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No former dance experience is necessary to jump-start your winter with this spicy dance class and Cabin Fever favorite. This weekly 2-hour class is geared toward absolute beginners as well as those who are returning to tango from last year’s class. We will take a measured, slow introduction to the dance and its music with special attention to connecting with each other every step of the way. This is a beautiful dance that appeals to all ages and abilities. Please bring a partner - any gender-blend is fine and we will switch partners at times during our learning process. The first hour of each session will offer a structured lesson. The second hour will be a "guided practica." This is a period for students to explore and practice what they've learned with instructors on hand to coach and answer questions. Instructor Marge Dobie started dancing tango in Boise in 2001 and was instrumental in forming and sustaining the vibrant Boise tango community. She has traveled extensively to study, including festivals in the US and Buenos Aires, and has organized workshops with internationally renowned tango professionals here in Idaho. Her teaching style is welcoming, supportive, dynamic and energizing. Her primary goal as an instructor is to inspire students to start down the tango discovery path and reap the many benefits of experiencing this intimate, elevating, and creative dance. $95 per person - Registration Required
Demystify your camera and learn how to take great photos. This class will introduce you to the basic creative tools you need to broaden your visual options. If you are an ultimate beginner - fear not! Join professional photographer Pam Benham to befriend your digital SLR camera. Learn about F- stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings, composition, and how to use natural lighting to make beautiful photographs. This class will also guide students through digital post-production processing using Adobe Creative Platform/Photo Shop. We will explore altering and enhancing images; using the tool bar and menu; sizing photographs, getting the right color, tones, exposure - and so much more! This fun and interesting class will build both your photography and Adobe PhotoShop skills. Participants should bring their digital SLR cameras with them to each class. Classes will include a combination of instruction, explanation, shooting practice, at-home assignments, critiques of student work, and computer work. Instructor Pam Benham works as a location photographer throughout the West for a wide array of corporate, editorial, and advertising accounts. Pam has taught at Boise State University, the College of Southern Idaho, and most recently designed, launched, and taught the College of Western Idaho’s first photography classes. Find out more about Pam at www.benhamphotography.com. $120 Registration Required
Join professional craftsman and owner of The Guild, Jens Jensen, to build your own beautiful ukulele. What better way to spend winter evenings than crafting your own instrument and then playing lovely songs around the fire? This class is limited to 4 students. Class will meet at The Guild, where Jens will guide students through the process of ukulele construction. Included in the class fee is a ukulele kit, value $148. Class will include the kit, gluing, clamping, sanding, neck set, and professional guidance. Class does not include final finish to the wood surface.
$260 Registration Required
This unique class will give participants the opportunity to learn to play percussive instruments in a fun musical environment. Instructor David Page is a professional musician who began with the Queens Guards in England, playing for many world tours. David has played with many top performing artists, has participated in stage productions, and has played on movie soundtracks. Beat cabin fever this winter by building some percussive heat & skills. Over four weeks, short 30-minute sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays will let students build percussive skills through watching demonstrations, receiving instruction, and playing together to recorded music. Various percussive instruments will be explored. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments, though some will also be available for use in class. David will be offering 3 four-week sessions this season - register for one or for all three. Sessions 2 and 3 will be in February and March. $42 Registration Required
Need a new creative outlet for winter evenings? Consider the lovely and venerable art of calligraphy!
