Date: September 13, 2017 - September 16, 2017
Time: All Day
Location: North House Folk School
Our classic fall event, Unplugged celebrates community, music, craft and storytelling along the lakeshore. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of North House Folk School and a new chapter in the story of Unplugged as we welcome Kevin Kling and friends to the stage for the Featured Performance on Saturday night. The weekend will include the Flannel Formal, a 20th Anniversary Gala, craft marketplace, speaker series, coursework, and abundant music & stories as the autumn season begins to emerge on the North Shore.
– Saturday Night Featured Performance: Kevin Kling and Friends
– Friday Night Flannel Formal, the 20th Anniversary Gala
– International Guest Instructor Niklas Karlsson
– Folk Artisan Marketplace featuring 10+ craft artisans
– Traditional Craft Workshops all week long
– Fri-Sat performer workshops in storytelling, improvisation and music
– Music jam sessions, mini courses, community sing-alongs, and speaker series
/// Friday, September 15, 5pm ///
Flannel Formal, the 20th Anniversary Gala
Put on your finest flannel and join us in celebration of 20 years of building community through traditional craft! The Flannel Formal brings friends new and old together for an evening of incredible food, spirited recognition, joyous celebration and meaningful fundraising for our hands-on mission.
5 Chefs, 5 Courses! Featuring:
Judi Barsness of Chez Jude
Beth Dooley, author of In Winter’s Kitchen and Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook
Eric Edgin, North House Instructor
Scott Graden of New Scenic Café
Beatrice Ojakangas, Scandinavian baker and author of over 25 cookbooks
Plus enjoy the premier of our 20th Anniversary North House Folk School video by instructor and board member Layne Kennedy.
/// Saturday, September 16, 7 pm ///
Featured Performance: Kevin Kling and Friends
Tickets on sale July 1
North House will welcome storyteller Kevin Kling and 7 guest performers to the Unplugged stage under the big top tent for a show featuring stories, music and more. Kevin will be joined by Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Dane Stauffer, and Claudia Schmidt, as well as Unplugged alumni Jon Vezner and Don Henry. Don’t miss an evening filled with laughter, music and tales from this talented group.
/// Friday, September 15 – Saturday September 16 ///
Folk Artisan Marketplace
Traditional northern craft is the soul of North House. Meet the hands at work behind beautiful and useful items for sale at the Folk Artisan Marketplace. Baskets, felted goods, bowls, spoons, jewelry, leathergoods and more will be available for purchase. Artisans will be on hand to discuss their work, answer questions and demonstrate their processes. Initial list of artisans to be featured: April Stone/basketry, Liz Bucheit/ jewelry, Michael Seilar/silversmith, Niklas Karlsson/Swedish woodware, Angela Robins/wooden bowls, Beth Homa-Style/basketry, Marybeth Garamoe/traditional craft, Elise Kyllo/felted goods. Additional artists will be added.
/// Featured International Guest Instructor: Niklas Karlsson ///
North House is pleased to welcome Swedish craftsman Niklas Karlsson to campus. Niklas, a trained woodworker from Undersvik, Sweden makes a variety of things, but his primary work is in carving spoons, in part because this craft allows him to be outside. His spoons are made by the forested, high banks of the river Ljusnan, a place that has enriched both him and his spoon carving: “A strange feeling of rewilding can come over me. And a feeling that me and the spoons are connected. A sense of integrality. But also a feeling that the spoons are coming from a totally other place – from the depths and ices there by the Ljusnan, from the storms and lifting fogs… while I am just watching.” While on campus, Niklas will teach two courses in spoon carving, now open for registration, and give a public presentation on Saturday, September 17.
/// Traditional Craft & Performer Workshops: Thursday-Saturday ///
Make a hat, bracelet, and mittens, learn to make colors with plants and leaves, carve spoons, tell stories: the options are plentiful for traditional craft workshops at North House at Unplugged. Featured performers Kevin Kling, Claudia Schmitt, Dane Stauffer, Jon Vezner and Don Henry will offer short workshops in their particular skills as well: storytelling, music, improvisation, and songwriting. Register today for one of 15 workshops and round out your Unplugged experience!
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