Ely Winter Festival Calendar of Events

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Ely Folk School

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February 2018

Folk School Class: Walnut Potica

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$48

with Mary Louise Icenhour Friday, February 2, 2018  1:00 PM- 5:00 PM Tuition: $40, Materials: $8 Learn how to make the reknowned pastry associated with Ely’s Slovenian heritage. You’ll make the dough, learn how to roll it just right, then create and add the walnut filling, and bake to take home your own delicious potica. Enjoy learning from Mary Louise Icenhour in our brand new teaching kitchen from her mother’s recipe (Rose Mavetz).  Bring your own rolling pin, Mary will provide all the ingredients. …

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Ely Folk School class: Rosemaling in Valdres Style

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$140
Rosemaling Valdres plate

with Kim Garrett Rosemaling in the Valdres Style Two Day Class (please note different times): February 2, 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM February 3, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM Optional 3rd day (see below) Tuition: $120 Materials: $20 Rosemaling means “rose or flower painting” in Norwegian. The Norwegian Folk-art of Rosemaling began around 1750. This class will focus on the Valdres style, which originated in the Valdres valley and is known for its strong floral motif. We will start by learning the basic strokes…

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Concert: Twins of Franklin

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$10
Twins of Franklin

The Twins of Franklin are Laura Lou and Becky Shaheen, songwriters hailing from the Twin Cities that bring something different to every show. The pair dub themselves as "vocal chameleons," allowing themselves to float effortlessly through different genres. Tight harmonies, delightful ballads and zesty uptempo folk are just a few things to look forward to in a live performance with the Twins. This dynamic duo support one another’s music both with their specific musical stylings but also as very close friends.…

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Ely Folk School class: Sewing with Beaver Hides

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$165
Bert Hyde in handmade Beaver Hat

with Bert Hyde Choice of Project Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuition: $80 Materials: $85 Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats, mittens, and gaiters are just the answer for those deep wind chills, to which Bert can attest. You will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide and choose whether to make a hat, mittens or gators. You will receive instructions for adding the liner,…

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Ely Folk School Class: Sour Cream Strudel

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$45
sour cream strudel

Sour Cream Strudel February 3, 2018 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM Tuition:$40 Materials: $5 This is a sweet, creamy, and very rich version of apple strudel.  You will learn how to mix and knead the basic strudel dough.  Then you will stretch the dough and fill it with an old Slovene recipe using, sour and sweet cream, meringue, butter and sugar.  After baking, you will take home a sizable portion of your own sour cream strudel.  About the Instructor: Mary Louise Icenhour is…

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Ely Folk School class: Beginning Rug Hooking

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$85
rug hooking square

Dating back to the 19th century rug hooking has been a popular way to create beautiful rugs using wool strips. This updated version uses a punch method with the same results as traditional hooking. Students will make a small project while learning to use the Oxford rug punch tool, which will be supplied for use in class along with a 10" hoop. About the instructor: Bonnie Lundorff owns the Willow Wood Market, a quiltshop and wool studio and has been sharing…

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Ely Folk School Class: Intro to Pisanki

February 3 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$55

The ancient art form of pisanki, “writing” a design on an egg, is inspired by nature and is steeped in tradition. You will learn the old method: a wooden handled metal funnel filled with beeswax is melted under a candle flame. The melted wax is your pencil and the egg is the canvas. John will provide the design, instruction, and dye. You will need to bring three raw organic eggs, a tapered candle and holder.  John has taught students of…

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Ely Folk School Class: Drapanki-Skrobanki Scratched Eggs

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$50
drapanki egg scratching

with John Rajtar Drapanki-Skrobanki is the Polish name for the beautiful scratch egg tradition in Poland and other Eastern European countries. You will learn how to make a delicate pattern using knives, pins and other sharp tools on uniformly painted eggs as well as the techniques for applying the base colors. The egg was seen as a symbol, which brought life, aided in ancient spring fertility rites, and served as a protector against evil eye, fire and lightning. John has taught…

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Ely Folk School class: Wool Needle Felting

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$30
Needle wool felting

with Val Wagner February 4, 2018 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Tuition: $20 Materials: $10 Needle Felting is a fascinating craft that allows you to create picture or three-dimensional objects using a needle and wool roving. THe special needle with sharp barbs agitates the wool to felt it and integrate it with the background piece of wool. We will be making a simple Nordic snowflake. You can use felting to embellish clothing, pillows, wall hangings and create all kinds of interesting three-…

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Ely Folk School Class: Fly Tying

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$42
fly-tying

with Bob Wagner Fly Fishing is a fun and rewarding "Lifelong Adventure." You can fly fish all water, for any fish! This class is for beginners to advanced tiers, including youth 10 and older. You will enjoy tying two simple - but effective - streamer patterns, creating a great spring-type fly for Pike and Bass that also catches Walleyes. The tying techniques covered in class can also be applied to jigs and crank baits.  All equipment and materials are provided.  About…

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Folk School Class: Learn to Make Coconut Potica

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$45
potica

with Mary Louise Icenhour Sunday February 4, 2018 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM  Tuition: $40 Materials:$5 This is a coconut (no walnuts or honey) version of walnut potica using the same sweet leavened dough, but filled with a rich coconut - sour cream filling.  You will learn how to prepare the dough for rolling, fill with the coconut mixture, and bake the potica.  This is a very tasty potica toasted and buttered before serving.  Each student will take home their own loaf…

