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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, Issue 1

Beat the Winter Blues
A Look Back & A Look Ahead
And the Winer is . . .
Support AFS

Call SUNY Adirondack at (518) 743-2238 to register!  And don't forget to check our website for all of the great classes being held all year.  The 2012 classes will be online shortly.  If you want a copy of our catalog, please send your name, address to "  Our expanded class selection also features more evening and weekday courses.  Register early as classes will fill! 

Membership Drive

As hard as it is to believe we are quickly approaching the time many of you first joined AFS.  We cannot thank you enough for your support! Without our members, we would not be able to offer the many classes and programs that have inspired all the hands, hearts and minds who have become part of the extended AFS family.  Soon we will be sending out our membership renewals and asking your help with our membership drive.  To encourage your renewal, we are adding some additional benefits besides knowing you are helping support a unique one-of-a-kind school that teaches the traditional arts, crafts and culture of the Adirondacks.  More details will follow shortly.

Happy New Year!

Dark days of Winter got you down? 
Try a “Cabin Fever Class”

Starting in just a few days the 2012 classes will kick off and there are classes designed to help you beat those “winter blues”.  So grab your coat, and come have some fun.  You will meet new people and feed your soul as well!
Winter Weaving Workshop – Let’s Weave a Scarf
January 7, 2012, Sat. – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 15, 2012, Sun.  – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 29, 2012, Sun. – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Winter Weaving Workshop – Weave a Colorful Sock Rug
February 5, 2012, Sun. – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
February 18, 2012, Sat. – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Build a Toboggan
February 11 & 12, 2012, Sat. & Sun. – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Make a Braided Rug
March 3, 2012 – Sat. – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Acrylic Painting
March 10 & 11, 2012 – Sat. & Sun. – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rustic Picture Frames
March 10 & 11, 2012 – Sat. & Sun. – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shades of Nature
March 10 & 11, 2012 – Sat. & Sun. – 9:00 a.m. - noon
A look back & a look ahead . . .
Just like the magazine, newspapers and TV shows that remind us of all the significant events during the passing year and the predictions for the New Year, here are some highlights from AFS: 
  • 160 classes were offered
  • 1,200 students & visitors
  • 45 Instructors taught with enthusiasm
  • H.H.M. Pavilion was built for blacksmithing, boat building, ceramics and children’s programs
  • The wood fired bake oven was built
  • First timber frame class built the structure over the oven
  • Over 30 local businesses benefited by our patronage & that of our students
  • 3 new Board members came on board - Ted Caldwell, Kate Brass & Dan Green
AFS Board of Directors & Officers

(missing in photo - Keith Ellis and Kate Brass) 
Looking ahead to 2012
  • 200 new classes will be offered with extensive offerings in
  • Blacksmithing
  • Basketry
  • Woodworking
  • Rustic Furniture
  • Fiber Arts
  • Boat Building
  • Weaving
  • Baking
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Canoe & Kayak Paddle Making Classes
  • Paddling Instruction Classes
  • Music
  • Saturday Special Programs
  • “Open Forge Nights”
  • Special Events & Celebrations
  • And more!
Our Unsung Heros!
AFS would not be possible without two groups who seldom are thanked enough - our INSTRUCTORS and our STUDENTS!  
We have a remarkable group of dedicated instructors who give so much to the school beyond the care and patience exhibited in each and every class.  You'll find our instructors helping at events like our recent Gift the Adirondacks Holiday Fair, or promoting the school at farmer's markets, and trade shows.  Each instructor has made the school what it is today and you will be excited to know that most of them will be back in 2012 to teach again - many new classes you won't want to miss.

