Sunday, March 31, 2019

Adirondack Folk School Readies For Spring

Lake Luzerne’s Adirondack Folk School is making sure everyone is set for spring with a variety of craft and artisan classes. When the snow finally melts, flies, reeds, and rods are just a few of the offering to get people out of winter mode and to be summer ready. With a focus on introducing and maintaining traditional folk arts, the Adirondack Folk School provides a variety of classes that appeal to all skill levels.

The Adirondack Folk School opened in June of 2010 and has grown throughout the years. The goal of providing a location to learn and preserve traditional folk skill classes resonated with local residents as well as participants from across nation.

Even beginner classes are geared to allow people to leave with a beautiful finished product. All classes focus on the learning a new craft or artisan skill. Rustic furniture building, blacksmithing, and fiber arts classes are popular, but this spring may be the time to make a Wee Lassie Canoe. Eleven classes is all it takes for each participant to paddle away with a traditional wooden lightweight canoe.

Perhaps readying for fishing season sounds more feasible. Every angler or one who knows an angler may want to craft a fishing pole rack or master those fish tying skills. Want to be ready for berry season? There is a basket for that. Need a step-stool? The Adirondack Folk School is ready to guide you so you always have a place to put your feet up.

Quilters looking for a contest are welcome to apply for the 5th Biennial Quilt Block Challenge. The task is set for each block to represents the Adirondacks from A to Z. Each participant will use three fabrics to illustrate a letter of the alphabet using a place, thing, animal or activity that takes place within the Adirondack Park. The completed block must be returned to the school by April 12. All blocks will be displayed during a May 3 reception where they will be judged and ribbons awarded.

If cost is an issue, AFS offers and an earn and learn program. People are able to volunteer and help with a variety of tasks with hours applied toward the cost of tuition. There are also internships and regular volunteer opportunities. So spring weather will be here soon enough and no better way than to make the Adirondack Folk School a part of the season.

Photo of Adirondack Folk School basket weaving class used with permission.

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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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