Good Folk Fest July 1, 2023 7PM
Good Folk Fest is an evening of arts, music, and culture curated by us here at Good Folk, featuring the sounds of many of our friends and collaborators here in North Carolina— Dissimilar South, Tre. Charles, Nia J, The Violet Exploit, and 723, plus a special showcase from 1,2,3 Puppetry and art from PAPR.Text, who also designed this gorgeous poster.
Creator and Director of 1, 2, 3 Puppetry
Sol Ramirez is a 19-year-old artist, activist, musician, and puppeteer. Throughout his young career, he has worked with Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, the Hillsborough Arts Council, and Orange County Arts Commission. He is the creator and director of 1, 2, 3 Puppetry, a puppet theatre company based in Chapel Hill, NC. He currently is attending school at the University of Connecticut, where he is majoring in the Puppet Arts BFA program
Founder & Head of Content and Editorial
Spencer George is a Writer and Teaching Artist hailing from the Carolinas. She holds a B.A. in English and Human Rights with a concentration in Creative Writing from Barnard College. She is pursuing her M.A. in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on narrative representations of the rural South and has been published in The Bitter Southerner, The Adroit Journal, Longreads, and Medium, and once received a shout-out in the New York Times. She is the creator and writer of GOOD FOLK, a weekly newsletter, and podcast examining the intersection of artistry, empathy, and community in and around rural America and the American South. She spent the last few years working as a Teaching Artist in rural North Carolina schools. She has previously worked with the StoryCorps Mobile Tour, as a barista at a tea house and farm, and as a yoga teacher at a boy’s summer camp in Canada. Spencer was the 2019 recipient of the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing and is currently at work on a neo-Southern Gothic novel set in a post-climate change Appalachia about a pine tree god who appears only in dreams and the individuals who worship him. She can be found on Twitter talking about poetry and forests at @spencerggeorge.
Sol Ramirez is the 19-year-old creator and director of 1,2,3 Puppetry. Starting the company when he was only in first grade, this will be his fifth giant puppet show at Southern Village. He is currently attending school at the University of Connecticut, where he is majoring in the Puppet Arts BFA program.
Jasper is an 19-year-old college student who has been one of the longest-running puppeteers for the company, making his debut in 1,2,3’s 2017 production “Earth to Mankind”. He, along with his grandfather Gary and Grandmother Lynn” and father, Aeon, is a huge staple in 1,2,3 Puppetry’s puppet building process.
Zola is a 14-year-old middle school student, and the sister of creator and director, Sol Ramirez. She is the longest-running puppeteer in 1,2,3 Puppetry history. This year, along with being a puppeteer, she has worked on many costumes and designs for different puppet characters in the show.
Is a 19 year old musician, artist, and athlete based in Hillsborough, NC. She has been working in the 1,2,3 Puppetry band for the past several years and will be making her debut as a puppeteer at Good Folk Fest