Classes

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  • January 28, 2023
    5:00 pm

Music: Old Time House Party

Come on down for an Old Time House Party at the Duluth Folk School! This will be a great time to play some jam tunes and maybe even dance! Everyone is welcome. Skill Level Everyone is welcome. Jam Etiquette Be polite, welcoming, and friendly. Put your instrument cases off to the side and out theContinue Reading
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  • January 29, 2023
    10:00 am

Brewing Methods & Takeaways

This class will focus on the many methods of brewing coffee including: drip, pour over, french press, moka pot, ibrik/ Turkish coffee, aeropress, siphon and espresso. You are welcome to bring your own kit in so that you may master your technique! Registration Includes At the end of class you will be able to chooseContinue Reading
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  • January 30, 2023
    6:00 pm

Building an Appalachian Egg Basket

In this class, you will spend almost two months building an Appalachian Egg Basket! Together we will make hoops, weave rosettes to anchor the frame, and then add ribs to build out the frame. We need to spend so much time incrementally weaving the baskets closed to allow sufficient time for the willow weavers toContinue Reading
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  • February 1, 2023
    5:00 pm

Game Night

Join us for Game Night every Wednesday 5 pm – 8 pm at Dovetail Café! Fun for the whole family! Demo games are available or you can bring your own. Cribbage tournament
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  • February 2, 2023
    7:00 pm

Café Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique Twin Ports is dedicated to creating a more curious, informed, and collaborative society by hosting free monthly public discussions in science, technology, and more. Local experts are invited to share their knowledge with the public in a relaxed, discussion-oriented format. Topics are diverse, and all are welcome to attend.   Monthly Topics JanuaryContinue Reading
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  • February 3, 2023
    10:00 am

Homeschool Handcrafting: Felted Beads

Our monthly Homeschool Handcrafting classes bring homeschooled youth together to learn handcrafting skills and build friendships! Take colorful wool , add soap and hot water, roll it in your hands, and – presto – you just made a felted bead. In this class, you’ll be learning the basics of wet felting, making the beads, thenContinue Reading
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  • February 3, 2023
    6:00 pm

Friday Night Trivia

Join us for Trivia Mafia trivia every Friday @ 6 pm in the Dovetail Cafe! All are welcome! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
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  • February 4, 2023
    10:00 am

Learn to Cup Like a Pro

In this class, you will get to know the sensory side of coffee by tasting, evaluating and comparing the flavor, quality and regional differences found in coffee. You are encouraged to come well hydrated! **Coffee will of course be provided! Registration Includes At the end of class you will be able to choose a 4Continue Reading
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  • February 4, 2023
    5:00 pm

Music: Old Time Jam Session

Come on down for a free old time music jam session at the Duluth Folk School! Bring a fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, or bass and learn new tunes! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen,Continue Reading
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  • February 4, 2023
    6:00 pm

Dance: Dance Workshop Series

These dances will be focused on learning new skills and growth as a dance community. Each month will have a different theme. January 2023: Contra Dancing February 2023: Two-Step Dancing March 2023: Irish Dancing April 2023: Clogging May 2023: Dancing the Maypole Beginners are welcome and no partner needed. $5-10 suggested donation. Children should comeContinue Reading
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  • February 5, 2023
    9:00 am

Private Class: Gudbrandsdal Rosemaling

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  • February 9, 2023
    6:00 pm

How to Plan Your Vegetable Garden

Do you have spring fever? Come plan your garden with seasoned experts, and fellow community members. We’ll discuss how to select your best site (including raised beds versus in ground), and the design elements of the garden; such as plant spacing, companion planting, when to choose direct seeding vs transplants, crop rotation, and successional planting.Continue Reading
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  • February 11, 2023
    5:00 pm

Young Old-Time Jam Session

2nd Saturday of the Month Come on down for a free Young Old Time Jam Session at the Duluth Folk School! This is a jam session where everyone is welcome, but we especially want to welcome youth to come and HAVE FUN playing along with others! (and if you’re only young at heart, you haveContinue Reading
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  • February 11, 2023
    6:00 pm

Dance: Family Dance

Swing down for a free, fun Family Dance! These dances celebrate the joy of all ages dancing, singing, and playing together. The dances will be led by Terrence Smith who has led these types of family dances for over 30 years.  Terrence is a master at getting anyone to dance. The musicians will also beContinue Reading
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  • February 16, 2023
    6:00 pm

Campfire Conversations Hosted by The Current Collective

Does gathering in the light of community, feeling that sense of warmth and connection after these years of isolation sound good to you? It sure does to us! Join us for The Current Collective’s*  Campfire Conversations!  ~ monthly hosted conversational spaces to connect in community We won’t actually be around a campfire, but in theContinue Reading
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  • February 16, 2023
    6:00 pm

