Cabin FeverArt School
Cabin FeverArt SchoolSpring Children's Theater
Fall Children's Theater
Cabin Fever Schedule Released
During this popular winter book discussion series, participants will gather at the library to explore themes and issues addressed by the season’s books, led by visiting scholars. The 2020 theme is “The Humanity of Science & Technology.” Book titles, in order of discussion, are Born in Africa, by Martin Meredith; Physics of the Impossible, by Michio Kaku; The Control of Nature, by John McPhee; Animals in Translation, by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson; and My Year of Meats, by Ruth Ozeki. Books are provided and a library card is not required. Registration Required - call the library at 208-634-5522 to register.
Idaho is known for its outstanding fly fishing, and the McCall region offers plenty of opportunities to explore the sport. There is great satisfaction in catching a fish on a fly that you tied yourself. Designed for the novice fly-tyer, this four-week class will introduce equipment, materials, and types of flies. Participants will learn to tie fly patterns that have proven to be effective in Idaho’s waters. Discussion of basic entomology, reading the water, and how to get the hook out of your ear will be included. The cost of the class includes a fly-tying vise, hackle, pliers, scissors, bobbin, hair stacker, 6/0 Uni-Thread and all materials needed to tie six different flies.
The class will be taught by Dennis Coyle with special guest appearances by local fly-tyers. Registration Required
Line up for some boot-stompin’ fun to beat Cabin Fever this winter! Join instructors Char and Vern Faris and the McCall Line Dance Club for this series of 6 line dancing classes. Line dancing challenges the mind as well as the body, and this class promises to provide you with skills, movement, and a lot of fun. Instructors will teach basic line dance steps, and from that foundation, a variety of music will be used as a background for dances - Country-Western, Latin, Irish, etc. No experience is necessary, and it is not necessary to come with a partner. Instructors Char and Vern Faris are experienced dancers who brought their expertise to McCall in 2005. Experienced members of the McCall Line Dance Club will assist as needed. Registration Required
Join local herbalist and licensed cosmetologist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to bring the spa home. Discover your beauty regimen for radiant skin with cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing. Craft your own herbal face masque, customized for unique skin issues. Practice your full facial techniques and take home various handmade spa samples - ALL crafted with locally and sustainably harvested plants. Additional products will be available for in-class purchase (by cash or check only). Registration Required
Across time and cultures, poetry has been considered a portal to wisdom, offering insights beyond human understanding. Traditional wisdom poets, like Rumi, drew from the wells of religious and spiritual texts to create poems of great beauty, and even today, contemporary poets lay claim to radical new ways of understanding ourselves and the world around us. As writers, we seek this same clarity in our work. How can exploring what is mysteriously inherent in the process of composing poems help to guide us? In this workshop, we will draw from the wisdom of great poetry to engage our own deeper truths. Through the consideration of existing poems and working with writing prompts, we will discover richer veins of meaning, to discover for ourselves Rumi's timeless truth, that "what you seek is seeking you." All are welcome and you needn’t be a poet to glean significant insights from this workshop. Instructor Tobias Wray, PhD, is the Director of Creative Writing Programs at the University of Idaho. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Bellingham Review, Third Coast and elsewhere. Workshop includes a break for lunch (lunch not provided so plan to bring your own or buy nearby). Registration Required
It’s hard to beat take-out pizza. But you can come close with a few tips from this hands-on demonstration class. You’ll learn how to choose the best ingredients, different ways to prepare and roll out the dough, and how to cook a pie just right in your home oven. Of course, we’ll sample a few pies and some other things as we go. Instructor Bill Borg is a local educator and former operator of Fibonacci’s at Tamarack Resort. Registration Required
