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The Good Making of Good Things

By MMFS / May 16, 2019

Currently on exhibit at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (https://mmaa.org/now-on-view/), ‘The Good Making of Good Things’ is a fascinating look at the world of craft, using the magazine CraftHorizons and the makers who appeared in the magazine from 1941 – 1979 as the focus. The magazine’s long time editor, Ruth Slivka, worked to make craft more…

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Opportunities for Instructors

By MMFS / May 16, 2019

The American Swedish Institute ASI is offering a grant for artists teaching Nordic handicraft traditions. More information at the American Swedish Institute.  The American Scandinavian Foundation offers fellowship opportunities to study in Scandinavia. More information at the American Scandinavian Foundation.Thanks to our instructor Natalie Norman for passing this along!

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Meet a Volunteer: Jane Norbin

By MMFS / May 16, 2019

Jane Norbin has been a life-long learner from Day 1, welcoming challenges in her varied professional life as well as continually searching out learning opportunities as a mother and grandmother. She’s often been the ‘fixer’, stepping in to do tough jobs which might involve starting a new non-profit to meet a societal need or managing…

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The Last Thing

By MMFS / May 16, 2019

Thanks to Tanna Worrell, our recent Foraging instructor, for sharing her recipe below. Interested in joining her to learn more about foraging? She’ll return once a month from July through September to share her knowledge, consider joining her!  Sweet Potato Fritters with Wild Greens 2 cups shredded Sweet Potato (you could use zucchini if you’d like…

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Answers To Every Question

By MMFS / May 2, 2019

A recent family discussion involved outdoor fun, camping and the impact that being outdoors can have on everyone’s well-being. Time spent at summer camps, canoeing and hiking, fostered an appreciation for nature as well as provided role models for everyday life. Someone recalled the ‘wisdom’ passed on to a counselor-in-training which remains useful today, the…

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Pondering Life’s Questions

By MMFS / May 2, 2019

Speaking of answers, this past weekend some beautiful, plus useful, wooden paddles were made under the guidance of instructors Lee and Kevin. However, a critical question was left unanswered: what is the best paddle for canoeing, traditional or bent? What do you think? Email info@marinemillsfolkschool.org, we’ll put the results out on social media.

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Volunteer Training

By MMFS / May 2, 2019

We are thankful for the volunteers who have stepped forward to help us launch our new folk school – we literally couldn’t do it without you. Like other nonprofit organizations, we rely on volunteer help and financial support, allowing us to improve our programming and provide access to talented artisans from the community.

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Thank You Connie!

By MMFS / May 2, 2019

A special thank you to Connie Helke, who is teaching a pottery class this upcoming weekend as a benefit for Marine Mills Folk School. We are so lucky to have her generous support, as well as many others in the St. Croix Valley and beyond. We love you, Connie!

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Meet Instructor Mark Johnston

By MMFS / May 2, 2019

Mark Johnston will be teaching our upcoming class on Beginning Woodworking: Learn to Make a Traditional Hay Rake on May 18-19. An architectural historian by day, Mark gets involved in a wide variety of activities, such as investigating possible candidates for the National Historical Register, and cultural resource management projects. He is passionate about connecting people to…

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Ask Ms. Makers

By MMFS / May 2, 2019

We’re pleased to offer our new advice column, with timely and empathetic solutions to your inquiries. Got a tough question about crafting or other life issues? Send in your question today! DEAR MS. MAKERS: My sister-in-law stole my design idea for my Ukrainian Egg. I worked for hours on the egg and it was gorgeous.…

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