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.

In this three-part interactive program, students will learn:  1) the importance of basic elements needed for successful, environmentally responsible gardening and how to enhance their use; 2) what you have to work with and how to optimize use of your site regardless of size and conditions and 3) plants and natural elements that provide you with a creative palette from which to work.  Bob's daughter, Mary Kirk Cunningham, will join him for a discussion on involving children in creative gardening.  She is a kindergarten teacher who actively involves her students in a school garden.

Cost:  $30 per person ($28.50 for LVA members (use discount code CG18LVA at checkout when purchasing online))

Hours:  9 a.m. to Noon

Register for Creative Gardening

Learn the art of rug hooking with wool artist Janice Sonnen.  You will learn everything needed to complete a hooked bunny pouch for the spring.  Everything to complete the project will be supplied; please bring scissors and your own lunch.

Author and fiber artist Janice Sonnen teaches rug hooking, rug braiding, and penny rug making throughout Pennsylvania.  She is a juried member of Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and very active with the Reading Berks chapter of the guild.  Janice has been selected many times for the honor of being included in the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.

Cost:  $85.00 ($80.75 for LVA members (use discount code RHJS18LVA when registering online)

Hours:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (please bring your own lunch)

Register for Rug Hooking Class

Learn to make more complex candies, such as chocolate-covered cherries and feuillettes. You will also learn to temper chocolate - "from scratch!"

Class runs on both February 3, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and February 4, from Noon to 4:30. Possible allergens include peanuts and tree nuts.

This class builds on the knowledge learned from previous classes, but is open to those who have not taken "The Practical Chocolatier" previously. If you know how to temper chocolate and know the basics of how sugar crystals form, you should be able to take this class.

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 CHOC18LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Sunday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Register for Advanced Chocolate Workshop online

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 BSMTH18LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

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

Register for the Blacksmithing class online

Students taking this class will learn the basics of cooking on an open hearth and in a bake oven.  The class will make a selection of foods featured in the museum's cooking demonstrations.  Lunch will be provided in class.  Please wear natural fibers.

Cost: $100.00 ($95.00 for LVA members (use code IOH18LVA at checkout when purchasing online))

Hours: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Register for the Introduction to Open Hearth Cooking class online

Landis Valley tinsmith Beth Feaser will show you the basics of tin punching and twisting in this workshop.  You will have the opportunity to make several projects:  luminaries, ornaments, and other pieces.  Bring old scissors or wire cutters, an ice pick or an awl, and a hammer.

Beth Feaser has been a demonstrating artist at Landis Valley for twenty years.  She has been a tinsmith for even longer!

Cost:  $40 ($38 for LVA members (use code PCHTN18LVA at checkout when purchasing online))

Hours:  1 - 4 p.m.

Register online for Basics of Tinsmithing workshop

You know how there are some toys that get old right away and some that captivate the attention for hours? With this class, you will learn to make your choice of captivating, mind-bending wooden toys that were popular in the 1800's. These toys are great for kids and adults alike.

Larry Hess is a retired educator who loves to teach about mechanics. He has volunteered at Landis Valley for many years, especially at Harvest Days, and has served many terms on the Landis Valley Associates board.

Cost:  $75 ($71.25 for LVA members (use code WTLH18LVA at checkout when purchasing online))

Hours:  9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Register online for 19th Century Wooden Toys workshop

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 BSMTH18LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

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

Register for the Blacksmithing class online

Students taking this class will make a selection of dishes using both the open hearth and the bake oven.  Learn to make a hearty whole wheat bread, Philadelphia trout chowder, lemon curd over the open hearth, and more!

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 3, 2018.

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. - 4:30 p.m.

Register for the Advanced Hearth Cooking class online

Learn the art of Scherenschnitte with well-known artist Pam Hults.  Make a project from start to finish, including the frame.

Cost:  $75.00 ($71.25 for LVA members)

Hours:  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Register online for Scherenschnitte

Learn the art of penny rug applique with wool artist Janice Sonnen.  Everything to complete the Spring-themed applique box project will be provided.  Please bring scissors and a lunch.

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. 

Cost:  $70.00 ($66.50 for LVA members (use code WFPR18LVA at checkout when purchasing online))

Hours:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for Penny Rug Applique Box online

Gardeners have praised the four-square garden design for centuries and with good reason.  Christie will demonstrate how this design can create an attractive garden that incorporates vegetables, herbs and fruits.  The program will cover crop rotation, succession sowing, inter-planting and techniques for crop spacing and support.

Christie Higginbottom is a garden research historian from Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.  She writes and consults on historic gardens and their interpretation, antique plants and herb use.  Christie presents garden programs for the Village at museums and historic sites and to garden clubs, schools and libraries.

Cost:  $30.00 ($28.50 for LVA members (enter 4SQ18LVA discount code when ordering online))

Hours:  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Class size limit:  50

Register for Traditional Four-Square Kitchen Gardening online

A number of highly influential innovations that are easily recognized across the country had their beginnings among the PA Germans in Lancaster County.  These include the Conestoga wagon, the long rifle, and log building construction.  Pieces from the Landis Valley collections will be featured in this presentation.

