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Folk Lure Exchange, a new Ozarks Alive event series, to bring regional lore to life


Local history and culture will come to life in a new way in 2024 through Ozarks Alive’s Folk Lure Exchange, an event series that explores popular topics related to the region’s past – and how they integrate with the present.

“People want to connect with the region on a deeper level, and learn more about its history. It’s also important to understand how that legacy connects to the contemporary Ozarks,” says Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of Ozarks Alive, a cultural preservation project that documents the region’s history through stories, events and publications.

“It’s my intention that these events will provide context, and connect the dots on topics that have influenced our past but also impact us now.”

This year’s topics include:

April 19: A Legacy of Old-Time Ozarks Music

In this inaugural Folk Lure Exchange, come learn about and hear Ozarks music — primarily focused on old-time fiddle tunes — with musician David Scrivner and other guests. The evening also features information about local legacy musical names, and how we today can be part of the region’s musical journey through recordings as well as the region’s vibrant old-time music parties, jam sessions and events. Tickets have already sold out! 

June 21: The Art of Foraging

Foraging is trendy today, but it’s always been relevant in the Ozarks. The highlight of this event is foraging expert Rachael West, owner of Eating the Ozarks, who will share more about this topic and common items to forage for in summer months. If weather permits, guests will also go on a short foraging walk on the property. Tickets go on sale soon. Watch ozarksalive.com for updates!

August 23: Notable Ozarks Women

The Ozarks has been home to many famous women with a foundation in the region. Ozarks Alive’s Kaitlyn McConnell will share the stories of several who have made a significant impact on the world, some of whom have legacies that continue today. Tickets go on sale soon.

October 25: Ozarks Superstitions, Legends and Lore

In this spooky season, come learn about local legends, ghost stories and superstitions that have been part of the region’s history for generations. Tickets go on sale soon.

Folk Lure Exchange events are limited to just 50 people, providing an intimate experience at a unique venue: The Kindall Store, a rural Ozarks stop that dates to the 1920s.

After a period of closure, the store reopened in 2023 to offer a step-back-in-time experience through made-to-order sandwiches, pastries, old-fashioned goods and other wares. During the event, food and other goods will be available for purchase. Ozarks Alive has chronicled the story of the store; to read it, click here.

“The Kindall Store is part of the experience,” says McConnell. “About half an hour from Springfield, the drive allows attendees to really immerse themselves in the surroundings before they even arrive for the event. I’m grateful to the Kindall Store for sponsoring this series.”

All events begin at 7 p.m. and cost $12.50 to attend. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets to the first event are now on sale.


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