2017 Events


Wednesday, June 21, 2017, times TBA ET

Summer Solstice Celebration

Marilyn Knuteson and Joy Ibsen, co-chairwomen

FREE EVENT at the Folk School

Come celebrate!

Be part of the fire ceremony; sing with other Solstice celebrators. Then move into the Folk School building for music featuring Tanya Paasikas Stanaway from Ishpeming singing Finnish songs. Enjoy the companionship of others from near and far as you celebrate the longest day of the year.

Check for updates as plans progress. We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail


2016 Events


Sunday, September 25 from 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Birds of Prey and Their Superpowers

This is a free event held at the Folk School.

Leigh Cox, Artist in Residence, will conduct a mini-workshop, “Birds of Prey and their Super Powers,” at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School. This is a workshop for children and their parents. Leigh will introduce students to birds of prey, especially those in the Porkies, and will provide materials that each child can use to create a drawing illustrating their own bird of prey. Recreation Passport required.


Monday, June 20 from 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. ET

Summer Solstice Celebration

This is a fsolstice background2ree event, held at the Porkies Folk School that is open to all who wish to help us celebrate the longest day of the year. The schedule of activities includes:

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Play Kubb, a Scandinavian lawn game that involves two sides of up to six players on a side and listen to music.

7:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Be part of the fire ceremony which will include poetry and group singing.

7:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m. Join the snake dance, led by Kay Seppala, into the Folk School building.

7:45 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Attend a presentation on the astronomical explanation of solstice.

8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Experience the  Ilon Kaiku in concert. This includes short Kantele concert by  Kay Seppala and 6 to 8 Kantele players. Kay will tell the story of how the Kantele instrument began as told in the Kalevela, using props to tell the story.  There will also be audience participation learning to play the instrument.

9:00 p.m. The evening will end for those who are ready to head home. Others will go back to the fire pit for a jam session, conversation and s’mores. Some may decide to stay inside for more conversation.

  Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This event has been sponsored.


Past Events from Our Archives

Youth Day in the Porkies

“Youth Splash in the Porkies.”

Kids Day at Folk School

Touch a Snake at Porcupine Mountain Folk School








To touch a snake!



Kids Day at the Folk School

Painting a Rock at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School










To paint a Superior rock!

On Tuesday July 20, 2010, thirty-three youth, ages 6-18, gathered at the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park FOLK SCHOOL for a free day of outdoor activities.

The schedule for the day included 3 classes with a break for lunch:

Exploring Aquatic Insects – with Bob Wild

Trees and Critters of the Woods – with Jeff Mell

Beach Stone Art – with Bev Kowaleski

Each child went home excited about the experiences they’d had, never once complaining about the on-again-off-again rain. In their take-home bags they carried donated gifts of books, pencils, bottled water, hand sanitizer, and disposable cameras.

The grant application, written by Susan Giesen and Barb Braithwaite, was awarded to the non-profit organization, Porkies Folk School, by SOSY (Strong Organizations…Strong Youth) which is a branch of The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development (GLCYD). Throughout the 2009–2010 program year, GLCYD has been working with 53 U.P. non-profits to strengthen their capacity to deliver community programs and services to youth.

The Porkies Folk School committee was also able to make purchases of equipment that will benefit the Folk School programs and service to the community.