Cost:  $30.00 ($28.50 for LVA members (use code PGI18LVA when checking out online))

Hours:  9 a.m. - Noon

Class size limit:  30

Register online for the PA German Innovations workshop

Winter can be long and tedious--or it can be a time to challenge your brain and learn something new!

In this interactive class, you will learn the history of 1800's toys, and their importance to children and their families during long winter days and nights. You will have the opportunity to interact with these toys and, also, you will be able to assemble several toys (puzzles and critical thinking toys) to take with you.

Cost:  $30.00 ($28.50 for Landis Valley Associates members (use code WPTM18LVA when purchasing online)

Hours:  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Class size limit:  30

Register online for Winter Pastimes workshop

In the 1930's, Henry Landis wrote that his Landis Valley collection was a reminder of the early days:  how people lived, what they did and what they had to do it with.  He lamented that "every day these relics of a former day are leaving the county, never to return."

Today, brothers Henry and George Landis would be surprised to see contemporary models of the discarded equipment they purchased at local auctions almost a century ago.

With the growth of the local food movement and the expansion of produce farming here in Lancaster County, there is a growing industry for the manufacture of field equipment designed for draft horses or small tractors.

Join a "behind the scenes" look at the old and learn about contemporary models currently being manufactured here in Lancaster County.  Dale Stoltzfus, from the Community of Oasis at Bird in Hand and the marketing manager for Horse Progress Days, will join Joe Schott, farm and garden manager here at Landis Valley, for an afternoon presentation and tour of the Farm machinery and Tool Barn, bringing the old alongside the contemporary.  The innovation of past centuries is still the basis for present day manufacturing.  Learn how the left-turning plow in the 1700's changed farming practice and take a look at new models being used by produce farmers today.

Cost:  $30.00 ($28.50 for Landis Valley Associates members (use code HDE18LVA when purchasing online))

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Class size limit:  30

Register online for Turning New Furrows

 

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:  $37.00 ($35.25 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Scratched Eggs workshop

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 BSMTH18LVA at checkout when purchasing online)

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

Register for the Blacksmithing class online

Welcome Spring by making a cozy needle felted bird's nest with pretty blue eggs! No experience necessary, local fiber artist and instructor Lisa Haldeman will walk you through this fun and easy craft step by step! The class will be 2-3 hrs long. All materials are included and additional kits will be available to purchase after class. *as needles are very sharp this class is limited to participants 12 and over.

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville and Hope at Hand Ministry (various locations) and has recently begun offering felting classes at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting.

Cost:  $41.00 ($39.00 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Needle Felting

In this class, we will walk you through twelve oils of the Bible.  You will learn how essential oils effect the body and how to use them.  You will make an oil rug, room spray, diffuser and aromatherapy inhaler.  You will also receive a bonus gift!

Mandy and Melanie started Antique It Candles as co-owners to provide for their families.  They are a small, local candle company that is growing in Lancaster, PA.  They make handmade soy candles and tarts with great color and scent.  All the candles are hand-poured by them locally.  They use natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and maximum scent in each candle.  The jars they use are made with recycled glass and can be reused.

Cost:  $85.00 ($80.75 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Essential Oils of the Bible workshop

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. Cost 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 per person

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for the Grafting Workshop

All of Denise's workshops begin with an introduction to Pennsylvania redware, including a demonstration using a rolling pin, circle cutter and mold to create a plate; and the two decorating techniques, sgraffito and slip-trailing, used by the 17th through 19th century Pennsylvania German potters.  She has books for ideas or you may bring your own; she has all the tools required to complete your designs.  No prior experience is required.

Denise Wilz has been creating Pennsylvania redware since 2002.  She has a degree in Studio Art from Moravian College and was a computer programmer and craft hobbyist prior to embarking on a career as a potter.  She is a Master Artisan in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and is the current president of its Lehigh Valley chapter.  She has been included in the 2017 Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life magazine; her work was featured in the Christmas issues of 2006 and 2007.  Her article on Pennsylvania redware was published in the Pottery Making Illustrated March/April 2008 issue and it has been included in three additional publications by the American Ceramic Society in 2008, 2015, and 2016.

Cost:  $95.00 ($90.25 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Sgraffito on a Redware Plate workshop

In this class, you will learn the 7-step hand-caning method.  Each student will take home a lovely hand-caned stool at the end of the class.  Instructions and materials are included.

Patti has been caning and weaving seats since the 1980's.  She learned the art of caning and seat weaving from her mother.  Patti regularly demonstrates caning, seat weaving at various venues, including Landis Valley, Fort Hunter, and the York Fair.  She belongs to the Seatweavers' Guild.

Cost:  $120.00 ($114 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Beginning Chair Caning

Rug hooking has often been referred to as the only authentic American craft.  During this one-day workshop, learn the basic techniques and several ways to finish a piece. You will also learn to transfer a design and how to prepare and cut wool strips. While you work on your project, instructor Mary Lynne Naples will lecture on topics related to rug hooking.  

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, having served as a regional representative. 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:  $95.00 ($90.25 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Rug Hooking

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.