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September Newsletter
Harvest Moon
It’s Waatebagaa-giizis, the leaves-turning moon. Our maples are already turning color and we look forward to embracing cooler days with open arms. A friend was generous enough to take me out wild rice harvesting for my first ricing experience last week. The lake we visited was covered end to end with manoomin, at varied stages of ripeness. It was gratifying to put such effort and time into food for the winter that I know was harvested locally and respectfully; laying the seeds for next year’s rice. 

Speaking of wild rice, we at EFS are excited to invite you to an Open House on Sunday, September 12 at 1:00 pm, where we will be serving popped wild rice. Swing by to tour our ceramics studio; hear about our new stained glass program from Betty Firth; get caught up on the latest Birch Bark Canoe Project News; and enjoy some time with dear Folk School friends. Finally, as befits the season, the Harvest Moon Festival in Ely is this weekend! Be sure to make time to stop by the Ely Folk School on Saturday to learn about cultivating your own mushrooms and on Sunday to learn about mead making. The instructor will be raffling off a batch of mead at that class, so don’t miss it! Advance registration is preferred, but not required.Lucy Soderstrom, Program Coordinator


View full list of classes online.

This month we enjoyed music by singer-songwriter and guitarist Laura Sellner on her Kill Your Darlings Solo Minnesota Tour. Laura is the lead singer for Superior Siren, an eerie folk project from Duluth, Minnesota. Their music is inspired by Lake Superior and Siren mythology.Instructor


Spotlight: Candace Bischoff
What is currently your favorite class to teach and why? I taught an Embroidery Class in 2019.  I love this medium to craft in and will probably schedule one for later this year or winter.
What do you enjoy most about your craft? I love making things with my hands and most of all giving something made especially for others. I get frustrated with the clothing available today in the stores and make most of my own garments or alter the style or fit of store-bought items. I love making things unique to my need and styling. 
 How long have you been involved at EFS? I have taught two classes in 2019 so far besides the Custom Blouse Building class that was recently cancelled. 
What’s a fun fact about you? My mother taught me to knit when I was 5 and my grandmother got me into sewing around 7 so I have been crafting for a very long time.  It is my passion and I love sharing my crafts and the skills to create them with others.
Class Spotlight
Demo: Intro to Home Brewing
Thursday, September 30 at 6:30 pm

Have you ever been curious to brew your own beer but were not sure where to begin? The good news is that it is not as difficult as you may think. Anyone with a kitchen and some basic equipment can brew their own delicious beer at home.This class is designed to be a general introduction to all things home brewing, with the goal of giving students the skills and confidence to dive into this hobby on their own. We will cover the basic brewing process, sanitation, recipes, equipment needed, stages, and trouble shooting any surprises that may arise. Home brew samples will be available throughout the class. Registration

About the Instructor: Charlie Cecil has been living and working in the woods of northern Minnesota since 2011. Over the years, he has guided canoe trips, worked with sled dogs, hiked and camped all over the state. Through it all, home brewing has been a stable hobby. After brewing over 20 successful batches, some of them done without electricity or plumbing, Charlie is excited to share this hobby with the community and pass it on to others.

Monthly Sisu
Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan
(Birch Bark Canoe)
In recent years there has been a movement to learn about Anishinaabemowin, or the language of the Anishinaabe, and traditional skills including how to build a wiigwaasi-jiimaan. The Birch Bark Canoe Project (BBCP), at the Ely Folk School, is a gathering place of valuable knowledge for the Ely area community and those traveling through..The Ely Folk School’s public canoe building class is a way for our community to build a bridge between the native population and the rest of us who have migrated North. For a small town with many varied opinions and backgrounds, the BBCP provides a space where we join together. We all share this beautiful landscape and its abundant resources. We have much to learn from each other, and there is something to be said about overcoming our differences through a common goal. If you are like many Euro-Americans and wish to better understand your ancestors’ and how to make peace with your own role in history, learning about Anishinaabe culture and tradition is a great way to gain appreciation and show your respect. Read more

The Bent Willow Chair making class has been rescheduled, without the foraging aspect, for September 25th. Instructor John Bajda will bring all of the materials you need to complete your chair. 
Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.


Have you loved seeing the new stained glass going up in the Ely Public Library windows? Do you marvel at the artistry and precision behind the work? Now it’s your turn to try it out! Thanks to a generous grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the Ely Folk School has been able to purchase supplies necessary for teaching stained glass classes.

