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June Newsletter
Learn Something New

The Birch Bark Canoe Project kicked off this week with the first public building session this past Sunday. If you would like to participate, you can come to the Ely Folk School pocket park at 1pm on Sundays throughout the summer, registration found here. More information on the spruce roots harvest on Saturday, June 25th can be found below, BYOBD (Bring Your Own Bug Dope). 

Last Friday was the first Kids Makers Morning of the summer. Kids learned how to make fish origami, colorful yarn wrapped fish, and homemade popcorn among other things. Friday mornings throughout the summer, young makers will be inside and outside EFS making different crafts and snacks each week. 

I encourage you to browse the class list closely, scrolling all the way to the bottom to view June, July, and August. Many new classes are offered including Creating a Dialogue with Nature, Anishinaabemowin Basics, Carving Green Wood for Beginners, Rattle Making, and Making Musical Clay. 

Happy viewing!

Alexia Springer

View full list of classes online.

I want to learn to… knit, weave a basket, make birch bark tree ornaments, and make a small canoe. 
Kids Makers Morning
Fridays, June 3 through August 26, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kids Makers Morning started last week and kids had the opportunity to write something on the board the want to learn this summer. They have come to the perfect place. We hope to make these goals happen for them this summer and could use your help sourcing supplies. 

Helpful Items for Donation
Large knitting needles
Chunky yarn
Water colors
Hot glue gun sticks
White beach towels
Zup’s gift cards for snack supplies
Kids dishes
Paper towels
Spill/cleaning rags
$$ for basket weaving kits
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“This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

Thursday Makers Mornings
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Join other makers and crafters weekly at the Ely Folk School for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Whether you crochet, quilt, solder, write, or weave, any project is welcome. This space is also excellent for students who did not finish a project during their class. Drop in whenever as you like, for as long as you like. 
Game Night
Monday, June 6
Monday, July 11th
Monday, August 1
Monday, September 5
6:00 PM – FREE
Join the Ely Folk school for an evening of games and community. An assortment of board games, cards, and refreshments will be provided. 
Chipping Away: Carving Club 
First and Third Wednesdays, June through September 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free – Register
**Pre-registration helps us plan ahead**
Open to all wood carvers, whittlers, wood workers, and other artists! All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Everyone from a first time carver to a professional carver can join us, socialize, learn something, and get a little carving in!We’ll meet every other Wednesday throughout the summer in the Ely Folk School’s Pocket Park on Sheridan Street and should we desire, we can carve around the campfire.
Birch Bark Canoe Project
Weekly starting Sunday, June 5, 2022
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

$15 or $50 for the summer
Join the Ely Folk School for our birch bark canoe project this summer! The BBCP is a community build and this summer we are completing work on our 20 foot canoe. We welcome you to join us as you’re available on Sundays, from 1 pm – 5 pm to respect, learn about, and craft an Anishinaabe birchbark canoe. 

*This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The EFS Mercantile is Open
Written by Alexia Springer

Some of you may remember a few years back when the Ely Folk School had a mercantile. Unfortunately, I do not but I am pleased to announce that the mercantile is being revived and items are starting to become available for purchase. Slow and steady wins the race due to limited staffing capacity. Instructor items currently for sale include beautiful hand embroidered bags by Candace Bishop, needle felting kits and felted items by Laura Berlage, and poetry books by DyAnne Korda. More items will be available soon.

A conversation overheard during Kids Makers Morning when the felted dragon journal was spotted. 
“Wow, cool! How much is that? I want to buy it.” 
“Wow, that is really cool.”
“Hey, please don’t save up the money to buy this before me, I really want it!”
“We’ll see!”

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Harvesting Spruce Roots
Saturday, June 25 at 9:00 am

Deep in the bog lies a precious resource for those who craft with natural materials. Spruce root is critical for birchbark canoe building and basketry. The beautiful white root can be used for lashing, sewing, and weaving. Because of their strength and flexibility, spruce root is ideal for the task. 

Come learn how to respectfully and safely harvest spruce roots and enjoy a hike while you’re at it! Root gathered will be used in the construction of the birch bark canoe currently being built at the Ely Folk School on Sunday afternoons! You will be able to contribute to this community building project and learn the techniques for harvesting your own roots for your own basketry projects. Join the Birch Bark Canoe Project on Sunday afternoon (June 26) to learn about processing the roots and how it is used in our canoe.

