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Winterer's Gathering

Fri, Nov 22, 2019 - Sun, Nov 24, 2019
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Overview

Thank you for joining us for Winterer's Gathering 2018! We're already looking forward to next year. See the top of this page for the 2019 dates, and in the meantime, feel free to explore the details of this past year's event.

Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional lifeways in the North. Featuring winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, film festival, speakers, and more, this is a classic event to welcome the season of snow.

We welcome Duluth’s own Sam Cook to teach and speak at the 2018 Winterer’s Gathering. Recently retired from decades as an outdoor writer at the Duluth News Tribune, Sam’s work is beloved by many for capturing the spirit of northern adventure with a wry and practical voice. He will give the Featured Presentation “Why We Couldn't Move Back to Kansas” on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm and teach a short writing workshop “Tell Me a Story” on November 16.

View the full schedule for the 2018 event

See photos from the 2017 event here.

2018 Event Details:

Sam Cook

Featured Presenter: Sam Cook

Join us for Sam's featured presentation about his far-flung travels to Alaska's Brooks Range, Great Slave Lake and Baffin Island Saturday at 7:30pm or sign up for Sam's workshop here.

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Winter Skill Seminars & Presentations

45 minute presentations covering a variety of winter-related topics. From camping tips to travelogues, cultural reflections to winter sport secrets, these inspiring talks offer something for everyone and take place throughout the weekend.

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Arctic Film Festival

Featuring films that tell the story of the North from around the globe, including one from right here in Grand Marais! Click Details for a list of films or to nominate your own!

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Course Offerings

Sewing, woodworking, blacksmithing, and more! A variety of engaging courses are offered during Wintere's Gathering.

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Skill Shares

These one-hour sessions focus on particularly handy skills. Food dehydrating, backcountry skiing, kitchen knife skills, and more!

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Snowshoe Shuffle Contra Dance

Nothing warms up the night like old-time music and contra dancing! Make sure your shoes are tied tight, grab the hand of your neighbor, and give it a whirl.

Friday, 7pm

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Great Gear & Ski Swap

Toes on the line, wait for the countdown...and grab that gear you've been looking for! Whether it's a woodstove for your winter tent, a pair of backcountry skis, or a new (old) wool shirt, you're sure to find a great deal.

Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30am

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Winter Camping & Tent Tour

Bring your tent and camp with us! Winter camping all weekend with a tent tour Saturday at 2pm. See homemade yurts, arctic exploration tents, and more.

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Intern Portfolio Gallery

Stop in to enjoy a gallery display highlighting the craft learning of the 2018 Craft Education Interns at North House.

Friday, 10am - 4pm

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Dinner on a Stick & Outdoor Film Screening

Gather around a bonfire and cook over an open fire as a community. Participants bring their own food. We’ll also enjoy a short outdoor film screening (free).

Friday, 5:30pm

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Coldsnap Poetry Slam

Cold Snap Poetry Slam is a friendly celebration of the spoken word and the glories of the frozen North! Join in the fun by reading one of your own works or any selected seasonal poetry of your choosing. Click Details for more information and to register!

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Deep Freeze Chili Feed

Grab your bowl for this traditional winter favorite: chili & freshly baked cornbread. Hot chili (your choice: vegetarian or meat) is cooked up in the kettle and eaten in the warm banquet hall by the woodstove. $10/person, paid at the door.

Saturday, 6pm

Highlights

Check out the full weekend schedule here

 

Friday

Intern Portfolio Gallery
Friday, 10 am - 4pm

Stop in to enjoy a display highlighting the craft learning of the 2018 Craft Education Interns at North House. Sam, Lauren, Anne, and Kirsten have created a gallery experience for you to explore their journey in the internship program. Learn about each interns' Slöjd Project, a culminating project allowing them to focus deeply on developing craft skills in a particular area. From timber frames to baskets, tapestries, to patterning, you'll be amazed by the incredible things they've made!

Open Fire Dinner on a Stick & Outdoor Film Screening
Friday, 5:30pm

Gather around a bonfire and cook over an open fire as a community. Participants bring their own food. We’ll also enjoy an outdoor screening of the following short film:

Johanna (2016, UK, Ian Derry, 6 minutes) Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice. She discovered her love for the sport through cold-water treatment while recovering from a downhill biking accident that almost took her leg. British director and photographer Ian Derry captures her taking a plunge under the Arctic ice. Shot in the wilderness of Finland at temperatures of minus 14 degrees.

