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July Newsletter
Thank You!
Thank you for supporting our recent fundraising campaign, your contributions make a difference. This week we celebrated our volunteers with a homemade pizza party. As Betty Firth says, “From data entry to scrubbing floors, hosting classes, taking recycling, greeting the public and organizing dances and community potlucks, and serving on the Board, every single bit helps us keep the school humming.” 

The Birch Bark Canoe Project met for a third week. It was a joy to watch the 4th of July parade with this group of folks before settling into class. The Ely Folk School lawn is conveniently located in town and has plenty of nice places to sit for both casual and class meetings. I still smile thinking of my son’s happy, lollypop covered face, sitting on a bench amongst his elders. Thanks folks! 

Continue reading to learn more about the BBCP in addition to upcoming events and a current list of classes for the next three months. 

Alexia Springer, Media

View full class list online.

Instructor Spotlight: John Bajda

What is currently your favorite class to teach and why? I like teaching the Rustic/Stick furniture class since students harvest their own sticks, and there are also more options for the type of project they would like to make.
How long have you been teaching at EFS?
I have probably done classes at EFS about 5 or 6 years.  Usually one or two classes per year.  I have been teaching the classes at the community Education classes at schools in our area for approximately 20 years. After retiring from teaching at McGregor High school, I built a few garden benches for my neighbor and the community Ed teacher here said to come and teach a class, so that is how it started.  After that, the word got out that I was available to teach classes, and I would teach several classes each year in the area.  
What’s a fun fact about you?
During the 20 years that I have been retired from teaching, I have not rested.  I have a house painting business,  I was on the McGregor Fire Department for 32 years, did wildland firefighting(MEDL) for 20 years as part of a Minnesota wildland fire team,  and have been on the ambulance service here for 42 years. 

Class Spotlight

Bent Willow Rustic Furniture
Friday, August 27th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 28 at 8:00
This rewarding class sends you home with a project you will use and admire for years to come. It is helpful to register in pairs – a partner can help you wrangle your sticks or logs and assemble your project. The partner attends class for free if they do not make their own project. Day One consists of an introduction to rustic furniture, a demonstration with some hands-on tool use, and information on building material. The time between classes will allow you to choose your exact project – Bench? Chair? Trellis? – and collect building material. Day Two will be spent building your project. John will give you all the instruction you need to gather workable materials on day one. You will then have two weeks to collect and create a rough sketch of your project. 

Live Music

Superior Siren Performance
Thursday, August 26th at 6:00 pm
Join us in welcoming Laura Sellner of Duluth-based band Superior Siren! This free, outdoor concert is part of Superior Siren’s summer tour of Minnesota. Join us in the Ely Folk School Pocket Park on Sheridan Street for an evening of music. Registration is not required.
Superior Siren is an eerie folk project from Duluth, Minnesota. The captivating music is inspired by Lake Superior and Siren mythology. Superior Siren is led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Laura Sellner. In 2016 Sellner joined forces with cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner to create a alluring blend of vocals, strings, and percussion.
Join the BBCP Sunday’s from 1pm-4pm
This week, after watching the 4th of July parade, we learned about processing spruce roots for lashing the gunwales of the canoe. The picture of the coil is one long piece of root from a living tree. If done properly, collecting roots does not hurt the tree at all! Erik showed us how to carefully strip the bark off using a moose rib bone and split the root down the center. 

July Class List
Learn to Make Asiago Cheese: live online with Gary Colles
  July 8 at 2:00 pm
Painting Watercolor Notecards with Holly Meeker Rom
  July 15 at 1:00 pm

Peck Basket with Wooden Base with Martha Buche
  July 20 at 9:00 am

Writing With Your Child, For Your Child with John Kopp
  Wednesday’s July 21 – August 25 at 6:30 pm

Create Your Own Nature-Inspired Switch Plate Cover with Kay Vandervort
  July 21 at 1:00 pm

Shibori Dyeing with Indigo with Martha Buche
  July 22 at 9:00 am

Blueberry Hand Pies: live online with Lacey Squier
  July 22 at 6:00 pm

Blueberry Hand Pies: with Lacey Squier
  July 24 at 9:00 am

Create a Memory Wire Bracelet with Kay Vandervort
  July 24 at 1:00 pm

Accessorizing Your Pottery with Sandy Brandley
  July 29 and August 5 at 2:00 pm

August Class List
Minnesota Medicinal Foraging with Allie Austin
  August 10 at 1:00 pm

Elevate Your At-Home Cooking with Hudson Ledeen
  August 11 at 5:30 pm

Learn to Make Monterey Jack: Live Online with Gary Colles
  August 12 at 2:00 pm

Painting Watercolors Outdoors with Holly Meeker Rom
  August 13 at 10:00 am

Bent Willow Rustic Furniture with John Bajda
  August 13 at 6:00pm AND August 28 at 8:00 am

Quiet Hunt for Forest Gold: Mushroom Foraging with Olena Johnson
  August 14 at 9:00 am

Pupusas with Slaw and Salsa with Lacey Squier
  August 20 at 4:00 pm

Pupusas with Slaw and SalsaLive Online with Lacey Squier
  August 20 at 4:00 pm

Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools with Paul Webster
  August 20 at 5:00 pm and August 21 at 9:00 am

Coiled Basket Workshop: Live Online with Teresa Audet
  August 21 at 9:00 am

Weaving on an Inkle Loom with Diane Thomson
  August 21 at 9:00 am

Introduction to Lightroom Classic with Les Conrad
  August 25 and September 1 at 9:00 am September Class List

Learn to Make Butter Cheese: Live Online with Gary Colles
  September 9 at 2:00 pm

Three Ways to Gros Gourmet Mushrooms at Home with Nik Prenevost
  September 11 at 11:00 am

Mead Making: Let’s Ferment Some Honey! with Nick Prenevost
  September 12 at 11:00 am

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Laura Berlage
  Sunday’s September 12 – October 17 at 2:00 pm

Glowing Skin & Hair for Ages 11 and under with Jaime Brennan & Megan Olson
  September 15 at 3:00 pm

Hammer & Tongs and More: Making Basic Tools with Paul Webster
  September 17 at 5:00 pm AND September 18 at 9:00 am

Invasive Color: Using Invasive Species as Natural Dyes with Theresa Hornstein
  September 18 at 9:00 am

Needle Felt a Chickadee: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  September 18 at 2:00 pm

Glowing Skin & Hair for Ages 12-15 with Jaime Brennan & Megan Olson
  September 22 at 3:00 pm

Capturing Fall Colors with Ken Hupila
  September 25 at 9:00 am

Glowing Skin & Hair for Ages 15- 18  with Jaime Brennan & Megan Olson
  September 29 at 3:00 pm

The Ely Folk School is made possible by: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, Lake Country Power, Minnesota State Arts Board, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and Rotary International. We invite you to become a Friend of Ely Folk School through your donation. Thank you so much for helping us accomplish our mission of building community by providing learning experiences that celebrate the wilderness heritage, art, history, culture, and craft of the people of northern Minnesota.
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