Jul 03

Hadley – Luzerne Public Library Book Fair by the River July 21, 2018 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please come and join us for our summer book sale. This is not just your average library book sale. We will be featuring three guest speakers. A children’s activities table to include crafting activities they can take away with them will be available for the wee ones and refreshments will be served.

Book sale


Jun 20

Warren County Events Calendar July 2018

Warren County events Calendar July 2018


Jun 14

Adirondack Folk School June 2018 Newsletter

A Message from
President Ginny!

 Happy June, everyone! It appears that some summer-like days are finally arriving in the Adirondacks! I’m so happy to see all of the signs of a new season, and busy, filled-class days at the Folk School!
     June also means that Hearts for the Arts has come and gone for the year, and our 9th annual event was enjoyed by all who attended! This year’s Mandle Family Patron of the Arts Award winner, Jesse Hood Jackson, and his dear friend Mark Westcott, regaled us with humorous tales of their work and friendship, Jukebox Jim kept the party rocking, and once again, the silent auction was the “hit” of the evening. Congratulations to the winning bidders of all of the wonderful items offered at the best silent auction in the Adirondacks! One more shout of thanks to all of the fabulous vendors, businesses and instructors who support this fund-raiser/friend-raiser with their talents and gifts, and to the hard-working and enduring committee that runs this show! Heads up!! Next year we’ll be pulling out the stops for our 10th annual Hearts for the Arts party!

     Most of our students take classes to learn something new, hone their craft, develop a hobby or just get out and have some fun! But I’d like to introduce you to two of our students who have used their new-found skills to begin exciting chapters in their lives.
     Susan Cacici took an AFS birch bark frame making class with our talented and popular instructor, Jim Schreiner, more than five years ago.  Susan is an artist, and she began making frames for her own paintings. Then friends started asking her to make frames for them, and she also became interested in using bark and small stones to make jewelry. Her artistic eye incorporates stones, feathers and other natural “bits” into her beautiful work. Susan began her business, By the Lake Birch Bark Co., two years ago. She sells her work at local area shops, including in our gift shop at AFS, Starla’s Shoppe in Queensbury and Deadwood Mountain Trading Co, in Warrensburg, and has had shows at the Adirondack Museum and LARAC. Susan loves the whole process of the business she founded, from walking in the woods to gather bark to designing new frames and jewelry pieces. She especially enjoys the friends she has made as a result of her craft!
     In 2014, Laura Sterling took our bookbinding class with Robert Walp, an instructor that Laura found to be an inspirational master craftsman. During the course of the class, Laura learned three varied bookbinding techniques and made four hard and soft covered books. In 2016 she retired from teaching and was searching for a creative way to spend her time. She realized the endless possibilities that come from book making, and at that time she returned to Robert’s beautiful Chestertown studio to learn paper making. Ultimately, Laura made so many books that she realized it was time to find homes for them! Her books are perfect as albums or journals. Many contain paper that Laura has created, as well as some of her lovely photographs of Adirondack nooks and crannies. Laura participated in her first craft fair at this past spring’s Maple in April in Hadley, and later this summer her books will be available for purchase in the AFS and Wiawaka gift shops through her company, Sacred Earth Studio.
     The Folk School wishes all the best to our student entrepreneurs!
Recently, many in the Lake Luzerne community were saddened to learn of the passing of Bea Evans, age 94. Some called this lovely, friendly woman The First Lady of Lake Luzerne. She was the former town historian, a cherished member of the Hadley-Luzerne Lions Club, and caretaker of many of the town’s flowers, including those in the cemetery. Bea was always devoted to making the community a better place to live. In conjunction with the Town and the Lions Club, on June 22-23, AFS instructor Ernie Orsini and his Creating Dry-Laid Stone Walls class will be working in the Lake Luzerne Cemetery, building a memorial wall to honor Bea Evans.
     The new cedar siding face of the Folk School is almost complete! Thanks to the Town crew and some of our woodworkers, the scrap wood from our project will be put to good use! Bird houses, bluebird houses and bat houses are being cut and assembled from the leftovers, and the Town will be placing these new abodes for our winged friends in local wooded areas and parks.
A few reminders:  We occasionally add new classes the are not in the catalog! Be sure to check your monthly newsletter and our website to see if there are new offerings!!
     Some people have mentioned that  they do not receive our newsletter, but when we check, they actually are on our Mailchimp mailing list! If you know anyone who says they do not receive our letter, please ask them to check their Spam folder. Apparently, sometimes things sent from sites like Mailchimp slip into Spam, so it’s worth a check!
     If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider signing up forAmazon Smile! Each time you make a purchase you can name a charity to receive .5% of the sale, and the Adirondack Folk School is a charity that you may choose. The percentage of sale received may be small, but purchase after purchase soon adds up to many smiles! Thanks for thinking of us!