Over four sessions, participants will be tutored by artist Bonnie Glick in mastering Basic Italic hand. Italic is a cursive alphabet which is matched with a Roman font. While roman typefaces are upright, italic typefaces slant to the right. Italic script was developed during the Renaissance in Italy. The class fee includes a pen holder and nib, an ink well, a mixing brush for loading the ink and a 1 oz. container of walnut ink crystals that students will take home. An opportunity to work with Arches French paper will be included, with basic instruction on layout and design. 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. Her love of calligraphy started as a child when her mother bought her a set of calligraphy pens. She has developed her craft since then and spends many happy hours, especially in the winter months, practicing various hands. NOTE: students need to note in their registration if they will be writing with their right or left hands, so that appropriate nibs can be ordered. $64 Registration Required
In this class, musicians will explore the process of learning and playing a melody by ear. Instructor Patrick Harren will guide students through the musical journey beginning with the miracle of musical memory and the importance of listening. Various electronic devices will be introduced that can aid in the learning process. Students will gradually make their way to learning a tune by ear, at a level best-suited to the individual player. Students will need to bring a musical instrument with them to class. As the course is melody-oriented, fiddles, mandolins, flutes, and other melody instruments will be best-suited. Guitarists may prefer to flat-pick. A small portable recording device with a playback feature that allows you to slow down the melody is also highly advised. The Olympus VN 541PC is a nice example and available online. Instructor Patrick Harren is an accomplished musician. He plays wooden flute for Irish music and harmonica for old-timey music. He is a 3-time winner of the diatonic division of the Yellow Pine harmonica contest, and is currently a member of the old-timey Boise band, the Hokum Hi Flyers, as well as the Irish band, the Giant Leprechauns. Patrick was a member of the Long String Valley Band back in the 80s and still plays regularly in Irish, Ol’ Timey, and Bluegrass sessions. $54 Registration Required
Join Dr. L. Bryan Williams for this 4-session class exploring two primary and influential Chinese philosophies - Confucianism and Taoism. Never has there been a better time to broaden and deepen our understanding of world beliefs and philosophical perspectives. U.S. relations with China are frequently in the news, perhaps leading to curiosity about the traditions, beliefs, and philosophical foundations of this great eastern empire. Lectures will include a brief history of the founders, an introduction of key ideas, and how each philosophy is practiced in daily life. Lectures will also include practical application of Chinese ideas to student issues and concerns. Start the new year with a scholastic investment by enjoying this introduction to the philosophies of China. Dr. Williams is a Social & BioEthicist and President of McCall College. He served as Associate Professor of Religion and Ethics and Chair of the Department of Religion and Christian Ministries at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Williams earned his PhD in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. His recent book, The Spiritual Healer: Healing Strategies from Shamanism, Buddhism & Spiritualism, is available on Amazon. $62 Registration Required
Ukulele enthusiasts - here is your chance to bring the sweet mellow sound of the islands into the heart of an alpine winter. Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin. This “jumping flea” was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde. This winter, McCall mountain-dwellers will have the opportunity to extend the reach of the ukulele’s magic into west-central Idaho. Join fellow enthusiasts at the Guild to learn the basics in this set of beginner learning sessions, facilitated by experienced musicians. Come away with the skills to play one or more of your favorite songs. Additional 4-week sessions offered in February and March as well. Register for one or all three. $54 Registration Required
In this class led by folklore scholar Tracey Kindall, students will explore the existence of the “otherworld” in stories throughout time and across cultures - Fairyland, the Celtic Otherworld, the Land of the Dead, enchanted forests, magical wells, traveling islands, underwater kingdoms, outer space, and the realms of the gods. Students will encounter diverse myths and folktales that feature these magical locales. There will also be an opportunity to explore a few modern pop culture takes on this ancient theme, as well as take a glance at the influence of current scientific thought on otherworld narratives (think multiverses and string theory). We will examine the portals that lead to these places, what happens in these other worlds, and the impact of these places on those who visit them, ultimately coming to ask “what do these stories reveal to us about the human encounter with mystery?”
