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Winter Learning for Adults

Winter is a perfect time for learning--the weather's cold, the garden is sleeping, and summer vacation is far away. Take a day (or two) to learn the basics of some of Landis Valley's most popular crafts and trades with our introductory classes.  Or, you could take your gardening to the next level with one of our specialty horticulture classes.  Either way, your winter will be exciting, fresh, and inspiring.

Click on the individual dates for more information about the class.  Registration can be made by phone, e-mail, or online via Brown Paper Tickets, a fair trade ticketing company.  Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express accepted for online payments.  Credit card orders will be charged an additional $0.99, plus a 3.5% credit card processing fee and all credit card orders will be processed through Brown Paper Tickets.  You will receive a confirmation from Brown Paper Tickets.  Links to registration pages follow the class descriptions.

Heirloom Seed Project Class:  Propagation of annual and perennial plants by seed, cuttings, layering, and division will be covered through use of a one hour overview presentation followed by an optional hands-on workshop.  Plants and seeds that can be started at home will be used in the workshop.  Workshop attendees will take home a nice selection of the seeds and plants that they have planted during the workshop.

Cost:  $30 per person

Hours:  9 a.m. to Noon

Register for Plant Propagation & Workshop

Museum Store Class:  This class will learn about graphics typically used by early PA German craftsmen and apply them to a mini blanket chest. Christian Selzer worked in Dauphin County creating painted chests that today are highly prized by collectors. This class will paint tulips in a pot on each of two white panels in the manner of Selzer in the spirit of Dutch folk art exuberance.

Students will receive a box to paint, paints to use in class but should purchase their own brushes to bring to class. Easily purchased at Michaels, we will need a Zen acrylic Level 2, 20/0 liner brush, Zen acrylic Level 2, 4 shader brush, Zen acrylic Level 2, 0 round brush, exacto knife and a soft lead pencil.

Workshop instructor Jim King has a BA in art form Goshen College, Goshen, IN. He began studying vinegar painting in the 1980's when he became inspired by grain painting antiques he was collecting. He purchased blanket chests in disrepair at auctions and flea markets and then restored them and applied vinegar painted surfaces. He had difficulty finding smaller chests and started having Old Order cabinetmakers copy his antiques, which he then grain painted using a variety of traditional techniques.

Cost:  $75.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Wood Graining Class


Museum Store Class:
 Learn the art of rug hooking with wool artist Janice Sonnen.  Janice has specialized in hooked rugs and penny rugs for many years. She is  a member of the Pennsylvania Craftsman Guild and named to the Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts many times. Everything to complete the project will be supplied.

Cost:  $50.00

Hours:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Register for Rug Hooking Class

Craft & Trade Class: 

Chocolate candies are a delicate balance in chemistry, but one that is attainable by anyone.  Dr. Susan Richman will show you the steps to make creamy and crunchy centers on the first day.  On the second day, you’ll learn to temper chocolate and then enrobe the centers that survived the tastings.  You’ll make:

  • Salted Caramel
  • Toffee
  • Opera Cream
  • Fresh Marshmallow

Only high quality milk and dark chocolate that meets Dr. Richman’s exacting standards will be used (she’ll show you where to get it).  Candies can be frozen to give as gifts throughout the year.

This is the most delicious chemistry class you’ll ever take—one that involves very little math, too!

Cost: $150.00 ($142.50 for LVA members (use code TPC17LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.

Register for The Practical Chocolatier Class online

Craft & Trade Class: Learn about shop safety, techniques for lighting and maintaining a coal fire, hammer control, drawing out, scrolling, fullering, half face blows, and riveting as you complete your project. Hot punching, hot cutting, and forge welding will also be covered.

Cost: $80.00 (76.25 for LVA members (use code BSM17LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for the Blacksmithing class online

Craft & Trade Class: This class is meant for individuals who have little to no experience cooking with an open hearth fireplace. Students will have the chance to use the various cooking implements as they make a selection of recipes that will result in a late afternoon meal for the class.

Cost: $90.00 ($86.25 for LVA members (use code OHC17LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for the Introduction to Open Hearth Cooking class online

Craft & Trade Class:  White day caps were fashionable and practical accessories for both 18th and 19th century women. They could be plain or fancy, but were always useful for keeping hairstyles and hats in place.

