A Year in Review

Written by Alexia Springer How has the year 2022 already come and gone? Upon reflection, this year somehow feels like the longest year that so quickly flew by. Much has happened, both in our collective world and in my personal circle. The Ely Folk School has been a major part of my year and it […]

Nobody Does Winter Better

Nobody does Winter better! The slogan for the Ely Winter Festival seems to be thrumming through the veins of everyone who lives up here in the Northwoods. The thermometer outside my home was awfully close to -40 degrees for several mornings – that one magical temperature where Fahrenheit and Celsius align, and where we’ve agreed […]

Leino Forge at the Ely Folk School

Blacksmithing is the art of forging metal using high heat, tools like hammers,  anvils, and vices to make objects like hooks, hammer, nails, and more. Before the Industrial Revolution, most towns had a local blacksmith. Emil A. Leino, born in Finland in around 1877, moved to Ely, Minnesota and was known around town as the […]

April Class Update

A dream many people had when the Ely Folk School began in 2015 started to come true when a kiln was offered as a donation. With the help of grants, donations, and many volunteer hours, the long-awaited day has arrived to launch our first ceramics classes in May. There will be a 2-hour introductory class […]

Light on the Horizon

View this email in your browser Greetings Friends,       This spring has felt a little like deja vu from where Ely was at this time last year. Despite the current setbacks in community health, resiliency is what has always kept this town alive. As the darkness of winter fades and light returns, I am optimistic that the […]

October/November Classes

  Greetings, everybody,We are enjoying a long, lovely, very colorful fall here in Ely (as you can see by our photography instructor Ken Hupila’s gorgeous shot above) and I hope that your days are as colorful and enjoyable. More classes will be added as we go along, so watch for those on our Facebook page or website. Please […]

Fall in the Northland

Greetings! Fall is definitely here in the Northland with nighttime temps in the 30s and 40s and beautiful, crisp, sunny days. This weekend when normally the Harvest Moon Festival would be happening, the Ely Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Harvest Days and inviting everyone to come out from behind their screens, enjoy the weather, and […]

2019 Fundraising Campaign

Happy Birthday to Us! Our Ely Folk School is entering our 5th Season! Please join us for our Celebration and our Challenge. Our Celebration: Join us for our special event 3-5pm Sunday, June 9, and share highlights of our first half decade, updates on new classes, lots of yummy cakes (& other treats) Our Challenge: We’ve been gifted […]