Class Calendar

Aug
22
Thu
2019
Canoe Flotilla to Lac La Croix Pow Wow @ Lac La Croix
Aug 22 all-day

Thursday, August 22, 2019 to

Sunday, August 25, 2019

We visited in 2016 and had our 13′ birchbark canoe blessed by an elder, and the Lac La Croix First Nation has invited us back for their celebration in August. Join us as we resurrect the traditional method of transportation, when flotillas of canoes would arrive each summer from Ely for the festivities.

We’ll launch from Little Indian Sioux and camp on Loon Lake. On Friday, we’ll paddle to Lac La Croix to camp and then arrive at the pow wow on Saturday morning. The pow wow grounds has tent sites, bathrooms, campfire cooking and a lovely sand beach.

Fun includes games, a feast and competetive drumming and dancing. Sunday morning includes a breakfast buffet and native ceremonies. We hope to bring our 20′ birchbark canoe for a blessing by the elders.

There will be an orientation session at the Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan, at 4:00 on Monday, Aug. 12. For complete details, see the blog on our web site.

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Aug
23
Fri
2019
Canoe Flotilla to Lac La Croix Pow Wow @ Lac La Croix
Aug 23 all-day

Thursday, August 22, 2019 to

Sunday, August 25, 2019

We visited in 2016 and had our 13′ birchbark canoe blessed by an elder, and the Lac La Croix First Nation has invited us back for their celebration in August. Join us as we resurrect the traditional method of transportation, when flotillas of canoes would arrive each summer from Ely for the festivities.

We’ll launch from Little Indian Sioux and camp on Loon Lake. On Friday, we’ll paddle to Lac La Croix to camp and then arrive at the pow wow on Saturday morning. The pow wow grounds has tent sites, bathrooms, campfire cooking and a lovely sand beach.

Fun includes games, a feast and competetive drumming and dancing. Sunday morning includes a breakfast buffet and native ceremonies. We hope to bring our 20′ birchbark canoe for a blessing by the elders.

There will be an orientation session at the Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan, at 4:00 on Monday, Aug. 12. For complete details, see the blog on our web site.

Register Here

Aug
24
Sat
2019
Canoe Flotilla to Lac La Croix Pow Wow @ Lac La Croix
Aug 24 all-day

Thursday, August 22, 2019 to

Sunday, August 25, 2019

We visited in 2016 and had our 13′ birchbark canoe blessed by an elder, and the Lac La Croix First Nation has invited us back for their celebration in August. Join us as we resurrect the traditional method of transportation, when flotillas of canoes would arrive each summer from Ely for the festivities.

We’ll launch from Little Indian Sioux and camp on Loon Lake. On Friday, we’ll paddle to Lac La Croix to camp and then arrive at the pow wow on Saturday morning. The pow wow grounds has tent sites, bathrooms, campfire cooking and a lovely sand beach.

Fun includes games, a feast and competetive drumming and dancing. Sunday morning includes a breakfast buffet and native ceremonies. We hope to bring our 20′ birchbark canoe for a blessing by the elders.

There will be an orientation session at the Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan, at 4:00 on Monday, Aug. 12. For complete details, see the blog on our web site.

Register Here

Aug
25
Sun
2019
Canoe Flotilla to Lac La Croix Pow Wow @ Lac La Croix
Aug 25 all-day

Thursday, August 22, 2019 to

Sunday, August 25, 2019

We visited in 2016 and had our 13′ birchbark canoe blessed by an elder, and the Lac La Croix First Nation has invited us back for their celebration in August. Join us as we resurrect the traditional method of transportation, when flotillas of canoes would arrive each summer from Ely for the festivities.

We’ll launch from Little Indian Sioux and camp on Loon Lake. On Friday, we’ll paddle to Lac La Croix to camp and then arrive at the pow wow on Saturday morning. The pow wow grounds has tent sites, bathrooms, campfire cooking and a lovely sand beach.

Fun includes games, a feast and competetive drumming and dancing. Sunday morning includes a breakfast buffet and native ceremonies. We hope to bring our 20′ birchbark canoe for a blessing by the elders.

There will be an orientation session at the Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan, at 4:00 on Monday, Aug. 12. For complete details, see the blog on our web site.

Register Here

Aug
27
Tue
2019
Minnesota Medicinal Herbs
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 PM 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $25

Join us as we learn the basics of identifying, harvesting, and utilizing some of the most common medicinal herbs in Northern Minnesota. In this hands-on class, students will learn how to identify, harvest, dry, store, and use some of the most common medicinal herbs native to Northern Minnesota. This will be an in-classroom discussion as well as hands-on class- students will work with some freshly harvested herbs and will also learn to prepare some common remedies with them such as tincturing, teas, and infusions. Each student will take home their own herbal remedy made in class, and a Minnesota Medicinals handbook with photos, step-by-step instructions, and recipes!

About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala.

Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health.

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Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry
Aug 27 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 27, 20191:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $35 Materials: $20

Polymer clay can be used to create decorative pottery, wall decor, jewelry, and figurines. It is easy to work with and does not require any equipment other than what you would find in your kitchen. In this class basic processes to work with clay will be demonstrated. Then students will complete a polymer clay necklace from a prepared kit. Time will be available for students to then work with the clay and create jewelry components of their own. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a reduced rate.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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Aug
30
Fri
2019
Eco-Friendly House Building
Aug 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, August 30, 20199:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $20

The workdays available for student participation have been changed from Saturdays to Fridays.

Andy will be working on the exterior house wall insulation, demonstrating the steps in the “Perfect Wall” construction developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD, Engineer.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Friday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

You can choose individual Fridays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer “Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall” first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and September will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September, we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details in these class postings with the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Each week Andy will give a short update on the project first and answer any questions that come up.

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

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Upscale Dream Necklace
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday, August 30, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Students will create a one-of-a-kind necklace loosely based on the style of a Native American dream catcher. Recycled jewelry and natural materials will be used to create these necklaces. Students should bring any broken earrings or necklaces they’d like to incorporate into their pieces. Students can also consider picking up materials they find outdoors such as bark, feathers, or pieces of rusted metal to bring to add to the finished pieces.

About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School, sharing her beautiful creations, her skills, and her playfulness exploring color and creativity.

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Aug
31
Sat
2019
Herringbone Beaded Bracelets
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday. August 31, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.

About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we read…so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Register Here

Sep
4
Wed
2019
Wild Rice Harvesting
Sep 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 4, 20188:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $35

This class is also offered on Thursday, September 5th.

We will spend a day harvesting wild rice from a local lake. Identification of the native plant, tips on how to recognize when it is ripe to harvest, and harvest methods will all be covered. Participants will receive a proportional share of the wild rice harvested by the class, and you will gain enough knowledge to be able to continue harvesting wild rice on your own.

Materials fee includes canoes, paddles, life vests, and harvesting tools, which will be provided by the instructor, as well as wild rice processing. Participants will need to purchase a DNR wild rice harvesting license, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold.

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has guided canoe and dogsled trips for over two decades, teaching all the skills needed to participants. She has taught with Elderhostel programs, the Swedish and French Voyageur summer youth programs, Corcordia Language Villages and Vermilion Community College.

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