Willow Basketry Workshop
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Willow Basketry Workshop

April 6-7, 2019

10am-4pm both Saturday and Sunday.

$125 for full weekend, plus $75 material cost

Kids 12+ welcome

Trades available - please email me

Register by March 15

In this two-day workshop, you will learn about harvesting, propagation, storage and preparation of willow for weaving.  Make a round-base basket in shape and size of your choice.  Learn traditional weaves including twining, 3-rod waling, English randing, and 4-rod waled top border.  Choose from three different handle designs and go home with a beautiful willow basket that will last for several generations! 

Returning students:  depending on how full this class gets, I could offer an advanced class for square work, zig-zag weave, and asymmetrical work on the weekend of March 30-31.  Please let me know if you are interested in this.  (If this class doesn't fill up, you can come and we can have a little corner for advanced work!).

Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested.  I will cap this class at 12 students. 

Feel free to email or call with questions: 413-367-8266.  Email me at marylaurenfraser@gmail.com to sign up.

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Women's Chainsaw Workshop
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Women's Chainsaw Workshop

This 2-day workshop is intended for beginners, but could also be a good refresher if you’ve let your skills (and saw) get rusty. You will learn chainsaw safety, what safety gear is needed and what to look for when buying a chainsaw. Learn how to and buck and fell of small (and possibly large) trees safely. PPE required. These are full days, and only light snacks will be provided. Please bring a lunch!

Sessions will include:

• Personal Protective Equipment Review

• Other Safety equipment

• Buying and maintaining a saw

• Demonstrations of safe-felling techniques

• Hands-on opportunity for felling and bucking

• Assessing the safety of the cuts

• Answers to your chainsaw questions!

Cost: $150. Scholarships available through Women of the Maine Outdoors. Space is limited!

Click here to register. For more information, contact Amanda Mahaffey at amanda@forestguild.org, or at 207-432-3701.

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Open House and Clothing Swap
Mar
2
8:00 AM08:00

Open House and Clothing Swap

Do you have a sweater you still haven’t worn this winter? Have your kids already outgrown their back to school clothes? Have you always been curious about the Water Street Learning Center building? Are you coming to Liberty Village for Liberty Tool Co’s opening weekend? Do you love hot drinks and sweet treats?

Or all of the above?

Come down any time during the day on Saturday, March 2nd to get a cup of tea and a cookie and ask a board member for a tour of the building. And take the opportunity to get a head start on your Spring cleaning by bringing your gently used clothes and household items down to WSLC to swap with your neighbors. All ages, all sizes, all genders welcome!

If you would like to drop off items before the big day, they can be left at the home of our closest neighbor, at 19 Water St, any time from now until the morning of the event. You will find instructions on the door.

Happy swapping!

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February Potluck
Feb
23
5:00 PM17:00

February Potluck

For the February installment of our monthly potluck series we are excited to invite you to eat and drink and listen to music by local artist Andy Pottle!

Bring a dish to share, and an instrument if you would like to join in the fun!

See you soon.

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Dead of Winter potluck and variety show
Jan
26
5:00 PM17:00

Dead of Winter potluck and variety show

Now that winter has finally settled in, we hope you will put aside your whittling for a while and join us for a night of music and food. Bring a dish, and an instrument, a poem, or a song to share. Potluck begins at 5, with music by The Liberty and Montville Youth Fiddlers, Thorn & Shout (https://thornandshout.bandcamp.com), Tanner Willow (https://tannerwillow.bandcamp.com), Maisie Newell and Eric Dayan, and anyone else who wants to join in to follow.

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Willow Basketry Workshop
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Willow Basketry Workshop

In this two-day workshop, you will learn about harvesting, propagation, storage and preparation of willow for weaving. Make a round-base basket in shape and size of your choice. Learn traditional weaves including twining, 3-rod waling, English randing, and 4-rod waled top border. Choose from three different handle designs and go home with a beautiful willow basket that will last for several generations!
This class is also available to returning students - come make a different basket! Learn a new handle technique, a different weave such as zig-zag or triple-randing, and review what you learned last year.

Water Street Learning Center in Liberty

December 8-9, 2018

10am-4pm both Saturday and Sunday.

