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Spanish - Keep It Simple Evening
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Spanish - Keep It Simple Evening


with Patricia Mailman

Come to this one session class to see that learning Spanish can be easy when taught using a common-sense approach. When you leave, you’ll know how to construct basic sentences, having the ability and confidence to carry on a conversation at the breakfast table. (So bring a friend.)

Two long-time Maine educators felt there was a need for a simpler program for those just starting out, or having already tried but became frustrated. Spanish-Keep It Simple is very user-friendly so makes it perfect for independent learners. Book/audio CD will be offered at an introductory rate of $20 the night of class. Choose only one date for your class.

Making a Weighted Blanket
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Making a Weighted Blanket


with Jena Eaton-Burke

Always wanted a weighted blanket and could not find one. Well you are in luck. Come make a blanket of your own. Sewing knowledge is required.

Supply list:

  • 1.5 yards top fabric (42” wide)
  • 1.5 yards bottom fabric (42” wide)
  • 1.5 yards light weight batting
  • 6 lbs. poly fill pellets
  • Thread

Sewing machines are available upon request.

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with Jill Braceland

This seminar is designed to offer organizing strategies to start your downsizing efforts. Establish your project priorities, learn what supplies you might need, and set realistic time constraints. Leave with an action plan.

Invasive Bittersweet Basket


with Zach Rouda

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
Invasive, round-leafed bittersweet is a creeping vine with inedible berries that is considered invasive in North America. Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, and not readily favored by birds, bittersweet is a largely useless bane on wild land. We can use traditional harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild; harvesting material for baskets while controlling and suppressing future damaging growth. Learn to make a strong, beautiful basket of invasive round-leaf bittersweet! We’ll cover identification, responsible collection, material processing and storage, and creation, including the basics of stake-and-strand twining and weaving.
Balsam Fir Kissing Ball Workshop
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Balsam Fir Kissing Ball Workshop


with Lorraine Lindstedt

Create a gift, bring the fragrance of Christmas into your home and keep Maine green this Christmas. Using materials provided, you will make a beautiful, 16” full  arrangement of Maine balsam decorated with red ribbons. Your kissing ball is designed to be hung in an archway or outdoors. It will remain fresh throughout the holidays and beyond. After the holidays, recycle the balsam in a fragrant sachet.

Materials provided: Freshly picked Maine Balsam Fir from our local woodlot, red ribbon, kissing ball form.

Supply list: gloves and small hand pruners.

Additional supplies available.

Material fee $11 payable to instructor CASH only.

Instructor: Our instructors are experienced wreath makers, crafters and educators. Presented by Woodlot Management & Products, a family owned and operated tree farm.

Just ONCE Piano for Busy People


with Don Pride

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. And you can learn all the chords you’ll need to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop.

A $29 Textbook and Practice DVD is payable to instructor the night of class.

Beginners Book Making Workshop
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Beginners Book Making Workshop


with Rebecca Cote

In this 3 part beginners bookmaking workshop, we will learn how a book is put together by deconstructing a forgotten book, then remaking it to serve a functional purpose-the Folio Book, for all those unorganized papers. Transferring our new understanding of book construction, we will make our own workbook or journal from scratch-the Spine Book. We will also make books as functional art pieces and explore different ways to make eye catching forms with meaningful content- the Art of the Fold Book. Please bring an Old Coffee Table Book. 

Christmas at the Castle: Castle in the Clouds
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Christmas at the Castle: Castle in the Clouds


with Sue De Cesare

Welcome to Tom and Olive Plant’s mountaintop estate, Lucknow, built in 1913-1914 high in the Ossipee Mountain Range. Known as Castle in the Clouds since its opening to the public in 1959, the house is an unusual example of Arts and Crafts architecture in New England, expressing that aesthetic movement’s philosophy of living in harmony with nature. Designed by the architectural firm of J. Williams Beal & Sons of Boston, the house not only exhibits skilled hand craftsmanship in every aspect of its interior and exterior, but also features a number of technological innovations of the early 20th century.

Groups will enjoy a self-guided tour of the Estate, visit the Gift Shop, Carriage House and Art Gallery. An Artisan Fair featuring local, handmade wares will take place in the Carriage House where guests can get a jump start on their holiday shopping. Lunch service is available as walk in from 11:00am to 3:00pm also in the Carriage House.


  • leaves from Park & Ride at Exit 32 at 8:30am
  • leaves the Castle at 3:00pm
  • returns to Park & Ride at Exit 32 at approximately 4:30pm

Groups of 4 or more $52 per person use Promo Code "Castle".

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