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 […]

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 […]

2020 Spring Fundraiser

Help us unlock our new grant! Your donation doubled!We must raise $9000 Donate Today! Kids of all ages from Ely to Maine joined in the online kitchen fun. “My daughter loved the pine needle basketry and sewing for dolls classes she took in Ely. She made a lemon pie with Lacey’s online class and keeps talking about it!” Erin, Maine […]

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 […]

2018 Membership Drive

As we enter our fourth year of classes, we’re proud of how the Ely Folk School is “building  community by providing learning experiences that celebrate the wilderness heritage, art, history, culture, and craft of northern Minnesota.”  120 classes and events are set for the summer with more being planned. From woodworking to knitting, soap making […]