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, […]

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 […]

December Newsletter

Boozhoo! Warm December greetings to you all. Many of you may have already heard about our collaboration with the Bois Forte Heritage Center. On November 30, 2022, the final day of Native American Heritage Month, we unveiled our Bois Forte Native Names Map at the Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum. This map reclaims over 100 […]

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 […]

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 […]

February Newsletter

Welcome Winter Festival February is quite the month for both the Ely Folk School and for local folks in town. From the snow blocks for sculpting to the artwork being hung in store windows, it is exciting to see all the activity. This is my second year working for the Ely Art Walk and we have […]

Get Ready For Winter Festival

Winter greetings, crafters! At the folk school, we are getting ready and excited for Ely Winter Festival to happen! We are hosting many different classes in person and virtually, indoors and outdoors. Not only is our space a host for the Ely Art Walk, we will be sending art made by our ceramics and stained glass students to […]

January Newsletter

Welcome 2022 As we slow down and settle into the cold, now is a great time to write a list of creative goals for the coming year if you haven’t already done so. With winter comes crafting season! Whether learning a new skill, or finishing a half-started project, the Ely Folk School wants to be there to support you!  Come to Makers Morning […]

Family Classes

Now is a good time to think about setting up a class with friends or family for a reunion in the coming months. Students have really enjoyed sharing time and learning with friends and relatives, and we can custom design a class for you! Just read this story below for a little inspiration! I was […]