Classes

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  • June 24, 2019
    9:00 am

Art & Nature Camp

In Duluth Folk School’s Art & Nature Camp, kids will explore their creativity while working with wood, fabric, and natural harvested materials!
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  • June 24, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music Residence: Sonja Bjordal

Come on down to the Duluth Folk School for free music by our June Music Resident artist, Sonja Bjordal! Sonja Bjordal has been playing and performing in Duluth since the early 2000’s. She has been alongside her long time life and musical partner Lee Martin for many a year, playing under a few different bandContinue Reading
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  • June 25, 2019
    5:30 pm

Private Event (Library)

  • June 25, 2019
    5:30 pm

The Art of Bicycle Maintenance

In this introductory class, you’ll learn how keep your chain lubricated and quiet, how to fix your flat in no time flat, and how to make other basic adjustments to help keep you and your bike riding all year long! Registration Includes Patient instruction, lube, rags, gloves, and the opportunity to work hands-on with yourContinue Reading
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  • June 26, 2019
    5:30 pm

Make Your Own Body Scrub

Have you ever tried making a body scrub from a recipe you found on Pinterest only to have your bathtub turn into a dangerous oil slick? Why does it do that? How can you stop that from happening? It’s all about the magic of emulsification! Join us to make a pampering sugar and salt scrub,Continue Reading
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  • June 27, 2019
    6:15 am

Yara Yoga at the Duluth Folk School

Yara Yoga is excited to offer yoga classes on Thursday mornings at The Duluth Folk School/Dovetail Cafe! Join Yara Yoga Co-Owner Amy Fogarty, RN, DNP, RYT for a gentle morning yoga practice and if you have time, linger to enjoy a lovely breakfast in the Dovetail Cafe, when they open at 7:00. This gentle andContinue Reading
  • June 27, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Four Mile Portage

Four Mile Portage is Tom and Brandy of Duluth, Minnesota. They can be found all over, playing old time fiddle and banjo dance music, calling dances, and singing sweet vocal harmonies.
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  • June 27, 2019
    6:00 pm

Ecoprinting Silk Scarves

Plants contain a variety of natural pigments that can be printed directly onto fabrics in a technique called ecoprinting (or contact dyeing). You’ll take a silk scarf, lay out a design in leaves and flowers, and learn how to roll it into a bundle. You’ll take your completed roll home to bake. The magic happensContinue Reading
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  • June 28, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Luke Callen

Come on down to the folk school for a free show! Luke Callen is originally from the river town of La Crosse, Wisconsin – the heart of the Driftless Region – and he currently lives in Minneapolis, MN by way of Colorado.  A teller of tall tales and a singer of short tunes, Luke lugsContinue Reading
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  • June 29, 2019
    1:00 pm

Canoe Restoration Series

Help us bring this well used Rehbein Canoe back to its full paddling strength! Folks are welcome to drop-in and take part in the restoration of this classic 1964 Rehbein Canoe, made of wood and fiberglass. These sessions are FREE and open to ages 13 and up. Join the Duluth Folk School in restoring thisContinue Reading
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  • June 29, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Severio Mancieri

Come on down to the folk school to enjoy free live music! Severio Mancieri is a singer-songwriter from Duluth Minnesota. Combining a myriad of influences to create his own bluesy folk sound, his vocals and guitar playing will be sure not to disappoint as his playing will remind you of Leo Kottke or Stevie RayContinue Reading
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  • June 30, 2019
    10:00 am

Make Your Own Kombucha!

What the heck is kombucha, and how do I make it?? Okay, so you’re tired of paying $5 a bottle at the store and you want to make your own kombucha, right? Or maybe you don’t even know what the heck kombucha is, but someone told you it’s good for you and you want toContinue Reading
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  • June 30, 2019
    3:00 pm

Music: Lee "Colorblind" Johnson & Friends

Lee “Colorblind” Johnson has been playing music in Duluth and the region for years. Now that he’s retired, he’s inviting folks to come on down for a fun musical afternoon! Sit back and enjoy a whole bunch of creative music, or bring your instrument down and join in for a few minutes or a fewContinue Reading
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  • July 2, 2019
    1:00 pm

Kidsing!

