emessage_porkies.pgCheck out the three basketry classes being offered at the Folk School. Jean Koon on Saturday, August 1, Karen Tembreul on Sunday, August 2 and John Zasada on Monday, August 3 will guide students in creating three very different baskets. Each instructor is well- known and widely respected.


For details, go to the Folk School tab and click on “Upcoming Workshops.”


Saturday, May 23, 2015:sg stuff

Class 1: Introduction to Stained Glass

                  10 am -12 noon, $40, Friends $37

Class 2: Stepping Stones in Stained Glass

             1 pm – 3 pm, $40, Friends $37

Class 3: Jewelry Making in Stained Glass

                  3 pm – 5 pm, $40, Friends $37


Sunday, May 24, 2015:

Class 4: Advanced Stained Glass

(Must have taken Class 1 or Class 3 with Laura)

10 am – 1 pm, $75, Friends $68


EARLY BIRD SPECIALS for multiple classes! Register and pay for the classes before May 7th, 2015 and receive these savings:


*Plan A: Two Classes – 1 and 2 or 1 and 3: $70 (savings $10), $65 Friends (savings $11)

* Plan B: Classes 1, 2 and 3: $90 (savings $30), $85 Friends (savings $26)

* Plan C: Classes 1 & 4 (Advanced): $90 (savings $25), $85 Friends (savings $27)

*Plan D: All four classes: $175 (savings $10), $169 Friends (savings $10)


All students should wear older clothes and close-toed shoes. Bring eyeglasses if needed for close-up work.


To register call 906-884-7663 or email e-mail


All classes are held at the folk school right next to Union Bay Campground in the park. A recreation pass is required for vehicles entering the folk school area and can be purchased through the Michigan State Park system.


Friends of the Porkies × www.porkies.org PO Box 221 × Ontonagon, MI 49953


Saturday, July 11 from  a.m. –  p.m. ET                                                          

Instructor: Jean-Andrew

$45 Class Fee + $0 Materials Cost = $45 Total Fee

                                                   Friends Members $35 Class Fee + $0 Materials Cost = $35

Walk-ins Welcome

 Jean-Andrew1Our lives are worth telling about! Learn to turn personal experiences and memories into tellable tales through basic storytelling techniques. Crafted oral narrations get to the heart of an experience and bring it to life. Verbal storytelling also helps focus important story elements for writing.   Emphasis will be on the process and skills practiced in the workshop. Do not come with pre-developed material. Life is a story.    Let’s celebrate the tales.

Students need to bring a notebook or writing paper and pencil or pen.
24 spaces available; 10 students needed to hold the class.
To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.


Friday, July 10 from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET 

Presented by

Jean-Andrew of STORYLORE



Walk-ins Welcome

 Jean-Andrew2When was the last time you heard a good story well-told? Join professional storyteller Jean-Andrew for tales of humor, heart and human nature. This family program engages audiences of every age with the magic of words and lively participation. A notch above campfire tales, it will take your imagination right into the stories. Unlimited audience welcome.


Students who are interested in participating in the workshop on     Saturday are encouraged to attend this storytelling concert.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail . When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.


Holly is our new Programs Administrator. You can reach Holly at: e-mail or e-mail

Holly has a background in marketing and events planning, and she has a strong interest in helping the Friends continue as a quality organization.


Barn Dancing

(First photo:  Young and older enjoyed barn dancing at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School on November 30.   




Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Porcupine Mountain Folk School!

On December 21, 2013, the Porcupine Mountain Folk School celebrated the Winter Solstice, beginning with a Barn Dance from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Folk School for those who enjoy folk, line and square dancing (or like to watch!), followed by an evening program.

The Winter Solstice program from 7:30- 9:30 pm at the Folk School featured live music by local artists including Mel Seeger, Dale Venema and Jim Jessup along with poetry readings. Ever since summer, the sun had set increasingly southward.  On the day of the winter solstice the sun reaches its southernmost point and starts moving north again!  In the Northern Hemisphere the solstice is the day with the fewest hour of sunlight during the whole year; the sun is at its lowest altitude above the horizon.  But spring is now on its way!

 Mary Lund Calling Barn DanceThe Folk School is located next to the Union Bay Campground on the Lake Superior side of Engineers Memorial Highway 107.  For more information call Kimberly Sims (863-528-5156 or 884-2877) or Joy Ibsen 885-5412.

 Second Photo: Mary Lund calls and teaches the dances to everyone’s enjoyment.


Friends Receive Keweenaw Heritage Grant

June 13, 2013

The Friends of the Porkies have received the Keweenaw Heritage Grant through the Keweenaw National Historic Park.  The $1,000 grant is used to facilitate local school field trips.  The Friends match the grant with a $1,000.  Donations can be accepted to support this program.

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Invasive Species Hunt in the Park

June 12, 2013

In 2014, four retired Park Rangers hiked into the woods to continue an ongoing project of eradicating Garlic Mustard, an invasive plant that has plagued the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for years.  The four stayed at interior cabins while they conducted their search and destroy mission.  The four were Jim Richardson, Mike Rafferty, Bob […]

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Windchime Class at the Folk School

June 12, 2013

The Porcupine Mountains Folk School will once again host Darlene Marczak’s class in which participants  make a wind chime from articles such as old silverware, kitchen ware, pan lids, beads and other adornments, and fishing line.  Darlene, a resident of Ontonagon, was shown this craft by her daughter and subsequently spent some time at estate […]

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Litter Pick-Up Project

June 7, 2013

Each year, the Friends of the Porkies complete the 16-mile litter pickup project from the Park entrance sign to the permit booth at Lake of the Clouds (8 miles up, 8 miles back). Recent years have been slightly different; the volunteers choose a date and time convenient to their personal schedules, and portion of the […]

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