Unplugged Escapes

We are proud to share this article from the May issue of Southwest Airlines inflight magazine, “Unplugged Escapes.” Thank you Linda Scherz and Larry Benjamin for providing such great experiences for our students! Thank youTom Stock for providing these great pictures! The AFS campus is only an hour or so from the Albany International Airport too! Wanna Get Away?

June, July & August Classes
Here is the listing for our classes over the next three months that are NOT sold out. If you see a class you want to take, please do not wait to register. With more classes than ever being filled to capacity, it is important that you register early for the classes you really want to take. So far 35 classes have sold out! Here is the link to our 2018 course catalogIf you would like a copy mailed to you, please let us know and we will be happy to send one your way! And remember, don’t delay, please register today!!


*All classes are from 9:00am to 4:00pm unless otherwise noted
The following classes have not been filled yet.
For the entire course catalog click here, or call 518-696-2400.

Introduction to Lampworking: Glass Beads with Renee Kingsley
*Saturday, June 9th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Introduction to Woodturning with John Kingsley
*Saturday, June 9th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to Fermentation with Roberta Devers-Scott
Sunday, June 10th

Forged Door Knockers with Garry Kalajian
Wednesday & Thursday, June 13th & 14th

Russian Birch Bark Weaving Tutorial with Vladimir Yarish
*Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, June 14th, 15th, 16th, or 17th

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

June 14 & 15 classes will take place at the Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

The World of Mushroom Foraging in the Adirondacks: Spring with Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt
Friday through Sunday, June 15th – 17th

Garden Shepherd’s Hook with Jorden Mauro
Saturday, June 16th

Learn How to Create Dry-Laid Stone Walls with Ernest Orsini
*Friday & Saturday, June 22nd & 23rd, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Blacksmithing Fundamentals with Dick Sargent
Friday through Monday, June 22nd – 25th

Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making with Roberta Devers-Scott
*Friday, June 22nd, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Introduction to Scything with Emmet Van Driesche
*Saturday, June 23rd, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Silversmithing with Matt Balint
Saturday & Sunday, June 23rd & 24th

Medium Adirondack Pack Basket with Linda Scherz
Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26th & 27th

Inspiring Herb Gardens with Margo (Nelson) Mullein
*Friday, June 29th, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Restoring and Repairing Old Tools with Jacques Gallant
*Saturday, June 30th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making with Roberta Devers-Scott
*Saturday, June 30th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Introduction to Soldering and Brazing with Jacques Gallant
*Sunday, July 1st, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Build the Westport Chair with Larry Benjamin
Friday through Monday, July 6th – 9th

Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Introduction to Coopering: Make Your Own Wooden Bucket with David Salvetti
Friday & Saturday, July 6th & 7th

Iron Adornment: Steel Jewelry with Nicholas Downing
Saturday through Tuesday, July 7th – 10th

Fishing Creel with Barbara Boughton
*Saturday, July 7th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, & Sunday July 8th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lampworking: Glass Bead Surface Decoration with Renee Kingsley
*Sunday, July 8th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Greenwood Spoon Carving with Emmet Van Driesche
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 10th & 11th

Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making with Roberta Devers-Scott
*Friday, July 13th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Wilderness & Backcountry Safety with Dave Muska
Saturday, July 14th

Birch Bark Picture Frames & Mirrors with Jim Schreiner
Saturday & Sunday, July 14th & 15th

Introduction to Chip Carving with Dennis Wilson
Saturday & Sunday, July 14th & 15th

Forging Candlesticks – Let There Be Light with Dick Sargent
Saturday & Sunday, July 14th & 15th

Build a Wee Lassie Canoe with Larry Benjamin
*11 Day Course at the Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Monday, July 16th through Saturday July, 28th, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Advanced Shaker Oval Boxes with Eric Pintar
*Wednesday, July 18th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Thursday, July 19th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Pyrography with Bret Collier
Friday, July 20th

