2024 Summer Youth Classes

Written by Alexia Springer The Ely Folk School is excited to announce our third annual year of summer youth classes! This year, Kids Makers Morning serves Pre-K and Kindergarten children. The Creative Kids class series serves elementary aged kids. Each of these programs forge community and connection to place through craft and offers opportunities to […]

Snow Sculpting at the Ely Folk School

A filmmaker who came to Ely from Florida for the 2nd Annual Ely Film Festival remarked that nearly everyone he has met has apologized to him for the “unseasonable heat” The most popular small talk conversation starter is the tragedy of this year’s Snow Sculpting Symposium in Whiteside Park. “At least the sidewalks are clear […]

Get Involved with the Ely Winter Festival

Written by Lucy Soderstrom, Program Director The Ely Winter Festival is right around the corner! The ten biggest days of winter in Ely may have a bit less snow than last year, but there are infinite things to do both outside and inside! Sew a beaver hat, learn the basics of blacksmithing, bead a snowflake, […]

September Newsletter

Welcome Fall! I’ve learned that it’s important for me to savor each shift in weather as it happens, rather than looking forward to and/or worrying about the snow and ice that lies ahead of us. What can you do today to appreciate today’s weather without thinking about the seasonal extremes that lie ahead of and […]

August Newsletter

Photo by Chris Ellerbroek Summer Traditions Rusty crayfish are a well-known menace in our Northern Minnesota lakes. But did you know that crayfish are so valued and tasty in Sweden, that the country has a designated hunting season for the crustaceans? Enter the Kraftskiva. To celebrate the beloved crayfish season, a crayfish party emerged across […]

Private Classes

The following classes are available to be scheduled privately, for your family or small group. Contact info@elyfolkschool.org to schedule a class! ArtsGelli Plate PrintingPainting with FlowersSpoon CarvingBead Embroidered BraceletNature Switch PlatePainting Watercolor Notecards Culinary ArtsTraditional Cornish PastiesBlueberry Hand PiesSavory Pastries: Jamaican Beef Patties Dorothy MolterRoot Beer: History You Can Taste Fiber ArtsFabric Collage Hanging Outdoor Skills and […]

March Newsletter

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 […]

January Newsletter

A Year in Review How has the year 2022 already come and gone? Upon reflection, it 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 would be […]

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 […]

October Newsletter

Hello October! This is one of my favorite times of the year. The chaotic rhythm of summer starts to slow, but hasn’t fully disappeared. It’s replaced by a new type of chaos -one of rehoming, reconnecting, renewing the helpful habits and warm rituals that carry us through the winter.  This month feels especially geared toward […]