Honoring Davidson County Artisan Fred Parnell

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Join the North Carolina Folklore Society in honoring craftsman and rug maker Fred (Doug) Parnell with the society's 2016 Brown-Hudson award.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 PM
Bob Timberlake Gallery
1714 Center Street Ext., Lexington, NC, 27292
Free; no reservations required.
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The society gives annually gives awards to people who help maintain the traditions of our state. The award presentation to Parnell, 95, of Tyro and Lexington, will take place at an open house at the Timberlake gallery. The event will also feature live music, displays of artisanal work, and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Fred Douglas Parnell is the son of Sallie Farabee Parnell, a talented rag rug weaver who was awarded the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1990. Fred (or “Doug,” or “Uncle Doug,” to many) actively strives to keep up the historical legacy of his mother, “Aunt Sallie,” through his handmade rugs. He also works to preserve state folk traditions through his handmade benches, baskets, and caned chairs. 

In demonstrations, Parnell willingly shares with audiences his first-hand knowledge of rug weaving, extending the legacy of his family, credited with having “lint in their veins.” But he also wants to preserve North Carolina heritage and traditional skills in general, seeing each audience member as a potential future weaver. 

Parnell is also a sought-after public speaker for stories of his Depression-era youth and service in World War II.

The Brown-Hudson award was established in 1970 to honor those who have contributed in a special way to the appreciation of North Carolina folklife. Previous winners have included musicians Doc and Merle Watson, playwright Paul Green and potter Neil Cole Graves. More information about the recipients of this year's awards can be found here