The Finnish American Folk School has released its Spring 2022 newsletter! Established by the Finnish American Heritage Center and led by Phyllis Fredendall and Clare Zuraw, the Finnish American Folk School exists to ensure that Finnish-American folk traditions exist for centuries to come.
Welcoming Spring at the Finnish American Folk School
As winter weather stretches on here in Hancock, we continue making and learning new things at the Folk School. After a long quiet spell, the Finnish American Heritage Center Hall awoke to Laurel Premo’s afternoon tune workshop and deeply moving evening performance on January 29th. A grateful audience soaked up her warmth and marveled at her original work and fresh takes on favorite traditional tunes enriched by her Nordic music studies. She expressed joy in sharing tunes with workshop students and the audience after many months apart.
From Finland, via Zoom, Emmi Kuittinen treated an eager group of students from across the United States and Canada to her in-depth introduction of the ancient Karelian tradition of lament singing. We learned the melodic forms and composed our own laments. It was transformative.
The Folk School Fiber Studio has hosted beginning and colorwork knitting, weaving foundations, open studio for advanced weavers, inkle band pick-up, and even flat pattern drafting for garment design and a snow-dyeing workshop. The creative crochet class took advantage of two recent donations of yarns to the studio and the Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Arts Guild, which meets in the studio monthly, learned three different loom dressing methods at their March meeting.
There are many new workshops and other events scheduled in April, May and June. Read on! Happy Spring to all.