$62 Registration Required
Pilates is much more than a collection of popular body-sculpting exercises - it is a practice that supports beautiful and artful movement, as well as health. This class offers the perfect introduction to Pilates and provides an exploration of its graceful depths. Participants will learn Pilates exercises and stretches with visual and fun cues from Certified Pilates Instructor, Lisa Marie Glodowski. This workshop will introduce participants to moving their bodies with ease and grace, and to learn the history of Joseph Pilates, the creator of the Pilates Method. Students will enjoy three fun nights moving with flow and grace, and will use journaling as a tool to explore how body, mind, and spirit feel during the sessions. Students will take away new movement knowledge, as well as new stretches and exercises. Lisa Marie is a Certified Master Balanced Body Pilates Instructor and Teacher Trainer who has been teaching the art of movement for over 15 years. She has been a Certified ACE Personal Trainer since 2004 and loves to share how to “Move with Grace” with all. $38 Registration Required
Join Boise Grange’s own Anjel Griggs for this nourishing winter class and learn how to make the ultimate & original winter comfort food. Anjel will guide students through the production of steamed brown bread, baked in a kettle, from the oldest written bread recipe in existence, first mentioned in a 1357 German cookbook. As the bread steams and hearts are warmed, participants will learn about wheat, rye, corn, butter, and other historic ingredients. Finally, Anjel will guide participants through the making of fresh butter, which will then be enjoyed with warm brown bread. Participants will have bread and butter to take home, too. $42 Registration Required
Are you a knitter? Do you crochet, weave, braid? Or, does your two-footed or fur-baby love to play with wonderful colored yarns? If you love fiber AND you love color, join experienced fiber artists Lynda Vrgora and Lonna Alexander-Steele at the Keep Me In Stitches studio for this festive Cabin Fever workshop. Lynda and Lonna will guide you through several yarn-dyeing techniques. Choose the one you love most to make that perfect skein of yarn for whatever marvelous project you have in mind. Students will leave with the equivalent of 400+ yards of yarn, dyed using two techniques. All equipment and supplies are provided. Students should bring an apron or wear old clothes, and also bring gloves and note-taking materials. $85 Registration Required
Join local herbalist and fermenting enthusiast, Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to experience the new age of fermenting. This is NOT your grandma’s sauerkraut! Discussion begins with the many benefits of adding fermentations to your daily diet. Participants will learn about various methods of fermenting, with a focus on easy small-batch techniques. Explore the many flavoring options for exciting ferments and enjoy tasty samples. Craft your very own unique vegetable ferment and take home, along with the knowledge of how to incorporate it into recipes. Included in the class fee is a Mason Top Fermenting Kit, to make extending your learning easy!
$56 Registration Required
This cooking class taught by Edible Art Catering’s Nicki Humphries will inspire you to invite your friends for an evening of dining and entertaining after skiing, snowshoeing, or whatever your favorite winter activity is! No need to spend the day in the kitchen - Nicki will share recipes that utilize make-ahead techniques and simple ideas that are beautiful, delicious, and healthy. The class will include appetizers and delightful dessert, and will include vegetarian options. Come ready to enjoy good food and a fun-filled evening. There will be plenty to share!
$50 Registration Required
Diet is one of the most fundamental influences on our health, yet can we say which is the best diet out there? Given the lucrative market for weight loss and health-promotion diets, claims for the superiority of one diet over others are abundant. This class examines such claims and attempts to answer to one basic question: Which diet is best? You will go home with tools for assessing diet claims, and gain confidence in choosing the best diet pattern for you. Come with your toughest questions and an open mind! Instructors Susan McCandless, RDN, IFNCP, CLT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist working with St. Luke’s McCall’s Integrative Medicine Clinic. She holds advanced certifications in integrative and functional nutrition, food sensitivities and intuitive eating therapy. $26 Registration Required
If you’ve ever taken personality assessments before, you may have experienced the frustration of receiving results that either didn’t seem to fit or left you mystified as to how to apply them on your own. This class will guide you through the Myers-Briggs Self-Assessment Type Indicator for more accurate results, along with personalized help from Suzanne Kolomaznik, a Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner, to understand practical applications that may significantly improve understanding and communication. The Myers-Briggs assessment helps you grasp the basic ways in which individuals take in information and make decisions. The keys are simple, yet often provide profound clarity. (Couples are encouraged to attend!)
NOTE: included in the class cost is a $45 fee to allow access to the licensed online assessment site needed to obtain accurate results (there are many free assessments online that do not provide detailed, accurate results). Once you register, Suzanne will provide instructions on accessing the licensed site and completing your assessment. Assessments will be completed prior to class start, and need to be completed by Jan. 21. Additionally, anyone interested in ordering the optional MB Communications reference book will have the opportunity to do so in class for $20 each.
