July Newsletter

View this email in your browser July Newsletter Learn Something New July in Ely – is there anything better??  The town is bustling with people, lake temperatures are slowly becoming delightfully swimmable, and it’s projected to be a bountiful blueberry harvest. I would say I can’t wait to go blueberry picking, but the truth is […]

Baby’s First Blueberries: A Quetico Adventure

Written and published by Raven Words Press. Late July is a great time for canoe tripping in the border country—the lakes are warm enough for long swims, the black flies are mostly gone, the mosquitoes usually don’t come out until sunset, and the blueberries are ripe. Picking blueberries always reminds me of the year we […]

EFS Spring 2022 Fundraising

We knead your support – Help us raise some dough! As I gaze upon this painting, now hanging in the Ely Folk School – a Cecilia Rolando original, inspired by memories of her mother making potica – I can feel the smooth tension in the dough being stretched. I can smell the ground-walnut and honey […]

June Newsletter

View this email in your browser June Newsletter Learn Something New The Birch Bark Canoe Project kicked off this week with the first public building session this past Sunday. If you would like to participate, you can come to the Ely Folk School pocket park at 1pm on Sundays throughout the summer, registration found here. More information on […]

The Ely Folk School Mercantile is open

Written by Alexia Springer Some of you may remember a few years back when the Ely Folk School had a mercantile. Unfortunately, I do not but I am pleased to announce that the mercantile is being revived and items are starting to become available for purchase. Slow and steady wins the race due to limited […]

May Update

Thank you to everyone who came out to our spring bonfire a few weeks back. We hope you had a great time! Special thanks to the band members pictured above, it isn’t a party until there is live music.  We’re looking forward to a robust summer class list with many free opportunities for folks of all ages […]

May Newsletter

View this email in your browser Gearing up for Summer The weather may not be cooperating yet, but I can feel (and almost taste) summer when looking through the summer class list. Plans to make pies, pick blueberries, make wild rice knockers, help with the birch bark canoe project, and participate in one of our newest classes, “Creating a […]

EFS Is Hiring!

Join a burgeoning non-profit spreading the joy of handicraft. The Assistant Program Coordinator works 20 hours per week at $15 per hour. They are responsible for volunteer coordination and supports class management, instructor outreach, and event planning. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Lucy Soderstrom at lucy@elyfolkschool.org. Please apply by noon on […]

April Update

These mid-April snowstorms and blustery winds have tested my patience, but I am resolved to be resilient. The truth is I simply can’t complain. April has been a blesséd month thus far. Straddled between two extremely delightful potica classes (more on that later), was an enriching Ely Folk School instructor retreat. A promising combination of […]

The Magic in Being Creative

Written by Instructor John Kopp Creativity doesn’t come from a piece of us but from the whole of us. I find myself thinking these words as I wonder about the creativity responsible for the class “Writing with Your Child for Your Child”, a class that has as much focus on the joy of being together […]