Saturday, July 26, 2008
Mardi Gras Masks and the Fold, Part 2
For those of you who have never heard of the Carter Family Fold (affectionately referred to as "The Fold" by those who know it well) let me introduce you to a rich piece of Appalachian and country music history.
The Carter Family: A.P., Sara, and Maybelle, are regarded by many as the founders of old time country music. Maybelle Carter is the mother of June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash. In fact, Johnny played his last-ever show at the Fold shortly before his death.
The Fold was established in an effort to keep old time music alive, both in its practice and in its enjoyment. The venue is open-air in the summer and toasty warm with the help of space heaters in the winter. The large concrete dance floor is always full of flat-footing folk (flat-footing is a type of clogging, practiced by men and women alike, with no synchronized choreography), and the sound of their clogs on the floor is music in and of itself. There are weekly concerts at the Fold every Saturday night. Admission is $5 and the show always starts at 7:30, even in those Southwest Virginia snow storms.
Our bachelorette loves the Fold and pretty much everything about it: Old Time Music, Flat-Footing and the Appalachian heritage it represents. It was only fitting that we take her to the Fold for her bachelorette party. And she loved it.
We finished up the evening with an old-school sleepover complete with a viewing of 27 Dresses, reading Cosmo and answering Girls' Night questions. (There were also shots of liquor and a penis cake. If you need someone to make some phallic baked goods, Love's your girl!)
So her party wasn't a wild drunken night out on the town, but it was very Her. We were out to celebrate the bachelorette and that we did!
Anyone else ever been a part of an "unconventional" bachelorette party?