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New Marine on St. Croix folk school teaches long-lost crafts, builds community - Press

“Create. Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it.” ― Ernest Barbaric

The classrooms at Wilder Forest in northern Washington County were a hive of hands-on learning on a recent Saturday morning.

Upstairs, the smell of fresh ginger, maple sugar and juniper berries wafted from the kitchen as cookbook author Beth Dooley taught 15 apron-clad women to make small-batch preserves.

Downstairs, the steady punching of holes could be heard as Dan Horan helped a dozen adults create iPad covers, wallets, belts, keychains and other items out of leather.

Eight miles away, in the back yard of a house in Marine on St. Croix, men were building a Quincy skiff in a boat-building class led by Mike Tibbetts and Kevin Nyenhuis.

Welcome to the Marine Mills Folk School, a new nonprofit experiential-learning center that offers traditional arts and crafts classes in and around Marine on St. Croix.

The school, which opened in October, is the brainchild of longtime Marine on St. Croix resident and former city council member Robin Brooksbank.

Brooksbank, chairwoman of Marine Mills, modeled the school after the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn., where hundreds go each year to learn traditional northern crafts from area artists.

“There’s a real hunger for getting away from screens and for understanding and enjoying how things are made,” Brooksbank said.

Brooksbank figured others from the metro area were in the same position she was: interested in taking classes from North House but “unable to devote a weekend, or perhaps longer, to take a class” in Grand Marais.

There are 95 folk schools in more than 25 states around the country; Minnesota has 15 and Wisconsin has 12, said Dawn Jackman Murphy of the Folk Education Association of America. Many teach courses such as blacksmithing, knitting, beekeeping, soap making, timber framing and wood carving.

Vicky Eiben, associate professor of education at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., said the number of folk schools in the U.S. has exploded since 2005, when she helped found the Driftless Folk School in La Farge, Wis. The schools’ roots reach back to Denmark in the 1800s, she said.

“We have a really high-tech, low-touch culture,” Eiben said, “and there seems to be this longing for traditional art and craft. It’s also a place of community connection.”

Another bonus: intergenerational learning.

“As a society, we have so segregated people by ages,” Eiben said. “These schools provide opportunities for people to come together, across age boundaries.”


Intergenerational learning was evident at Marine Mills Folk School as Betty Walquist, 98, of Marine learned how to make honey-pickled cucumbers.

“We need the cucumbers sliced up,” said Dooley, pointing to a stack of English cucumbers, which she explained have few seeds and are sometimes called hothouse cucumbers.

“They have very thin skins, so they’re kind of the cheater’s cucumber,” she said. “You just slice them thin, and they make a beautiful pickle. They stay nice and crisp, and they retain their color.”

Walquist, who attended the class with her daughter, Mary, admired the long, thin cucumbers.

“Don’t they look beautiful?” she said. “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned that there’s a sherry vinegar, which I didn’t even know there was, and I like all the different tips that she’s been giving us. It sure is fun to be with this woman. She just can keep it all bouncing around in the air.”

Dooley somehow oversaw groups making sweet-hot-pepper pickles, strawberry-cranberry-ginger-orange jam and sweet-chili-balsamic-apple-onion chutney all at the same time.

“Did everyone hear that?” she asked at one point. “When making fresh-fruit jams, put the sugar and the fruit in a pot the...


It's all about the beach in this new DR Horton home - The News-Press

FORT MYERS BEACH — The new three-story home on Fort Myers Beach is as beachy on the inside as the views from the outside. The home is on the canal across the street from the beach giving water views in both directions from the top floor. The Emerald series home by D.R. Horton is aimed at people wanting a sun, surf and sand vacation.

"We asked D.R. Horton what kind of look they wanted,” said Lene Hill, licensed interior designer with Lenny’s furniture. “It is by the beach so we are thinking that the people that will buy this will use it as a rental or a second home. They wanted to bring that beach look into it.”

So Hill and designer Ruth Little gave every room that vacation beach look. Prints of sea fans, real sea fans, watercolors of boats, wooden oars and prints of shells hang on the walls. One guest room has the word beach on driftwood. Another guest room has wooden fish above the bed. Two end lamps in the loft have stands decorated with boat rope. Sculptures of boats and driftwood are found around the house.

"The people up north love it,” Hill said. “It’s a nice vacation home. If some of our northerners fly down for the weekend, this is what they want. They want to be on vacation. They want to feel like it also.”

The lowest level has two owners’ closets so a buyer can easily store their personal belongings and rent the home when they are not in town. The bottom level leads out to the pool, spa and boat dock. One floor up are three guest rooms. One is a suite and the other two share a bathroom.

The open floor plan kitchen and family room have sliding glass doors that lead to a balcony that overlooks the pool and canal. On the very top level, the loft has a window with a view of the beach and Gulf. The master suite, also on the third floor, has sliding glass doors leading to a porch overlooking the canal.

