Traditions in Virginia are as varied as knowing how to play an old-time fiddle tune or bringing a vat of Brunswick stew to culinary perfection.
For the past decade, the Folklife Apprenticeship Program has celebrated and helped keep alive treasured traditions throughout the commonwealth. It does so by pairing masters with apprentices for nine months of hands-on instruction.
This vitally important passing on of knowledge from generation to generation is part of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ Virginia Folklife Program. From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the VFH Conference Center just outside Charlottesville, the 10th annual Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase will be presented.
The event honors the masters and apprentices who are completing the 2012-13 program and introduces the new class for 2013-14. The free celebration will include live music performed by some of the finest musicians and singers in the state, as well as generous servings of homemade Brunswick stew.
Among the scheduled performers will be master guitar maker and player Wayne Henderson. He and his daughter/apprentice Elizabeth Henderson just completed the program.