Ely Winter Festival Calendar of Events

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January 2017

Ely Folk School Class: Intro to Stained Glass – Snowflakes

January 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kekekabic Studios, 118 E Chapman St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$50

Have you ever admired the beautiful stained glass designs in churches and historic buildings and wondered if you could ever create one yourself? In this introductory class you will have the opportunity to learn about stained glass techniques; copper foil method, soldering and finishing in addition to glass cutting. A beautiful snowflake design has been chosen for this wintry time of year and in celebration of the Ely Winter Festival. Rosemary has been a stained glass crafts-person for 30 years…

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Wolf Center Snow Carving Workshop

January 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
International Wolf Center, 1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$18 - $20

If you’ve ever thought of being an amateur carver at the Ely Winter festival but didn’t know the first thing about snow carving, here’s your chance to learn! Date: January 27, 2017 Time: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location: International Wolf Center Program Rate: Non-member $20, Member $18

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February 2017

Ely Winter Festival

February 2 - February 12
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An event every day that begins at 1:00am, repeating until February 2, 2017

Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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10 days of winter fun in Ely, Minnesota:  snow carvings in the park, art in merchant windows, food, music, winter sport and other art events.  Fun for the whole family.

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Ely ArtWalk

February 2 @ 1:00 am - February 12 @ 11:00 pm
Unnamed Venue Ely, MN 55731 United States + Google Map
Free

Walk around downtown Ely and view local artists' work in the merchant windows.  A virtual outdoor gallery.  Free, all hours.

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Snow Carvers Jam

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ely Steak House, 216 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Ely Steakhouse hosts a jam of local musicians and anyone who would like to join in!  Come for dinner/drinks and enjoy.

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Wolf Center Photography Weekend begins

February 3 @ 5:00 pm
International Wolf Center, 1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Registration Deadline: 1/15/17.  February 3-5, 2017.  Discover the art of photographing wolves at the International Wolf Center. Participants will learn important information about wolves and what to look for capturing their unique behaviors. Spend time photographing wolves at the Center, followed by a field trip on Saturday. This will be the first winter for the 2016 arctic pups and they should be in their prime physically and behaviorally. Date: February 3-5, 2017 Time: Friday 5 p.m. – Sunday 12 p.m. Program Rates: Non-member $175, Member $157.50 Deposit: $50

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Second Annual Winter Festival Kickoff

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Don't miss the second Annual Winter Festival Kickoff in Whiteside Park! Events include: EWF's fire bowl being delivered to Whiteside Park. Lighting of the Fire Bowl Studio North Dance Team and Ms. Ely.  Other details to come! Snow carvers at work on their creations.

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Ice Fishing Tournament

February 4 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Shagawa Lake, Sandy Point
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$5.00

Vermilion College Law Enforcement Club sponsors a fishing contest on Shagawa Lake.

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Broomball Tournament

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ely Recreation Center, 1034 Main St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$85

A Winter Festival Broomball Tournament sponsored by the Ely Jaycees will take place at the Ely Recreation Center (1034 Main St.) on Saturday, February 15, 9am - 4pm.
Advanced registration by Feb. 1 @ $85 per team.

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Vermilion Community College Open House

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Vermilion Community College, 1900 East Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Reserve your spot to tour Vermilion, have lunch and be entertained.

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Dorothy Molter “Whirlwind”

February 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Dorothy Molter Museum, 2002 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Join the museum for a free, family-friendly event focused on winter in the Northwoods. Enjoy winter survival and ecology-themed activity stations, a warm campfire and complimentary hot chocolate from 11am-2pm. Dorothy’s cabins will be open to explore. Details at www.rootbeerlady.com.  In partnership with Vermilion Community College students.

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ArtWalk Meet & Greet

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Art Corner, 301 W Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Come join the festivities to celebrate the Ely ArtWalk artists. Meet and greet many of the participating artists as you sip a free cup of coffee or cocoa and enjoy a complimentary cookie. Art activities for the children will be available, so bring the whole family!