Facilitator Suzanne Kolomaznik graduated from Columbia International University with a Cross-Cultural Communications degree. After an internship in Papua New Guinea, she worked as a news reporter and then produced a nightly news radio program program before going home to raise children. She went on to start a private middle school and made her way back into the classroom to teach a class in decision-making in an inner city public school. Myers-Briggs Personality became a passion four years ago, and was pivotal in her understanding of herself, as well as serving to improve personal and business relationships. Suzanne loves to see how people are profoundly affected by the new perspective this information provides. $60 Registration Required
We all have great stories to tell, but many of us are afraid to share them. Sometimes the difference between being a timid storyteller and an engaging storyteller is just a little expert coaching. We’re offering that to you for free this winter - in this class taught by experienced theatrical director and educator, Dawn Kolden. Why? Because we love stories!. . . and we need storytellers to share their wonderful stories with others during our 3 Stage Flight sessions this season. This is our way of offering an encouraging nudge. Even if you don’t have any intention of ever getting on stage, this class can still help you with your communication and presentation skills. And it will be fun! This one-evening class will offer a safe place for participants to explore storytelling and to be gently coached by an expert. Who knows? You may even decide to share your story on stage! FREE (suggested $5 donation) Registration Required
This unique class will give participants the opportunity to learn to play percussive instruments in a fun musical environment. Instructor David Page is a professional musician who began with the Queens Guards in England, playing for many world tours. David has played with many top performing artists, has participated in stage productions, and has played on movie soundtracks. Beat cabin fever this winter by building some percussive heat & skills. Over four weeks, short 30-minute sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays will let students build percussive skills through watching demonstrations, receiving instruction, and playing together to recorded music. Various percussive instruments will be explored. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments, though some will also be available for use in class. David will be offering 3 four-week sessions this season - register for one or for all three. Session 1 is in January and session 3 will be in March. $42 Registration Required
Whether you’re fascinated with retro chic or just interested in extending your gourmet repertoire, this class is sure
to satisfy. This class will begin with bread and brie baked with nuts and glaze, and move into the creation of two
lovely fondues - spinach and swiss fondue eaten with grapes, apples, and bread and a delectable chocolate fondue sampled with angel food cake, marshmallows, and fruit. Do not eat dinner before attending this class, as you will want to delight your palate and savor every bite! Taught by energetic Boise Grange Homesteading Artist,
Anjel Griggs. Students will also be provided with a lengthy handout including featured recipes and many more to take home. $50 Registration Required
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. $36 Registration Required
The key to a vibrant life and optimal health lies in a thriving gut. It may not be a sexy topic, but gut health can lead you to experience peak wellness in both body and mind. Lack of gut health can lead to reduced energy, brain fog, bloating, weight gain, and other unsavory symptoms. In this class led by Chef Amy, students will be introduced to “superfoods:” foods that promote, support and heal our “second brain.” Chef Amy of Amy’s Whole Foods Creations will discuss foods that boost energy, heal the gut lining, and promote glowing skin and radiant health - from the inside out. Chef Amy will demonstrate the preparation and usage of superfoods that include pro and prebiotics, nutrients that fight free radicals, constituents that provide immune support, and more. Everyone will receive a packet of recipes to take home, in-class sampling, and a surprise gift from Chef Amy. Have fun in the kitchen, dive into experimentation, and learn new skills to nourish yourself and your loved ones! $50 Registration Required
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 2019 theme is “Global Perspectives.” Book titles, in order of discussion, are Climbing the Mango Tree, by Madhur Jaffrey; Eva Luna, by Isabel Allende; Road from Coorain, by Jill K. Conway; The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar; and Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire. Books are provided and a library card is not required. FREE Registration Required - call the library at 634-5522 to register.
