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Milk to Cheese


with Gary Colles

Calendar Jun 28, 2018 at 9 am

Milk to Cheese

Three Day Class:
Thursday June 28, 2018, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Friday June 29, 2018, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Saturday June 30, 2018, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Tuition: $180 Matrials: 12

Make artisan cheese or invent you own cheese as you learn the basics. The class covers milks, starters, bacteria, molds, and common household equipment for cheese making that you already have in your kitchen. You will learn the basics of cheese making in class and then be able to make cheese at home anytime you like. You will be making at least 6 cheeses. The first day will be Lemon cheese and Feta cheese. Day 2 you will be making Mozzarella and Ely Cheddar or cream cheese. Then day 3 we will be making fresh cheese curds and Caerphilly (a Welsh cheddar cheese). The hard cheese will need to finished at home.Bring your cheese press if you have one. If you want to buy one call me, and I will tell you about the different types or presses.

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, He has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has had training from Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada. Guided by Ricki Carol of New England Cheese Making Company for fifteen years. Took a short cheese course from Michigan State University. The last training was from Peter Dixon in Pennsylvania on Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and my reference library now has fifty books on cheese.  Enjoys meeting and teaching people cheese making. Once they learn the basics they can make any cheese. I like getting my students to even invent new cheeses. Each class  a fun experience meeting new students.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 2 payments of $71.00

Pop Up Basket


with Dorothy L. Sand

Calendar Jun 16, 2018 at 9 am

Pop Up Basket
June 16, 2018
9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Tuition: $50 Materials: $15

Five fun sizes for all your storage needs!  Pop-Ups collapse for easy storage.  This pattern uses 2 coordinating fabrics and a different construction method than the FQ pop-up.  All raw seams are hidden.  Ties are used to hold the pop-up closed. Spring is included in the materials fee. Bring about 1/2 to 1 yard of two fabrics depending on how big a pop up they would like to make. 

About the Instructor: Dorothy L. Sand  is a a retired ordained Lutheran Pastor. She has been quilting for about 30 years and recently became interested in making purses, bags, baskets as an aside, in-between project to the intense paper piecing patterns by Judy Niemeyer. 

Summer's Planetary Parade


with Bob King

Calendar Jun 20, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Summer's Planetary Parade
Friday, July 20 2018
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Tuition: $20 No Materials Fee

Four bright planets captivate our attention at dusk this summer: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Mars will be at its brightest and closet in more than 15 years. We will meet at the Folk School and view a slide presentation of the evening sky. We will then go to the Ely golf course parking lot to view the planets through a telescope, weather permitting. Dress appropriately. Bring bug spray if desired.  

About the Instructor: Bob King has enjoyed the night sky and astronomy since childhood and made the stars his lifetime hobby. He chose photojournalism as his vocation and has been photo editor at the Duluth New Tribue since 1990. He writes a regular astronomy blog called Astro Bob, teaches astronomy classes in community education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and also writes for the online astronomy websites Universe Today and Sky & Telescope. His book Night sky with the Naked Eye, is an activity-based book aimed at both beginning and amateur astonomers. 

Wild Colors: Natural Dyeing with Local Plants


with Theresa Hornstein

Calendar Jun 23, 2018 at 9 am

Saturday, June 23,2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tuition: $60  Materials: $15

Minimum age: 12 

In this class, you’ll learn how to turn invasive, unwelcome plants (like tansy and buckthorn) into beautiful colors. We will experiment with natural dye materials you can mine in your own back yard and garden, learn how to prepare different dyes, and how to use modifiers to expand the range of colors.

If there’s time and interest, we’ll take a walk to identify a few natural materials you can use. Students need to bring clothes and footwear appropriate for walking.

About the instructor: Theresa Hornstein has always been fascinated with color, fiber, and experimenting with traditional crafts. As a teenager she began dyeing her own fibers for knitting, crochet, and felting.

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