It’s a great time for life-long learners, as The Adirondack Folk School is in high gear! July & August are our busiest months with classes in just about anything you can think of. There are over 40 classes in July, and even more in August. Please don’t miss out! Sign up soon, as classes fill quickly!
Our Adirondack Folk School Festival is this Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The annual meeting of our membership is at 10:00 a.m. We hope to see you all there!
We are pleased to announce the addition of Lauren Whitton who has joined the AFS staff as our Outreach/Communications Manager. When you visit the school, please stop by and say hello.
6 Boats in 6 Days! Our Wee Lassie canoe building class made front page reading on July 2, in the Saratogian newspaper. Instructors Larry Benjamin & Marc Ornstein and 6 smiling students were busy this past week bending and gluing piles of cedar ribs. Check it out here.
Facts, Fiction & Finances
So often we hear that, “Oh the folk school is just wonderful and everything is paid for by grants.” What is fact and fiction are really quite different. None of the grants that we have received pay for the operation of the school. While we are fortunate to have received a few grants in the past, they have helped with capital improvements. Grants today are much harder to come by and so we rely more and more on other ways of raising funds.
Operating expenses, as well as payment of our instructors, come directly from tuition. Filling classes is critical for AFS. Your support in taking classes, giving gift certificates so others might be inspired and telling family & friends about the school is the lifeblood of your school.
Membership dues and donations are two other critical components that allow the school to prosper. Our first year saw wonderful support and many of you joined as members – thank you! But, now we need you to help AFS by renewing your membership. Tell those you meet about AFS, the only school of its kind dedicated to teaching the traditional arts, crafts and culture of the Adirondacks. There are so many more classes, programs, speakers and events we wish we could bring to you. It is just that we too hate to ask. So, if you can support the school with a financial donation or help by volunteering it will be genuinely appreciated. Thank you.
Open Forge, Saturday Evenings & MUSIC!
Open Forge Night was the brainchild of Al Carmeron, a local blacksmith and great friend of AFS from Warrensburg, NY. The second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. the blacksmith shop is set up and Al and friends welcome all to come and see what blacksmithing is all about. A blacksmith is not the same as a farrier. A farrier replaced horseshoes. Blacksmith? In early times there were no ACE hardware stores or Home Depots. If you needed a shovel, axe, or a hinge; you would visit your local blacksmith who made needed for your home, farm or logging work. It is free to come watch or try your hand! Donations are always welcome to help pay for the coal and iron.
Special Evening Programs begin on July 14th & you won’t want to miss a single one. Many are free and there are special member discounts for the music concerts. See our website for details.
Saturday, July 14- The Feeder Canal & Its Amazing History – Jeanne Williams, Executive Director of the Feeder Canal Alliance
Saturday, July 21- Logging in the Adirondacks – Dick Nason
Tuesday, July 24- Dan Berggren in Concert
Wednesday, July 25- Smokey Greene – An Evening with an Adirondack Pioneer of Country Music – “From Dude Ranches, Rodeos, Honkey Tonk & More”
Friday, July 27- Tom Akstens in Concert
Sunday, July 29- John Kirk & Trish Miller – Square Dancing & High Stepping Fun
Wednesday, August 1- An Evening with John & George: Folk through the Eyes of two true Masters – John Roberts & George Ward
Saturday, August 4- Chris Shaw– “Lies Will Get Told Tonight!”
Sunday, August 5- John Kribs & Friends - “Anatomy of a Bluegrass Band”
Saturday, August 11- Raptor Fest – A Presentation of Live Birds of Prey – Richele Ford
Saturday, August 18- “Blacksmithing – it’s fun & anyone can do it!” – Mark Aspery
Saturday, August 25- Traditional Pack Basket Construction – Bliss McIntosh