Ukulele enthusiasts - here is your chance to bring the sweet mellow sound of the islands into the heart of an alpine winter. Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin. This “jumping flea” was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde. This winter, McCall mountain-dwellers will have the opportunity to extend the reach of the ukulele’s magic into west-central Idaho. Join fellow enthusiasts at the Guild to learn the basics in this set of beginner learning sessions, facilitated by experienced musicians. Come away with the skills to play one or more of your favorite songs. Additional 4-week sessions offered in January and March as well. Register for one or all three. $54 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 EXTRAORDINARY DATES. Storytellers will share their best stories about an extraordinary date. 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! Tickets $7 per person
Have you accumulated thank you notes, birthday cards, receipts, love letters, visual art, or other things on paper that continue to hold meaning and memories for you? Rather than tossing them out as you make space for the new year, shred them and create a beautiful work of art instead. In this workshop, artist Theresa Burkes will guide students through the shredding and collaging of personal mementos into new art mounted on a professionally-finished cradled panel ready for hanging. To add beauty and depth and to seal it forever, a layer of encaustic (beeswax medium) will be applied over each collage. This class also offers a fun way to celebrate both lost and ongoing loves in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Suitable for all skill levels - drawing not required. Don’t forget to bring your paper memorabilia. View Theresa Burkes’ own shredded art and other work at https://www.theresaburkes.com. $38 Registration Required
Join professional real estate agent and McCall native, Will Minshall, for this unique and informative class on real estate in the McCall area. Whether you are a prospective home-buyer, or just want to learn more about the story of land use in our valley, this is the class for you. Will will begin by putting our current real estate climate in context, offering an exploration of land use and real estate history, a look at traditional boom-bust cycles, and how real estate trends have impacted the community and culture of the area. Also explored will be current and near-future real estate concerns and trends. Out of this base will emerge how-to information on how to purchase a home in McCall. $46 Registration Required
Join Kyle Baas, Beer Director at Idaho Wine Merchant, for this delightful class on pairing hard ciders with various cheeses. Kyle will be accompanied by Bistro 45 owner, Eric Hovland, at the cozy bistro for a winter night spent celebrating and enjoying these traditional fruits of harvest. Kyle will guide participants through a brief education on ciders and cheeses, and why particular pairings work. Four categories of pairings will be explored, featuring 3 to 4 ciders and cheeses per category. A side benefit of this class is that it offers a wonderful gluten-free alternative to beer. Must be 21 or older to register for this class. $35 Registration Required
Join local herbalist and licensed cosmetologist Christine Hulse, co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft, to bring the spa home with natural products and practices. This class offers the perfect starting point for replacing chemically-laden beauty products with healthful alternatives. Discuss the impact of lifestyle choices such as diet, stress-management, and sleep on physical appearance - beauty begins within! Discover daily and weekly at-home rituals for radiant skin. Sample relaxing and nourishing spa supports such as soothing music, calming herbal teas, refreshing aromatherapy, and more. Craft your own herbal face masque - customized for unique skin issues - and learn to apply the masque in class. Participants will take home various handmade spa samples - ALL crafted with locally and sustainably-harvested plants. Additional products will be available for in class purchase as well (cash or check). $48 Registration Required
Line up for some boot-stompin’ fun to beat Cabin Fever this winter! Join instructors Char and Vern Faris, Pat Dumont, and Peggy Bryan for this series of 5 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. Peggy Bryan and Pat Dumont have been dancing, assisting, and teaching for several years.