Snowshoe Shuffle Traditional Community Contra Dance
Friday, 7pm family dance, 8pm community dance

Don your winter wardrobe and warm up at this friendly community contra dance. Dances are called and instructed by the music ensemble, “Over The Waterfall.” The dance takes place in the historic timbered woodshop. No registration required. Free with the Member’s Event Pass or $5 for non-members, paid at the door.

Coldsnap Poetry Slam
Friday, 8pm

Cold Snap Poetry Slam is a friendly celebration of the spoken word and the glories of the frozen North! Join in the fun by reading one of your own works or any selected seasonal poetry of your choosing. By sharing your favorite hibernal verse, presenters will receive wide recognition as cultural icons, as well as a free bottomless bag of popcorn for the weekend! Audience members will not only hear some great poetry but will also bear witness to the birth of a literary revolution.

Register here!

Saturday

The Great Gear & Ski Swap
Saturday, 10:30am – 11:30am

Bring your outdoor equipment to sell or get in on some great bargains & buy. Registration forms to sell your gear are ready. Backcountry skis to winter canvas tents. Ice skates to kites. Winter boots to down jackets. All are welcome.

Registration for items in the swap is required. Registration forms available online and at the event the day of the swap.

The Deep Freeze Chili Feed
Saturday, 6pm

Grab your bowl for this traditional winter favorite: chili & freshly baked cornbread. Hot chili (your choice: vegetarian or meat) is cooked up in the kettle and eaten in the warm banquet hall by the woodstove. $10/person, paid at the door.

Featured Presentation: Why We Couldn't Move Back to Kansas with Sam Cook
Saturday, 7:30pm

Former Duluth News Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook takes you along in this presentation capturing his far-flung and work-related travels to Alaska's Brooks Range, Great Slave Lake and Baffin Island as well as closer to home four-season adventures in Minnesota's border country.

All Weekend

Winter Skill Seminars & Presentations

Event seminars are 45 minute presentations that cover a variety of winter-related topics. From camping tips to travelogues, cultural reflections to winter sport secrets, these inspiring talks offer something for everyone and take place throughout the weekend. Free with the Member’s Event Pass or $5 per seminar for non-members, paid at the door.

12pm Friday | In Search of Slöjd: A Woodworker’s Journey through Norway & Sweden Angela Robins

North House resident artisan, Angela Robins, will share stories from her two-month journey in Scandinavia from this past summer. As a part of the new Artisan Development Program, craftspeople participate in a 2-year residency at North House, and for 6 - 8 weeks get to travel and study in Scandinavia. “Slöjd” is a Swedish word that refers to handcrafts as well as a system of handcraft-based education. In this presentation Angela will highlight her time spent with boatbuilders in northern Norway, a contemporary wood sculptor in central Norway, woodcarvers in Dalarna, Sweden, inspiring objects found in museums, and a stop in the wood-deprived but landscape-rich Faroe Islands.

Friday 2pm | Remote Trail Photography and Tracking Ryan Pennesi

The north woods of Minnesota is host to a thriving community of wildlife, which quietly exists and thrives all around our busy human lives. Have you ever wondered what else walks the same hiking trails as you? Wolves, Moose, Fisher, Martens, Otters, Bobcats, Lynx...remote camera technology can provide valuable opportunities to study and learn about the animals in our backyards. This alternative perspective on wildlife photography yields images that inspire curiosity and tell unique stories.

Saturday, 12pm | In and Around the Lake: Freediving and Photographing Lake Superior Christian Dalbec

Many people visit the shores of Lake Superior; far fewer dare to swim in her frigid waters...year-round. Christian Dalbec is a photographer, diver, surfer and Lake Superior devotee based out of Two Harbors. He specializes in underwater photography, and captures familiar scenes–Split Rock Lighthouse, waves, commercial fishermen, surfers–from unique angles. Christian will talk about freediving, photography, and introduce some of the equipment required to live an aquatic lifestyle "in and around" Lake Superior.

