Home Brewing 101 – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Steve Carrow

If you’ve always thought home brewing sounded interesting, but a bit intimidating, this is the class for you. There are many variations to brewing, and this class will give you experience with a reliable method. We won’t do a deep dive in to theory and esoteric zymurgy, but we’ll cover the basics to get that first batch bottled.

The course will take place on two separate mornings, first to learn the basics and brew the wort, then two weeks later to bottle. You will go home with some beer that you can enjoy after the two weeks’ carbonation period.
Registration is open HERE.

Dates: Saturday, June 11, 2022, and Saturday, June 25, 2022
Registration deadline: 6/1/22
Time: 9AM – 12:30PM, both days
Ages: Adults only
Location: Instructor’s home
Materials Fee: $20

Starting a New Fruit Orchard – Driftless Folk School

Join long-time orchardist Rikardo Jahnke to learn about starting your own orchard. Topics covered in the class will include:

-Getting ready and planning,
-Siting and layout considerations
-Buying trees vs. grafting your own
-Apple varietal selection
-Pears, plums
-Small fruits (raspberries, grapes, currants, blueberries, etc.)
-First, second, and third years in the orchard
-Equipment and tools
-Deer, insect, and disease control
-Harvest, Putting By, and Marketing

This will be a fully interactive workshop – the direction of the discussion will depend on the preferences of those attending. Half the class will be presentation with Q+A, half will be a tour and Q+A in the orchard.

Registration is open HERE.
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Registration deadline: 5/25/22
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM
Age: Adults only
Location: Rural Gays Mills, WI
Materials Fee: $2

Viroqua Food Co-op Owners

Enter discount code VFC22 at checkout for $10 off!

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60

Mushrooms A-Z Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Linda Conroy

Whether you grow, forage or purchase mushrooms, it is easy to bring them into your kitchen and medicine chest. Learn how to best prepare mushrooms for optimal benefit and get inspired to incorporate them into your daily life through this informative workshop. The second part of the day will be spent learning to grow mushrooms and everyone will take home their own inoculated log.

A mushroom-based lunch will be provided.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Registration deadline: 5/25/22
Time: 9:00Am – 4:30PM
Ages: Adults only
Location: Moonwise Herbs Homestead
Materials Fee: $50

Viroqua Food Co-op Owners
Enter discount code VFC22 at checkout for $10 off!

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60

 

Registration Open

Advanced Birch Bark Box – Driftless Folk School

In this class we will work with a different interlocking method (claimed to be Russian) that allows for larger birch boxes. This will require more layout and care in cutting out the bark pattern and also more work in the carving of the dry wood bases and tops, and time permitting, knobs. For this reason the Basic Bark Box class is prerequisite for this day, either the day prior or if it has been taken in past years (also adequate is experience as a serious carver of spoons or figures). It will be take a more serious mood to complete this in our day, but be not deceived, fun will be had regardless.

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022
Registration deadline: 3/23/22
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM
Age: 16+
Location: Instructor’s home

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60
Materials Fee: $30

Basic Birch Bark Box – Driftless Folk School

Come learn to make this ingenious and simple ancient, round box of birch bark and local softwood. Using quality bark we will form an interlocked round body and with sharp knives carve fitted bases and lids. These little boxes can be challenging to make but are very usable and solid, and come from a very old tradition and connection to birch in northern Europe. Some hand strength and knowledge of carving will be helpful.

Date: Saturday, April, 2, 2022
Registration Deadline: 3/23/22
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM
Age: 16+
Location: Viola, WI

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60
Materials Fee: $20

Introduction to Sergers – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Julie Tomaro

Ready to take your home sewing to the next level? Sergers add a lovely finish to all types of items.

We will be taking a look at three basic home sewing sergers, learning about the benefits and challenges of using a serger, as well as do some practice sewing and threading.

Registration Open 
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Registration Deadline: 3/10/22
Time: 1:00 – 4:30PM
Ages: 12+
Location: Blue Bobbin Studio (new location)
Materials fee: 0

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $65
Sustainer: $50
Supported: $35

Basic Spoon Carving – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale

Come enjoy a day learning the basics of the art of spoon carving! This class will cover knife use and safety, basic carving strokes, and carving flat ware and simple spoons. This class will be a solid introduction to knife-work as it pertains to spoons, but with limited coverage of axe work, sharpening, understanding wood, and other skills peripheral but ultimately necessary to spoon carving.

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2021
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM

Sliding Scale Course Fee:
Supporter: $105
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $65
Materials Fee: $25
Location: Viola, WI

Intro to Your Sewing Machine – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Julie Tomaro

Did you score a thrift store sewing machine? Or get one handed down to you from a family member?
In this class we will be taking a look at your personal sewing machine, as well as those of other class participants. We will get a good understanding of our machines and some of the varying features. Depending on the age of your machine, it may have a wide variety of stitches and feet, or be a simple machine with only straight and zigzag stitches. We will also discuss basic maintenance and oiling of machines. Bring your machine, as well as all the feet and accessories you have.

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Registration Deadline: 3/9/22
Time: 9AM – 12:30PM
Ages: 12+
Location: Blue Bobbin Studio (new location)
Materials Fee: $5

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $65
Sustainer: $50
Supported: $35

We Banjo 3 – Historic Temple Theatre

We Banjo 3 was The Historic Temple Theatre’s last show before closing due to COVID-19. Now, they’re back with the same group––intermission is over, back to the show!

About the band: Debuting in the U.S. in 2012, We Banjo 3 has since emerged as fast-rising touring darlings in the country that two of the members now call home. The Galway, Ireland, and Nashville-based quartet––comprised of two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley––continually push musical boundaries while maintaining an unwavering devotion to the essential audience experience. WB3 seamlessly converge the shared and varied traditions of Americana, Bluegrass, and Celtic music with pop-sensible songcraft to create a truly unique and gratifying signature sound. Brilliantly commanded instruments––banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and percussion––effortlessly elevate lead singer David Howley’s propulsive voice. Live on stage, their songs carry the listener along until, at the perfect moment, the band crescendos into catchy choruses with pitch perfect harmonies. We Banjo 3 deliver their music with such palpable rapport, stunning precision, and infectious energy, it’s impossible to pigeonhole what kind of listener might suddenly consider themselves a WB3 fan. With recent stunning performances at such broad ranging festivals Merlefest, BottleRock, Summercamp, ROMP, Wintergrass and others, enthusiasts of almost every genre of music are taking notice.

Conflict Resolution Workshop

By popular request, the Wisconsin Main Street will be hosting a workshop featuring strategies and tactics to help directors (or anyone) deal with conflict management and resolution. With all the personalities and players in our downtowns, conflict is inevitably. Deb Turcott with Oriana Solutions will be our expert presenter for this March 8th workshop. The highly interactive session will feature real-world case studies, strategies for listening, identifying communications styles, artful negotiation and de-escalation, and when to say when.
 
The session will be hosted in the Downtown Beloit Association’s new space at 557 E Grand Avenue, and will run from 9am-5pm with lunch on your own in the district. Doors open for coffee and networking at 8:30. Since it has been such a long time since we’ve had an in person workshop, we will be hosting a director networking session the morning of March 9th (directors are encouraged to stay for this – other attendees are welcome but not required) – topics will include the new national accreditation standards, new Main Street initiatives and other discussion – we’ll wrap up by 11:30 so everyone can get home in a timely fashion. For those staying over, we’ll coordinate some type of activity on the evening of March 8th.