North House Folk School

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  • Please contact North House Folk School for complete details.


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  • Located 110 miles north of Duluth on Hwy 61, on the harbor in Grand Marais, MN at the foot of the Gunflint Trail.

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  • Open year-round. Open 7 days/week. Course times vary.

Green Practices

  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices

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  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Family Weekend

    Family Weekend

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Make the most of school break!

    Bring the whole family to North House for our Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend. In celebration of the joy of learning together all courses feature an intergenerational tuition rate, or a special rate for adult/child pairs. Ages vary for each course; see descriptions for specific ages.
    It's an inspiring opportunity for families to learn together.

  2. Northern Fibers Retreat

    Northern Fibers Retreat

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    This event celebrates all manner of fiber arts, featuring seminars and course offerings from long-time North House instructors as well as featured guest instructor. This year marks our 8th annual Northern Fibers Retreat, a collaboration between the Grand Marais Art Colony, North House Folk School and the Northwoods Fiber Guild. Returning this year are the Show n’ Share and the popular Lunch and Learn series. Also on the schedule, a kids program and more!

    Co-hosted with the North House Folk School and the Northwoods Fiber Guild. Classes and programs will be offered at both the Art Colony & North House.

    Stay tuned for more info

  3. Unplugged XVI & Folk Artisan Marketplace

    Unplugged XVI & Folk Artisan Marketplace

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Our classic fall event, Unplugged celebrates community, music, craft and storytelling along the lakeshore. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of North House Folk School and a new chapter in the story of Unplugged as we welcome Kevin Kling and friends to the stage for the Featured Performance on Saturday night. The weekend will include the Flannel Formal, a 20th Anniversary Gala, craft marketplace, speaker series, coursework, and abundant music & stories as the autumn season begins to emerge on the North Shore.

    /// Highlights ///
    Saturday Night Featured Performance: Kevin Kling and Friends
    Friday Night Flannel Formal, the 20th Anniversary Gala
    International Guest Instructor Niklas Karlsson
    Folk Artisan Marketplace featuring 10+ craft artisans
    Traditional Craft Workshops all week long
    Fri-Sat performer workshops in storytelling, improvisation and music
    Music jam sessions, mini courses, community sing-alongs, and speaker series

    /// Friday, September 15 ///
    Flannel Formal, the 20th Anniversary Gala
    Put on your finest flannel and join us in celebration of 20 years of building community through traditional craft! The Flannel Formal brings friends new and old together for an evening of incredible food, spirited recognition, joyous celebration and meaningful fundraising for our hands-on mission.

    5 Chefs, 5 Courses
    Judi Barsness of Chez Jude
    Beth Dooley, author of In Winter’s Kitchen and Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook
    Eric Edgin, North House Instructor
    Scott Graden of New Scenic Café
    Beatrice Ojakangas, Scandinavian baker and author of over 25 cookbooks

    North Shore Winery, Voyageur Brewing Company, Fulton Beer

    Plus enjoy the premier of our 20th Anniversary North House Folk School video by instructor and board member Layne Kennedy.

    ///Saturday, September 16 ///
    Featured Performance: Kevin Kling and Friends
    7:00 pm
    Tickets on sale July 1
    North House will welcome storyteller Kevin Kling and 7 guest performers to the Unplugged stage under the big top tent for a show featuring stories, music and more. Kevin will be joined by Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Dane Stauffer, and Claudia Schmidt, as well as Unplugged alumni Jon Vezner and Don Henry. Don't miss an evening filled with laughter, music and tales from this talented group.

    /// Friday-Saturday September 15-16 ///
    Folk Artisan Marketplace
    Traditional northern craft is the soul of North House. Meet the hands at work behind beautiful and useful items for sale at the Folk Artisan Marketplace. Baskets, felted goods, bowls, spoons, jewelry, leathergoods and more will be available for purchase. Artisans will be on hand to discuss their work, answer questions and demonstrate their processes. Initial list of artisans to be featured: April Stone/basketry, Liz Bucheit/ jewelry, Michael Seilar/silversmith, Niklas Karlsson/Swedish woodware, Angela Robins/wooden bowls, Beth Homa-Style/basketry, Marybeth Garamoe/traditional craft, Elise Kyllo/felted goods. Additional artists will be added.

    Featured International Guest Instructor: Niklas Karlsson
    North House is pleased to welcome Swedish craftsman Niklas Karlsson to campus. Niklas, a trained woodworker from Undersvik, Sweden makes a variety of things, but his primary work is in carving spoons, in part because this craft allows him to be outside. His spoons are made by the forested, high banks of the river Ljusnan, a place that has enriched both him and his spoon carving: “A strange feeling of rewilding can come over me. And a feeling that me and the spoons are connected. A sense of integrality. But also a feeling that the spoons are coming from a totally other place – from the depths and ices there by the Ljusnan, from the storms and lifting fogs... while I am just watching.” While on campus, Niklas will teach two courses in spoon carving, now open for registration, and give a public presentation on Saturday, September 17.

    Traditional Craft & Performer Workshops: Thursday-Saturday
    Make a hat, bracelet, and mittens, learn to make colors with plants and leaves, carve spoons, tell stories: the options are plentiful for traditional craft workshops at North House at Unplugged. Featured performers Kevin Kling, Claudia Schmitt, Dane Stauffer, Jon Vezner and Don Henry will offer short workshops in their particular skills as well: storytelling, music, improvisation, and songwriting. Register today for one of 15 workshops and round out your Unplugged experience!

  4. Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival

    Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the North.

    Coursework, workshops, a winter tent camp, gear swap, community dancing, evening films, featured speakers and more.

    /// Featured Speakers - stay tuned for details!

    /// Event Highlights
    Great Gear & Ski Swap | International Arctic Films | Winter Tent Camping | Snowshoe Shuffle Dance | Deep Freeze Chili Feed | Winter Skills Seminars

  5. Wood Week

    Wood Week

    500 W Hwy 61
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: (218) 387-9762
    Toll Free: (888) 387-9762

    Let the woodchips fly! Join us for a week devoted solely to woodworking in its many forms. We have expanded the schedule this year, allowing for more course offerings, from spoons to bowls, stacked-handle knives to ax handling.
    Courses will run either Tuesday-Thursday or Saturday-Monday.

    All students, regardless of start date are invited to participate in the one day Carver’s Conference held Friday, March 2. This conference will include workshops, skill shares, excursions and open shop time at no additional cost (not to mention a rare wintertime wood-fired pizza bake that night!).

    Stay tuned for info on the featured instructor for 2018

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