November Newsletter

View this email in your browser  November Newsletter What fantastic fall weather we have been having in the north woods. Although the wind has been fierce and seemed to chill to the bone at times, we’ve had many sunny days with colors ablaze. I know these days are just preparing us for the weather to […]

October Newsletter

Hello October! This is one of my favorite times of the year. The chaotic rhythm of summer starts to slow, but hasn’t fully disappeared. It’s replaced by a new type of chaos -one of rehoming, reconnecting, renewing the helpful habits and warm rituals that carry us through the winter.  This month feels especially geared toward […]

Burntside’s First Paddle

The 20ft Birch Bark Canoe, “Burntside” has finally hit the water! Read the story about the first paddle by Keith Vandervort from The Timberjay.

Make Mittens for Ukraine

The Ely Folk School is making mittens for kids in Ukraine! Why? Because hearty Elyites know that there is no bad weather, just improper preparation and access to good clothing. We are putting that belief to good use and drawing on Ely’s resourcefulness and neighborliness to sew рукавиці (mittens) for children in Ukraine. A project […]

September Newsletter

This year I have planted my feeton this ground  and am practicinggrowing up out of my legslike a tree.   -Linda Lancione Moyer This is an excerpt from a poem DyAnne Korda read to her Nature Writing for Women class this past spring. It’s almost fall now and I find myself coming back to Moyer’s words. […]

The Teaching Tree

By Seth Huntington Our new birchbark canoe was nearly complete with its first launch a few weeks away. Six new canoe paddles are needed, so the novice paddle maker took the rough sawn tree boards and roughed out six blanks. In time, five of the blanks were carved into usable, but not yet finished paddles. […]

August Newsletter

Many of you have joined us on our journey of crafting a 20’ Ojibwe Wiigwaasi Jiimaan (Birchbark Canoe) and many more of you have followed us on our journey, in-person and virtually. We are overjoyed to be on the precipice of paddling this beautiful canoe for the first time!  We have spent 4 summers, beginning […]

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 […]