Explore North House Folk School during Wooden Boat Festival

The North House Folk School campus on the Grand Marais waterfront offers many opportunities to explore, dream and discover every day with classes ranging from basketry to blacksmithing, fiber arts to foods, traditional crafts to timber framing and much more. The weekend of June 21-23 has extra special offerings to those who want to throw off the bowlines to try something new. The 16th Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival brings more boats and boat-related activities than ever before.

The campus will be buzzing with boating enthusiasts early on Friday, June 21, with boat builders and collectors hauling boats to the common area to proudly place them on display. Boats will be in place for review by noon—walk around the waterfront to see gleaming hulls and glistening brass fittings. Antique canoes and newly-crafted prams share the stage, all to be savored by boat lovers for the rest of the weekend.

Bring your appetite—on Friday there is the harborside barbecue hosted by the Grand Marais Lions Club on Saturday there is the Lake Superior Chowder Experience and on Sunday, the Steam-Bent Brunch. You’re certain to be hungry as wood-fired baking courses add tempting smells to campus all weekend.

There’s plenty to please the ear as well. In addition to the interesting sounds of boat-building hammers and blacksmith bellows, WTIP Community Radio will be on campus spinning tunes on Friday evening. The radio station will be followed by a community music circle called “Sea Shanties & Lumberjack Jam.” Friday evening ends with a dance to the ever-popular local group Over the Waterfall.

North House will be offering some of its most popular courses the week of the Wooden Boat Show, such as Raku Pottery, Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving, Shoemaking: 9th Century German Turn Shoe and Birch Bark Canoes: From Harvest to Construction.

For those who aren’t sure if they want to commit to a class, the Wooden Boat Show weekend is the perfect chance to take a look around the North House campus, to explore the possibilities.  Visitors can enjoy craft demonstrations from six talented traditional craft artisans. Or, try your hand at a mini-course on Saturday—get your feet wet in a two-hour session on fly-fishing, bread baking or storytelling or study a bit of history of the Great Lakes.

The Wooden Boat Speaker Series gives festival attendees the chance to live vicariously through the adventures of the adventurous presenters, including keynote speakers Dave and Amy Freeman of Grand Marais with Across the Continent by Kayak, Canoe and Sled: The North American Odyssey.

There is much more to be found at the school on Lake Superior’s shore.  Head down to the folk school campus and see what dreams you will discover.