes place every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the school year.
In addition to mountain instrument classes, daily sessions in mountain dance (clogging, buck dancing and flat footing) and in mountain songs and stories will be offered.
Robby Robertson, Travis Stuart, Maddy Mullany and Cary Fridley are the instructors. The cost of JAM CAMP is $95. The Harmon Foundation and Smoky Mountain Folk Festival are sponsoring this fun summer camp. To register, call the Haywood County Arts Council at 828-452-0593. The registration deadline for 2013 JAM CAMP is June 29.