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Adirondack Folk School
Adirondack Folk School
PO Box 2
51 Main Street
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
(518) 696-2400

Volume 3 Number 4

Classes remaining for the month of JULY: 
Friday, July 6
Birch Bark Containers
Saturday, July 7
Introduction to Traditional Broom Making
Learn Knife Making
Mountain Scene Marquetry
Sunday, July 8
Advanced Broom Making
Square Foot & Raised Bed Gardening Combo
Introduction to Fly Tying
Advanced Fly Tying
Tuesday, July 10
Nature & Outdoor Photography for Teens
Adirondack Floral Art – Pressed Flowers 
Wednesday, July 11
The Landscape in Watercolor
Inkle Weaving Workshops
Thursday, July 12
Antler Basket
Build a “Wee Lassie” Canoe
The Landscape in Watercolor
Friday, July 13
Create an Adirondack Coffee Table
Traditional Floor Cloth 
Saturday, July 14
Build a “Wee Lassie” Canoe
Create an Adirondack Coffee Table
Traditional Floor Cloth
Obedience Lessons For Your Canoe
Sunday, July 15
Create an Adirondack Coffee Table
Traditional Floor Cloth
Obedience Lessons For Your Canoe
Early Adirondack Quilts – History, Antique Sewing Machines & Fabric
Monday, July 16 
Traditional Felting – Create a Felted Satchel
Make a “Wee Lassie” Canoe Seat
Tuesday, July 17
Traditional Felting – Create a Felted Satchel
Gourd Art 
Make a “Wee Lassie” Canoe Seat 
Wednesday, July 18
Gourd Art
Inkle Weaving Workshops 
Thursday, July 19
Introduction to Flatbread & Baking in a Wood-fired Oven
Friday, July 20
Learn to Use a Scroll Saw & Create an ADK Wooden Puzzle
Timber Framing Woodshed
Adirondack Pack Basket
Saturday, July 21
Learn How to Create Dry-Laid Stone Walls
Timber Framing Woodshed
Tinsmithing for Beginners
Adirondack Pack Basket - Medium
‘Perfect Pictures Every Time’ Adirondack Photography Workshop
Sunday, July 22
Timber Framing Woodshed
“It’s How You See It” Adirondack Photography Workshop
Soap Making
Tuesday, July 24
Music Workshop - An Adirondack Musical History Tour
Music Workshop - Songwriting For Beginners
Thursday, July 26
Music Workshop - Intermediate Guitar - CRN # 70130
Friday, July 27
Tinsmithing for Young People
Cooking - “Bachelors of Biscuits”
Music Workshop - The Banjo & Beyond
Saturday, July 28
Classic Fishing Creel
Build a Traditional Native Kayak Paddle
Jewelry - Beaded Pin
Tin Hands & Kitchenware
Let’s Weave a Colorful Sock Rug
Sunday, July 29
Create a Classic Triangular Dinner Bell
Jewelry - Beaded Pin
Easy Copper Enameling
Monday, July 30
Music Workshop - A First Look at Bluegrass Banjo
Tuesday, July 31
Music Workshop - Making & Playing Percussion Instruments Out of Found Objects
Music Workshop - Introduction to the World of Percussion

We have many exciting programs, classes and events coming up throughout the summer and early fall, so please check our website:, give us a call, or stop by for more information. 
Come make a lovely beaded pin on July 28th!

Make your own woodshed July 20th-22nd!



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
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