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With the bumped up programing and the use of the Judge Stone House we’ve renewed our efforts to communicate with our supporter with regular email newsletters.

We’ve added a service to our emails that allows folks to access emails.  We’re still working on the home page for this but individual links are active.

The two emails sent this wek can be found here:

July 30

July 27


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via Classes, Workshops and Celebrations Abound! via @constantcontact.

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Class Title:  Felting for Kids (And Other Interested Folks)
Instructor:  Joni Back-Bubenzer
Cost:  $65 including materials,  additional materials available for $10
Date and Time:  Tuesday, August 3 – Thursday, August 5, 10:00 – 12:30
Location:  Judge Stone House – General Studio, 107 S. 8th Street,  Noblesville, Indiana
Registration:  Call (317) 331-0972 or email missjoni@bluestonefolkschool.org.  You will receive a confirmation call or email.

Ability level:  Ages 8 and up, including adults

Class Description:

Felt is one of the earliest known fabrics. It is durable and nearly indestructible. Plenty of folks know that you can “felt” an all-wool sweater by tossing it into the dryer, and that you can purchase those rectangular synthetic felt pieces at a crafts store. But, making your own felt from sheep’s wool, or roving, provides limitless creative possibilities.
In this class, students will explore simple water felting and needle felting techniques. They will fashion water felted beads into stylish jewelry and create some adorable needle felted critters. As time permits, additional projects may be explored.
This class is open for anyone ages 8 and up. Parents should be aware that needle felting involves use of a very sharp needle; students’ fine motor abilities should be considered. Parents with at least one child enrolled are welcome to join the class for an additional charge of $10 for materials.
Please send a small, healthy snack and a bottle of water with your child.

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Blue Stone Folk School is partnering with Noblesville Preservation Alliance and the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau to explore possibilities to offer programing within the historic Judge Stone House.  This partnership begins Monday when we host Meat ‘n Tators Ukulele Construction Class.  During this week long class students from as far away as Boston will learn to build a soprano ukulele.

There are plans to explore keeping the woodshop in place to offer further programing which may include Shaker Boxmaking, woodcarving, and luthiery (instrument building) projects.  Further programing possibilities will focus on stabilization and restoration of the house.  These classes would focus on rebuilding historic windows and sash, door frames, interior woodwork, wood floors, etc.

We continue to be excited about our current space within the cellars of the historic Craycraft House.  It has always been our intention to find, develop and use under utilized spaces throughout Noblesville.  We will seek ways that these spaces can work together to provide a variety of unique traditional programing.

Over the next week, or so, this space will explore the house, its condition, its potential and our progress building ukuleles.

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Blue Stone Folk School is proud to present the old-time jug band stylings of Indianapolis folk music impresarios The Last Drop Jug Band Friday, June 11 at Noble Coffee & Tea Company in charming downtown Noblesville. With one foot in the the mountains and the other in the the big, muddy Mississippi, Last Drop Jug Band plays old-time jug band, blues, and hillbilly music, with banjo, guitar, harmonica, stand-up bass and talented folks singing in harmony. They describe their live shows as “energetic and rousing, soulful and fun.”

You can get an mp3 sample of their fine music, their version of Gus Cannon & the Jug Stomper’s “Walk Right In” at http://apps.bebo.com/my-band/artist/lastdropjugband.The show will be from 7 to 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.

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Snagged from Cara’s Website

Blue Stone Folk School

Blue Stone Folk School presents… Cara Jean Wahlers and Tom Shinness – 7:30

1059 Conner Street
Noblesville Indiana
Price: $10

Blue Stone Folk School has hosted many events at Noble Tea and Coffee, but it’s a real treat to check them out in their native habitat… the basement of the big green Victorian on Conner Street.

The space is really cool with its exposed brick and cool floors. Plus, it’s fun to poke around in there and see what the good folks at the folk school are up to. You know… they offer letterpress classes, ukelele building, songwriting workshops and a whole lot of other things. Plus, I’m looking forward to their summer porch jam!

Thursday, May 20th, please join us for Cara Jean Wahlers and multi-instrumentalist Tom Shinness, who’s making a trip up from Nashville, TN.

You can find out more about Tom here: http://tomshinness.com/
You can hear a sample of his music here: http://www.harpguitarmusic.com/listings/listing_ts_transharp.htm
Please do try to make it out for this one. Tom plays a rare 1913 Gibson harpguitar that has 16 strings, in addition to a host of other instruments… zither, cello, whatever he can find!

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Contest Information at End of Post (You’re supposed to read, first!)

When this blog began, one year ago today, it was meant to promote and share activities at Blue Stone Folk School in Noblesville, IN.  I founded the Folk School almost 4 years ago to promote and teach Indiana traditional arts.  Promotion of the folk School is still an important role for this space, but the role of the blog has become much broader.

What is a Folk School?

The change came with the introduction of 50 Little Birds for Blue Stone Folk School.  When I founded the Folk School I stopped producing a focused body of work to work on folk School administration.  The Folk School was (and still is) in need of funding.  When the project began we needed a computer (It was soon donated -Thanks Jon and Nicole!).  When we were gentle forced to move to our new space our need for funding shifted to construction of studios and gallery.

Why I Carve Little Little Birds


No. 1 Scarlet Tanager

50 Little birds for Blue Stone Folk School experienced (and still experiences) a great deal of success.  Through the project we began an Etsy store, began working with the INDIEana Handmade and the Bloomington Handmade Market.  More great things are on the horizon.

Around the first of the year I produced the 50th bird.  We still have some of the first 50 available.  The proceeds from the sale of these first 50 birds continues to support Folk School efforts.  I’m still carving little birds (numbers are in the 80s) and their popularity continues to grow. Ten percent of the proceeds from these birds go towards the Folk School.  My intent was to support the Folk School while developing a strong customer/collector base.  The effort has been successful much of the space on this blog is dedicated to continuing the momentum of the 50 Little Birds project.

Playing on Etsy

A View of the INDIEANA Handicraft Exchange

Bloomington Handmade Market

No. 50 - Wild Turkey

One of the regular collectors of 50 Little Birds, Gail Ginther warned me that we should stop giving away birds for promotions (I’ve donated 6,  all to good causes, but she’s right).  So today I am donating a flattie to celebrate our first  birthday and 150th post!

I’ve developed the habit of posting nearly daily and we receive over 1,100 views a

Win this Red Winged Blackbird Flattie!

month!  We have something to celebrate!

Thanks to those of you who read, who share, who question, who buy and who visit!

The rules are much the same as they were for our 100th post celebration (Which Gailwon!).  Post a menaingful comment below.  When the thread has died for 24 hours the flattie will be awarded to the last poster.  Last time we had a great discussion.  Let’s do it again.

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