Class Calendar

Apr
14
Wed
2021
Eating Healthy on a Budget: Live Online
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Wednesday, April 14, 202112:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuition: $20

The class will teach individuals how to eat healthy foods while living on a budget. You will learn tips to reduce the cost of healthy meals, how to stock up on healthy foods, and healthy meals to prepare on a budget.

About the Instructor: Erika Barnhill has a passion to share her knowledge about nutrition and good health with others. She recognizes that we live in a world where people are not experiencing the healthy vibrancy they are meant to. In fact, the opposite is true: people are often sick and over-medicated, yet still unaware how much diet and lifestyle are responsible.

Erika says, “I worked in a hospital setting with cardiac and pulmonary patients with many people who needed change and needed answers. A health crisis led me to learn how to take a more holistic approach to healing my own body through research, study, and prayer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certification as a health and wellness coach. I’m happy to say I am healthy and well today with a busy life as a wife, mother, and health coach while homeschooling four amazing children.. Finding balance in our busy lives is so important, and it is possible to live every day to the fullest, feeling healthy and well.

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Knit a Spring Hat: Live Online
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMWednesday, April 21, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $35 Materials: $6

Learn to knit your own hat, perfect for spring, taught by the pattern developer. This class is perfect for the comfortable beginner knitter. You will be expected to cast on and knit and purl. Bonus points if you have experience knitting in the round!

The finished hat is sized to the average woman’s head, about 21 inches. The pattern as well as information on the recommended yarn and needles will be sent to you upon registration.

About the Instructor: Laura Ricketts lives in Indiana. She loves to play with color and design, and the knittingof the Sámi peoples in northern Scandinavia fits that bill while exciting her historically and culturally. She knits, crochets, spins, quilts, cross stitches, and has just startedweaving and making bobbin lace. She has lectured and taught at Finnfest, Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum, ASI, and the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle. In between writing articles and patterns, she calls her three kids, tries to force meaningful time and make sure they don’t get COVID.

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Apr
15
Thu
2021
Learn to Make Edam Cheese: Live Online
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, April 15, 20212:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30

Learn from a master how to make your own Edam cheese. Edam is a semi-hard cheese that originated in the Netherlands, and is named after the town of Edam in the province of North Holland. It’s excellent for melting and a popular choice for soups, sauces, and hot dishes.

Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company, and you will certainly learn something new. After class, the cheese will need to be pressed and bathed in a brine for several hours and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final, completed product, the end results will wow you!

You will receive the recipe and the supplies list when you register. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients.

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.

Please register for each person attending in your household to support both the instructors and the Ely Folk School. Thank you!

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Eating Healthy on a Budget: Live Online
Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 15, 20216:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuition: $20

The class will teach individuals how to eat healthy foods while living on a budget. You will learn tips to reduce the cost of healthy meals, how to stock up on healthy foods, and healthy meals to prepare on a budget.

About the Instructor: Erika Barnhill has a passion to share her knowledge about nutrition and good health with others. She recognizes that we live in a world where people are not experiencing the healthy vibrancy they are meant to. In fact, the opposite is true: people are often sick and over-medicated, yet still unaware how much diet and lifestyle are responsible.

Erika says, “I worked in a hospital setting with cardiac and pulmonary patients with many people who needed change and needed answers. A health crisis led me to learn how to take a more holistic approach to healing my own body through research, study, and prayer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certification as a health and wellness coach. I’m happy to say I am healthy and well today with a busy life as a wife, mother, and health coach while homeschooling four amazing children.. Finding balance in our busy lives is so important, and it is possible to live every day to the fullest, feeling healthy and well.

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Apr
24
Sat
2021
Birding by Ear
Apr 24 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Saturdays, April 24, May 1, May 8, and May 15, 20217:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Tuition: $60

Northern Minnesota hosts a colorful variety of nesting songbirds each summer, from chestnut-sided warblers to goldfinches. Each species has a colorful song and this class focuses on learning to match the song with the singer while in the field. The full class is composed of four weekly meetings lasting 90 minutes take place at key local sites within 15 miles of Ely. The first meeting is Saturday, April 24 and the last meeting is May 15. Please meet at the Ely Visitor Center, junction of Sheridan Street and Highway 1, and be ready to leave by 7 am.

This class will be held outdoors and in-person. Some students may choose to carpool, but that is not necessary. CDC and MN Health guidelines will be observed.

About the Instructor: Steve Engel has been an avid student of birds since 1985. He has conducted birding by ear field research and for six years led weekly birding by ear outings for the public each April and May. This will be his first spring in the Ely area in many years. The best kind of teacher is a highly motivated learner and teacher. That is to say, let’s learn the songs together. All we need is focused time in the field and that’s what this class provides.

Steve has a B.S. in Natural History from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. He said, “I have worked as an environmental educator, field biologist, shipboard naturalist, natural history trip leader, education director, artist, and writer. There are millions of things to learn and teach, and my mission is to keep learning and keep teaching. I enjoy helping others explore and discover answers to their natural history questions”.

