Welcome to The Folk School of Fairbanks

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Don KielyOperations Director

Don oversees the day-to-day operations of The Folk School, including managing class registrations, memberships, finances, and the Beverley Lane facility.

Don claims that he doesn’t have many outdoors skills, but he sure spends a lot of time outdoors. He is an avid ultramarathoner (middle of the pack), trail runner, whitewater paddler, fatbiking cabin hopper, snowshoer and Nordic skier. He and his partner Carol Kleckner used to mush and skijor a lot, but are down to only 11 dogs, most of whom are getting up there in years (Don and Carol live in a kennel…literally).

Don is a software geek, spending most of the last couple decades of his working life writing software, doing technical writing, speaking at software development conferences, and teaching technical classes.

(Photo above is of Don as Beethoven in the Beat Beethoven 5K — photo by Todd Paris.)

Kerri Hamos – Programs Director

Kerri is in charge of expanding and overseeing programs and classes for kids and adults, recruiting new instructors, promoting The Folk School in the community, and seeking support from many sources to support our mission.

You may have seen Kerri around The Folk School in the last couple of years, co-directing last year’s summer camp, volunteering, or teaching the Autumn Roots class. Kerri has a background in recreation management and elementary education, and has been involved in fundraising and event planning for various local organizations. She is a homeschooling mom to three children, and thoroughly enjoys camping, hiking, traveling and other outdoor pursuits, along with knitting and embroidery.

Maia

Maia JonesWebsite and Media Manager

Maia has been a part of The Folk School since it’s very conception and has been doing her best to help the website meet the needs of the quickly growing Folk School community. She also publishes the weekly e-newsletter.

Born and raised in Denali and Fairbanks, she now lives in western Oregon with her husband and two young daughters, but spends as much time in Alaska as possible. She enjoys working and creating with her hands in many capacities and loves to spend time outdoors exploring, hiking, and playing with her daughters.

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Upcoming Events

Mar
23
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]
Mar
24
Fri
6:00 pm Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Forging a Viking Styled Hand Knife (2 day course) – A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Instructor: Tom Zimmer This 2 day class will introduce you to the world[...]
Mar
25
Sat
10:00 am Build Your Own Pack Raft from a ...
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a ...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit - CLASS FULL @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit – CLASS FULL Instructor: Bruce Campbell Build your own lightweight pack raft that you order from a DIY Pack Raft Kit! Pack rafting has become very popular.[...]
10:00 am Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian E...
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian E...
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) Instructor: Lidiia Olszowy For many people it is an Easter egg decorated using a method similar to batik, but for Ukrainians it’s more than just a pretty egg. The Ukrainian[...]
Mar
26
Sun
10:00 am Forging On – Open Shop Project Time
Forging On – Open Shop Project Time
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Forging On – Open Shop Project Time @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Forging On: Open Shop Project Time –  A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Instructor: Tom Zimmer This is a NEW class style based on the Open Shop idea.  Registration[...]
Mar
27
Mon
9:00 am Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]