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RBS Folk Medicine Festival This Saturday

The annual Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival is scheduled to kick off this Saturday, June 3, in downtown Red Boiling Springs at 9 a.m.


The festival celebrates the restorative power of nature with local artists and craftspeople, food vendors and entertainment. Several knowledgeable speakers will be featured including Jeff Poppen – the Barefoot Farmer, and Ila Hatter – the Lady of the Forest. 

Activities will include the Old Time Crafts Village, the quilt show, Arts & Crafts Market, two entertainment stages, old tyme photos and the Children’s Area.

Among the many talents that will be appearing on the Village Stage this year are: Graycee West (National Anthem at 9:00 am), Beth Shoulders (9:30 am), Jack McCall (10:30 am), Karen Davis (11:15 am), Oak Grove Kids (12:00 pm) followed by Kinship, Jazz with Alex Armour and Jerry Buttram (4:00 pm.) Also on this stage from 1:00-4:00 p.m. will be Open Mic and karaoke.

The talents appearing on the Palace Stage are Logan West (National Anthem 9:00 am), Miles Gibson, Tn. Line Band, and more.

Education sessions in the Speaker’s Hall are:

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Jeff Poppen, Barefoot Farmer, organic gardening.

10:20 a.m.-11:20 a.m. – Ila Hatter, Lady of the Forest, edible plants in the wild.

11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. – Randy East & Bobby Knight, history of RBS.

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Leslie Hall, homeopathy.

2:20 p.m.-3:20 p.m. – Corrie Entwistle, yoga.

3:40 p.m.-4:40 p.m. – Paul Entwistle, saving your seeds.

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Anthony Knight, essesntial oil & native American flutes.

(Each session is $2 or an all day pass is $10.)

Vision 20/20 revived the popular Folk Medicine Festival several years ago after a decade absence, to lift the community’s spirit and economy. 

According to the organization, the goal of the revived festival is to pass on knowledge, skills, and traditions that ensure the survival of folk activities – from old-time medicine and natural healing arts, to arts and crafts that demonstrate the traditional, handmade way of not only creating art but useful household items. Vision 20/20 also sees the Folk Medicine Festival as an opportunity to encourage creative expression and foster a sense of community.

The festival is sponsored by the Macon County Arts Council, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Citizens Bank, the City of Red Boiling Springs, and the Palace Care and Rehab.

For more information, e-mail or visit the organization’s Facebook page.