May 17 – 23, 2021 (6 full days & 1 half day) Grindbygg is a unique Norwegian vernacular timber frame building style. It’s unique joinery harkens back to the early days of post construction before the common usage of mortise and tenon joinery. The specific grindbygg design and joinery was first seen in the late 1400’s.… Read More Grindbygg Timber Frame Course
We are excited to have received a Creative Support for Arts Organizations Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This is the first grant from the state arts board we have received and are looking forward to putting it to good use. This grant, in the amount of $14,400, will allow us to hire contract… Read More Building Organizational Capacity: Part One
2020 was a bust in terms of holding classes and inviting people back to the Avon Hills Folk School. But, we did take advantage of the pause and made great strides towards the future. With the help of many we focused on several key, foundational pieces critical to our future growth.… Read More Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Thank you for making the 2020 Bouja a huge success! Even though it looked a bit different this year due to COVID-19, we had a wonderful day and enjoyed seeing so many of you. A big thank you to everyone who came out, we hope you enjoyed the Bouja you brought home with you. It… Read More Another Successful Bouja
Bouja-COVID-19 Update: Due to a recent spike in cases of COVID-19 in MN we are changing this year’s Bouja to a Take-Out only. No food will be served during the day to be eaten on site. You may stop by from 1-5pm, we’ll have containers, about 1/2 gallon size. No charge for the bouja, but a free-will… Read More Bouja 2020: See You There!
Well, after many weeks of thinking and strategizing and being hopeful we in fact have made the difficult decision to cancel Hand Camp for 2020. While we are sad and disappointed we will not be holding our 5th annual Hand Camp, we know it’s the right thing to do. Our heart told us one thing and our… Read More Hand Camp 2020: Canceled
Okay, only one virus. But what a virus, one who’s name we all know by now and has upset most all of our lives in ways we may not have been prepared to experience. At the Avon Hills Folk School it has put the brakes on plans for any classes or courses or experiences within… Read More Grants, Maple Syrup, and Viruses
Dear Friends of Avon Hills Folk School, Due to the contributions of many 2019 was a good year. Thank you! It was a year of important firsts for the Avon Hills Folk School that contributed to continued growth and momentum. We began the year with a successful 2018 Year End appeal that raised money to… Read More Happy New Year!
We’re excited to announce an Advanced Leather Working class by Dan Horan of Merchant Leather hosted by Milk and Honey Ciders. Milk and Honey Ciders is situated between St. John’s University and St. Joseph, MN on the eastern flanks of the Avon Hills. It will be the perfect place and time to gather for some… Read More Advanced Leather Working at Milk and Honey Ciders
Guest Writer: John Coy This workshop was full of firsts. It was the first time almost all the participants had been to the Avon Hills Folk School. It was the first time Gaylord Schanilec and I had conducted a workshop together. And it was the first time we had tried to condense what we’d done… Read More My Mighty Journey: A Printing Workshop At Avon Hills Folk School