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May 2018

Build a Bat House (An Earth Day Class)

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: $45

This class will meet on May 5 or May 12. Lingering winter is delaying the opening of the Old Carpenter Shop/Folk School. Park Interpreter Bob Wild will explain the vital role bats play in nature, and master woodworker Dave Rasmussen will  guide you as you construct a bat house to take home. Students can bring safety glasses, hammer and ear protection, or use those the Folk School will provide. Please bring a lunch. A minimum of 5 students need to be…

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Fly Fishing and Stream Entymology

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: $5

Bill Leder, Copper Country Chapter, Trout Unlimited, and Bob Wild, Porkies Interpreter will introduce students to the basics of fly fishing, fly tying and river entomology. This family-friendly event for beginners is part of the “Experience the Keweenaw” weekend and is offered by the Friends of the Porkies Folk School. Kids, bring your parents for a day of fun and fishing. CCCTU will provide all fly fishing equipment or students may bring their own. Bring a sack lunch, wear boots…

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June 2018

Create a Mini-Weaving

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: $38

Fiber artist Jeni Varecha will teach you to use a mini-loom to create your own one-of-a-kind piece of art.  The finished piece can be used as a brooch, ornament, pendant or to fill that tiny space that just needs a “little” something special. All ages 5 and older are welcome. Please bring a lunch. A minimum of 5 students need to be registered by Saturday, June 2 in order to hold the class. Maximum of 12 students. To register for this…

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Creative Writing – From Concept to Completed Story

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: $38

Professional writer Felicia Schneiderhan will help you generate ideas, experiment with creative forms and techniques, and learn practical revision strategies to take your story from concept to completion. You may want to bring a draft of your work to use during the revision session but that is not required. Many of the prompts will suggest writing about nature. Bring writing materials, a tablet or a laptop. The Old Carpenter Shop/Folk School does not have WiFi. Please bring a lunch. A minimum…

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Summer Solstice Celebration

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: This is a FREE event

  Please check back for updates closer to the date. The preliminary plan for Solstice on Thursday, June 21, is: 6:00 p.m.:  Welcome to the Old Carpenter Shop. Snacks provided. 6:10 p.m.: Kivajat Dancers 7:00 p.m.:  Peg and Eddie Carothers 7:50 p.m.:  Science of Solstice 8:00 p.m.:  Move outside for Kubb game Scandinavian bonfire for releasing past sorrows and regrets and welcoming new beginnings 8:20 p.m.:  Solstice Poems/Readings 8:40.p.m.:  S’mores 9 p.m.: end of event

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Mixed Media Star Fairy

June 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: $50

Instructor Beth Cox will guide you as you create a mixed media star fairy using the copper foil stained glass technique. Form your star fairy on a copper wire star and embellish it with fiber, beads and polymer clay. No prior experience is needed. Teens and older are welcome. A minimum of 5 students need to be registered by Monday, June 18 in order to hold the class.  Maximum of 10 students. To register for this class or for more information…

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Needle Felted Journal Cover

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: $53

Join Donna Thurston to create a needle felted journal cover using a variety of fibers and embellishments such as beads, buttons, leather, wood, stone. Work carefully to keep your fingers out of the way of the barbed needles. No previous experience is necessary. Donna will provide each student with 2 felting needles, a foam pad to work on, a journal to cover with your finished piece, and a variety of fibers. Bring embellishments that you want to use. Children age…

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Creative Writing

June 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: $35

Mollie Larsen wonders, do you have stories about your family history have creative ideas about people or places floating around in your head, but are intimidated with the thought of putting them down on paper?  Have you said - I don’t know how to write?  Or get started?  I’m a terrible speller.  My grammar is awful.  I just don’t think I can do that.  WELL YOU ARE WRONG!   Come to the class and learn how to release those stories, put…

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U. P. Sun Catcher in Stained Glass

June 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Cost: $30

Join Laura Hamlett to learn the entire process of the copper foil method of stained glass made popular by Louis Tiffany. Then choose your own colors to create a UP sun catcher. lease wear closed-toe shoes and bring glasses if you need them for close work. A minimum of 5 students need to be registered by Thursday, June 28 in order to hold the class. Maximum of 12 students.  To register for this class or for more information about Friends of…

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July 2018

Lake Superior Day

July 15 @ 12:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Porkies Visitor Center, 33303 Headquarters Road
Silver City, MI 49953 United States
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Please check back for details. We will have something planned to celebrate this greatest of the great lakes!

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