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 […]

April Newsletter

Traditionally, April is known as Iskigamizige-giizis (boiling sap moon). For over 800 years the ininaatigoog (sugar maple trees) of this region have been tapped by the Anishinaabeg people in order to produce sugar. This Saturday, you can learn about iskigamizigan (the sap boiling process) and enjoy a traditional feast made by instructor Ryan Bajan.  Following the lead […]

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 […]

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 […]

July Newsletter

View this email in your browser July Newsletter Learn Something New July in Ely – is there anything better??  The town is bustling with people, lake temperatures are slowly becoming delightfully swimmable, and it’s projected to be a bountiful blueberry harvest. I would say I can’t wait to go blueberry picking, but the truth is […]

June Newsletter

View this email in your browser June Newsletter Learn Something New The Birch Bark Canoe Project kicked off this week with the first public building session this past Sunday. If you would like to participate, you can come to the Ely Folk School pocket park at 1pm on Sundays throughout the summer, registration found here. More information on […]

August Update

Hello friends, This summer has been filled with hope for a return to normalcy. We’ve enjoyed seeing people’s faces coming through the door, and in class. Unfortunately, we’re at a place in our community where we need to take a few steps backward, or perhaps a little stalling would be the more appropriate term. As the […]