Adirondack Folk School
PO Box 2
51 Main St
Lake Luzerne, NY
Volume 3 Issue 9
Dear Friend of the Adirondack Folk School,
The year is coming to a close and, despite my short tenure as Executive Director, as I reflect on 2012, I marvel at the passion and dedication of Jim Mandle, AFS founder, the Board of Directors, our steadfast volunteers, loyal staff, and excited students. So many wonderful things have happened here at AFS in a short amount of time. In 2012, we furthered our mission of inspiring hands, heart and mind by:
offering over 200 courses - 35% more than 2011;
hiring twice as many instructors as in 2011 and hosting an ever-increasing number of students; and
spreading the word about AFS farther than we ever had before.
We are furiously preparing for the coming year, working on finishing the catalog for print and distribution in January and developing a new registration system that we expect will come online early in the year. In 2013, we will be offering over 250 courses, many of them new, and we will welcome many new instructors to the AFS family, along with hundreds of new students.
As you all know, along with growth come challenges. Two significant ones we face in 2013 are:
maintaining and upgrading the studios, tools, and equipment so that students and instructors can work in good spaces with well-functioning equipment and the appropriate tools; and
improving and expanding our main building to ensure adequate room for all our year-round classes and activities.
Please help us keep the culture and traditions of the Adirondacks alive through a year-end donation to AFS. You are the reason we have come this far this quickly; your love of the area and traditional crafts has propelled us forward to where we are today.
Your year-end gift will allow others to discover the joy of working with their hands and creating, a joy that I know you all cherish.
I was thinking about all the hands I have seen this year – hands of the young, the old, and children. All of them building, forming and creating amazing things that they had never tried before. All these creations made in just this one year at AFS made me stop and say WOW! Loaves of fresh baked breads, canoes, rustic furniture, picture frames, toboggans, soap, scarves, baskets, knives, braided rugs, canoe paddles, water color paintings, banjo playing, silver jewelry, timber-framed wood sheds, journey sticks, pen and ink drawings, botanical lampshades, fishing flies, quilts, and so much more. Often our visitors see these creations and say, “I couldn’t make that”. But the truth is that creating with one’s hands is one of the most rewarding things that you can do, and yes, you can do it as we saw over and over again.
The fourth season of classes at AFS is about to begin. More classes - over 250 - with lots of brand new ones - truly something for everyone! Classes like learning how to build wood canvas canoes, guide boats, and more Wee Lassies! New blacksmithing classes will teach you how to make knives, chandeliers, bracelets, and even doorknockers. In woodworking, you’ll find classes just for women, bigger shaker oval boxes, a rocking horse for a special little one, or a whirligig that will put a smile on your face. There is even a class to make your own workbench. Hungry to learn or just hungry, there will be all new classes in baking, cooking, and even some sweet chocolate creations. How about herbal plants or medicinal plants? Maybe you would like to create a birdhouse and then go with the instructor on a bird walk or create your own pair of moccasins. All our classes will inspire the hands, heart and mind – that’s the idea!
One more set of hands that mark an important milestone belongs to Eve Wenger, our new Executive Director. I hope you come take a class and say hello when you visit.
Have a great holiday and thank you.
Jim Mandle, Founder
A Sneak Peak at 2013!
Here is a first look at what we have in store for the new year at AFS. For more information and to register, call the school at (518) 696-2400.
1/5 Weave a Scarf
1/11, 18 & 25 Spinning for Beginners
1/19 & 20 Birch Bark Frames and Mirrors
1/19 Weave a Scarf
1/20 Pet Placemats for Kids
1/26 Build a Rustic Birdhouse
1/26 Birch Bark Containers
1/26 & 27 Drawing for Beginners
2/2 & 3 Intro to Tapestry Loom Weaving
2/2 & 3 Toboggan Making
2/9 Weave a Scarf
2/9 & 10 Moccasin Making
2/ 9 & 16 Native American Flute Construction
2/16 Perfect Pictures Photography Workshop
2/17 Weave a Scarf
2/23 & 34 Build a Rustic Chair
2/23 Enterlac Workshop
For your shopping convenience...
In addition to our regular hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, our gift shop will have extended holiday hours. Visit us until 6 p.m. on Friday, December 14; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, December 15; and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday, December 16. We now have more items than ever, from natural soap and lotions, scarves, and rustic birdhouses, to handmade paddles and oars!