Kitchen Fundraising Project!
Among the Ely Folk School’s most popular classes are those featuring regional foods like potica, holiday breads and pasties. But making those is tough with very limited kitchen facilities. Thanks to community generosity, that may soon change. An anonymous donor has offered a $2,500 matching grant towards the EFS fundraising drive of $5,000 for kitchen equipment.
“Our goal is to get commercial-style sinks, fridge, stove and service counters to accommodate more students and teachers,” said EFS board member Molly Olson. “The key to more instructional space is having several folding stainless steel food prep tables so those are critical as well.”
EFS board member Chris Chandler said the matching grant is very timely since it coincides with the EFS fall fundraising raffle. “EFS supporter and master quilter Autumn Cole has donated a magnificent quilt. Raffle tickets are available at the school, where the quilt can be viewed, and the drawing will be held October 8. All donations received by then will apply towards the matching grant and we’re hopeful we’ll meet our $5,000 goal.”
Olson notes that other popular EFS classes will also benefit from new kitchen facilities. These include courses on herbal treatments, wool felting, and fabric dying. A kitchen will also facilitate potlucks and refreshments for EFS events. With an eye towards future expansion of the school, Olson says the new kitchen is intended to be portable rather than a permanent fixture.Founded in June 2015, the non-profit Ely Folk School offers short courses on traditional crafts associated with Ely’s cultural and wilderness heritage. It also sponsors regular events including folk music and makes its space available for gatherings by other community groups.