Archives center offers lessons and workshops


October 21, 2021

The Appelo Archives Center will offer Kantele Lessons in a 3-part series on Saturdays, beginning October 23. Subsequent lessons will be held November 20 and December 18. It is not required to take all three classes.

An introductory session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon for $20 per person.

A Progressive Session will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $30 per person.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., private lessons are available to book at $40 per person.

Call or Email to reserve a spot, 360-484-7103,

Instructor Valerie Klemetti Blessley is a folk harpist who was formally introduced to the kantele in 2001.

She began her studies on kantele in a series of workshops in the Portland, Ore. area, with Wilho Saari, WA State Kantele Master. She also attended multiple workshops with noted kantele teachers from Finland, including Dr. Arja Kastinen, Vilma Timonen, Anna-Karin Korhonen, and Anu Alviola.

She looks forward to introducing people to the kantele every chance she gets, and owns instruments in 5, 10, 11, 29, 36 (koti kantele) and 39 strings (concert kantele). She will bring a variety of kanteles to the workshop so people can see, hear and perhaps even play them.

On Friday, November 4 and Friday, December 3 at 3 p.m., the Archives will host Holiday Centerpiece Workshops presented by Miller Homestead Farms for $25 per person which includes materials and instruction.

Also check their website for updates about the 2021 Harvest Auction Online; they will go live in mid-November.


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