Happy March!
Known to many Elyites as the best month of the year, March offers warmer and sunnier winter days. Despite the strong layers of ice still coating the lakes, here at the Ely Folk School, our last couple weeks have been full of planning excitedly for the spring melt. Already, folks are starting to tap maple trees. Join us in the upcoming months as we prepare for the bounty the Earth has in store for us. From a day at the sugarbush, to learning all you need to know about starting seeds indoors, to getting ready for spring feasts by making trufflespotica, and okonomiyaki, to pursuing spring colors in our artistic pursuits by learning the art of pysanky or tips for painting with acrylics and drawing faces, you are bound to find something new that excites you at EFS. 

Spring welcomes new growth. Let the Ely Folk School be a factor in your personal growth this spring, by taking a workshop in community with others. Expand your creativity, mind, and relationships at a class or by attending a Thursday Makers Morning. 

Lucy Soderstrom, Program Director 

View full list of classes online.


The Original People, The Original Names

Bois Forte Native Names Maps are available for purchase in the mercantile or by following this link to an online form. Maps orders are shipped on Friday of each week. Please give us a call or email if you have any questions! 


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. 



Sew a T-Shirt Dress
Friday, April 28 at 9:00 am
Tuition: $84

Stop wearing clothes that everyone else has! You can make your own one-of-a-kind dress using a t-shirt that you already own. You will sew a dress using a short or long-sleeved t-shirt as the starting point. The t-shirt serves as the top of the dress so you won’t need to set sleeves nor deal with neck facings. The bottom of the dress will be constructed from a simple a-line pattern which can be creatively embellished. Use your creativity and your own personal flair to enter this spring in style.

**Students must have experience sewing a straight and zig-zag stitch. This is not a learn to sew class.


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.

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.