Experience an ancient tradition that lives on in modern times.


We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for an underserved audience to engage with the voices of Appalachia through hearing stories and attending workshops that will enable them to develop a cultural intelligence through the arts of listening and speaking.

Join us April 12-13, 2019 For our annual festival!

TICKETS: https://2019gmsf.eventbrite.com

Union County Schools Fine Arts Center

Blairsville, GA

Stay tuned for details!

Our fabulous featured tellers include:

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Thank you to the following organizations and businesses for supporting the 2018 festival: the National Endowment for the Arts, the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Nora Roberts Foundation, The Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, the Union County Commissioner's Office, the Union County Schools Fine Arts Center, Nathan Baerreis Photography, Gallery 26, the Byron Herbert Reece Society, Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, United Community Bank, Cornelia Walmart Supercenter #1403, the Craddock Center, the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, CVS, Body Sense Day Spa & Boutique, Logan Turnpike Mill, Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, Tupelo Tea, Unwind on Lake Chatuge, the Ridges Resort, the Oaks Lakeside Kitchen, G&G Bakery and Cafe, Ingles, Crane Creek Vineyards, Blairsville Cinema, Fieldstone Cinemas, and Paradise Valley Winery. To learn more about these fine folks, go to the 2018 festival section of our website, where you'll find logos and links to their websites.