Class Calendar

Aug
19
Mon
2019
Living Arts – A Cultural Presentation
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm

Monday, August 19, 2019 (Rescheduled from August 12th)

5:00 PM – Potluck Dinner – Bring your favorite dish to share and greet new and old friends6:15 PM – Living Arts Presentation

Come witness resiliency of the Anishaanabe people through the continuance of traditional crafting, singing, drumming, and dancing.

Chaz Wagner, a Traditional Men’s Dancer, Singer, and Drummer, and Dani Pieratos, Jingle Dress Dancer, will present on their dance styles, their Native American regalia, and the accompanying cultural and spiritual teachings of their traditional outfits.

The presentation is intended to demonstrate the Indigenous worldview of art as a means of survival and revival, a holistic perspective that works on both the individual and community levels for healing and growth.

We hope that through the sharing process our audience will rediscover a bit of their own sacred truths in themselves.

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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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Nature Play
Aug 22 – Aug 25 all-day

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Tickets are also available for sale at the Art & Soul gallery,427 E. Sheridan St., Ely.

Thurs August 22 * 6 pmFri August 23 * 6 pmSat August 24 * 1 pmSat August 24 * 6 pmSun August 25 * 1 pm

Free Family Workshop Friday, August 23. Sign up here.

Nature is the story of the friendship between Ralph Waldo Emerson, the prominent 19th century essayist, and Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, and their shared belief that nature is a source of spiritual respite and renewal. The dramatic elements of their relationship, including a falling apart, are recreated in scenes that transport the audience into the rural landscape of the 1800s.

The play was written by a direct descendant of Emerson, actor Tyson Forbes, who states, “Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were authors, friends, and radicals of their time, calling on their peers to think for themselves, live more deeply, and be agents of change. I believe their words and ideas are as relevant and necessary now as they were then, and I am thrilled to be able to share this story of their friendship and history.”

Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums, and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the script providing an outdoor experience like no other, which the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named “The Best in Twin Cities Theater.” Nature has been performed to great acclaim at over 20 parks and arboretums nationwide and will be going onto the estate of The Old Manse in Concord, MA following its performances in Ely.

Nature features professional actors and musicians from the Minneapolis area, some of whom are Guthrie performers. They are joined by a community chorus of Ely area singers and Mattie Lindsay, a young actor from Ely taking the role of Emerson’s daughter Elly. The local performers practice under the direction of Michael Rouse, an award-winning choral director well known for his founding of the Boundary Waters Choral Festival held in Ely each spring. The week before the Nature performances, the Ely performers and the Twin Cities-based actors will rehearse together to be ready for the August 22nd opening.

Called “Guthrie-quality theater in a natural setting,” Nature’s scenes will be set in four locations among the forest and fields at Hidden Valley, just east of the City of Ely. The action unfolds around audience members as they follow the ensemble through the natural beauty of the north woods landscape. Performances will be held at 6 pm on August 22nd, 23rd, and 24th and 1 pm on August 24th and 25th. The show is performed in any weather (except life-threatening conditions), and audiences in the past have truly enjoyed even rainy productions. In the event of rain, ticket holders may come back for any subsequent performance if they prefer not to attend. Run time is approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

Guests of all ages are encouraged to come as the show has something for everyone. The lively music, dice games, and outdoors setting mixed with the adventure of moving from site to site keep kids entertained and engaged. Guests should dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring sun protection as needed. During the play, the audience will walk short distances between four different locations. Portable lawn chairs or blankets are recommended for seating as there are a limited number of chairs, which will be reserved for those who need them most. A golf cart and driver will be available to assist those with limited mobility.

The five performances are preceded by pre-show entertainment with bagpipe playing, choral music, and refreshments for purchase, so ticket-holders will want to arrive at least half an hour early and those who need to purchase tickets even a bit earlier. Following the Saturday afternoon performance there will be an opportunity for the audience to talk to cast members about the show’s themes and the experience of performing it in a variety of venues.

A family workshop entitled “I Went for a Walk Today” will be offered at Ely Arts & Heritage Center on Friday afternoon, August 23rd, at 1 pm. Professional actors will connect family members to nature through walks, theatrical play, and reflective journaling. Each workshop attendee will receive a Nature field journal to take home. The workshop is designed for adults and families with children age 6 and up. It lasts about 90 minutes. A free-will donation will be collected to cover the costs of providing this experience. Please sign up here. Participation is limited to 30 people–first-come, first-served.

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Intermediate Watercolor Techniques
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday, August 22, 201910:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

This class will give students with some experience an opportunity to expand and hone their skills with individual attention from the instructor. Bring your own materials or use new professional brushes and paints supplied by the instructor. It is suggested you bring watercolor paper. You can deepen your knowledge of the color wheel or work on one project you would like advice on. Bring photo ideas or flowers to paint.

About the instructor: Holly Meeker Rom has worked in the watercolor medium professionally since 1980, and has taught drawing, watercolor and color theory for 40 years. Holly enjoys teaching and guiding students at all levels in the adventure of watercolor painting. She is inspired by the landscape of the lakes and forests of Ely, MN.

She has taught locally at the Ely Folk School, the Miner’s Dry and the Art Corner. Holly’s work can be viewed on her website, www.hollymeekerrom.com.

She has an MFA in painting from American University in Washington, DC, and an MA in Art Education from California State Univ. in Sacramento. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She led art historical tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for 17 years in School programs. She has been a part-time resident of Ely, MN for 20 years.

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Sticks and Stones Necklace
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday, August 22, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Utilizing a variety of natural materials, such as sticks, metal, leather, and stones, students will create a one of a kind, free-form necklace. The students will determine the size and style of their finished projects. Recycled materials, such as broken earrings or necklaces can also be incorporated into the projects and students are encouraged to bring items they would like to utilize.

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
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.

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Eco-Friendly House Building
Aug 23 @ 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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Nature Play Workshop
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

A family workshop entitled “I Went for a Walk Today” will be offered at Ely Arts & Heritage Center on Friday afternoon, August 23rd, at 1 pm. Professional actors from the Nature Play will connect family members to nature through walks, theatrical play, and reflective journaling. Each workshop attendee will receive a Nature field journal to take home. The workshop is designed for adults and families with children age 6 and up. It lasts about 90 minutes. A free-will donation will be collected to cover the costs of providing this experience. Participation is limited to 30 people–first-come, first-served.

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All Things Chaga
Aug 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday, August 23, 20192:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $30

Did you know, growing on our birch trees is one of the most powerfully medicinal mushrooms in the world? Chaga has been highly studied and has been known to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and increase the body’s ability to respond and adapt to stress, among it’s multitude of other benefits. In this class, we will learn how to identify, harvest, and utilize this medicinal powerhouse for both internal and external use. We will make some chaga preparations in class, and students will each go home with their own informational chaga handbook, including a recipe booklet with numerous chaga remedies and creative ways to use Minnesota’s most treasured fungi.

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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Make a Bent Willow Chair
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmSaturday, August 24, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.

This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. You’ll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don’t have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.

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