Come join us for Kidsing! Kidsing is a free, one-hour community-based opportunity for kids of all ages to sing secular (non-religious) songs in a group setting. Led by local music teacher (and Dovetail Cafe barista!) Catherine Grimm, kids of all ages will learn songs from around the world and down the street, including hand clappingContinue Reading
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  • July 2, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Slow Jam

Bring your guitar, your ukulele, your fiddle, or your didgeridoo, and join us for a free Slow Jam, led by local musician, Kyle Ollah! Q. What’s a slow jam? A. At a slow jam, all acoustic instruments (e.g., banjo, mandolin, bass, etc.) are welcome. The typical format is that we sit in a circle andContinue Reading
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  • July 2, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Old Time Music Jam Session

Come on down for a free jam session at the folk school! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played by the usual suspects in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen, and on occasion, dance! Sponsored by “A Time to Dance”
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  • July 3, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Kaylee Matuszak

Come down to the folk school for a free show! Kaylee Matuszak is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. A self-taught guitar player who is inspired by Brandi Carlile, Kaylee debuted her talent in a local music store and was quickly on the bill for her first Homegrown Music Festival in 2015, where sheContinue Reading
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  • July 6, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Greg Herriges

Greg Herriges creates a stirring mix of original and traditional “progressive world music” on guitar, voice, and bouzouki (Greek lute). An award-winning composer and performer, he spins new webs out of everything from Indian ragas and Turkish folk to Japanese court music and American surf-jazz. he is also an author of music books and soundtracksContinue Reading
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  • July 9, 2019
    5:30 pm

The Wheels On the Bike...

This class covers all things bicycle-wheel related! During this class, you’ll learn how to straighten a bent or wobbly wheel on your bike, you’ll practice tensioning and de-tensioning your spokes, and you learn how to overhaul your wheel’s bearings and make other relatively simple adjustments. By the end of class you’ll be able to turnContinue Reading
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  • July 9, 2019
    6:00 pm

Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Sonofmel

Come on down for our free monthly Spoken Word Open Mic! The spoken word, ever-meant to be heard, reminds us we’re largely made up of stories and poems, to hear and be heard. Join us each month for a special theme and take part in poetry and build-a-story games, while we gather to hear whatContinue Reading
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  • July 10, 2019
    5:30 pm

Table Saw Basics

Course Overview A table saw is one of the most essential and versatile tools you can have in your shop. But it’s also the most dangerous! Table Saw Basics introduces you to proper table saw operation and safety. We will explore how to get the most out of a table saw, maintaining and tuning yourContinue Reading
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  • July 10, 2019
    5:30 pm

Make Your Own Kefir

If you think kombucha is tasty, and you enjoy the health benefits it brings, then you may want to try kefir soda! In this class, you will learn everything you need to know about brewing water kefir. We’ll cover ingredient selection, brewing, second fermentation, bottling, flavoring, and we’ll answer questions about all of the unknownsContinue Reading
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  • July 11, 2019
    8:00 am

Coffee with Representative Liz Olson

Stop by the Dovetail Cafe to chat with Minnesota Representative Liz Olson.
  • July 11, 2019
    6:00 pm

Great Lakes Gear Exchange Drop Off

The Great Lakes Gear Exchange is having a gear drop-off at the Duluth Folk School! Bring your clean, gently used outdoor gear, and the Great Lakes Gear Exchange will consign with you! Bring all sizes, including kids, womens, mens, as well as hard and soft goods. The Great Lakes Gear Exchange is an outdoor gearContinue Reading
  • July 12, 2019
    11:00 am

Coffee Cupping

Stop by for a free coffee cupping with Almanac Coffee! Swing down to the Duluth Folk School and Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace to sample and explore Almanac Coffee’s current line up of single origin coffees. Almanac’s owner, Russell Crawford, will demonstrate a structured cupping of several coffees, with the goal of helping visitors gain aContinue Reading
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  • July 12, 2019
    7:00 pm