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Folk School Class: Make Your Own Beaver Fur Hat

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$40 - $85

Ely folks know there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. A beaver fur hat is just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert can attest to. In this class you will make a pattern to fit your head, learn how to cut the pattern pieces from two beaver pelts and stitch them together to create your hat. You will receive instructions for adding the liner at home using glue and hand stitching and then…

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Winton Roadhouse Ice Bar

February 4 @ 3:00 pm - February 11 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00pm, repeating until February 4, 2017

Winton Roadhouse, 222 Main St
Winton, MN 55796 United States
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Wear your pin and get $1 off your first beverage during the Ice Bar Happy Hour 3 pm to 6 pm. Crazy bar built of ice right in front of the Roadhouse. Specialty Ice Bar drinks, shots and beers. Open every night of the Festival; specials go from Feb. 4 through Sat. Feb. 11. You can drink inside, but you haven't lived until you've had Butterscotch Schnapps fresh from down the ice luge all frosty to your glass.

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Winter Adventure Demo Days

February 5 @ 10:00 am - February 6 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until February 5, 2017

Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Try out gear and equipment for snow travel and winter camping. Watch demonstrations and talk with people who love to be outdoors in the winter. Saturday, Feb 4 from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, Feb 5 from 10 am - 2 pm in Whiteside Park. Demonstrations include: Winter Camping Tent tours Saturday February 4 at 10 and 2 and Sunday February 5 at 10. Meet at the big tent to start. Cooking demo at 1:00PM Saturday. A demonstration of a…

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Snowshoe to Listening Point

February 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

About one mile RT, enjoy a leisurely 2-2 1/2 hour tour. Limited to 10 participants, registration required, snowshoes available. Hot beverage and cookies served in Sig’s historic cabin.  Thursday, February 9 - 4 pm/sunset and near-full moonrise (bring a headlamp!) For information and registration contact Peta Barrett 218-235- 1994 or write to petabarrettinely@gmail.com. General information about the Foundation can be found at www.listeningpointfoundation.org, or by calling LPF at 218-365-8889. Admission is FREE with your Winter Festival pin ~ donations gladly accepted. Sig Olson…

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Joey Kenig at Insula

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Insula Restaurant, 145 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Singer/guitarist/songwriter and consummate entertainer Joey Kenig will be at Insula Restaurant from 7-9 on Thursday night, February 9, 2017 .  Come by for dinner and/or a beverage and give a listen.

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Snowshoe to Listening Point

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

About one mile RT, enjoy a leisurely 2-2 1/2 hour tour. Limited to 10 participants, registration required, snowshoes available. Hot beverage and cookies served in Sig’s historic cabin. For information and registration contact Patsy Mogush at 612-799- 7145 or write to patsy@mogush.net. General information about the Foundation can be found at www.listeningpointfoundation.org, or by calling LPF at 218-365-8889. Admission is FREE with your Winter Festival pin ~ donations gladly accepted. Sig Olson at Listening Point.     Inside the cabin at Listening…

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Dorothy Molter Fundraising Dinner

February 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Ely Lodge, 400 N Pioneer Rd
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$25.00 - $35

Come celebrate the life of Dorothy Molter, last non-indigenous resident of the BWCAW, at the Dorothy Molter Museum's Annual Fundraising Dinner.  Tickets available online and at the door (limited seating). Friday, February 10, 2017 Social Hour at 5:00 p.m. / Dinner and Program at 6:00 p.m. Ridgeview Conference Center, Grand Ely Lodge $25.00 members / $35 non-members $1.00 off with your Winter Festival pin! Program Silent Auction featuring a variety of local artisanal and business items and services Key-note Speakers For details, visit rootbeerlady.com

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Wolf Center: Wolves After Dark