Saturday, 3pm | Winter Stargazing: A Comet for Christmas Bob King

Comet Wirtanen, which returns to the inner solar system every 5 1/2 years, will become bright enough to see in binoculars and maybe even with the naked eye next month. Bob will talk about how to spot it (map included!), what comets are made of and why they're so fascinating. If the weather cooperates, he'll set up a telescope to observe the moon from 5-6 p.m.  Bring your cell phone to take your own photo of the moon through the scope.


Skill Share Demonstrations

These one-hour sessions focus on particularly handy skills. Dress for a partially heated environment. Free with the Member’s Event Pass or $5 per seminar for non-members, paid at the door. No sign-up required.

Friday, 10am | Boreal Blends: Wild Herbal Tea Tasting Sam Martinez

Come to sip on wild teas from regional plants and learn about their harvest, preparation, and medicinal properties.

Friday, 11am | Sharp Home Chef: Knife Skills Anne Grinager

Winter is a time for cooking at home - good food warms the spirit! Come learn basic kitchen (chef) knife skills to make cooking faster and more fun. First we’ll talk about the basics of sharpening and honing your knife. Then we will learn about some of the basic cuts you can use, and when to use them, before getting a chance to hone our new skills!

Friday 11:30am-12:30pm | Wild Rice Soup Judi Barsness and North Shore Culinary

#LearnEarnPlay, North Shore Culinary offers many opportunities to achieve your culinary dreams. Savor a sample of Minnesota Winters’ most iconic soup: Wild Rice Soup, prepared by NSC-HCC Chef Ambassador, Judi Barsness, in the North House Folk School kitchen. A buffet of garnishes will be available to create your own culinary masterpiece — and eat it too!

Friday 1pm | Wooden Sheaths Mike Loeffler

Keep those edges sharp!  Mike will demonstrate the process of making a few simple wooden knife sheaths. Materials will available for those who wish to try their hand.

Friday, 2pm | Small Game Snaring Emily Derke

Learn about tracking, habitat, and catching your own meat. Snowshoe Hares and squirrels are an excellent source of food in the winter months!

Friday, 4pm | Backcountry Skiing on the North Shore Elli King, Superior Highland Backcountry

This skillshare is for anyone curious about or interested in backcountry skiing or ski touring, and anyone who says, "Wow, you can do that here?" We will discuss the basics of backcountry skiing and the potential available on the North Shore. There will be several different set-ups of equipment available for handling, and some handouts that outline basic techniques. Elli will also share information about the non-profit Superior Highland Backcountry, and their efforts to preserve and expand backcountry ski opportunities on the North Shore.

Saturday, 1pm | Foxes Shop for Mittens Lauren Warfield

Take a break to listen to a Japanese picture book story about foxes in winter and learn about making origami foxes. Great for all ages young at heart.

Saturday, 2pm | Baumstriezel Kirsten Wisniewski

Learn to make the traditional central European treat, Baumstriezel! “Stovepipe cake” is a spit cake, a wrapped dough cooked on a spit, and we will be making ours over a fire. Dress warm and come ready to enjoy this 600 year old tradition, still found at Christmas markets and other street fairs across Austria and Hungary.

Saturday, 3pm | Dehydrate your Favourite Home-Cooked Meals Caroline Cox

In this workshop, you'll learn about dehydrating recipes for canoeing, backpacking, and other outdoors fun. We'll begin with the basics: how dehydrators work and general principles for dehydrating each food group. Then we'll build on this knowledge so you can to adapt your favourite recipes for the backcountry. Demos and taste tests included.

Saturday 4pm | Introduction to Ice Climbing: Tools and Technique Matthew Baxley

Learn all about the essential tools for exploring vertical ice on Minnesota's north shore and beyond.  Participate in instruction and discussion on basic technique while handling a variety of tools that will get you started in this exciting winter experience.

 

 

Arctic Film Festival

This one of a kind festival features films from around the globe that visually tell the story of the North. Documentaries, features and shorts showcase arctic landscapes, traditional cultures, northern adventures and changing climates. All films screenings are free.

Nominate a Film

Friday, 9am | Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (2013, Finland, Jessica Oreck, 1 hr 24 min) One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic; they live well north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, where they are the leaders of a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland. Aatsinki follows the family for the span of one year, quietly observing their seasonal routines and the difficulties and joys of a life so closely tied to the land.

