This summer’s final week 14 of the Birch Bark Canoe Project is Monday, August 12, 2019, from 5-9 pm in the North Classroom at the Ely Folk School (use alley door).A potluck is planned for 6 pm to celebrate the closing of another cherished season of community canoe building. The evening will include work on the canoe: pitching, planking, ribbing, pegging, fitting, lashing. We will discuss continuing the Birch Bark Canoe Project through the fall and winter.Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this community-building project!

You are invited to the Annual Paddling Celebration held on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 10 am-4 pm at Semers Beach in Ely, Minnesota. This free public event is sponsored by the Minnesota Canoe Museum and the Ely Folk School.

Activities include recreational and educational opportunities for paddling various styles of canoes; viewing and learning about historic canoes; networking with paddlers, canoe builders, guides, and outfitters; and learning about Ely Folk School’s Community Birch Bark Canoe Building Project and traditional craft classes.

A highlight of the event is having a chance to paddle wood canvas and birch bark canoes, offered as a fundraiser for the nonprofit sponsors. Learn about the Minnesota Canoe Museum and the Ely Folk School and how to become involved.

Bring your family, picnic food, canoe, and guitar. Semers Beach is a city waterfront park that offers a public swimming beach, campfire pits, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, canoe carry-down access, and an enclosed pavilion. Come enjoy the Annual Paddling Celebration!

Semers Beach Park is located at 476 Shagawa Road North, Ely, MN  55731

For more information, contact the Minnesota Canoe Museum at 218-226-8482.