How Easy it is to do the Appalachian Big Round!

For three weeks in Waynesville’s summer, Senator Joe Sam Queen, grandson of Sam Love Queen is the caller for a Southern Appalachian tradition known as the round dance.

These glorious summer evenings are filled with socializing and laughter preserving what is unique and sacred about our mountain heritage and the essence of our Scots-Irish ancesters.

Join us and learn to Round Dance!

Fred C. Fussell in his book Blue Ridge Music Trails: Finding a Place in the Circle, quotes Joe Sam on this subject, “I like to tell my children that if you know who you are and where you’re from, then you can go any place, meet anybody, and feel at home and a part of it. You’re not an outsider to the world if you know where you’re from. Instead you’re a part of the world.”

“My belief is that if we can keep our sense of self and place, we will thrive. Appalachia is a bastion of individualism and of community. The people who settled here liked this place – they liked the isolation of it, they liked the peace of it, they liked the magnificence of it. I feel that it’s very important for a community to have a sense of place. And for a person to have a sense of place – to belong to somewhere, and to come from somewhere. What you learn from that is so critical to being a world citizen – that you come from someplace and that everybody else does too. That gives you a sense of tolerance, of openness, and of hospitality. I don’t come from the best of everything. I come from where I come from. You can start from anywhere and go anywhere.”

“There are not a lot of places left that have such a strong sense of place, but Appalachia’s one of them that does.”