2024 Letter from the Executive Director

In this spring season of awakening, the Ely Folk School is taking inspiration from nature. We are clarifying where we have been and where we are going.  Where we have been: planting seeds for sustained joy and freedom within a strong, resilient community. Where we are going: A vibrant garden of interconnected blooms that make […]

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 […]

July Newsletter

*View this email in your browser Happy July! We had a busy past month of making baskets, chairs, dresses, root beer, music, tent stakes, wooden spoons, jewelry, rock pigments, and more. We learned about making our arts practices more eco-friendly; we hosted Ely City Council Members for a discussion regarding housing in Ely; we gathered […]

2022-23 Community Dances

Between September 2022 and March 2023, we hosted four Community Dances at the Ely Senior Center, bringing Ely together in dance and reminding ourselves that fine arts don’t have to be intimidating. We had so much fun dancing with you all that we want to commemorate it here.  The Dances:  What does an Ely Folk […]

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 […]

November Newsletter

View this email in your browser  November Newsletter What fantastic fall weather we have been having in the north woods. Although the wind has been fierce and seemed to chill to the bone at times, we’ve had many sunny days with colors ablaze. I know these days are just preparing us for the weather to […]

EFS Spring 2022 Fundraising

We knead your support – Help us raise some dough! As I gaze upon this painting, now hanging in the Ely Folk School – a Cecilia Rolando original, inspired by memories of her mother making potica – I can feel the smooth tension in the dough being stretched. I can smell the ground-walnut and honey […]

July Newsletter

View this email in your browser 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 […]

A letter from our board chair

June 1, 2020 Greetings, My name is Lacey Squier. I’ve been on the Ely Folk School board since 2019, and recently took on the role of board chairperson. I am writing to ask for your financial support. My personal investment is rooted in the fact that the Ely Folk School is the local institution I […]