Perfect Pictures Every Time for Beginners with Carl Heilman
*Saturday, July 21st, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Paddle Making with Caleb Davis
*Sunday, July 22nd, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Seasonal Attunement – Walking the Wheel with Margo (Nelson) Mullein
Sunday, July 22nd

Blacksmithing – Practical and Ornamental Joinery with Bob Compton
Friday through Tuesday, July 27th – 31st

Adirondack Rustic Bookcase with Jim Schreiner
Friday through Sunday, July 27th – 29th

Iroquois Games and Dancing with David Cornelius
*Saturday, July 28th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Saratoga Tote with Beverly Cornelius
*Saturday, July 28th, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Rugs from Rags…and More! with Caroline Dvorak
*Sunday, July 29th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trifecta Basket with Linda Scherz 
Thursday, August 2nd

The World of Mushroom Foraging in the Adirondacks: Summer with Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt
Friday through Sunday, August 3rd-5th

Scroll Saw Ornamental Trivets with Walt Ulrich
Saturday, August 4th

Quilting the Landscape with Elaine Katz
Saturday, August 4th

Intro to Floor Loom Weaving: Colorful Dish Towels with Lilly Marsh
*Saturday, August 4th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm & Sunday, August 5th 12:00 pm – 4:00pm

Windsor Fine Furniture: Tall Stool, Comb Back Side Chair or Back Door Boot Bench with David Abeel
Monday & Tuesday, August 6th & 7th

Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Windsor Fine Furniture: Comb Back Arm Chair, Comb Back Rocker or Settee with David Abeel
Wednesday through Friday, August 8th – 10th

Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Summer Landscapes and Fireworks Photography with Carl Heilman
*Thursday, August 9th, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Forging an American Classic: The Bowie Knife with Mace Vitale
Thursday through Monday, August 9th – 13th

Rustic Headboard with Jim Schreiner
Saturday & Sunday, August 11th & 12th

Rugs from Rags with Caroline Dvorak
*Sunday, August 12th, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Double-Bottomed Bushel Basket with Barbara Boughton
*Sunday, August 12th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Ins and Outs of Herbal Infused Vinegars with Margo (Nelson) Mullein
*Wednesday, August 15th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Mokume Gane with Bob Menard
Wednesday through Friday, August 15th – 17th

Introduction to Silversmithing with Matt Balint
Saturday & Sunday, August 16th & 17th

Intro to Cold Process Soap Making with Roberta Devers-Scott
*Friday, August 17th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Make a Sapling Bow and Arrow with David Cornelius
*Saturday, August 18th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Swirling Star Bowl/Basket with Beverly Cornelius
*Saturday, August 18th, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Woodturning: Hollow Forms with John Kingsley
Sunday, August 19th

Felting Sculptural Vessels with Carol Ingram
Sunday & Monday, August 19th & 20th

Forging Box Joint Tools with Peter Ross
Monday through Friday, August 20th – 24th

Felted Handbag with Carol Ingram
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 21st & 22nd

Intermediate Blacksmithing: Forging Transitions and “Set-Ups” for Various Shapes with Bob Valentine
Saturday through Tuesday, August 25th – 28th

Herb-Drying Tray with Barbara Boughton
*Saturday, August 25th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Greenwood Day with Jacques Gallant
*Saturday, August 25th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Intro to Cold Process Soap Making with Roberta Devers-Scott
*Saturday, August 25th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Shirt Factory Annex: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY

Sacred Union of Plant and Water with Margo (Nelson) Mullein
*Sunday, August 26th, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Make a Tin Pail with Jacques Gallant
*Sunday, August 26th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Turkish Style Paper Marbeling with John C. Bielik
Monday, August 27th
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Adirondack Folk School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered in New York Statecharitable organization, located in Lake Luzerne, NY. The Adirondack Folk School is unique for its dedication to teaching the arts, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Adirondack region. Made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers, we offer non-competitive education focusing on the student,

Jun 12

The Summer Before the War by Helen June – July Book Club

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war. – Amazon Book Synopsis

Jun 07

Newsletter June-July

Newsletter June-July

Please find attached our library newsletter stating our up events and programs.

We are your library, come join us!!


May 31

Let’s Have a Chat Community Follow-up

   Let’s Have a Chat Follow-up

Thank you to all of you who have taken part in our community engagement ask exercises. The attached document outlines our plans for continuation of this program. 

Apr 20

Library Book Club Reading list (Book Club Meets second Thursday of each month at 4:00)