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Ely Folk School class: Intro to Wood Carving

February 5 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$60
wood carving

with Evan Faltesek February 5, 2018 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM Tuition: $50 Materials: $10 Michelangelo once said: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” You’ll learn how to look inside in this wood carving class. Come with a basic shape and we will rough it out of a piece of soft basswood. We will than carve and sand till you have your finished piece. You’ll learn the qualities…

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Ely Folk School Class: Milk Jug Pollinator Planter

February 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$10

with Deb Funk Help provide food for pollinators by making a planter filled with seeds that you can plant in the ground in the spring. The planter will be stored ouside in a snowbank until the seeds sprout and the frost danger has passed. All materials will be supplied. This class is great for adults and children. Help Save the Bees.  About the Instructor: Deb Funk began raising honey bees as a hobby after retiring. Through that experience, she came to learn…

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Ely Folk School Class: Tracking Mammals in the Snow

February 6 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on February 16, 2018 at 8:00am

Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$44

with Jess Edberg Winter is the best time to explore the Northwoods in search of wildlife sign. Discover what mammal species are awake and active during winter in northeastern Minnesota and learn how to identify their tracks and sign to interpret activity.   The class will begin with an indoor presentation on identification of mammals through habitat types, track patterns and track sizes then, head outdoors in the field in search of mammal activity. You may carpool with your fellow mammals.…

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Ely Folk School Class: Create a Bohemian Stool

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$55
Bohemian stool

with Evan Faltesek In this beginner carpentry class, you'll create a functional furnishing that can become an heirloom craft piece! With pre-cut pieces and guidance from a professional woodworker, you'll jig saw, assemble, sand and seal this elegant stool. Then, later, if you'd like, let your imagination go "Bohemian" and paint it as whimsically as you choose. Better yet, give it as a handcrafted gift for a favorite young friend or family member to paint.  About the Instructor: Evan Faltesek runs Silver…

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Ely Folk School Class: Learn to Make Pasties (Meat Pies)

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$45

Perhaps no traditional food is more closely associated with the Iron Range than pasties (pronounced “past tees”). You’ll take home a freshly made pasty to bake and the skills to make more on your own!  Brought here by Cornish miners, these hearty and healthy lunch pies are created from chopped fresh veggies (carrots, potatoes, onions, rutabagas), and meat (beef and pork) sealed and baked in delectable pastry shells.  Ely’s mining families appreciated how well they transported and held their heat in a lunch bucket – you’ll enjoy their great taste!  In…

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Sustainable Living: Open Forum

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
Free
Ways to be sustainable

with Andy Hill The Sustainable Living Forum will include presentations and discussion to extend your awareness and thinking about how to live more sustainably without costing you a fortune. There are many choices you can put in motion at little cost and little or no effort. Bring your ideas to share with others and watch them expand. Learn from Andy and from each other. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about the appliances you’re interested in installing: furnaces, hot…

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Ely Folk School Class: Make Zlikrofi

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$45

with Mary Louise Icenhour Zlikrofi are a Slovene version of the more well-known Italian ravioli, meat- or cheese-filled pasta formed into triangles or squares. Zlikrofi can either be boiled or fried before serving.  Learn how to make the pasta dough and two fillings: meat and a spinach/cheese. You will take home at least a dozen which will be ready for the pan or pot of boiling water. About the Instructor: Mary Louise Icenhour is an Ely native and retired teacher who loves to…

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Ely Folk School Class: Lidded Birch Bark Basket

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$180
birch bark basket

with John Zasada This birch bark basket is a relatively simple square or horizontal weave basket.  The weaving is done in the traditional Scandinavian and Russian style.  The material used to make the basket is split inner bark of the birch tree.  The birch bark is harvested from timber sale areas in Itasca County.  First, you will "double weave" a rectangular basket.  The rim of the basket will be reinforced with small diameter willow, alder, or thin ash splints.  Second, you…

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Ely Folk School Class: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$28
spaghetti sauce

with Andy Hill Make your own Renown Spaghetti Sauce Andy’s Famous Spaghetti Sauce secrets will be revealed in this upcoming class. This meat sauce is requested for benefits and out of town hunting venues and the international recipe has been made in Canada all the way to Mexico and the Island of Paul Mari. About the Instructor: Andy Hill has been implementing creative sustainable practices in his off-the-grid homestead and garden for many years and loves to share ideas and knowledge with…

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Ely Folk School Class: Pine Needle Basketry

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$50

with Mary Louise Icenhour Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and predates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine…

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Ely Folk School Class: Stained Glass

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kekekabic Studios, 118 E Chapman St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
$55

with Rosemary Shepherd 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. You can choose one of the pictured designs to make in class. About the instructor: Rosemary Shepherd has been a stained glass crafts person for 30 years and has worked on…

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Ely Folk School Class: Intro to Digital Photography

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
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$60
Ken Hupila

This class is intended for beginner to intermediate photographers, and it’s just in time for you to get great shots at Ely’s Winter Festival. Topics covered include Equipment selection: camera, lens, tripod, shutter releases, flash, and more Camera and lens use: menu, knobs, buttons, care of camera, manuals Theory: shutter/aperture/ISO relationships and how to use them to the best advantage for your settings Composition techniques and special situation camera settings to create good photographs. The course will begin in the classroom, and then will head outside to try out techniques presented.…

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