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Family Weekend

Fri, Oct 19, 2018 - Sun, Oct 21, 2018
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Overview

Spend a relaxing and fun weekend with your family here at North House! Family Weekend includes course offerings specifically for kids, courses for kids and adults together, and coursework just for adults. Take a class during the day, and then join us in the evening for family oriented activities.

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Contra Dance hosted by Over the Waterfall

Friday, 7pm

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Student Pizza Potluck and S’mores

Saturday, 5:30pm for chopping toppings, 6pm pizza time

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Live Craft Demonstrations

North House's interns demonstrate basketry, birch bark weaving, wreaths, and woodcarving. Visiting artist Sarah Nassif demonstrates weaving and dyeing.

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Instructor in Residence

Mary Reichert — Community Feltmaking

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Courses

Courses for kids and adults! Spinning, woodcarving, blacksmithing, ice-cream making, and more!

Note: Kid-appropriate classes will have an "intergenerational age" listed under course details.

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Highlights

Contra Dance hosted by Over the Waterfall

Friday, 7pm

Suggested donation: $5/person or $15/family

Bring the whole family down to North House for a fun evening of contra dancing! Local band Over the Waterfall will provide the tunes and dance instruction, you can dance the night away or sit back and enjoy the tunes with Lake Superior as the backdrop.

Student Pizza Potluck and S'mores

Saturday, 5:30pm for chopping toppings, 6pm pizza time

Students currently enrolled in coursework  and their families are invited to share in a fun pizza potluck on Saturday night followed by a s’moregasboard around the campfire. We’ll provide the dough, sauce, cheese and hot wood-fired oven for pizzas, you bring a topping to share. We’ll bake and eat delicious pizzas together and then have a fun time around the campfire with s’mores (with all the fixings!)

Live Craft Demonstrations!

Friday 9-1: Sweet grass basketry with Kirsten
Friday 1-5: Birch bark weaving with Lauren
Saturday 9-1: Weaving Wild Botanical Wreaths with Sam
Saturday 1-5: Woodcarving with Anne

Friday and Saturday 10-4: Weaving Water 

Weaving Water is a new public art project by Minnesota artist Sarah Nassif exploring the intersections of water, weaving, and community. Take part in an experimental dyeing and weaving session, try out natural dyeing to create weft material. Feel free to bring cloth from home to cut into strips for dyeing and weaving. White or neutral colors are best, for example old t-shirts, tea towels, pillowcases, or sheets. 

Sarah Nassif is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Instructor in Residence

Mary Reichert will be leading a community feltmaking project this October during an extended instructor residency. Over the course of several weeks, community members young and old will be invited to join in the process of making a large felted rug to adorn the Fibers Classroom at North House. Mary will share her extensive knowledge of history and cultural connections to felt while working with participants to wash, card, dye, design, and layout the wool, all leading up to a weekend-long felting party to felt the rug over Family Weekend. 

Drop-in Felt a Community Rug

Friday October 19th, 9-4
Saturday October 20th, 9-4
Description:

The art of felt-making requires both a soft and firm hand.  Friday we will be using a soft touch to begin the process of laying out and attaching the design. It is with our gentle coaxing as we sprinkle water and walk on the wool that the layers will begin to hold together.  Truly magic.  Come all day or stay for an hour.
 
Saturday we will work on the final stages of the felt-making process, standing arm in arm, 7 or 8 across and kicking the roll of felt together in rhythm. It is this agitation that will bring the fibers together to hold strong. As they say in Kyrgyzstan- as the felt comes together, so do the people.  Everyone welcome!

Course Offerings

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Family Class - Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class

Space Available
Thu, Oct 18th, 2018  –  Fri, Oct 19th, 2018
Instructor: Kate Hartman
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Families at the Forge

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Fri, Oct 19th, 2018
Instructor: Cody Myers
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Families at the Forge

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Sat, Oct 20th, 2018
Instructor: Cody Myers
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Bobbin Lace Making

Space Available
Fri, Oct 19th, 2018  –  Sat, Oct 20th, 2018
Instructor: Kelly Marshall
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Kids Only - Slöjd in the Wood Shop

Space Available
Fri, Oct 19th, 2018  –  Sat, Oct 20th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
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Rosemaling: Valdres-Style

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Fri, Oct 19th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 21st, 2018
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
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Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft

Space Available
Sat, Oct 20th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 21st, 2018
Instructor: Kate Hartman
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Kids Only: Plant Potions

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Fri, Oct 19th, 2018
Instructor: Sam Martinez