Watercolor & Wine

Learn basic watercolor techniques over a glass of wine! First, you’ll get hands-on practice with watercolor fundamentals and brush technique, including some neat tricks. Second, you’ll get a fresh start to practice your new skills on watercolor postcards—a gift to take home. Materials included. No previous knowledge (or artistic skills!) required! Registration Includes Instruction, aContinue Reading
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  • July 12, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: The Hounds

Come on down to the folk school for a free show! Always a favorite, the Hounds will have you tapping your feet, singing along… maybe even dancing!! Jazz infused R&B, Swing , Funk and occasionally Gospel sounds. Handcrafted music with mischievous melodies with long-time Twin Ports musicians: Rich Mowers on sax; keyboardist Dave Winchester; RonContinue Reading
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  • July 13, 2019
    11:00 am

Demo: Soap and Lotion Making

Come down to the folk school for a free demo! Angie Frank will be demonstrating how she chooses scents for her balms and soaps. You can even test your own concoction of scents!  
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  • July 13, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Cyr

Come on down to the folk school for a free show! The band Cyr is comprised of the core duo of Eric Cyr (guitar, vocals, songwriter) and his sister Rachel Cyr (vocals). The duo has performed in Duluth, MN and the surrounding area to a growing fanbase since 2014, and in 2018 Eric won theContinue Reading
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  • July 19, 2019
    7:00 pm

Folksing!

Would you like to sing secular folk music in a group setting? Join us for Folksing at the Folk School! Folksing is a monthly, open-to-all, community group singing event with a leader and songbooks. You don’t have to read music – you just have to want to sing! The spirit of Folksing is “we” notContinue Reading
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  • July 20, 2019
    11:00 am

Great Lakes Gear Exchange

The Great Lakes Gear Exchange is having a pop-up at the Duluth Folk School! The Great Lakes Gear Exchange is an outdoor gear consignment shop. We are excited to bring gear consignment to the Northland, making outdoor pursuits as culturally and financially accessible to all, while promoting sustainability in the outdoor industry. Find our shopContinue Reading
  • July 20, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Heartbreak Affair

Come on down to the folk school for a free show! Heartbreak Affair is a Twin Cities-based classic country/old school honky tonk band. Their music is perfect for two-stepping and waltzing the night away! And stick around – there will be a two-step dance lesson at the set break around 7:45! http://www.heartbreakaffair.bandcamp.com
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  • July 21, 2019
    10:00 am

Introduction to Rosemaling

Course Overview During this class you will learn the basic techniques and history of Norwegian Rosemaling. We will cover supplies, brushwork, and paint mixing. There will be a brief history of the folk art and introduction to the regional styles. Registration Includes Registration includes all instruction and materials (including brushes, paper handouts, tracing paper, qualityContinue Reading
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  • July 21, 2019
    3:00 pm

Music: The Skally Line

Do you like to hear well-crafted arrangements, tight harmonies, and old school brother duet music? Then you’ll LOVE the Skally Line, performing free at the Duluth Folk School! The Skally Line brings a passion for old country music, fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, and gospel. We specialize in writing music about Minnesota stories and themes. BothContinue Reading
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  • July 21, 2019
    5:00 pm

Sew Your Own Backpack

In this four-session class, we’ll be sewing a ‘Range Backpack,’ which is great for any outing where you need to be hands free! The foldover top and closure keep things secure, while the front zippered pocket keeps essentials within easy reach. Adjustable straps make it wearable in any season. Find the endless style possibilities byContinue Reading
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  • July 22, 2019
    9:00 am

Woodworking Camp: Canoe Paddle

In Duluth Folk School’s Woodworking Camp: Canoe Paddle, students will learn woodworking skills and techniques through a week-long canoe paddle building project!
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  • July 23, 2019
    6:00 pm

What's the Big Deal About Permaculture?

