Give to the Max 2020

Your Ely Folk School is resilient!   With a little help from our friends like you during these challenging times, we’ll remain so!  Thanks for your Give to the Max gift. 
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We’ve pivoted to zoom classes (very popular!) and safe socially-distanced small-group onsite classes, including our new ceramics program.

Plus safe events:

With many area holiday events being cancelled, we’re pleased to host a safe outdoor party Saturday, December 12, 3:30 – 5:30pm at Semer’s Park on Shagawa Lake.  This community gathering features dogsled rides for kids and adults, a warming bonfire, pool-noodle broomball on the lake ice, and a special guest: “Santa”.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own skis, snowshoes, or other recreational activities to enjoy the large open space of Semer’s Park and Shagawa Lake. Thanks to the generosity of Zup’s and Lakeshore Liquor, refreshments will be provided, including Glögg, beer, hot cocoa, & snacks. Social distancing precautions will be in place, mask use will be required. The event is free, but contact us to pre-register since group size will be limited.

In November and December, Ely Folk School is hosting both online and onsite classes. The school is also putting together a robust class lineup for the Ely Winter Festival February 4-14. Check our website for all upcoming class news.

“In these challenging times, ‘resilience’ has been our catchword,” said EFS coordinator Betty Firth.  “We’re pleased with the generous community support of our programs.  And we’re excited to have hired an additional staff person, Lucy Soderstrom.”

Since childhood, Lucy (see her picture below) has spent summers at her family’s cabin near Ely and with area YMCA programs as a camper and counselor. A recent University of Puget Sound graduate in International Relations, Lucy studied in Morocco, Qatar and Netherlands. Given her focus on sustainable business development in small communities, she’s excited to connect with the Ely community through EFS.  Lucy is spearheading the December 12 holiday party plans together with EFS board member Lacey Squier.

Thanks for sustaining our EFS resilience with a Give to Max gift! Click here to give.

Coming up in December:

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