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Register now for classes at the Continental Divide Folk School in NY Mills

Gardens, maple sugar and conversations about the end of life are among the many topics to be addressed in classes at the Continental Divide Folk School in New York Mills this winter and spring.

Among the season's classes is a session on putting a garden in, led by community-supported agriculture producer Kathy Connell of Red Fern gardens near Sebeka. Connell's session will be held at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 am. There is a $5 fee.

A roundtable conversation considering questions and answers about end of life will be presented at the center on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Panelists will address spiritual, legal, medical, psychological, and practical issues that arise when a family member or friend reaches the end of her or his life. The panel will include a regional physician, hospice nurse, judge, social worker, funeral home director, minister, and builder of coffins and caskets. There is no fee for this class.

Maple sugar camp will be held at the Bob and Ingrid Sonnenberg farm on the north side of NY Mills on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. This course is for anyone interested in learning the traditional process of tapping maple trees and boiling the sap to make maple syrup. The fee for this two-day class is $10; students are admitted free of charge.

Many other classes are scheduled for this spring, including weaving using a double heddle loom, mosaic art, and artisan bread baking.

Registration is open to everyone. Find more information online at or visit or call the cultural center at 385-3339.