This class is for anyone and everyone in love with, interested in (or even skeptical about!) Permaculture. During this class we will talk about its history and how and why it’s relevant today. We will review the ethics and principles of Permaculture, and discuss how each of us might apply these to our lives. WeContinue Reading
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  • July 24, 2019
    5:30 pm

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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  • July 25, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Four Mile Portage

Four Mile Portage is Tom and Brandy of Duluth, Minnesota. They can be found all over, playing old time fiddle and banjo dance music, calling dances, and singing sweet vocal harmonies.
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  • July 30, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers are on tour, and playing the Duluth Folk School! THE YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS’ original songs are a refreshing brand-new take on old-time country. Their music recalls classic hillbilly music, while bringing a distinctly modern and lively touch to the Americana genre. Based in Soldiers Grove, WI, the duo (Nikki Grossman, guitar, fiddle, andContinue Reading
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  • August 2, 2019
    6:00 pm

Art Opening

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  • August 2, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Lyn Rye

Lyn Rye is on tour, and visiting the Duluth Folk School for a free show! Lyn Rye is a bassist, singer, and composer currently based in Chicago, IL. They released their debut album, “Roots of Rye,” in January 2019. In addition to performing as a solo artist, Lyn Rye can be found performing, recording, andContinue Reading
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  • August 3, 2019
    9:00 am

Natural Dyes

In this class, you will learn how to find, and how to use local sources of natural dyes including goldenrod, hollyhocks, mushrooms, lichens, and more! 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 toContinue Reading
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  • August 3, 2019
    10:00 am

Glass Cutting 101

Once upon a time, cutting glass was considered a fairly basic skill. Today, when a person needs a specific-sized piece of glass, we often call the hardware store or glass shop. Whether you want to use glass in projects of your own, or if you are just curious how this task is done, this basicContinue Reading
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  • August 3, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Betse & Clarke

Betse & Clarke are on tour, and they’re playing the Duluth Folk School! Regular folks, exceptional music: This duo from the heartland (Kansas City, Missouri) has its roots in Ozark old time music, honoring traditional songs and tunes that resonate with human experience. For each concert setting, Betse & Clarke take an audience on aContinue Reading
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  • August 6, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Slow Jam

Bring your guitar, your ukulele, your fiddle, or your didgeridoo, and join us for a free Slow Jam! Q. What’s a slow jam? A. At a slow jam, all acoustic instruments (e.g., banjo, mandolin, bass, etc.) are welcome. The typical format is that we sit in a circle and play fairly well-known or easy-to-learn fiddleContinue Reading
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  • August 6, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Old Time Music Jam Session

Come on down for a free jam session at the folk school! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played by the usual suspects in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen, and on occasion, dance! Sponsored by “A Time to Dance”
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  • August 7, 2019
    5:30 pm

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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  • August 7, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Kaylee Matuszak

Come down to the folk school for a free show! Kaylee Matuszak is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. A self-taught guitar player who is inspired by Brandi Carlile, Kaylee debuted her talent in a local music store and was quickly on the bill for her first Homegrown Music Festival in 2015, where sheContinue Reading
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  • August 9, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Jacob Mahon

Come on down to the Folk School for a free show! Jacob Mahon has been song singing and writing out of Duluth, Minnesota since the fall of 2016. Heavily influenced by the country-blues and and rock and roll of the mid 20th century, Mahon is working hard to harvest a style all his own. AContinue Reading
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  • August 13, 2019
    6:00 pm

Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Sonofmel

Come on down for our free monthly Spoken Word Open Mic! The spoken word, ever-meant to be heard, reminds us we’re largely made up of stories and poems, to hear and be heard. Join us each month for a special theme and take part in poetry and build-a-story games, while we gather to hear whatContinue Reading
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  • August 14, 2019
    5:30 pm

Router Basics

Course Overview The router is an amazing tool that can do so many things from shaping the edge of your wood projects to trimming edges to making cool routed signs. Yet, without proper techniques, it can be an out of control monster. This class will get into the various types of routers and bits, butContinue Reading
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  • August 15, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Deliberate Kin

Deliberate Kin is on tour, and they’re visiting the Duluth Folk School for a free show! Alex and Amanda Jo are Deliberate Kin. They spent 2018 engaging a grassroots following, earning loyalty and praise. It’s a testament to what a genuine desire for connection can foster. Their live show evokes a bold range of emotions.Continue Reading
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  • August 16, 2019
    7:00 pm

Folksing!