February 10 @ 5:00 pm

Registration Deadline: February 8, 2017. Have you wondered what happens after nightfall with the International Wolf Center’s ambassador wolves? Here’s your opportunity to participate in a “Citizen Science” project and document important behavioral data critical to understanding the Exhibit Pack dynamics. Date: February 10-11, 2017 Time: Friday 5 p.m. – Saturday 9:00 a.m. Program Rates: Adult Non-member (18+): $70, Member $65 Student Non-member (12-17): $40, Member $35

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Downtown Arts Market

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
127 N Central Ave, 127 N Central Ave
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$1

NLAA Arts and Crafts Fair features local and regional artists' work.  Admission $1 or FREE with EWF pin. 127 N Central Ave (next to Ely Surplus & Outdoor Store) For more information or to participate, www.northernlakesarts.org  or 218-365-5070

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Ely Folk School Class: Winter Survival Skills

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$20

This class will be largely information-based, covering the science, psychology, and sociology of survival. “The most important factor in survival is KNOWING what and why you NEED certain things. The how is dependent on the resources available and those are unknown until you find yourself in a survival situation.” The true needs of human survival and some of the challenges that the winter environment places on these needs will be discussed.  Cade will also go over some primitive skills  used to create  tools helpful in meeting those needs, such as debris and quinzy…

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Meet a Sled Dog Team

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Wolf Track Classic

WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, presents "Meet A Race Team" Saturday Feb. 11th, 12:00 - 3:00, in Whiteside Park on the street by the Pavilion. This is a great opportunity to meet the dogs, learn about dog sled racing and see some of the equipment. We will be on hand to answer all your questions or sign you up to volunteer on race day!! The 9th annual running of the WolfTrack Classic is Sunday Feb 26th. Check out the website…

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Snowshoe to Listening Point

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

About one mile RT, enjoy a leisurely 2-2 1/2 hour tour. Limited to 10 participants, registration required, snowshoes available. Hot beverage and cookies served in Sig’s historic cabin. For information and registration contact Patsy Mogush at 612-799- 7145 or write to patsy@mogush.net. General information about the Foundation can be found at www.listeningpointfoundation.org, or by calling LPF at 218-365-8889. Admission is FREE with your Winter Festival pin ~ donations gladly accepted. Sig Olson at Listening Point.     Inside the cabin at Listening Point.

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Ski by Candlelight

February 11 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hidden Valley Ski Area, Hidden Valley Rd
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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Free

Ely Nordic Ski Club hosts an evening of candle-lit skiing.  Tour the trails, warm up at a bonfire or in the chalet at Hidden Valley.  Chili available.  BYOB. Free with pin.

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Wolf Center: What’s for Dinner?

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Saturday, repeating until February 11, 2017

International Wolf Center, 1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$3 - $7.50

Join us as we learn about wolf adaptations and the fascinating hunting and feeding behavior of wolves as you watch our Exhibit Pack dine on a variety of prey.

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Annual Snowball Music Jam

February 11 @ 7:00 pm
Longbranch, 10 Longbranch Rd
Winton, MN 55796 United States
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$15

Fourth Annual Snowball Music Jam, fundraiser for the Boundary Waters Blues Festival, at the Longbranch in Winton.  Starting 7 pm.  $15  Wear your Ely Winter Festival pin and save $5! Enjoy Chicago style hot dogs, full cash bar, art auction, door prizes and dancing! For more information visit elyblues.com

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Snowshoe to Listening Point

February 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

About one mile RT, enjoy a leisurely 2-2 1/2 hour tour. Limited to 10 participants, registration required, snowshoes available. Hot beverage and cookies served in Sig’s historic cabin. For information and registration contact Peta Barrett at 218-235- 1994 or write to petabarrettinely@gmail.com General information about the Foundation can be found at www.listeningpointfoundation.org, or by calling LPF at 218-365-8889. Admission is FREE with your Winter Festival pin ~ donations gladly accepted. Sig Olson at Listening Point.     Inside the cabin at…

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