And without our students we would be just a building and tools.  Thank you for your support and being the best Ambassadors of the school.  Students who have taken classes at AFS know that there is so much more learning going on than the mere subject.  Making new friends, expanding one's appreciation for a craft and a deeper understanding of what makes the Adirondacks such a unique place.  So we ask you all . . . please continue to spread the word, tell others about AFS and your experiences here - help fill the classes and come by and visit often.  THANK YOU!                                          

Can you top this student?
AFS tries to offer something for everyone.  Each year we add more classes broadening the offerings in the various categories suitable for all ages and skill levels.  You’ll see a wide range of brand new classes in 2012.  At the end of 2011, we wondered who had taken the most classes and we found the answer – Patricia Goldberg was the winner!  After taking 9 classes, we sat down with Patricia to learn more about this life-long learner.  Patricia, who has been a supporter and volunteer of AFS since the beginning, has thrown down the challenge for you to see if you can beat her record.
AFS - Patricia, we see you've taken a number of classes at AFS.  Which ones did you take?
PG – Let’s see, there’s A Stick and a Hike, Weaving in a Nutshell, Hobo Quilt, Soap Making (4 times), Hand Woodworking Tools, Primitive Portraits, Tie Dyed Scarves, a Weaving Workshop and Introduction to Sewing.  That’s all I can think of off the top of my head, but I’ve also tried my hand at blacksmithing at one of the ‘Open Forge’ nights and attended many of the events and evening lectures. 
AFS - What was your favorite class & why?
PG - Wow, that’s tough question.  Each class has given me something different.  For example, the main reason I took soap making the first time was only to find out how soap was made.  Obviously I loved the class because I’ve taken it 3 more times since.  In every class I learned a new skill and in some cases continued to use it on my own.  It’s hard to pick a favorite.      
AFS - What would you tell someone who has never taken a class here and says, "I am not creative"
PG - I’d say, ‘welcome to the club – neither am I’.  For most classes you don’t need any previous experience, and the teachers are all very patient with beginners.  I can’t draw at all, and can only make people with stick figures, but with Carol Maher’s guidance I managed to make an actual portrait.  My husband says it looks like me if I take off my glasses.  I don’t think so, but I agree that it looks like my maternal Grandmother.  You know, my husband isn’t handy at all – and believe me that’s an understatement – but he took 2 wood carving classes and did a very respectable job of making a cardinal and a loon.      
AFS - How did you learn about AFS?
PG - Jim Mandle told me about it before the school even opened.  He needed assistance preparing the building – painting, cleaning etc. - and I did all I could to help.
AFS – For whom do you think the classes are best suited?
PG – Most of the classes I’ve seen are for adults and older children, however younger children can certainly take some of them.  Also, all skill levels are generally OK.  If experience is needed then it says so in the catalog.
AFS - Why have you only taken 9 classes?
PG - Because I haven’t had time to take the others yet.  Give me a chance!!  I have several in mind for next year.
AFS - How has AFS affected your appreciation for the arts, the Adirondacks and items made by hand?
PG – It’s wonderful to discover how things are made.  When you understand what goes into the creation of an item you appreciate it all the more.  And if it was made by hand, then there’s always extra love and care in the item.  As for the Adirondacks, I was introduced to this area when I was 2 years old and never looked back.  It’s where my heart is. 
AFS - We know you are also one of the instructors here at AFS, teaching gardening and wonder how that experience has been for you as well?
PG – It’s been amazing.  I taught by myself in 2010 and with my co-teacher, Peter Watts, in 2011.  I love sharing my knowledge with others and seeing the students become enthusiastic about gardening.  Peter and I present two somewhat different approaches to organic vegetable gardening, and I’ve learned a lot from listening to Peter.  I’ve also gotten some good tips from some of my students.  
AFS - If you had to tell others about AFS and your experience in two sentences what would you say?
PG – I’d say, ‘I’ve grown tremendously through my contact with the school and you can too.  Come down, take a tour, take a class and you’ll be surprised at what you can learn to do’.
AFS – What is it like to help as a 'volunteer' at AFS?  Would you encourage others to become volunteers, and are there any ' benefits' to becoming a volunteer at AFS?
PG – I’m a firm believer in volunteering as a way to give back to the community.  The AFS has given me a great deal, and it’s my pleasure to help any way I can.  I’ve met interesting people and been exposed to crafts I’d never heard of before, such as gourd art.  Volunteers have the ability to take classes for free if they donate a sufficient number of hours, but that’s not why I do it.   
Membership Renewal & Drive . . .
Be on the look out for your membership renewal letter.  If you aren’t a mermber yet, now is the time to join!  Besides helping support your school, you will see new additional benefits for being a member.  The Adirondack Folk School needs your support.  If you can join at a higher level, please do.  We thank you and look forward to seeing you soon.


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