In the first half of the workshop, participants will receive a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Landis Collections Gallery and informative session about the history of womans caps, the fabrics that made them, and the care of historic headwear. Students will be able to closely examine rarely seen historic caps from the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum collection.

A short introduction will allow participants to examine original caps of the period. Each will choose a desired cap style. Cap fabric will be either linen or cotton and available in several different weaves. Various construction techniques will ensure that each cap will be unique. Caps will be hand stitched and all needed stitches will be taught. Hand sewing experience is helpful, but not required.

Cost:  $100.00 (96.25 for LVA members (use code HDC17LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

Hours:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Register for Woman's Day Cap Workshop

Craft & Trade Class: Get swept away as you work and have fun in this beginner's session. You'll make three or four brooms--a cobweb broom and hearth broom and more--all in the Appalachian style of weave. Wear comfortable clothing that can get stained.  Please bring an apron and a good pair of scissors.

Walter Hand is the broom maker at Landis Valley and has been making brooms for over a decade. He makes brooms of all different styles with wood or metal handles. In addition to events such as Herb & Garden Faire and area craft shows, he sells his brooms at the Landis Valley Museum Store.

Cost: $155.00 ($148.75 for LVA members (use code BSM17LVA at checkout when purchasing online))

Hours: Saturday, February 11, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Sunday, February 12, Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Register for the Broom Making class online

Craft & Trade Class: Learn about shop safety, techniques for lighting and maintaining a coal fire, hammer control, drawing out, scrolling, fullering, half face blows, and riveting as you complete your project. Hot punching, hot cutting, and forge welding will also be covered.

Cost: $80.00 (76.25 for LVA members (use code BSM17LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for the Blacksmithing class online

Craft & Trade Class: This class is aimed at the individual who has spent some time around an open hearth and a bake oven before and wants to go beyond the basics. We will spend two days in the Tavern cooking and baking dishes that will take more time and skill to prepare than the dishes made in the introduction class.

This is a two-day class: Saturday, February 11, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 12, from Noon - 4:30 p.m.

This class is definitely for those who have taken an open hearth class before. If you have not had experience with open hearth cooking, we also offer the Introduction to Hearth Cooking class on February 4, 2017.

Dan Silfies is a living history interpreter at Landis Valley Museum who specializes in historic foodways and inkle weaving. He graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in History and a minor in Pennsylvania German Studies.

Cost: $170.00 ($163.75 for LVA members (use code AOH17LVA at checkout when purchasing online))

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.

Register for the Advanced Hearth Cooking class online

Craft & Trade Class: Paper marbling is at least a millenium old and, for much of that time, it has been practiced in secrecy. Paper marbling was quite popular from the 16th century to the mid-19th century and adorned official documents, ledgers, end papers of books and even currency.

Landis Valley educator Rebecca Gray-O'Dell graduated from Millersville University with a degree in education. In her years at Landis Valley, she has learned many historic crafts that she has passed on to children and adults alike. Her current specialty is natural plant dyes.

Cost: $105.00 ($101.25 for LVA members (use code BPM17LVA at checkout when purchasing online))

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for the Paper Marbling class online

Museum Store Class:  Create a feather tree to add a Victorian flavor to your Christmas decorating in this very popular two-session class.  Bring wire cutters, tacky glue, a ruler, scissors, and paper clips or spring clothespins; all other materials are included.

Cost:  $45.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m. both days

Register for Feather Tree Classes

Museum Store Class:  Learn about this traditional textile craft while making your own small wool applique penny rug.  Instructor Janice Sonnen has specialized in hooked rugs and penny rugs for many years. She is  a member of the Pennsylvania Craftsman Guild and named to the Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts many times. Everything to complete the project will be supplied.

Cost:  $35.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Wool Felt Penny Rug Workshop

Heirloom Seed Project Workshop:  Numerous non-native species of insects impact our forests, landscapes and farms. Tim Abbey will discuss why these species become a problem, the impact they have, and potential methods for managing their populations.

Tim Abbey is an entomologist and the Commercial Horticulture Educator and Green Industry Team Member at Penn State Extension in York, Pa. He educates nursery and landscape care personnel on the basics of establishing an integrated pest management (IPM) program in eight counties around the Capitol Region. He is also a Master Gardener trainer and gives lectures on ornamental insect pests.