Flat Wet Felting

Two-dimensional wet felting is wild and wooly fun! In this class, you will create a 2-D wet felted artwork. You’ll learn both wet felting and needle felting. Felting with a needle is like painting, but with wool and a needle! Felting can be addicting, so watch out! The image design will be completely up toContinue Reading
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  • February 18, 2023
    9:00 am

Draw a Yellow Rose with Colored Pencil

You will start with drawing fundamentals and create a value sketch as a foundation for the final drawing. Through a series of demonstrations and step-by-step instructions you’ll learn to “paint” with colored pencils – layering and blending colors to create depth and volume ­- using a limited “palette” of primary colors. The class includes aContinue Reading
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  • February 18, 2023
    7:00 pm

Dance: Tamarack Folk Dance

Tamarack Dance Association is hosting a folk dance at the Dovetail Cafe/Duluth Folk School! Free for Members, or $5 for a membership! Rotating live band with caller every month. New dancers are invited to learn a new art form, and experienced dancers, musicians, and callers will have the opportunity to continue developing their skills. ThisContinue Reading
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  • February 23, 2023
    6:00 pm

Make Your Own Bitters

Got the itch to become a true cocktail-ian? Then you’ve no doubt wondered how to make your own bitters! Those little dropper bottles filled with the essence of various uncommon roots, barks, and spices are like a time warp back to the good old days of drinking, and we’ve long been aware of the healingContinue Reading
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  • February 25, 2023
    9:00 am

Monthly Spoon Carving Session

 [This is not a class – it is a free monthly session] Swing by the Duluth Folk School for a free opportunity to carve spoons with others in a warm, informal setting. The Duluth Folk School is making space available for people who would like to carve spoons with other folks. There will not necessarilyContinue Reading
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  • February 25, 2023
    6:00 pm

Wine 101

Wine 101 aims to make the world of wine fun and inclusive. You will dive into the basics of wine: how wine is made (from field to glass!) and the different styles of wine. You will learn how to decipher all those hard-to-understand wine labels in the liquor store. There will also be an introductionContinue Reading
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  • February 26, 2023
    9:00 am

Swedish Folk Painting Kurbits and Bonader

Inspired by medieval tapestries, bonadsmålningar (bonad paintings) were densely patterned figurative paintings that hung in homes in Halland and Småland, Sweden during festive occasions. You will view several examples of this traditional folk painting style with a focus on the work of folk artist Johannes Nilsson (1757-1827). Nilsson filled his long narrative paintings with biblical stories, SwedishContinue Reading
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  • March 2, 2023
    6:30 pm

Beginner Beekeeping

*All registrations must be completed by February 16 so we have time to order supplies – don’t delay! During the course of this three-day class, you will build a complete Langstroth beehive and learn the basics of keeping honeybees in Northern Minnesota, so that you are ready to put some bees in your new beehive laterContinue Reading
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  • March 4, 2023
    10:00 am

Urban Herbal

Have you dabbled in herbalism and are now ready to take a deeper dive into learning and doing? Here’s a class that will help you create intentional, sustainable health. Urban Herbal is a full day course for city folks serious about herbs, wellness and being happy urban dwellers during these stressful times. Sure, you canContinue Reading
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  • March 6, 2023
    5:00 pm

Crochet for Beginners

In this class you will learn single chain, double chain and half double chain as well as how to start and end a crochet square. Squares can be joined together to make a blanket or left individual to be used as a washcloth. Registration Includes All materials and crochet hook are included. You will leaveContinue Reading
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  • March 8, 2023
    10:00 am

Make Your Own Cold Process Soap

Want to learn to make cold-process soap from scratch? Then this is the perfect class for you! Although it may seem complicated when you are first starting out, making your own soap from scratch using all-natural ingredients can be both fun and rewarding ~ not to mention extremely addicting! Why are people drawn to makingContinue Reading
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  • March 12, 2023
    6:00 pm

Craft Your Own Greenland Kayak Paddle

During this class you will take some lumber, simple shop tools, and a lot of elbow grease to create the sleek, narrow-bladed Greenland Kayak Paddle that you’ve heard so many sea kayakers rave about! You will also learn about the history and paddling benefits of the Greenland paddle, as well as tips on paddling inContinue Reading
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  • March 16, 2023
    6:00 pm

Campfire Conversations Hosted by The Current Collective

Does gathering in the light of community, feeling that sense of warmth and connection after these years of isolation sound good to you? It sure does to us! Join us for The Current Collective’s*  Campfire Conversations!  ~ monthly hosted conversational spaces to connect in community We won’t actually be around a campfire, but in theContinue Reading
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  • March 20, 2023
    5:30 pm

Sharpen Up!

