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New folk school classes at NYM Cultural Center

Three new classes will be offered at the Continental Divide Folk School in New York Mills this month.

Thursday, April 10: Mysticism discussion.

This workshop is a guided discussion instead of instruction.

Mysticism has the most astonishing lesson to offer for those who can pause to see.

Yet, it is something that can’t be taught. It can only be uncovered.

Discussion leader is Kent Scheer and the first session will be held on Thursday, April 10 at the Creamery, starting at 7:30 p.m.

There is no charge for this activity.

Friday and Saturday, April 11-12: Slovakian Easter egg decorating class,

Join us Friday, April 11 or Saturday, April 12 for a Slovakian Easter egg decorating class taught by Pam Robinson.

Interested in her ethnic heritage, Pam learned this egg decorating method as a teenager, which uses a wax-resist technique and a homemade straight pin ‘tool.’

You will learn how to blow out (empty) the contents of a raw egg and create two Easter eggs with beautiful designs based on the use of dots and teardrops.

Pam and her sisters grew up helping their mother make Slovakian holiday favorites such as potato pierogies (especially for the meatless Lenten Friday night meals) and potica (a coffee cake bread with either poppy seed, walnut, or apricot filling).

You will have the opportunity to taste these ethnic treats as part of the Slovakian Easter Egg Decorating class.

There are two options for this class: Friday April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., or Saturday April 12 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The fee of $15 per person includes all materials. These two sessions are identical.

Sign up for one only (unless you just want to repeat the process to learn it better). Call 218-385-3339 to register.

Thursday, April 17: Shinfeller workshop.

Join Karen Aakre for a unique workshop where you will make a pair of baby slippers and mittens, or adult-sized wristlets and headband, on Thursday, April 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. 

This workshop is given as an extension of the Sheep to Shawl fiber arts show that was on display through March 15 in the ground floor gallery.

 Workshop participants will create and take home a work of art using the shinfeller techniques. 

Traditional shinfeller designs will be stenciled on small pieces of sheepskin to create either a headband and wristlets or baby booties and baby mittens.

Cost of the class is $50 per person and includes all materials needed to complete a work of shinfeller art.