Would you like to sing secular folk music in a group setting? Join us for Folksing at the Folk School! Folksing is a monthly, open-to-all, community group singing event with a leader and songbooks. You don’t have to read music – you just have to want to sing! The spirit of Folksing is “we” notContinue Reading
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  • August 18, 2019
    3:00 pm

Music: The Skally Line

Do you like to hear well-crafted arrangements, tight harmonies, and old school brother duet music? Then you’ll LOVE the Skally Line, performing free at the Duluth Folk School! The Skally Line brings a passion for old country music, fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, and gospel. We specialize in writing music about Minnesota stories and themes. BothContinue Reading
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  • August 18, 2019
    5:00 pm

Music: McKain Lakey

McKain Lakey is on tour, and she’s visiting the Duluth Folk School for a free show! McKain Lakey is a musician whose work investigates themes of oppression and empowerment through the richness of American folk traditions. An instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, McKain performs as a solo artist, as part of the duo Woolly Breeches, andContinue Reading
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  • August 21, 2019
    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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  • August 22, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Four Mile Portage

Four Mile Portage is Tom and Brandy of Duluth, Minnesota. They can be found all over, playing old time fiddle and banjo dance music, calling dances, and singing sweet vocal harmonies.
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  • August 29, 2019
    6:00 pm

Drive From Your Fiddle Bow

Drive From Your Fiddle Bow: Easy Melodies, Challenging Bowing This workshop will focus on rhythm and groove from advanced bowing patterns found in Midwestern and Southeastern American traditional fiddle music. We will identify and discuss tools and control that the bow has on a fiddler’s overall sound, and work on new techniques through short exercisesContinue Reading
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  • August 30, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Red Tail Ring

Red Tail Ring is on tour, and playing at the Duluth Folk School! Local musician Camille Marsten will be opening! Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. “The very best of the 21st century’s minimalistContinue Reading
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  • August 31, 2019
    9:00 am

Relief Carving

Relief carve a design of your choice in easy-to-carve cottonwood bark. The possibilities are endless; see the two examples that the instructor carved, or enter “cottonwood bark carving” into an internet image search for more ideas. You are free to make a drawing of your idea or ideas ahead of time, in class or theContinue Reading
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  • August 31, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Orkestar Bez Ime

$10 advance $12 at the door Get ready for some Balkan Party Music at the Duluth Folk School! Orkestar Bez Ime [or-KESS-tar behz EE-meh], meaning “orchestra without a name” in Bulgarian, was formed in 2002 to recreate the sounds of the village with a presentation as festive as the music itself! Focusing on Eastern EuropeContinue Reading
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  • September 3, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Slow Jam

Bring your guitar, your ukulele, your fiddle, or your didgeridoo, and join us for a free Slow Jam, led by local musician, Kyle Ollah! Q. What’s a slow jam? A. At a slow jam, all acoustic instruments (e.g., banjo, mandolin, bass, etc.) are welcome. The typical format is that we sit in a circle andContinue Reading
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  • September 3, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Old Time Music Jam Session

Come on down for a free jam session at the folk school! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played by the usual suspects in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen, and on occasion, dance! Sponsored by “A Time to Dance”
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  • September 10, 2019
    6:00 pm

Newspaper Weaving

In this class, you will start with a stack of newspaper and a bamboo skewer, and end up with a beautiful newspaper bowl or basket! We’ll be folding, tearing, rolling, and weaving with newspaper. The fun thing about learning this skill is that the materials are very affordable, so even if you make a mistake,Continue Reading
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  • September 10, 2019
    6:00 pm

Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Sonofmel

Come on down for our free monthly Spoken Word Open Mic! The spoken word, ever-meant to be heard, reminds us we’re largely made up of stories and poems, to hear and be heard. Join us each month for a special theme and take part in poetry and build-a-story games, while we gather to hear whatContinue Reading
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  • September 12, 2019
    6:00 pm

Pressure Canning 101

This class presented is presented as part of a partnership between the Duluth Folk School and the Duluth Community Garden Program * Just in time for your garden harvest, join us for Pressure Canning 101! Together we will learn basic pressure canning procedures, and everyone will get a chance to practice and go home with someContinue Reading
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  • September 15, 2019
    3:00 pm

Music: The Skally Line

Do you like to hear well-crafted arrangements, tight harmonies, and old school brother duet music? Then you’ll LOVE the Skally Line, performing free at the Duluth Folk School! The Skally Line brings a passion for old country music, fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, and gospel. We specialize in writing music about Minnesota stories and themes. BothContinue Reading
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  • September 20, 2019
    6:00 pm

Canadian Smocking

Canadian smocking is a hand stitching technique that creates a unique and beautiful folded design on the front of the fabric. You can use your smocked fabric to turn ordinary objects into things of beauty! Your imagination is the only limitation to how you can use your smocked fabric! Registration Includes Instruction and fun inContinue Reading
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  • September 20, 2019
    7:00 pm

Folksing!

Would you like to sing secular folk music in a group setting? Join us for Folksing at the Folk School! Folksing is a monthly, open-to-all, community group singing event with a leader and songbooks. You don’t have to read music – you just have to want to sing! The spirit of Folksing is “we” notContinue Reading
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  • September 22, 2019
    2:30 pm

Music: Tracy Grammer Jam/Song Swap

Come down for the wonderful opportunity to play music with Tracy Grammer! Tracy will be here for her concert early, and will be hosting a song swap/jam session! Bring your guitar (or other easy-to-carry instrument). The jam song/swap will take place upstairs in the folk school Library. Spaces are very limited, so don’t delay –Continue Reading
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  • September 22, 2019
    4:00 pm

Music: Tracy Grammer Concert

“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.” – Joan Baez Called  “a musician and singer of dazzling versatility” (No Depression), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, andContinue Reading
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  • October 1, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Slow Jam

Bring your guitar, your ukulele, your fiddle, or your didgeridoo, and join us for a free Slow Jam, led by local musician, Kyle Ollah! Q. What’s a slow jam? A. At a slow jam, all acoustic instruments (e.g., banjo, mandolin, bass, etc.) are welcome. The typical format is that we sit in a circle andContinue Reading
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  • October 1, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Old Time Music Jam Session

Come on down for a free jam session at the folk school! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played by the usual suspects in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen, and on occasion, dance! Sponsored by “A Time to Dance”
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  • October 4, 2019
    6:00 pm

Art Opening

Details pending – stay tuned!
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  • October 5, 2019
    9:00 am

Quiltmaking for Beginners

Do you want to learn how to properly make a quilt – from start to finish? In this series, Helen will teach you the basics of quiltmaking…from choosing fabrics, to using the proper tools, to precision piecing and pressing, to stitch-in-the-ditch machine quilting, and more. Lots of tips and tricks will be shared. By theContinue Reading
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  • October 8, 2019
    6:00 pm

Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Sonofmel

Come on down for our free monthly Spoken Word Open Mic! The spoken word, ever-meant to be heard, reminds us we’re largely made up of stories and poems, to hear and be heard. Join us each month for a special theme and take part in poetry and build-a-story games, while we gather to hear whatContinue Reading
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  • October 12, 2019
    9:00 am

Sculpted Fabric Bowls

In this class, you will create 2 fabric bowls, one 7″ and the other size of your choice, that you can sculpt to the shape you choose. You will be using cotton fabric, active wire mesh and heavy-duty Wonder-Under fusible web and an iron to create these one-of-a-kind bowls! Registration Includes Patient instruction and mostContinue Reading
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  • October 15, 2019
    6:00 pm

Best Slippers Ever!

