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January 6, 2015 9:38 pm: Song/String Circle – Third Wednesday

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 Third Wednesday – 6:30-8:30 ARK, Viroqua The song/string circle is held the Third Wednesday of every month at the ARK .It is open to musicians and singers who enjoy performing in a friendly and relaxed setting where the emphasis is on having fun as well as learning to play in an ensemble. Guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, harmonicas Read More

January 3, 2015 7:11 pm: Win a Class, Bake a Cake for Winterfest Community Dinner and Dance

Love to bake? Win a Folk School half-day cuisine class. Donate a rectangular cake, a layer cake, or 12 cupcakes, and first cake(s) that sells every slice at our Winterfest Community Dinner and Dance, will win a Folk School half-day cuisine class. There are 11 cuisine classes to choose from in the spring/summer season! Cakes Read More

December 28, 2014 7:03 pm: Wow, what a year!


As this exciting year comes to a close, our hearts are warmed and our inspiration is aglow. We look back at a monumental year in the history of the Driftless Folk School: the year we began to lay out a homestead. We earnestly marked its corner posts and sank its first foundations on what we believe will Read More

December 17, 2014 9:53 pm: Our Gift to You! ~20% Discount on Class Gift Certificates

give the gift of  ‘hands-on’ learning half day class~$30 ($15 off) full day class~$60 ($15 off) 2 day class~$120 ($30 off) 3 day class~$185 ($45 off) 6 day class~$450 ($90 off) (offer expires 1/15/2015)    

November 20, 2014 7:43 pm: Become a Folk School Member & Share the Pie

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Driftless Folk School welcomes you to the folk school family through the first annual membership drive for year 2015. Get a jump start and become a FOLK  MEMBER today! Your support will ensure affordable folk school programming for all. Membership benefits include free event admission, course discounts, homemade pie deliveries, and more!  Crafting Connections, Creating Community. Folk Read More

11:18 am: December Song/String Circle

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 December 9 & 17 6:30-8:30 PM~THE ARK 401 E Jefferson St, Viroqua, WI Do you love singing, or playing an acoustic instrument for the joy of it? Then bring your voice, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, etc for an evening of community music making. Bring a music stand, if you have one. Jim Stacho who led Read More

October 1, 2014 9:49 am: Our First Artist in Residence


Jess Hirsch-Artist in Residence Arriving Oct. 20th to our Campus! A sculptor/woodworker living & working in Minneapolis, MN.  Hirsch’s work investigates the world of healing & natural medicine through participatory sculpture. Read about Jess.  Check out her website.  She will be teaching the following courses: Womens’ Wood Workshop~ Have a project you are ‘stumped’ on Read More

August 31, 2014 1:09 pm: 100 Mile Meal 2014

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Photography by Molly Walbrun Saturday August 9th, Luke Zahm of Driftless Cafe, Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon Drinkery, Waleed Mahmoud of Viroqua Food Cooperative, and Bjorn Bergman of Viroqua Food Cooperative pulled off a jam-packed day. The day began with 12 students, 3 chefs, and a dinner for 80 people to prepare. Take a peek Read More

12:27 pm: 2014 DFS Camus Timber Frame Raising

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On Saturday, August 16, 2014, Driftless Folk School students raised the first timber frame structure on the new campus land in La Farge, WI with the guidance of Jonathan Santiago. Read more about him HERE. Here is what students had to say about their timber framing experience with Driftless Folk School. “Extremely informative, learning through experience, Read More

11:36 am: 2014 Work/Studies


Melody Smith creative, slow-walking, goat head-massager, veggie juggler.   After a few years of living driftfully across three continents, I drifted into the Driftless region to live and work as an intern at New Traditions Homestead and also with the folk school for the summer. My world travels deepened my beliefs in environmental integrity, local and global interconnectedness, and the incredible importance Read More