North House Folk School Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Fest
Join us for the annual North House Folk School Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Fest on November 18-21, 2021 at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival is a multi-day educational event that celebrates the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the north. Winter travel enthusiasts and northern culture admirers merge on the North House campus for four days of winter travel seminars, courses and workshops complemented by multiple evenings of inspiring thought-provoking international films about arctic life.
The Winterers—or Les Hivernants as the early North American Voyageurs referred to them– were brave, experienced individuals who signed on after the summer’s end to work at winter outposts scattered throughout the ‘interior’ of North America. In respect for the skills, traditions and spirit of this devoted group, the annual Winterer’s Gathering happens each year at the North House Folk School campus on the shore of Lake Superior.
North House Folk School
500 W Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604
For More Information: Call (218) 387-9762; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Happening 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 Event Pass/ $5 per seminar, paid at the door. Held in the Blue Building.
Member Benefit: Skill Share Demonstrations: These short intensive sessions focus on particularly handy skills. Dress for a partially heated environment. Free with Event Pass/ $5 per seminar, paid at the door. Locations will be posted outside the Blue Building.
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 and held in the Blue Building.
Harborside Winter Tent Camp/ All Weekend: 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.
Costs – $8/night (non-electric) $15/night (electric) registration required
About the North House Folk School
North House Folk School, host of the annual Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival, was founded in 1997 by a small handful of inspired locals passionate about traditional craft and cooperative learning. When we published the first catalog of 12 courses (including Inuit kayak building, Scandinavian bowl carving, and canoe paddle making), North House didn’t yet have a home — or even a classroom. However, two old forest service buildings on the harbor serendipitously became available, and North House settled in and began building a campus. Campus has changed and expanded over the years, but those two original buildings — the red building and the blue building — are still at its heart. North House has thrived over the ensuing two decades, and now hosts over 350 classes and 3,000 students per year, and connects students and instructors from all over the state, country, and world.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next North House Folk School Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Fest in November at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
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