September Class List

Papermaking with Sarah Elkins
  September 8 at 5:00 pm

Make a Semi-Precious Gem Necklace with Kay Vandervort
  September 9 at 1:00 pm

Learn to Make Butter Cheese:  Live Online with Gary Colles
  September 9 at 2:00 pm

Forge Demonstration with Phil Leino
  September 10 at 2:00 pm

Three Ways to Grow Gourmet Mushrooms at Home with Nik Prenevost
  September 11 at 11:00 am

Mead Making: Let’s Ferment Some Honey! with Nik Prenevost
  September 12 at 11:00 am

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  Sunday September 12 – October 17 at 2:00 pm

Glowing Skin & Hair for Ages 11 and under with Jaime Brennan & Megan Olson
  September 15 at 3:00 pm

Hammer & Tongs and More: Making Basic Tools with Paul Webster
  September 17 at 5:00 pm & September 18 at 9:00 am

Invasive Color: Using Invasive Species as Natural Dyes with Theresa Hornstein
  September 18 at 9:00 am

Create a Bead Embroidered Necklace with Kay Vandervort
  September 18 at 12:30 pm

Needle Felt a Chickadee: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  September 18 at 2:00 pm

Create a Blue Natural Stone Necklace with Kay Vandervort
  September 22 at 1:00 pm

Glowing Skin & Hair for Ages 12-15 with Jaime Brennan & Megan Olson
  September 22 at 3:00 pm

Capturing Fall Colors with Ken Hupila
  September 25 at 9:00 am

Make a Bent Willow Chair with John Bajda 
  September 25 at 8:00 am

Demo: Wild Rice Hot Dish with Rick Anderson
  September 25 at 3:00 pm

Glowing Skin & Hair for Ages 15- 18  with Jaime Brennan & Megan Olson
  September 29 at 3:00 pm

Demo: Intro to Home Brewing with Charlie Cecil
  September 30 at 6:30 pm

October Class List

Intro to Chip Carving with Bart Dunning
  October 2 at 12:00 pm

Linoleum Print Patches with Nora Rickey
  October 2 at 1:00 pm

Biscuits and Gravy: Live Online with Lacey Squier
  October 3 at 8:00 am

Intro to Stained Glass with Betty Firth
  Monday, October 4 and 11 at 3:00 pm

Starting Your Novel and “After Francesco” Reading with Brian Malloy
  October 6 at 6:00 pm   *FREE

Glowing Skin & Hair for Ages 19 – 40 with Jaime Brennan & Megan Olson
  October 6 at 3:00 pm

Sustainable Living with Andy Hill
  October 6 at 6:00 pm   *FREE

Hammer & Tongs and More: Making Basic Tools with Paul Webster
  October 8 at 5:00 pm & October 9 at 9:00 am

Nature Writing for Women: Honor Autumn: Live Online with DyAnne Korda

Glowing Skin & Hair for Ages 40+ with Jaime Brennan & Megan Olson
  October 13 at 3:00 pm

Learn to Make Paneer: Live Online with Gary Colles
  October 14 at 2:00 pm

Accessorizing your Pottery with Sandy Brandley 
  October 14 and 21 at 2:00 pm

Writing With Your Child, For Your Child with John Kopp
  Thursday, October 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11, & 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Beginner Needle Tatted Flowers with Nora Rickey
  October 15 at 10:00 am

Needle Felt a Pumpkin: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  October 15 at 2:00 pm

Needle-Tat a Pair of Lace Earrings with Nora Rickey
  October 16 at 10:00 am

Glowing Skin and Hair for Men with Jaime Brennan and Megan Olson
  October 20 at 3:00 pm

Xiao Long Bao with Lacey Squier
  October 22 at 5:00 pm

Snowshoe Lacing Workshop with Peta Barrett
  October 24 & 25 at 9:00 am

Stained Glass: Next Steps with Betty Firth
  Monday, October 25, November 1, 8, 15 at 3:00 pm

Knit Matleena Mittens: Live Online with Laura Ricketts
  October 30 & November 6 at 2:00 pm

November Class List


Sustainable Living with Andy Hill
  November 3 at 6:00 pm.  *FREE

Build and Decorate a Bowl with Lyn Reed
  November 4 & 11 at 1:00 pm 

Glaze a Hand Built Bowl with Lyn Reed
  November 11 at 1:00 pm 

Learn to Make Sage Derby Cheese: Live Online with Gary Colles
  November 11 at 2:00 pm

Needle Felt a Cardinal: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  November 12 at 2:00 pm

The Maasepän Puukko with Paige May 
  November 13 & 14 at 9:00 am

Wearable Art: Embroidered Patches with Nora Rickey
  November 13 at 10:00 am

A Quiltmaker’s Journey: A Trunk Show and Lecture with Helen Smith Stone 
  November 13 at 2:00 pm

Felted Crochet Wool Rug: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  Saturday, November 13, 20, 27 at 2:00 pm


The Ely Folk School is made possible by: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, Lake Country Power, Minnesota State Arts Board, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and Rotary International. 
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Thank you so much for helping us accomplish our mission of building community by providing learning experiences that celebrate the wilderness heritage, art, history, culture, and craft of the people of northern Minnesota.
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