$60 per person Registration Required
We rarely have the opportunity to offer classes in ceramics, though we are asked frequently about this art form. This season, community members will finally have an opportunity to learn to work with clay from an experienced artist. This in-depth pottery workshop will consist of two parts. The first will consist of a two-day workshop in which vessels will be created. The second part, one week later, will consist of one day devoted to glazing the work. Under the expert tutelage of ceramic artist Genie Weppner, students will learn how to hand-build simple vessels using their own designs created in the workshop. They will use these designs to create a pattern or relief on the surface of the vessel they plan to build. The first day will involve a demonstration of how to hand-build the vessel, students creating their designs, and beginning to build the vessels. On day two, students continue with the creation of vessels. One week later, after vessels have been fired to the bisque state, students will return to glaze their work in the final session. Work will then be available for students to pick up after the second firing. Instructor Genie Weppner holds an MFA in Ceramics from University of Miami, FL. She has been working in ceramics since 1978. She enjoys producing sawdust-fired Terra Sigillata ware as well as stoneware pottery that is both functional and beautiful. $130 Registration Required
The Enneagram is a complex map of human psychology and how we engage with the world. Greek for “nine,” ennea refers to nine personality types within the map, represented by the sacred geometry of a star. The nine personality types consist of: 1 is the Reformer, wanting to improve the world; 2 is the Helper, offering love and service; 3 is the ambitious Achiever; 4 - the Individualist - values self-expression and uniqueness; 5s are the Investigators, our scientists and detectives; 6 is the Loyalist, committed to security and responsibility; 7s are the Enthusiasts, spontaneous and fun-loving; 8 is the Challenger who sees what to do and takes charge; 9 represents the easy-going, reassuring Peacemaker. Participants will arrive and sit with their type, always a fun and engaging eye-opener. Each group will share who they are, followed by a larger discussion about growth, regression and shadow, and general Enneagram wisdom facilitated by Renee Silvus. To make this evening a fun and engaging event, as well as a valuable learning experience, we’re offering it for FREE! We need lots of people to make the experience effective. Tell your neighbors and family - bring a friend, spouse, or co-worker. Please know your type before you arrive by visiting www.enneagraminstitute.com to obtain your free online assessment. Alternatively, come 30 minutes early. Please join us for a lively and inspiring evening. Facilitator Renée Silvus brings a blend of perspectives as an educator, therapist, and coach. Sheoffers local classes, retreats, coaching, celebrations, and facilitation with her brand Luminaire. Read more at reneesilvus.com.
FREE ($5 suggested donation) Registration Required
Flanked by the "status" appellations of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras, Cotes du Rhone has remained one of the regions that offers the best value in all of France - if you know what to look for! Join Scott Sprague of Idaho Wine Merchant and Eric Hovland of Bistro 45 to decode this fascinating region and taste some of the best examples available! Must be 21 or older for this class.
$38 Registration Required
Although everyone is interested in eating, people don’t usually think of food as a subject which can tell us a great deal about human culture, values, and psychology. Food has, however, been the subject of much work by humanities scholars and social scientists, and their studies have suggested that “foodways” are intimately tied to people’s sense of identity, and to cultural continuity and change. This Cabin Fever presenation by scholar Susan Swetnam will give audience members an informal introduction to such study of food. It provides a sampler of the kinds of questions that scholars ask, gives examples (from Idaho and beyond) of how food can reflect culture, and invites listeners to think about their own foodways and what they might mean. You’ll never think about dinner (or breakfast, or lunch, or holiday meals) in quite the same way again! Susan Swetnam taught in ISU’s Department of English and Philosophy from 1979 until her retirement in 2013, during that time recognized for outstanding teaching, research, and public service. Over the years she has authored numerous articles and seven books, including collections of personal essays/memoirs, most recently A Season of Little Sacraments (Liturgical Press, 2016) and Books, Bluster, and Bounty (Utah State University Press), which won the Idaho Library Association’s award for Idaho Book of the Year in 2012. On the national level, she has served as a consultant and grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as an evaluator of humanities programs in several other states.
FREE community lecture - no registration required ($5 suggested donation)
Often writers engage with the blank page full of expectation, anticipating an ideal outcome. Yet, such pressure rarely helps produce better results, and frequently banishes coherent ideas entirely. This workshop attempts to banish, instead, the chattering monkey mind and assist you in delving into the greater questions of your work, offering paths into an attentive writing practice that emerges out of the acceptance and peace of meditation. Rumi once wrote that “what you seek is seeking you.” This workshop seeks to open clearer lines of communication between you and your own creative pulse through guided writing exercises, reflection, and discussion. Perfect for the eager new writer looking for clarity, this workshop is also designed for the practiced poet interested in pondering what it means to be a “breath breathing human being.” 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). $85 Registration Required