June Class List
 Tempera Painting with Flowers with Cecilia Rolando
  June 9 at 1:00 pm –$42
Bent Willow Chair with John Bajda
  June 10 at 9:00 am – $109
Painting Barn Quilts with Mary Jo Schmid
  June 11 at 9:00 am – $105
Rediscover Weaving on a Potholder Loom with Diane Thompson
  June 11 at 9:00 am – $104
Summer Haiku Cards with Cecilia Rolando
  June 16 at 2:00 pm -$20  *Child/Parent Class
Knife Sharpening 101 with Paige May
  June 16 at 6:00 pm – $20
All Things Chaga with Allie Austin
  June 21 at 1:00 pm – $60
Summer Solstice Celebration: Poetry Reading & Open Mic with DyAnne Korda
  June 21 at 7:00 pm – FREE
Creating a Dialogue with Nature with Rachelle Elizabeth
  June 23 at 5:30 pm (6 classes total) – $135
Creating a Dialogue with Nature: Part One with Rachelle Elizabeth
  June 23 at 5:30 pm & June 23 at 11:00 am – $35
Natural Stone and Leather Bracelet with Kay Vandervort
  June 24 at 12:00 pm – $55
Invasive Color Dying: Using Invasive Species as Natural Dyes with Theresa Hornstein
  June 25 at 9:00 am – $72
Harvesting Spruce Roots with Charlies Cecil
  June 25 at 9:00 am – $20
Photographing Orchids: Tools of the Trade with Ken Hupila
  June 25 at 1:00 pm – $41
Photographing Orchids: Field Trip with Ken Hupila
  June 26 at 8:00 am – $65
Songwriting Circle with Joey Kenig
  June 28, July 26 & August 30 at 1:00 pm – $10 cash/person
July Class List
Anishinaabe Style Shoulder Bags for Kids with Jessica Anderson
  July 2 at 10:00 am – $25
Bead Embroidered Necklace with Kay Vandervort
  May 2 at 12:00 pm – $55
Embroidery on Denim with Candace Bischoff
  July 7 at 2:00 pm – $46
Backcountry Baking with Alexia Springer
 July  9 at 10:00 am – $34
Linoleum Printing on Fabric with Nora Rickey
  July 14 at 5:00 pm – $61 
Beyond the Hammer: Tools for Your Garden with the forging community
  July 15 at 5:00 pm & July 16 at 9:00 am – $145
Stenciled Wildflower with Kristen Aune
  July 17 at 2:00 pm – $66
Anishinaabemowin Basics with Jessica Anderson
  July 20 at 6:00 pm – $20
Creating a Dialogue with Nature: Part Two with Rachelle Elizabeth
  July 21 at 5:30 pm & July 23 at 11:00 am – $35
Introduction to Weaving on an Inkle Loom with Diane Thomson
 July 22 at 9:00 am – $109
Inkle Loom Beyond Stripes: Weaving Pick Up with Daine Thomson
  July 23 at 9:00 am – $109
Songwriting Circle with Joey Kenig
  June 28, July 26 & August 30 at 1:00 pm – $10 cash/person
Manoomin: The Food that Grows on Water & Carving Wild Rice Knockers with Rick Anderson
  July 27 at 5:30 pm – $25
مسمن Moroccan Flatbread with Lucy Soderstrom
  July 28 at 6:00 pm – $40
Memory Wire Bracelet with Kay Vandervort
  July 28 at 12:00 pm – $40
Blueberry Hand Pies with Lacey Squier
  July 30 at 9:00 am -$51
Blueberry Hand Pies: Live Online with Lacey Squier
  July 30 at 9:00 am -$36
August Class List
Stories of Ely with Jäc Miller
  August 1 & August 2 at 2:00 pm – $40
Bead Embroidered Bracelet with Kay Vandervort
  August 4 at 1:00 pm – $40
Mixed Perception Presents the Magic Flute 
  August 6 at 4:00 pm – FREE
Plein Air Sketching in the Park with Phoebe Mol 
  August 7 at 9:00 am – $73
Carving Green Wood for Beginners with Daniel Westhoven and Ben Rolland
  August 7 at 1:00 pm – $122
Gyotaku: Fish Painting with Lyn Reed 
  August 12 at 12:00 pm – $42
Maiolica Glazing Workshop with Karin Kraemer
  August 13 at 10:00 am – $95
Songwriting Workshop with J. Jeffrey Messerole
  August 13 at 3:00 pm – $25
J. Jeffrey Messerole Live in Concert
  August 13 at 7:00 pm – $20
Rattle Making with Allison Bell
  August 17 & 24 at 1:00 pm – $55
Prehistoric Native American Effigy Pots with Lyn Reed
  August 18 and 25 at 10:00 am – $35   *Youth Class
Needle Felt a Loon: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  August 19 at 2:00 pm – $72 
Learn to Weave – Rigid Heddle with Diane Thomson
  August 20 at 9:00 am – $99
Making Musical Clay with Lyn Reed 
  August 20 & 27 at 10:00 am – $55
Introduction to Tapestry Weaving: Live Online with Laura Berlage
  August 20 at 2:00 pm – $264
Minnesota Medicinal Foraging with Allie Austin
  August 23 at 1:00 pm – $50
Creating a Dialogue with Nature: Part Three with Rachelle Elizabeth
  August 25 & August 27 – *Sliding Scale Payment
Songwriting Circle with Joey Kenig
  August 30 at 1:00 pm – $10 cash
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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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.