Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Kentucky Play-Party Games from Graves & Carlisle Counties

A project to identify tunes to the play-party songs and document the movements that accompanied them when they were played as play-party games in the late 1920s.

Play-Party Games Lesson Plans

The ongoing outcome of my Berea Music Fellowship project is disseminating the reconstructed play-party games through school-based artist-in-residence teaching in eastern and other parts of Kentucky, lesson plans for use by other public school teachers, and dance workshop events such as Berea's Christmas Country Dance School. Also in the works is the possibility of expanding this research into a book-length publication for teachers that would include lesson plans for teaching the games, the cultural connection to rural western Kentucky, and stories from informants.