• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

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    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Ely Winter Festival: Just Do It!

For those of you who don’t know already, when I am not here at Scholastica, I live and work up in Ely, MN.  Hence, you can probably make some pretty obvious deductions about me just from knowing this.  A) I can handle being outside for extended periods of time in even the coldest of conditions B) I can hold a conversation about cars, trucks, and mud-tires with any gear head and C) I am an avid fisher and love hunting. (But, surprisingly, I don’t own a pair of Mukluks). However, there are some aspects to this small town that make it truly unique.  Ely is up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and serves as a cultural mecca for art, nature, and extreme outdoors activities.  Thousands of tourists make their way through Ely every year to experience the beauty of the Boundary Waters, canoe and portage, and enjoy the eclecticness of small town life. 

Each year, Ely holds their annual Winter Festival to showcase the talents of their local artists and beauty of the north woods.  The festival began earlier this week (starting the second) and extends through the weekend into next week.  This year, it is featuring an ice fishing contest, dog sled races, and open tours of various local institutions (such as the Bear and Wolf centers).  However, there are several more major events that really make the festival unique.  The first is a snow sculpting contest, which takes place right in the central city park.  There, artists from the surrounding area sculpt statues of just about anything that strikes their fancy into giant blocks of snow and ice.  These sculptures often take days or a week to construct, and are absolutely amazing to see up close!  Another major event is Ely’s Artwalk.  The artwalk is actually a city-wide event that pours into all of the local businesses, where local artists hang and display their artwork for all customers to view.  In order to see all the art, you must truly take on the “tourist” role and visit all of the shops.  The work is usually themed around Ely’s outdoors and is pretty outstanding.  Finally, there is the Polar Bear dance (formerly known as the Mukluk Ball) that takes place tonight, in fact.  It is a wonderful melding of all of Ely’s “elyite” locals and tourists to enjoy a night of dancing, raffles, and live entertainment.  A great way to cap off the week.

So, all of this is to say that, if given the opportunity to head up to Ely (even if it’s not this year), be sure to check this festival out.  You won’t be disappointed.

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