$200 for full weekend, INCLUDES $75 material cost

Kids 12+ welcome

Trades available - pls email me

Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested. I will cap this class at 12 students.

Email marylaurenfraser@gmail.com to sign up.

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Dia de los Muertos
Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Dia de los Muertos

Come help us celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and raise funds to support our ongoing projects, and Mano en Mano, an organization that supports Maine's immigrants and farmworkers.

La Mesa Eatery and Cantina (lamesacantina.com) will provide the makings for delicious tacos, including fresh tortillas made right on the spot. There will also be apple bobbing and face painting (in that order), as well as cider pressing, cookie decorating and more. Feel free to bring apples to press, and a jug to bring home cider. All food and drink is by donation.

If you would like to help us decorate our ofrenda, bring flowers, candles, pictures of friends, family, or anyone important to you who has passed on, or bring something that reminds you of them to place on the altar.

Que vivan los muertos!

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Nov
11
to Nov 12

Willow Basketry workshop

Come learn willow basketry!  Full weekend workshop with Mary Lauren Fraser, Scottish willow basket weaver from Massachusetts and experienced teacher.  Learn traditional weaves such as twining, 3-rod waling and French randing, all with willow.  Any experience level welcome.  Take home one big basket or two smaller ones.  

When: November 11th-12th

Time: 9am-3pm each day

Where: Water Street Learning Center, Liberty

Cost: $75 plus $75 materials fee. $150 Total. 

Some trade is possible.  Ask about kids attending if there is interest!  Please email marylaurenfraser@gmail.com or call at 413-367-8266 with any questions and to sign up!

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Jul
11
9:00 AM09:00

Castles, Dragons, and Fairies

Castles, Dragons and Fairies

July 11, 12, 13, and 18, 19, 20  Tuesdays-Thursdays  9am-1:00pm

Ages 5-9 We will be creating our own castle,  making a dragon costume and fairy houses. Group games, singing, dancing and acting will be part of our time together. We will be on stage to show our parents a final production on the last day.  Your counselors are Lisa Newcomb and Toki Oshima. Please pack a backpack with a snack, lunch and small water bottle. Performance will be Thursday, July 20th at 12:00 noon, following a morning of final preparation. Celebratory Pot Luck snacks to follow. $180

for more information contact Toki Oshima at 549-3820 or tokiartcompany@gmail.com

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Jun
27
9:00 AM09:00

Theater from Top to Bottom

Theater from Top to Bottom

June 27, 28, 29, 30, July 3, (not the 4th), 5 and 6  9am-2pm 

Ages 6-10 Have you ever wanted to act, sing, make costumes and sets? We will do it all in this active camp making a play from scratch, presenting to our parents on the final day. Your counselors are Bill Huntington and Toki Oshima. Please pack a backpack with a snack, lunch and small water bottle. Performance will be Thursday, July 6th at 12:00 noon, following a morning of final preparation. Celebratory Pot Luck snacks to follow.  $250

for more information contact Toki Oshima at 549-3820 or tokiartcompany@gmail.com

 

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Apr
17
4:00 PM16:00

Intro to Bookmaking ages 6-13

In this 4 week long class students will learn about the mechanics of bookmaking through hands on projects and will gain the skills to make their own books using simple methods and materials. Projects include: Simple zines, paper making, Japanese stab binding, & glue bound books. Class meets once a week.

This class has been consolidated! It is now happening on MONDAYS from 4-5 pm for kids ages 6-13. Feel free to drop in for one or two weeks. However it works for you is great! It was really fun last week.

Ages 6-13 Mondays from 4-5pm. $30 plus $5 materials fee. For more information contact Maya at: mcritchfield@coa.edu

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Apr
10
4:00 PM16:00

Intro to Bookmaking (ages 6-13)

In this 4 week long class students will learn about the mechanics of bookmaking through hands on projects and will gain the skills to make their own books using simple methods and materials. Projects include: Simple zines, paper making, Japanese stab binding, & glue bound books. Class meets once a week.

This class has been consolidated! It is now happening on MONDAYS from 4-5 pm for kids ages 6-13. Feel free to drop in for one or two weeks or join for the next three. However it works for you is great! It was really fun last week.

Ages 6-13 Mondays from 4-5pm. $30 plus $5 materials fee. For more information contact Maya at: mcritchfield@coa.edu

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