You will learn to trace and measure your own feet to sew the best fitting slippers you have ever worn! During class, you’ll learn to hand-sew a pair of custom-fit slippers. We will provide wool felt for the soles, but the uppers can be anything you like, or you can choose from the selection we’llContinue Reading
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  • October 18, 2019
    7:00 pm

Folksing!

Would you like to sing secular folk music in a group setting? Join us for Folksing at the Folk School! Folksing is a monthly, open-to-all, community group singing event with a leader and songbooks. You don’t have to read music – you just have to want to sing! The spirit of Folksing is “we” notContinue Reading
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  • October 20, 2019
    3:00 pm

Music: The Skally Line

Do you like to hear well-crafted arrangements, tight harmonies, and old school brother duet music? Then you’ll LOVE the Skally Line, performing free at the Duluth Folk School! The Skally Line brings a passion for old country music, fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, and gospel. We specialize in writing music about Minnesota stories and themes. BothContinue Reading
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  • October 26, 2019
    9:00 am

Make a Felted Scarf

Just in time for the holidays, treat yourself and create a colorful felted scarf that will keep you warm, and lift up your spirits for the coming winter! The magical felting process of marrying wool fibers and silk fabric together happens  with soap and water and a rubberized drawer liner! Registration Includes Instruction and allContinue Reading
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  • November 2, 2019
    12:00 pm

Make Your Own Foraged Tea!

Learn how to make tea from ingredients you can collect from foraging in nature, and from your garden. Raspberry leaf tea, mint, and lemon balm, marigold flowers, sumac, coneflower/echinacea, rose hips and more! Registration Includes You will go home with the knowledge of how to collect, dry and make individual tea bags. You’ll go homeContinue Reading
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  • November 4, 2019
    6:00 pm

Darn It!

Learn to repair your favorite garments! Socks, sweaters, mittens – almost anything that is knitted, woven, or even crocheted can be darned back into usable condition. In this class, you will learn to darn, and then will have ample time to work on your piece of clothing with help from the instructor. The instructor willContinue Reading
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  • November 5, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Slow Jam

Bring your guitar, your ukulele, your fiddle, or your didgeridoo, and join us for a free Slow Jam, led by local musician, Kyle Ollah! Q. What’s a slow jam? A. At a slow jam, all acoustic instruments (e.g., banjo, mandolin, bass, etc.) are welcome. The typical format is that we sit in a circle andContinue Reading
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  • November 5, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Old Time Music Jam Session

Come on down for a free jam session at the folk school! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played by the usual suspects in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen, and on occasion, dance! Sponsored by “A Time to Dance”
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  • November 9, 2019
    9:00 am

Timber Framed Sawhorse

In this class, you will be introduced to timber framing techniques while you build a sturdy white pine sawhorse. This type of timber framing comes from the German tradition, where a full scale layout is drawn up, which serves to mark timbers for compound angles. The beauty is that all the measurements are very simpleContinue Reading
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  • November 12, 2019
    6:00 pm

Newspaper Weaving

In this class, you will start with a stack of newspaper and a bamboo skewer, and end up with a beautiful newspaper bowl or basket! We’ll be folding, tearing, rolling, and weaving with newspaper. The fun thing about learning this skill is that the materials are very affordable, so even if you make a mistake,Continue Reading
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  • November 12, 2019
    6:00 pm

Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Sonofmel

Come on down for our free monthly Spoken Word Open Mic! The spoken word, ever-meant to be heard, reminds us we’re largely made up of stories and poems, to hear and be heard. Join us each month for a special theme and take part in poetry and build-a-story games, while we gather to hear whatContinue Reading
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  • November 15, 2019
    7:00 pm

Folksing!

