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Intricate Springerle Cookies


with Jessica Kellogg

Calendar Jun 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Friday, June 28, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Tuition: $20  Materials: $5

Students will learn how to make intricate German Springerle cookies and take home a delicious batch. These 14th century cookies, traditionally flavored with anise, were baked for religious and secular holidays.

The cookies must dry for 24 hours before baking, so if you don't live locally or don't have access to an oven, other arrangements can be made. Students will need to bring two baking sheets or a large food storage container

About the instruction: Jessica was originally from Ely, but grew up in Arizona before joining the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. She currently lives in Ely with her family while completing dual Master's degrees.

"Springerle cookies are one of my favorites, but they can be hard to find, so I purchased the molds necessary to make them myself. I also teach the chainmaille jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School."


Make a Delicious Apple Strudel


with Mary Louise Icenhour

Calendar Jun 7, 2019 at 1 pm

Friday, June 7, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $5

Apple strudel is a classic dessert of Eastern Europe that's savored by many Ely area residents. The word strudel refers to the effect of rolling up of a generous fruit filling in a paper-thin unleavened crust. Learn how to mix, knead, and pull genuine strudel dough the old fashioned way! Sure, store-bought phyllo dough offers a quick short cut, but handcrafted dough results in a delicate and buttery pastry -- the real deal. After pulling the dough, we will fold it with grated or sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, and butter and then bake to perfection. Each student will take home a generous piece. Dessert is served!

About the Instructor: Mary Louise is an Ely native & retired teacher who loves to share her passion for traditional skills. She also teaches our Pine Needle Basketry, Walnut Potica, Pasty and Canning classes and serves on the Board of Directors.


Will run

Spring Edibles


with Johnnie Hyde

Calendar May 25, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, May 25, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $3

Spring is a great time for wild salads- nutritious and delicious greens and flower parts abound. There are also fiddlehead ferns and marsh marigolds for cooked vegetables. In this class we’ll go hunting for these wild foods, learn about some others that aren’t yet ready for harvesting, and return to the school to cook up a small snack.

Come prepared to go outside.

About the Instructor: Johnnie Hyde worked as an Outward Bound instructor for canoeing, winter dog sledding, camping and has guided private trips into the Boundary Waters. She has also worked as an EMT and a firefighter with the US Forest Service.

Full Course

Walnut Potica


with Mary Louise Icenhour

Calendar Jun 15, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday, June 15, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40, Materials: $8

Learn how to make the renowned 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. 

About the Instructor: Mary Louise is an Ely native & retired teacher who loves to share her passion for traditional skills & teaches our Pine Needle Basketry, Apple Strudel, Pasty and Canning classes and serves on the Board of Directors.

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