Friday, 10:30am | Yarn (2016, US, Una Lorenzen, 79 minutes) Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.

Friday, 1pm | Skin for Skin (2017, Canada, Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher, 15 minutes) Skin for Skin is a dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning set during the early days of the fur trade. In 1823, the Governor of the largest fur-trading company in the world travels across his Dominion, extracting ever-greater riches from the winter bounty of animal furs. In his brutal world of profit and loss, animals are slaughtered to the brink of extinction until the balance of power shifts, and the forces of nature exact their own terrible price

Friday, 1:30pm | The Last Mooseskin Boat (1982, Canada, Raymond Yakeleya, 28 minutes) This short documentary follows Gabe Etchinelle as he builds a mooseskin boat as a tribute to an earlier way of life; the Shotah Dene people would use mooseskin boats to transport their families and cargo down mountain rivers to trading settlements throughout the Northwest Territories.

Friday, 3pm | The Great Siberian Traverse (2016, Canada, Malcolm Sangster, 27 minutes) All aboard for the adventure of a lifetime, a 1,200-kilometre ski journey through Russia, along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Join professional skiers as they stumble upon a fringe backcountry skiing community, deep Siberian powder, and skiing's ancient origins.

Friday, 3:30pm | Iran: A Skier’s Journey (2016, US, Jordan Manley, 13 minutes) Threaded through Tehran’s bustling bazaars to Isfahan’s dazzling mosques, two skiers get a glimpse at the complex dichotomy that divides public and private lives in Iran. To travel to Iran is a reminder of the virtues of travel itself; nothing is as it first appears. Oh, and there’s skiing too.

Friday, 4pm | The Eagle Huntress (2016, UK, Otto Bell, 1 hour 17 minutes) The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down for centuries.

Friday, 5:30pm - Outdoor film screening! | Johanna (2016, UK, Ian Derry, 6 minutes) Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice. She discovered her love for the sport through cold-water treatment while recovering from a downhill biking accident that almost took her leg. British director and photographer Ian Derry captures her taking a plunge under the Arctic ice. Shot in the wilderness of Finland at temperatures of minus 14 degrees.

Friday, 9pm | Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (2017, US, Dave O’Leske, 95 minutes) Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey is a cult hero in the outdoor world. Eschewing fame, sponsors and family life so his only obligation would be the next summit, this rebel athlete conquered more unclimbed peaks than anyone during his 80-year career, staying myopically focused on the mountains until age 94.

Saturday, 9am | The Islands and The Whales (2017, UK, Mike Day, 81 minutes) The pilot whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, and the seabirds populations collapse, environmental changes threaten to change the community and their way of life forever. The Faroese are among the first to feel the effects of our ever more polluted oceans; what once secured their survival now endangers their children and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition.

Saturday, 11am | White Thunder (2002,Victoria King, 50 minutes) A dashing Manhattan filmmaker, Varick Frissell, traveled to the wilds of Newfoundland in the 1920s. Backed by Paramount Pictures, Frissell was setting out to make the early sound feature The Viking, a record of Newfoundland's perilous seal hunt. White Thunder tells this remarkable tale with stunning period footage, bringing us back to the undulating icy seas where Frissell would eventually meet his tragic fate.

Saturday, 1pm | The Arrowhead Traverse (2018, US, Marko, 23 minutes) Maura and Bobby Marko are impassioned outdoor explorers. After becoming parents they knew that passing on a love and respect for the wilderness would be a major priority for their family. The family attempted a bold traverse of the Arrowhead of Minnesota traveling from the Mississippi River to Lake Superior by bicycle, canoe, and on foot...all with their 3-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter along for the adventure. Q&A session with the Marko family after the film.

Saturday, 2pm | The Frozen Road (2017, UK, Ben Page, 25 minutes) Self-shot and edited while cycling around the world, this short film charts Ben Page's winter journey into the Canadian Arctic. The Frozen Road is an honest reflection on Ben's solo trip; of the wonder, terror and frustration of riding through the unforgiving emptiness of one of the world's 'last great wildernesses'.