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A Taste of Blacksmithing
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, April 24, 202110:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $10

This class will give you a taste of what it’s like to work with metal and heat with the objective of creating a classic ‘S’ hook using basic blacksmithing techniques. Students will learn the proper color (temperature) to start forging, basic hammering techniques for elongating, bending and twisting metal and go home with a functional ‘S’ hook. Basic forge safety and management will be discussed.

The classes will be limited to four students. Students must bring protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores for under $10. Safety glasses and aprons will be provided but students should bring their own if they have them. Wear clothing appropriate for working with coals and intense heat. That means no synthetic clothing.

Social distancing and appropriate COVID restrictions will be in force. Students will be asked to wear masks when appropriate.

About the instructor: Phil Leino is intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. He has been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running.

Phil grew up in Ely hearing stories about his blacksmith grandfather and working with his Dad fabricating metal tools. After graduating with a Masters in botany and PhD in plant sciences, he picked up more metalworking skills along the way, which he has put to use making equipment needed in his research, creating a functional forge at a high school in Idaho, and demonstrating blacksmithing at Living History Farms in Iowa. He donated the first forge for the Ely Folk School, which was the first step of our blacksmith program.

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Apr
28
Wed
2021
Introduction to Lightroom Classic: Live Online
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Wednesdays, April 28 and May 5, 202110:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Tuition: $70

This class is for all of you photographers who want to improve your photographs…and who doesn’t? Whether you are just beginning or deeply experienced, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program, Lightroom Classic.

All photographers need to organize, edit and share their photography. Lightroom can do it all (well almost all).This is a hands-on class. We will explore many of the most important tools in Lightroom. Key topics include but are not limited to Import, Organize and Rank photos, Basic and Intermediate Editing Tools, Lightroom workflow, Adding Watermarks and Exporting photos and much much more.

No experience with Lightroom Classic needed. Learning will be enhanced if you are able to use your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample images to work on.

This is live Zoom class, so you will able to interact with the instructor, Les Conrad. You will receive the Zoom invitation to join the class after you register and prior to the start of class.

About the instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

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May
1
Sat
2021
Green-Infused Jasmine Necklace
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 1, 20211:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $24 Materials: $15

Students will make a necklace featuring a free form jasper pendant that has been dyed with various shades of green. The pendant combines the brown and beige of jasper, but also brings in a beautiful combination of green to aqua colors. These natural looking necklaces can be worn for both casual and dressy occasions and are each uniquely individual.

Students will learn about what cords and closures work well, and be provided a variety of complementary beads to work with in order to design a necklace that features their own personal style. This is a simple project to complete for any age. No previous beading experience is required.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. Beyond adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is closely monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort 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 in 2014 and has become involved in the community. She participates in American Association of University Women, works part time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups. “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.””

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May
4
Tue
2021
Incorporating Plant Based Eating in Your Diet: Live Online
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 4, 20216:30 – 7:30 PM

Tuition: $20

Plant-based eating doesn’t mean eating only plants. This class will give ideas on how to incorporate more plants into your daily meal plan, benefits of a plant-based diet, and tips to get you started eating a plant-based diet.

About the Instructor: Erika Barnhill has a passion to share her knowledge about nutrition and good health with others. She recognizes that we live in a world where people are not experiencing the healthy vibrancy they are meant to. In fact, the opposite is true: people are often sick and over-medicated, yet still unaware how much diet and lifestyle are responsible.

Erika says, “I worked in a hospital setting with cardiac and pulmonary patients with many people who needed change and needed answers. A health crisis led me to learn how to take a more holistic approach to healing my own body through research, study, and prayer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certification as a health and wellness coach. I’m happy to say I am healthy and well today with a busy life as a wife, mother, and health coach while homeschooling four amazing children.. Finding balance in our busy lives is so important, and it is possible to live every day to the fullest, feeling healthy and well.

Register Here

May
5
Wed
2021
Incorporating Plant Based Eating in Your Diet: Live Online
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Wednesday, May 6, 202112:00 – 1:00 PM CST

Tuition: $20

Plant-based eating doesn’t mean eating only plants. This class will give ideas on how to incorporate more plants into your daily meal plan, benefits of a plant-based diet, and tips to get you started eating a plant-based diet.

About the Instructor: Erika Barnhill has a passion to share her knowledge about nutrition and good health with others. She recognizes that we live in a world where people are not experiencing the healthy vibrancy they are meant to. In fact, the opposite is true: people are often sick and over-medicated, yet still unaware how much diet and lifestyle are responsible.

Erika says, “I worked in a hospital setting with cardiac and pulmonary patients with many people who needed change and needed answers. A health crisis led me to learn how to take a more holistic approach to healing my own body through research, study, and prayer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certification as a health and wellness coach. I’m happy to say I am healthy and well today with a busy life as a wife, mother, and health coach while homeschooling four amazing children.. Finding balance in our busy lives is so important, and it is possible to live every day to the fullest, feeling healthy and well.

Register Here

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