Portugal is considered one of the most exciting Old World wine regions due to its favorable climate, interesting grape varieties, relative affordability of its products, and - most importantly - delicious wine! This class will provide an over-view of the wine styles, grape varieties, and regions of this outstanding country. Complex red wines, refreshing white wines, and fortified Ports - Portugal has it all and we invite you to experience it for yourselves in this Cabin Fever class taught by Idaho Wine Merchant’s own Scott Sprague and Bistro 45‘s Eric Hovland. Must be 21 or older to register for this class. Registration Required
Join us for McCall’s favorite storytelling program inspired by Juneau’s popular and delightful Mudrooms. It kinda sounds like “stage fright,” but it’s a lot more fun! Here’s how it works: Seven storytellers are selected to regale the audience with a true personal tale. Each storyteller has EXACTLY seven minutes to tell his or her story. February’s theme is CROSSROADS, which may be interpreted figuratively or literally. Storytellers will share their best stories about a unique “crossroads” experience. From crass to delicate, told by wallflowers or clowns, live stories are mesmerizing and raw. This is not a theatrical performance, but real-life storytelling shared by friends, neighbors, visitors, and strangers. Hop onboard for an unpredictable wild-ride of an evening full of good old-fashioned storytelling fun! Seven tales - seven minutes - seven dollars! Income supports the McCall Arts and Humanities Council and the Alpine Playhouse. Register online to reserve a ticket, or . . . fill out an application to be a storyteller!
$7 ALL SEATS, ALL SHOWS - no discounts
This fun and funky class will offer lots of opportunities for doodling, drawing, and painting letters that bounce and dance! Students will learn basic techniques for various letter styling under the tutelage of experienced calligrapher and letter artist, Bonnie Glick. The techniques learned can then be used to enliven journals, personal art work, calendars, greeting cards, scrapbooks, and so much more! Zentangles will also be included. Instructor Bonnie Glick is a calligrapher and artist trained in Italic, Copperplate, Uncial, and Gothacized Italic lettering. She has been a member of the calligraphy guild of Idaho - the Idaho Inkspots - for many years. She attends continuing education and training through the guild each spring and fall with instruction from internationally recognized calligraphers and attends the international calligraphy conference every other year. Registration Required
Whether it's to denote a place, a style, or simply to make a statement, blended wines are more the rule than the exception these days. Even most California wines labeled as "Cabernet Sauvignon" contain at least a portion of another grape variety in the final blend. In this course, you will learn traditional white and red blends from a multitude of regions, why the blending is done, and (most importantly) what they taste like! Join Bistro 45‘s Eric Hovland and Idaho Wine Merchant’s Scott Sprague for a deep-dive into the wonderful world of blended wines! Must be 21 or older to register for this class. Registration Required
Everything you need to know about getting started in the paper arts will be provided in this three-day workshop offered by professional artists Deb Yensen and Amy Nack. Skills will be introduced and practiced, and then incorporated into the construction of a beautiful paper lantern. Students will begin by creating several sheets of hand-made paper. Next, creating luscious layered monotype prints on delicate Asian papers will allow each student to discover his or her unique creative printmaking style. Once the paper is dry and the delicately-layered prints are completed, students will be guided through the process of composing four two-sided wooden panels and assembling them with a clever reversible hinge to construct a lovely lantern. In the process, students will learn techniques for cutting and piercing paper to create beautiful shadows that can be seen from both the front and back sides of the lantern. Participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite stamps, stencils, and paper punches if desired.
