North House's 25th Anniversary Celebration Wows Sold-Out CrowdsSep 27, 2022 08:46AM ● By Content Editor
From North House Folk School - September 27, 2022
Photo: Over 350 kids and 250 parents were part of Saturday morning’s free family performance with Grammy-award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers during Unplugged 2022.
Free youth programs defined Saturday morning and the iconic Folk Artisan Marketplace featured eleven of our skilled craft instructors.” Thursday and Friday’s performance included multiple nationally-recognized performers, including Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Vernon, Grammy and Tony-award winning singer/songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, Phil Cook, Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings of the Bad River Band, Joe Rainey Sr. of the Red Lake Band, Grammy-award winning multi-instrumentalist Mike Lewis, Cook County’s Barbara Jean Meyers, plus the incredibly talented Sean Carey, JT Bates, and Jeremy Ylvisaker. Lewis and Meyers played a central role bringing the performers to the Unplugged stage.
Photo: Grammy and Tony Award-winner Anaïs Mitchell and Barbara Jean Meyers share an inspiring moment during Friday’s Unplugged Concert.
“The generosity of supporters and the spirited involvement of numerous local businesses has made Unplugged into an integral part of our fundraising efforts,” reported Tom Morse, North House’s Development Director. Key priorities funded during the event included: $15,000 for scholarships in the coming year, $15,000 to finalize funding for a first-phase solar panel installation on campus, $7,500 to advance North House’s growing commitment to youth, and $6,000 for the school’s year-round Work/Study program. “Our Unplugged efforts include multiple ways for people to support our mission and programs. Online, nearly 300 bidders participated in our Points North Auction. Points North has become a great way for us to at once highlight our incredible neighbors while also generating support for our mission,” noted Morse.
Photo: The skills, stories, and crafts of eleven different North House instructors were front and center during the Folk Artisan Marketplace. This year’s artisans included two visiting International Instructors, basketmaker Steen Madsen from Denmark and weaver Kerstin Neumüller (left) from Sweden.
As part of celebrating North House’s 25th Anniversary, Jon Vezner (who initiated the creation of