Author: Reed Caldwell

Success! The June Gala & Benefit Auction

The June Gala and Benefit Auction was a huge success this year.  The art was amazing and the décor was outstanding.  It was a wonderful evening of frivolity, fantastic art, fellowship, and food. Oh, the food! Steve Cipriano, the Dining Hall staff, and Nanette Davidson outdid themselves again this year.  There were flavors galore. It wasn’t simply delicious food— it was a visual sensation. Each dish, from the pulled pork and pickled shrimp to the deviled eggs and stuffed mushrooms to the cheese pennies and baked Brie, was arranged perfectly with garnishes to accentuate the beautiful dishes.

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Spiderman Swings Into the Folk School!

So let me preface this blog entry with the fact that I grew up reading comic books (or as I would have argued adamantly at one point—graphic novels), and much to my wife’s chagrin I still have several subscriptions to this day.  My father grew up reading comics and he passed them on to me.  I read his Uncle Scrooge, Batman, Dick Tracy, Lone Ranger, MAD, Superman and other Atomic Age comics until they literally fell apart.  For good or bad that set me on a path of buying and collecting thousands of comics.

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Folk School goes to Newport Folk Festival

Look out Rhode Island— here we come!  We are preparing for our second trip to George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival this coming weekend (July 27-29).  The School will have an information booth near the Fort Stage.  We have partnered with Gold Tone Instruments and we will be giving away a CC-50RP Banjo along with a Free Folk School Class and other Folk School schwag.   So if you are attending this historic festival, please stop by, visit us and register to win!

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New SawStop Table Saw Arrives

Thanks to a group of generous donors, the Woodworking Studio now has a wonderful new tool― a 5HP, 230V, Single Phase, SawStop Table Saw.  This machine is the pinnacle of table saw safety and precision cutting.  The unique thing about this saw is that the blade carries a small electrical signal that an internal safety system continually monitors.  When skin contacts the blade, the signal is interrupted causing the blade to retract and the system to deactivate.  I could wax poetic about this wonderful machine all day but this YouTube video says it all…

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While classes and events are currently suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our board of directors and staff continue to work toward reconnecting with our Folk School family on campus once it is considered safe and appropriate.

The Folk School Cookbook

Author Nanette Davidson meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes for The Folk School Cookbook. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!

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