Ely MN

The Ely Folk School is home to a variety of classes from jewelry making to blacksmithing.  On the first Friday of every month, Betty Firth tells us all about what activities will be happening that month at the folk school.  Herbal infused oils, skin treatments, pine basket weaving and so much more are included in the offerings this month! Click here for a full schedule.  If you know of someone who is a blacksmith, they are looking to connect with a blacksmith to advance their blacksmithing classes as well. 

We check in with the Ely Folk School every First Friday to find out what kinds of arts and cultural events are happening up there.  This morning Betty Firth filled us in on a variety of events including  pine needle basketry classes happening this weekend and some special classes taking place at the end of the month.  Teh folk school will host a series of events about the night sky and the dark sky movement.  Introductions to photographic software, taking pictures of the northern lights, a night photography class, and, among other courses, a class about understanding the effects of light p

MacRostie Art Center

The first Friday of every month is special at Northern Community Radio.   We've come to know it as the First Friday Cavalcade of arts.  Checking in with folks from around the listening area, we do our best to let our listeners know about first Friday arts happenings near them and give an idea of what kinds of arts events are happening throughout the month.  Northern Minnesota's art scene is vibrant and flourishing.  

Julie Nester and Terry Cooper started True Stories from the Edge in Ely last winter.  The monthly, wintertime story-telling event was a wildly successful from the get-go.  Regular people gather together to share and celebrate stories.  Folks who wish to share a story of 6 minutes or less, put their names in a hat and what happens after that is literally the luck of the draw.  Each month's stories fall under a specific theme and this first round of stories all relate to the phrase, "I didn't see that coming!"  This year's story-telling season kicked off last night in Ely.  We spoke with Jul

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