Saturday, 2:30pm | Tarfala (2016, Germany, Johannes Östergård, 26 minutes) Far north of the arctic circle, next to Sweden's highest mountain, one old man has chosen to spend his life as a caretaker of a lonely hiking hut. Retreating to the cold arctic winter storms from obligations and everyday routines, he's set on finding peace of mind with the life he lives apart from friends and loved ones.

Saturday, 4pm | Virginia Minnesota (2017, US, Daniel Stine, 98 minutes) A Grand Marais premiere! Two young women, torn apart by a childhood tragedy, unexpectedly reunite and embark on an illuminating 24-hour journey. The film is set on the North Shore and features many local cameos, including World’s Best Doughnuts, North House and the schooner Hjørdis!

Saturday, 9pm | Peter and the Farm (2016, US, Tony Stone, 1 hour 31 minutes) Peter Dunning is a rugged individualist in the extreme, a hard-drinking loner and former artist who has burned bridges with his wives and children and whose only company, even on harsh winter nights, are the sheep, cows, and pigs he tends on his Vermont farm. Peter is also one of the most complicated, sympathetic documentary subjects to come along in some time, a product of the 1960s counterculture whose poetic idealism has since soured. For all his candor, he slips into drunken self-destructive habits, cursing the splendors of a pastoral landscape that he has spent decades nurturing. Imbued with an aching tenderness, Tony Stone’s documentary is both haunting and heartbreaking, a mosaic of its singular subject’s transitory memories and reflections—however funny, tragic, or angry they may be.

Sunday, 9am | 24 Snow (2015, Russia, Mikhail Barynin, 93 minutes) The life of a horse-breeder in the Russian Arctic isn’t easy: permafrost, freezing temperatures, lack of roads and electricity. Such conditions attract a certain independent type. Meet Sergei. Sergei lives in the mountains for most of the year, travelling home only a few times each year to see his family and bring home the proverbial bacon.

Sunday, 10:30am | Cailleach (2014, Scotland, Rosie Reed Hillman, 14 minutes) Morag is 86. She lives alone at the end of a track looking out to sea on her croft on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, with her three cats and twelve sheep. Morag was born in this house and has lived here her whole life, following five generations of the family who came before her. Cailleach is a portrait of Morag and her simple and peaceful life as she contemplates her next chapter, shares her unique sense of independence and the connection she has to her wild island home.

Sunday, 11am | Cold November (2018, US, Karl Jacob, 92 minutes) Deep in the wilderness of rural middle America, 12-year-old Florence is eager to undergo the rite-of-passage of her first deer hunt. A tradition passed down through many generations of women in her family, the act of killing a deer symbolizes the transition into adulthood. As Florence is taught how to shoot a gun and skin a deer, she gains a deeper understanding of life and death. When Florence finds herself alone during a hunt, however, expectations dissolve into chaos as she must rely on her instinct and training to follow through with her decisions, pull herself together, and face becoming an adult.

 

Harborside Winter Tent Camp

An opportunity for winter campers to set up their shelter near campus, whether it be a canvas wall tent, an expedition or 4-season nylon-grade tent, or a traditional Mongolian yurt, and share information and ideas about winter camping in the elements of cold weather. Participants are invited to be a part of the Winter Tent Tour scheduled on Saturday at 2pm.

Details

  • Registration at the Rec Park office is required upon arrival. $8/night non-electric or $15/night electric.
  • Firewood is $5/bundle
  • Show your camping receipt at the YMCA and you can get a day pass for $5

Course Offerings

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Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Fri, Nov 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Carol Colburn
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Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own

Fri, Nov 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
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Everyday Slöjd- A Firewood Carrier made from Firewood

Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Paul Linden
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Hand-Sewn Leather Slippers

Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Candace LaCosse

Winter Squash Windfall

Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Scott Graden
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Nordic Herbals

Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
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Wanigan: The Traveling Box

Wed, Nov 14th, 2018  –  Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructor: Fred Livesay

Wood Carving Tutorial

Wed, Nov 14th, 2018  –  Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructors: Phillip Odden, Else Bigton
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Lake Superior Winter Photography: Getting Prepared

Thu, Nov 15th, 2018  –  Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructor: Bryan Hansel
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Soap Making: The Old Fashioned Way

Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructor: Jeanne Wright
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Lucet Braiding for Beginners

Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructors: Nancy Haarmeyer, Tom McCann

Tell Me a Story

Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
Instructor: Sam Cook

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