"You could stand in the hallway and look out both ways,” Hill said about the Gulf and canal views. “It is a neat house.”

D.R. Horton is known for building communities in Southwest Florida, but Jonathon Pentecost, D.R. Horton Southwest Florida Division President, said their luxury brand called Emerald Homes is aimed at building single-family homes on home sites from Naples to Osprey, Florida.

“Homebuyers also have the option to build the home of their dreams by Emerald Homes on their own home site,” Pentecost stated. “The Emerald Homes philosophy is to incorporate features and amenities into our homes that complement each individual customer’s preferences, personality and lifestyle. The successful blending of our customers’ ideas and our experience creates dramatic living areas with personalized touches.”

This is the third D.R. Horton Emerald Home house built on Fort Myers Beach.

"Fort Myers Beach is an attractive location, offering beautiful, sugar-white sand beaches, along with a multitude of boating, dining and shopping venues that create an ideal location for full-time residents or vacation renters,” Pentecost explained.

Pentecost said there are many features that make this house special. All three floors are concrete block and have impact-glass windows and doors. There is a boat dock with room for a lift. The house has an elevator and covered parking under the home. Fort Myers Beach is across the street. The home is very close to the Big Carlos Pass Bridge. Walking over the bridge brings people to the northern entrance to Lovers Key State Park.

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom plus media room home spans 2,844 square feet under air and 3,299 total square feet. The asking price is $1,245,920. Furnishings and decorations are available at an additional charge.


The River: The story of my journey on the BB Riverboats' BELLE of CINCINNATI as 'river historian' - User-generated content (press release)

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story.
By Capt. Don Sanders
Special to NKyTribune

On the 25th of September, this year, Captain Terri Bernstein, CEO of BB Riverboats, based on the waterfront of the Ohio River at Newport, Kentucky, lit the little green light on my Facebook Chat Box. She had a message for me:

“Would you possibly want to go on our 2018 River Hop November 4-7 and be our River Historian?”

Cap’n Terri and I soon came to a mutual understanding, and I agreed to go.

My next contact was Nancy Gaff Willhoite, Director of Sales, who informed me that Terri wanted a “lecture about the Ohio River Flood of 1937.” Nancy added her own topic concerning “locks and dams” which I expanded to include the creation of the Ohio River as a result of the Pleistocene Era of the great ice sheets that reshaped the northern landscape of the eastern North American Continent.

Actually, I was hoping to choose my topics, but if that is what management wanted, I still had one talk where the subject matter was my personal choice which I dubbed, “A Great Big Collection of Steamboat Stuff,” an expression my old friend, John Hartford, wrote about in his “Miss Ferris” song. In my mind, however, I thought a more honest name would be, “Stuff I Really Want to Talk About.”

After days of research, writing, copying, editing facts and figures, and applying my original thoughts, I came up with two documents with well-over 2,000 words apiece. My son Jonathan taught me the rudiments of utilizing the PowerPoint computer-generated program to include photographs and illustrations with my “lectures.” Jonathan also downloaded the complete set of Microsoft Word package into my recently-acquired laptop computer. Now I had two formal discourses, and I decided to make my steamboat stuff talk informally “off the cuff,” but with 50 personally-related photos to accompany my patter.

After my last commercial boat command, the illustrious casino vessel GRAND VICTORIA II, laid off its licensed maritime officers, including myself, I hung up my U. S. Coast Guard-issued license and using a portion of my severance package, bought, and retired to my small paddle-wheeler, the Rafter CLYDE. Without a 300-foot boat like the GVII to roam about all day, sometimes adding ten miles to the pedometer I often wore, some 70 unwanted pounds crept upon my frame, and I quickly discovered that my old boat uniforms were more than a tad too tight.

Long-story-short, a complete set of new clothing, from the knickers outward, and from top to bottom soon stretched the balance on my charge cards. Initially, I was scheduled to go ashore at night with the passengers as the BELLE of CINCINNATI, the flagship of the BB fleet was not certified by the Coast Guard to carry passengers overnight. But after considering the comfortable lodgings and the sumptuous meals, ashore, the passengers would be enjoying before traveling to catch the boat further down-river, I decided to stay aboard the BELLE and remain with the crew. The change of plans meant purchasing a new sleeping bag and inflatable air mattress to camp out on a hard steel deck instead of luxuriating with the paying tourists. I chose to remain aboard the boat with the crew. . .a natural choice for an old riverman.

On Saturday, the third of November, the day before the Hop, I carefully packed. The computer fitted nicely into a leather satchel belonging to Jonathan. A green canvas bag I inherited from the late Deborah Fischbeck worked perfectly to carry my undies, socks, and toiletries, while the sleeping bag, air mattress, and any other booty found transportation in a large, plastic trash bag. By 0600, the next morning, I crept silently out the back door,...



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