Would you like to sing secular folk music in a group setting? Join us for Folksing at the Folk School! Folksing is a monthly, open-to-all, community group singing event with a leader and songbooks. You don’t have to read music – you just have to want to sing! The spirit of Folksing is “we” notContinue Reading
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  • November 17, 2019
    3:00 pm

Music: The Skally Line

Do you like to hear well-crafted arrangements, tight harmonies, and old school brother duet music? Then you’ll LOVE the Skally Line, performing free at the Duluth Folk School! The Skally Line brings a passion for old country music, fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, and gospel. We specialize in writing music about Minnesota stories and themes. BothContinue Reading
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  • November 23, 2019
    9:00 am

Make a Felted Scarf

Just in time for the holidays, treat yourself and create a colorful felted scarf that will keep you warm, and lift up your spirits for the coming winter! The magical felting process of marrying wool fibers and silk fabric together happens  with soap and water and a rubberized drawer liner! Registration Includes Instruction and allContinue Reading
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  • November 25, 2019
    6:00 pm

Ukrainian-Style Egg Decorating for Christmas

While Ukrainian eggs (pysanky) are traditionally associated with Easter, the art form lends itself well to Christmas as well. During this class, you will learn to use a kistka (tiny funnel on a stick) to draw with melted wax on egg shells then dye the eggs to create unique Christmas ornaments. Registration Includes We willContinue Reading
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  • December 3, 2019
    6:00 pm

Best Slippers Ever!

You will learn to trace and measure your own feet to sew the best fitting slippers you have ever worn! During class, you’ll learn to hand-sew a pair of custom-fit slippers. We will provide wool felt for the soles, but the uppers can be anything you like, or you can choose from the selection we’llContinue Reading
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  • December 3, 2019
    6:00 pm

Music: Slow Jam

Bring your guitar, your ukulele, your fiddle, or your didgeridoo, and join us for a free Slow Jam, led by local musician, Kyle Ollah! Q. What’s a slow jam? A. At a slow jam, all acoustic instruments (e.g., banjo, mandolin, bass, etc.) are welcome. The typical format is that we sit in a circle andContinue Reading
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  • December 3, 2019
    7:00 pm

Music: Old Time Music Jam Session

Come on down for a free jam session at the folk school! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played by the usual suspects in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen, and on occasion, dance! Sponsored by “A Time to Dance”
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  • December 6, 2019
    6:00 pm

Art Opening

Details pending – stay tuned!
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  • December 7, 2019
    9:00 am

The Maasepän Puukko

In this class you will make your own puukko, the traditional Finnish general purpose belt knife. Beginning with putting the handle on the blade, you’ll learn about several common handle designs, and take creative license to shape yours as you desire. After the knife is complete, you will learn how to make the traditional “scandi”Continue Reading
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  • December 10, 2019
    6:00 pm

Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Sonofmel

Come on down for our free monthly Spoken Word Open Mic! The spoken word, ever-meant to be heard, reminds us we’re largely made up of stories and poems, to hear and be heard. Join us each month for a special theme and take part in poetry and build-a-story games, while we gather to hear whatContinue Reading
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  • December 15, 2019
    3:00 pm

Music: The Skally Line

Do you like to hear well-crafted arrangements, tight harmonies, and old school brother duet music? Then you’ll LOVE the Skally Line, performing free at the Duluth Folk School! The Skally Line brings a passion for old country music, fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, and gospel. We specialize in writing music about Minnesota stories and themes. BothContinue Reading
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  • December 20, 2019
    7:00 pm

Folksing!

Would you like to sing secular folk music in a group setting? Join us for Folksing at the Folk School! Folksing is a monthly, open-to-all, community group singing event with a leader and songbooks. You don’t have to read music – you just have to want to sing! The spirit of Folksing is “we” notContinue Reading
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  • January 4, 2020
    9:00 am

Make a Felted Scarf

Now that the holidays are over, treat yourself and create a colorful felted scarf that will keep you warm, and lift up your spirits for the winter! The magical felting process of marrying wool fibers and silk fabric together happens  with soap and water and a rubberized drawer liner! Registration Includes Instruction and all materials.Continue Reading
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  • January 13, 2020
    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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Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
info@duluthfolkschool.com

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