Since the first day doors opened on the Ely Folk School in June of 2015, the little folk school in the northwoods has been a hub of activity. The past year has seen dances, concerts, numerous classes, and the unique Birch Bark Canoe Project which saw participants working together to build a unique canoe in the traditional way. With the successful fundraising efforts this fall towards the kitchen redesign, plans are now moving forward to create a new teaching kitchen. With a new kitchen in 2017, students can look forward to more tasty and popular ethnic cooking classes.
Organizers have thrown off their mittens, rolled up their sleeves and are preparing for a terrific new year at the Ely Folk School. New themed weekend classes will be featured such as “Finnish Midsummer Weekend”, “Slovenian Miners Weekend”, and “Foragers Weekend” just to name a few. With all of this action, EFS board members have decided that a temporary closing of the building was necessary to focus on the changes and make space for renovation of the kitchen.
Office staff will be busy working on the spring/summer course catalog throughout the winter, and will be available by phone or email. The mercantile and building will not be open to the public during the winter months, but will reopen in the spring.
The Ely Folk School has the mission to build community by providing learning experiences that celebrate the wilderness heritage, art, history, culture, and craft of the people of northern Minnesota. Numerous classes and events are held throughout the year both at the location in downtown Ely, and other sites in the surrounding area. Contact EFS by phone 218-235-0138 or by email. We’ll still be here working!