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Ely Folk School


Demo: Wild Rice Hot Dish


with Rick Anderson

Calendar Sep 25, 2021 at 3 pm

Saturday, September 25, 2021
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Tuition: $25

Join EFS Board Member, Rick Anderson, and a special guest -- member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and famed cook Muriel Deegan -- in making pork & wild rice hot dish. This demonstration-style class will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about wild rice courtesy of Muriel and Rick's expertise, observe them as they prepare this classic hot dish (including cooking the wild rice & making homemade cream of mushroom soup), and enjoy a portion of hot dish in each others company.

About the Instructors; Muriel Deegan and Rick Anderson:

Muriel Deegan: I'm a Bois Forte enrollee. I live on the Bois Forte Reservation within the Lake Vermillion Sector. My maternal family is from here. I have five children, one of whom is no longer with us. I am a Grandma of 15 and Great-Grandma of 3. I am artistic with our beautiful Native American culture. I like beading, sewing, and cooking. I cook Wild Rice in a variety of different ways. Wild Rice doesn't last long in our home. I am proud to belong to a culture that is ethically rich in Nature. 

Rick Anderson: Life-long Ely resident and member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. My wife Polly and I share the joy of four daughters and their families.
I love the land and water and all the life it supports. Avid hunter, fisher, and gatherer of the gifts of the Creator. I'm as comfortable in the company of people as in the solitude of nature.
Heaven on earth is time spent on Burntside Lake and cruising the Echo Trail.

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Demo: Intro to Home Brewing


with Charlie Cecil

Calendar Sep 30, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, September 30, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

Tuition: $25  Materials: $10

Have you ever been curious to brew your own beer but were not sure where to begin? The good news is that it is not as difficult as you may think. Anyone with a kitchen and some basic equipment can brew their own delicious beer at home.

This class is designed to be a general introduction to all things home brewing, with the goal of giving students the skills and confidence to dive into this hobby on their own. We will cover the basic brewing process, sanitation, recipes, equipment needed, stages, and trouble shooting any surprises that may arise. Home brew samples will be available throughout the class.

About the Instructor: Charlie Cecil has been living and working in the woods of northern Minnesota since 2011. Over the years, he has guided canoe trips, worked with sled dogs, hiked and camped all over the state. Through it all, home brewing has been a stable hobby. After brewing over 20 successful batches, some of them done without electricity or plumbing, Charlie is excited to share this hobby with the community and pass it on to others.

A Quiltmaker's Journey: A Trunk Show and Lecture


with Helen Smith Stone

Calendar Nov 13, 2021 at 2 pm

Saturday, November 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Helen has been a quiltmaker for over 40 years and is passionate about her art form. In this one-hour Lecture/Trunk Show, you will hear what inspired Helen to become a quilter, see how her quiltmaking style has changed over the years, and learn who has influenced her work and why. While showing 20-25 quilts, Helen will share some of her proudest achievements as well as some of her challenges along this creative journey. She hopes to inspire you to become a quiltmaker, too; or, if you already make quilts, to try some new techniques. Be sure to stay until the end of her Trunk Show so you can see the quilts up close and ask questions.

About Helen Smith Stone: Helen is the founder/owner of Quilting on the Waterfront (QTW), a small business that focuses on providing education to quiltmakers ~ machine piecing, machine quilting, and art quilting techniques. She especially enjoys teaching “beginner” quilters, helping them get off to a good start.

Helen’s first experience with needles and thread was at the age of eight when her mother taught her hand-embroidery. Later, she became interested in sewing machines, and her journey of working with fabric and thread began. Home Economics, 4-H classes, and good teachers propelled Helen forward into first sewing doll clothes and later making clothing for herself. But, when she saw her grandmother’s collection of quilts, she was smitten! “I knew then what I wanted to learn – how to create quilts!” Many years later, she made her first quilt – a baby quilt for her son. From there, quiltmaking became Helen’s passion and art form. She has been making quilts for over 40 years.

An award-winning quilter, Helen presented a quilt show/conference (Quilting on the Waterfront) at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in 2002, 2004, and 2006, bringing in over 6,000 attendees each year. She continued to produce smaller quilt shows at The Inn on Lake Superior-Duluth until 2012. She enjoys teaching and sharing her quilts through Trunk Shows, workshops, and special exhibits.

Helen’s work has been published in Joanne Larsen Line’s books: Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift, and More Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift. She has also been featured in a machine quilting book by Sue Nickels, Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques; in a paper-piecing book by Claudia Clark Myers of Duluth, A Passion for Piecing; and in three QuiltArt Engagement Calendars by American Quilters Society (AQS).

In 2001, Helen started a quilt guild to help educate and inspire new and experienced quilters and to encourage the making and donating of quilts to local charitable organizations. Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild (NLMQG) is based in Duluth and has 70 members.

Helen worked in the education profession for over 35 years: The Marshall School, Duluth Public Schools, KUMD-Public Radio, WDSE-Public TV, and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). She participates in a variety of online classes and strongly believes in lifelong learning. One of her favorite quotes is: Never stop learning because life never stops teaching. - Author unknown

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