Community Offerings


_SAM0864Spoon Carving Circle – Every Month

Organizers: Terry Beck and Tom Wheeler
The night before Valentine’s Day, 2014, six people gathered in the Driftless Folk School’s intimate office space for the first monthly DFS Carving Circle.  The event attracted all ages and experience levels – from veteran carver to curious onlooker turned carving convert.  

All carving projects are welcome: bow-making, chip carving, and whittling, though spoon carving remains the most common. Bring some wood and a carving tool or two. If you don’t have any wood or tools, come anyway. Someone will share wood, loan you tools, and if you’re hooked, sell you a carving starter kit. If interested, contact the registrar to be included in the monthly email reminders from Terry.

Dates: Second Thursday every Month

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Cost: $2 per person to cover space use fees

Location: Viroqua, WI



Gays Mills Second Saturday Contra Dance

Dance enthusiasts and old-time musicians

Gays Mills Second Saturday Square Dance is a long-standing community event. Friends and neighbors gather to dance and listen to live music. Local dance callers provide instruction for squares, contras, and circle dances. Waltzes and polkas are also available. No experience is necessary so beginners are welcome, as well as families and singles. Dancing is social, friendly and fun!

Dates: 2nd Saturday of the month, Sept-May (May dance is on Friday to kick off the Gays Mills folk fest)

Time: 7:30-10:30 pm

Location: Old Community Building, 212 Main Street, Gays Mills, WI

Cost: $3.00 suggested donation

More Info: Jane Keeley  608-735-4740


Fishing for Dinner

Theresa Stabo: Organizer

Are you interested in sustainable, local foods? Did you miss the fishing boat as a kid? It’s not too late to learn how to reel in dinner. Sign up for a class to learn basic fishing skills and where to find fishable waters close to home.

Join the WI DNR for a weekend class at the Driftless Folk School. On Friday, learn about the waters in this area, the species that live in them, and how to access them. On Saturday, get dryland practice on how to use a spinning rod and how to select baits and lures before we head to the water. Also, get a taste of the fine art of fly fishing. Finally, learn how to cook the catch at a potluck meal on Sunday. From Wisconsin waters to your plate!

Date: 7/14/2017 – 7/16/2017

Time: Class starts on Friday at 5pm, and runs until Sunday at 5pm

Registration: email or call 608-266-2272.

Registration Deadline: 6/30/2017

Cost: $35

Location: Driftless Folk School Campus, La Farge, WI

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Viroqua Harvest Parade and Celebration

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the streets of downtown Viroqua will be filled once again with huge puppets, stilt walkers, musicians, and more for the annual Viroqua Harvest Parade. Ever since 2010, the Harvest Parade’s mission has been to build community, foster connections in the arts, and provide artistic opportunities to youths and adults by organizing and building an annual human-powered parade. After the parade, head over to the Harvest Celebration at a Viroqua park for music, food, and more entertainment.

Date: 10/14/2017 (Second Saturday of October)

Time: 2:00

Location: Main Street, Viroqua