Amy Nack is founder of Wingtip Press Printmaking Studio in Boise. She teaches printmaking in her studio and as a teaching artist for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Idaho Parents Unlimited, and as adjunct professor at Boise State University. Nack received her BFA in Printmaking and BA in Art History from Boise State University after a three-decade career in paper and graphics marketing. She pursues her passion for printmaking by actively engaging in community-wide printmaking experiences and exhibitions. Deb Yensen is a visual artist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and registered Art Therapist. She received her BFA from Boise State University in printmaking, painting, and drawing; her MA in Art Therapy Counseling was received from Marylhurst University. Deb has taught at the Boise Art Museum, the McCall Arts and Humanities Council, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Idaho Parents Unlimited, and as an adjunct professor at Boise State University. She also facilitates various independent classes and workshops. Deb’s vision is to assist and inspire others in using art to fuel creativity and passion. Registration Required
Join McCall cooking/baking rock stars, Gary and Stacey Kucy, for the ultimate Cabin Fever cooking class. In this fun class, Gary and Stacey will unite to share some of their favorite recipes through the creation and presentation of the ultimate in winter comfort food. A hearty main dish will be sandwiched between an amazing appetizer and decadent dessert. We are leaving the rest to the imagination to tantalize participants! Gary was a 2013 semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard award, and is currently the chef at Rupert’s. Stacey is the owner of Stacey Cakes and is famous in and around McCall for her delectable desserts. Together, they have several decades’ worth of shared experience and our community is the richer for their presence. As the class date approaches, participants will be emailed wine suggestions, which are optional accompaniments students may wish to bring to class. NOTE: This class will fill very fast. Space is limited and drop-ins will NOT be able to be accommodated. Registration Required
Eric Hovland, owner of Bistro 45, will be your guide on this tour through beers of Belgium and Belgium-styled beers. Belgium is renowned for producing a great number of beer types. In 2016, UNESCO listed the Belgium Beer Culture on its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Join Eric for a fun March evening spent exploring this rich heritage via beer and learn how it has inspired other brewmasters beyond Belgium’s borders. Must be 21 or older to register for this class. Registration Required
Each year, our popular Heritage Night serves as the heart of the Cabin Fever series. This special evening provides opportunities to learn and share stories and experiences related to our heritage. This year’s event will feature a panel discussion with local and regional experts who will help us explore land use and conservation in Valley County, with a focus on historical trends and practices. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences and perspectives to foster community dialogue on this topic, which also has great relevance for the present and future of our region. Panelists will be announced as the season gets underway and updated information will be available on our website. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided. Join us for another lovely community evening on the lake at Shore Lodge!
FREE ($5-10 suggested donation) - no need to register
Go from surviving to THRIVING by learning and implementing which whole foods to incorporate into your daily routine and regimen. Join Chef Amy of Amy's Whole Food Creations: Catering and Personal Chef Services in McCall to learn which foods to choose as medicine, and - more importantly - how to prepare dishes in the most efficient and nutritious way possible. Chef Amy will teach participants which foods are nutritious and how to prepare them. Recipes and sampling will be enjoyed. Have fun in the kitchen, dive into experimentation, and learn new skills to nourish yourself and your loved ones! Registration Required
Join us for McCall’s favorite storytelling program inspired by Juneau’s popular and delightful Mudrooms. It kinda sounds like “stage fright,” but it’s a lot more fun! Here’s how it works: Seven storytellers are selected to regale the audience with a true personal tale. Each storyteller has EXACTLY seven minutes to tell his or her story. The theme for April is THE MOST AMAZING WOMAN I KNOW. Celebrate women during this month that honors the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage & the passing of the 19th Amendment! Storytellers will share their best stories about an amazing woman. From crass to delicate, told by wallflowers or clowns, live stories are mesmerizing and raw. This is not a theatrical performance, but real-life storytelling shared by friends, neighbors, visitors, and strangers. Hop onboard for an unpredictable wild-ride of an evening full of good old-fashioned storytelling fun! Seven tales - seven minutes - seven dollars! Income supports the McCall Arts and Humanities Council and the Alpine Playhouse. Register online to reserve a ticket, or . . . fill out an application to be a storyteller!