In this class, we’ll be learning the basics of getting a good edge on a tool. Whether it be a knife, a chisel, or a pair of scissors, this is your chance to no longer feel embarrassed about all those dull knives in your kitchen! Stones and some sample blades will be provided, but youContinue Reading
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  • March 21, 2023
    6:30 pm

Beginner Beekeeping

*All registrations must be completed by February 16 so we have time to order supplies – don’t delay! During the course of this three-day class, you will build a complete Langstroth beehive and learn the basics of keeping honeybees in Northern Minnesota, so that you are ready to put some bees in your new beehive laterContinue Reading
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  • March 22, 2023
    10:00 am

Make Your Own Lotion

Once you learn how to make your own lotion you will never want to use anything else! Have you ever looked at the label of a lotion bottle and felt completely overwhelmed, wondering what it contained? Through this course you’ll learn the truth about ingredients and how to read the labels of moisturizers on theContinue Reading
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  • March 22, 2023
    5:30 pm

Pysanky Egg Decorating

Welcome spring with a centuries-old craft found throughout Eastern Europe! Ukrainian eggs, or pysanky, are created using a wax batik method.  We’ll examine traditional design elements, what the colors symbolize, and some of the stories associated with the eggs. During this class, you will learn to use a kistka (tiny funnel on a stick) toContinue Reading
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  • April 1, 2023
    10:00 am

Northern Lights Photography

Have you ever asked yourself… ‘How can I take those cool aurora photos I see on Facebook, and what settings should I use on my DSLR? How do you know when and where to go?’ In this class, you will learn those answers! In a classroom setting, we will discuss camera settings, we’ll about auroraContinue Reading
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  • April 14, 2023
    5:00 pm

Embroidered Needle Case

Embroidery work is an old art form used both to decorate and to repair. Recently, embroidery has made a major resurgence. Designs are showing up on everything from traditional folk garments to modern runways. In this class, you’ll learn the basics of embroidery including different materials to use and how they interact, learn 10 differentContinue Reading
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  • April 19, 2023
    6:00 pm

Grind it, Mix it, Stuff it: Basic Sausage Making for Beginners

Have you always wanted to learn how to make venison sausage? Or to make any kind of sausage from your own meat? Come join Jesse, who has been making sausage with his family for years. Jesse’s family likes to experiment with fresh venison and pork sausage, with fun extras like wild rice, maple syrup, jalapenos,Continue Reading
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  • April 20, 2023
    6:00 pm

Campfire Conversations Hosted by The Current Collective

Does gathering in the light of community, feeling that sense of warmth and connection after these years of isolation sound good to you? It sure does to us! Join us for The Current Collective’s*  Campfire Conversations!  ~ monthly hosted conversational spaces to connect in community We won’t actually be around a campfire, but in theContinue Reading
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  • April 29, 2023
    1:00 pm

Forest Bathing

Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. During a Forest Bathing walk we will have the opportunity to slow down and carefully observe our senses. We may begin to notice incredible things about ourselves and the more-than-human world aroundContinue Reading
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  • May 4, 2023
    5:00 pm

Crochet a Magic Carpet

Take scraps of fabric and an extra large crochet hook, and you can create your own colorful “magic carpet.” You’ll cut strips, discover a seamless joint, and create a rug in either a traditional oval or an adventurous chevron. Rotary cutters and mats will be available during class for cutting fabric strips. Registration Includes TheContinue Reading
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  • June 2, 2023
    12:00 pm

Beginner Herbalism: Apprentice Certificate Program

Do you desire to be more self-sustainable with your personal health care and home? Have you dabbled with herbalism a bit or maybe even for years informally and now you’re ready to learn more? Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, by apprenticing with Master Herbalist Gigi Stafne for an intensive andContinue Reading
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  • June 24, 2023
    10:00 am

Natural Dyes

We will experiment with natural dye materials you can find in your own back yard and garden, learn how to prepare different dyes, and learn how to use modifiers to expand the range of colors. In this class, you will learn how to find, and how to use local sources of natural dyes including goldenrod,Continue Reading
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  • August 5, 2023
    12:00 pm

Beginner Herbalism: Apprentice Certificate Program

Do you desire to be more self-sustainable with your personal health care and home? Have you dabbled with herbalism a bit or maybe even for years informally and now you’re ready to learn more? Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, by apprenticing with Master Herbalist Gigi Stafne for an intensive andContinue Reading
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  • October 7, 2023
    10:00 am

Carving a Female Face

In this class you will carve a female face in relief out of a piece of basswood that is a little less than 1″ in thickness but 14″ wide and 11″ tall. This style of carving is unlike carving in the round in that there is less wood removal and changing shapes are represented inContinue Reading
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1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888
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