Cost:  $20.00

Hours:  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Class size limit:  50

Register for "Invasion!" Workshop

Heirloom Seed Project Workshop:  Kenny Point and William Padilla-Brown will discuss mushroom cultivation for home growers. The presentation will include both the indoor cultivation of mushrooms using recycled materials such as coffee grounds, newspaper or straw as well as the outdoor cultivation of mushrooms on hardwoods, logs and wood scraps. Mushroom varieties will include oyster, shitake and garden giants.

Kenny Point is an organic gardener in Harrisburg, a Backyard Fruit Grower and blogger at VeggieGardeningTips.com. William Padilla-Brown, MycoSymbiotics LLC., Lemoyne, PA, offers training courses in urban mushroom farming.

Cost:  $20.00

Hours:  10 a.m. - Noon

Class size limit:  25

Register for Lo-Tech Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Heirloom Seed Project Workshop:  Joe will focus on helping participants fill their gardens with plants tailor-made for their area's unique conditions.  He will show how the Heirloom Seed Project at Landis Valley grows, harvests and stores heirloom seeds.  Joe has a wealth of practical knowledge on growing and preserving seeds and will provide discussion time to address participants' questions.

Joe Schott is manager of the Farm & Garden Program at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum.  The Heirloom Seed Project at the museum is responsible for collecting and preserving seeds that the Pennsylvania Germans grew in Southeastern Pennsylvania prior to 1940.  These seeds are all open pollinated and can produce the same crop every year.

Cost:  $20.00

Hours:  10 a.m. - Noon

Class size limit:  20

Register for Seed Saving Workshop

Heirloom Seed Project Workshop:  Landscape designer Bob Goodhart will discuss the nine characteristics of an environmentally friendly and beneficial landscape. These characteristics can be adapted for landscaping at your home, orchard or farm. He will give design recommendations and discuss the basics of a sustainable landscape maintenance plan.

Bob Goodhart is a life-long gardener. He retired form the Army with 25 years of service, has had a landscape business since 1991, and was Christopher Newport University's landscape advisor until 2007. He and his wife, Sally, retired to Lancaster, where he volunteers in the Heirloom Seed Project at Landis Valley.

Cost:  $20.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Class size limit:  50

Register for Environmentally Friendly Landscapes Workshop

Heirloom Seed Project Workshop:  Naturalist Debbie Naha will begin with an indoor power point presentation and then head outside (yes, in February) to stalk and talk about the wild edibles that you can find. Come prepared with appropriate winter clothing.

Debbie Naha is a naturalist with an undergraduate degree in Biology, and a Master's degree in Food and Nutrition from New York University. She is also a Certified Master Gardener, a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, and a high school teacher. Debbie's specialty is wild edible plants. She has been foraging local woods and fields for decades. Her degree in Biology, along with advanced training in nutrition, combine to provide a unique approach to appreciating the wild edible plants of our area.

Cost:  $20.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Class size limit:  25

Register for Wild Edibles Workshop

Heirloom Seed Project Workshop:  Steve will begin indoors with a thorough handout and discussion of pruning principles. Participants will then carpool to receive hands-on training pruning apple trees in a nearby orchard. Dress warmly and bring pruners and saws, if you have them. Rain or shine.

Cost:  $20.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Class size limit:  25

Register for Apple Tree Pruning Basics Workshop

Museum Store Class:  Learn the Pennsylvania German technique of etching delicate holiday designs onto a naturally dyed egg.  Landis Valley workshop leader and master dyer Linda Taylor will also teach you about different color dyes as you work.  All materials included.

Cost:  $30.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Scratched Eggs Class

Museum Store Class:  Learn how to use a punch needle with local teacher Susan Burd. The project will be a colonial penny flower design. The kit will include a full color pattern packet, design drawn on weaver's cloth, 7 balls of hand dyed Valdani threads. Each student will need to have a 10" Morgan locking hoop, a Cameo ultra punch needle set and a pair of small sharp embroidery scissors...no kitchen shears

Cost:  $75.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Punch Needle Class

Museum Store Class:  Nationally known author and speaker Susan Benjamin talks about her newest book, Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America's Pleasure, and shares the colorful history of candy making in the United States--with samples! Her book will be available for purchase in the Landis Valley Museum Store.

