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November 18-20, 2016

Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel
and traditional life ways in the North. Coursework, workshops, a winter tent camp, gear swap, community dancing, evening films, featured speakers and more.

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Featured Speakers
On September 23, 2015 Dave and Amy Freeman embarked on a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to share this national treasure with the world and help insure that the Boundary Waters remains protected for future generations to enjoy. They expected to travel more than 3,000 miles by canoe and dog team as they explored more than 500 lakes and streams throughout the year. They shared their adventures through regular blog posts, their websites and social media.


Event Highlights

Arctic Films Festival
Celebrate Arctic culture and adventure at the Arctic Films Festival. Up to 16 films will cover the Arctic environment, history, northern expeditions, shelter, clothing and food. If you have an appropriate film in mind, please nominate it.

Harbor Side Winter Tent Camp
Open to participants with the gear and fortitude to camp outdoors, the Harbor Side Tent Camp is adjacent to the North House campus in the Grand Marais Rec Park. Bring your canvas wall tent, traditional yurt, or expedition tent and share knowledge and ideas with other gatherers. Register for winter camping with North House, but remember to check in with the Rec Park.

Cold Snap Poetry Slam
Come one, come all, to the first literary event of its kind at Winterers Gathering. Cold Snap Poetry Slam is a friendly celebration of the spoken word and the glories of the frozen north. Presenters receive a free bottomless bag of popcorn for the weekend, and are asked to sign up in advance.

Also featuring the Gear & Ski Swap, Snowshoe Shuffle Dance, Winter Skills Seminars, and Deep Freeze Chili Feed

Featured Event Course Offerings
Every year, an abundance of hands-on courses are featured during WG. Enrollment is always strong - highlights are included below. To review all of the courses in Calendar Format visit the November 2016 course calendar. More courses will be added in September.

Starting Wed, Nov 16
- Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners
- Salumi: Traditional Dry Curing Methods

Starting Thurs, Nov 17
- Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own
- Everyday Sl�jd for the Kitchen
- Saami-Inspired Embroidery for Embellishment

Starting Fri, Nov 18
- Hand-Sewing for Sailors: Ditty Bags and Canvas Buckets
- Birch Bark Cozy for Containers
- Carving Christmas Figures: a Tomte or Sankta Lucia

Starting Sat, Nov 19
- Ethnic Pastries: A European Tour
- Everyday Sl�jd for the Bed & Bath
- Hand-Sewn Leather Slippers

Starting Sun, Nov 20
- Gear for a Year with Dave & Amy Freeman
- Camp Cooking and Menu Planning with Dave & Amy Freeman
- Small Breads: Pretzel Rolls, English Muffins, Bagels & Pull-Aparts





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North House Folk School | P.O. Box 759 - 500 Highway 61 West | Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604
218-387-9762 | 888-387-9762 |

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Music |
Northern Ecology | Outdoor Skills & Travel | Painting & Photography | Sailing | Shelter | Sustainable Living
Timber Framing |  Traditional Crafts Woodcarving | Woodworking &  Furniture Craft

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