$7 - ALL SEATS, no discounts
If, as Ilya Kaminsky says, “Poetry . . . exists above any speech,” how can we use attention to sound - the musicality and pacing of our language and our silences - to make our own written words (whether poetry or prose) stand out above ordinary speech? What does it mean to do so, while still keeping our own natural cadences and voices? How can we get sound working on the level of word or sentence or paragraph? In this interactive workshop aimed at ALL levels, we’ll closely read sonically-skilled writing samples from John Milton to Flannery O’Connor to Sylvia Plath to Danez Smith, AND we will do a range of writing exercises - from playing with the etymology of words to the wording of sentences to writing in meter to imitating pieces of music - to get a sense of how far sound can take us. As Jericho Brown says, “If you put language first, then you can discover your ideas. But if you’re thinking about your ideas first, then you’re going to be at the mercy of the language you already know.” Let’s try putting language/sound first, and see what exciting places it leads us.
Alexandra Teague is an award-winning author of three collections of poetry - Or What We’ll Call Desire, The Wise and Foolish Builders, and Mortal Geography - and a novel, The Principles Behind Flotation. Her new book of poetry, Or What We’ll Call Desire, was recently praised in a New York Times review for its “exuberant pageants” of sentences, and she spent part of 2019 at the internationally-renowned Civitella Ranieri during an interdisciplinary arts residency. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Idaho, where she and her students recently completed a music-poetry collaboration with composer Ruby Fulton, the Decho Ensemble (saxophones), and Katherine Petersen (soprano).
A short break for lunch will be included each workshop day, so please plan to bring a lunch or to purchase one nearby. Registration Required
Join local herbalist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to explore local plants and their various uses. In this class, we will examine plant basics to make detailed observations for proper identification. Students will discuss various helpful apps and tools. Participants will take home handmade booklets with photos highlighting local plants. Enjoy teas and take home samples crafted with locally and sustainably harvested plants. Additional books and tools available for in class
purchase (cash or check only). Registration Required
Celebrate women’s history this April and learn about the long fight for suffrage in this presentation by Dr. Amy Canfield. The fight for women to achieve voting rights is a long history with various setbacks and achievements. From women’s roles in the Revolutionary War to suffragists getting arrested while protesting outside of the White House, the story of women’s suffrage reflects changing ideas of natural rights and citizenship. Amy Canfield is a professor of history at Lewis-Clark State College. She earned her PhD from Washington State University in 2008. She teaches courses in women’s history, American Indian history, history of the American West, and US popular culture. She has published articles in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Journal of the West, Idaho Yesterdays, and the Journal of American Culture, and has also served as a consultant for the Center for the State of the Parks, conducting cultural resource assessments on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
FREE ($5-10 donation suggested) - no need to register
Join local herbalist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to craft herbal preparations using local plants. Students will discuss teas, oil infusions, salves, tinctures, soaps, and more! Hands-on crafting along with participatory demonstrations ensure an evening of fun and learning. Enjoy teas and take home samples crafted with locally and sustainably-harvested plants. Registration Required
Traditional folksongs are customary songs with unknown composers that were passed along orally from one generation to the next, prior to recording technology. Although many folksongs became known as popular songs, they are not considered commercial or classical in style. This presentation explores the origins and evolutions of traditional American folksongs that were recorded during the American Folk Music Revival of the 1940s-1960s. Songs recorded by artists such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Burl Ives, Joan Baez, Jean Ritchie, Bob Dylan, Odetta, Nina Simone, Pete Seeger and others will be explored and performed. Presenter Tracy Morrison is a folksinger-songwriter-storyteller and sixth generation Idaho native. She was raised on a small farm in rural southern Idaho with no access to television or radio - instead she spent leisure time with her family and community gathering for potlucks and song circles. Her songwriting explores culture, history, and life experience, and her musical style draws from American Root genres. The songs Tracy has written about historical Idaho (western) women feature Sacajawea, Polly Bemis, Sarah Winnemucca, Peg Leg Annie and many more. Tracy published a self-titled EP (2012) and two full-length albums of original music, Dancing Through Medbury (2014) and Heirloom (2018).
FREE ($5-10 donation suggested) - no need to register