Cost:  $20.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for "Sweet as Sin" Class

Heirloom Seed Project Workshop:  Grow your own orchard from apples you graft yourself. Learn how to take a living stick of one type of apple tree and splice it onto a completely different variety of apple tree at this make and take class. $30 per person and includes 2 trees. Loads of apple varieties to choose from.

This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Backyard Fruit Growers, a volunteer organization of fruit growing enthusiasts. The informal association of Backyard Fruit Growers began in 1990 as an exchange of information for amateurs and others in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who wish to produce excellent fruit for the family, and to respect the backyard environment. Members get together four times a year at seasonal meetings (Winter, Spring Grafting, Summer Orchard Tour, Fall Apple Tasting) to share ideas and fellowship.

Members of the Back Yard Fruit Growers should consult their newsletter for details concerning the morning session.

Cost:  $30.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Grafting Workshop

Museum Store Class:  Basic brushstrokes come together to form flowers, birds, and more as you create six original painted greeting cards and envelopes.

Few artists know tole like Pat Oxenford, who has been creating art for more than three decades. She specializes in tole painting designing and decorating all types of traditional tinware, using authentic 1700, 1800 and early 1900s designs and patterns, including but not limited to trays, document boxes, coffeepots, tea pots, spice canisters, etc. In addition to teaching at the Landis Valley Museum Store, she teaches classes in Early American Tole and Decorative Painting at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

Cost:  $30.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Tole Painting Workshop

Museum Store Class:  Tin-punching is a colonial art form that came to America from the British Isles. Because it was inexpensive, tin was a favorite metal to craft candleholders, lanterns, cookie cutters, ornaments, and other light metalwork meant to be used regularly.

In this 3-hour class, Landis Valley Tinsmith Beth Feaser will teach you about cutting, punching, and finishing off a tin ornament. This is a great craft and it's even better when learned with friends!

Cost:  $30.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Tin Punching Class

Museum Store Class:  The creators of Antique it Candles, Melanie and Mandy, will walk you through the world of essential oils. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance. Make 4 products that will be focused on stress relief and relaxation, an aroma therapy Inhaler, Room Spray. Salt scrub and Hand Soap.

Cost:  $40.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Register for Essential Oils Workshop

Museum Store Class:  It's a simple form of decorating, but it is unique to Pennsylvania. You'll take wool yarn, a needle, a tin pattern, and a square of wool and create a fluffy pattern.

In a time when folk art is often machine made, the uniquely PA Dutch art of Star Embroidery de Schtaan is disappearing. Shirley Sacks, of Fleetwood, PA, has made it her mission to save it. Her class on Star Embroidery de Schtaan during the Kutztown Folk Festival was featured in the Reading Eagle on July 7, 2016.

Cost:  $40.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Register for Star Embroidery de Schtaan class

Museum Store Class:  During this one-day workshop, learn the basic techniques and the history of traditional rug hooking and several ways to finish a piece. You will also learn to transfer a design and how to prepare and cut wool strips. Pre-registration is required.

About the instructor:

Mary Lynne Naples has been hooking since 2001 when she retired from a 30-year teaching career. She is a member of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists. She enjoys demonstrating at local events, speaking about rug hooking for community groups, and teaching beginners. She is a member of the Woolwrights ATHA chapter and the Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild.

Cost:  $55.00

Hours:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Rug Hooking class


Important Registration Information

Registrations are accepted by mail, e-mail, phone, and online via Brown Paper Tickets, a fair trade ticketing company, and are recorded in order of arrival.  Some classes fill quickly, so please indicate a second choice when registering by mail, phone, or e-mail.

Refunds will be given up to one week prior to the class.  Refunds requested before that time will be issued, less a $20 non-refundable processing fee.  We reserve the right to cancel a class due to insufficient registration.  Students can make another choice or receive a full refund.  A letter confirming your registration will be mailed or e-mailed.

Note:  Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodation should call the museum at 717-569-0401 in advance to discuss their needs.  PA TDD relay service is available at 1-800-654-5984.