Discover the culture of upstate New York through walking tours, hands-on workshops, and bus trips to exciting destinations. Check back regularly for new programs!

Craft Workshops and Tastings


Workshop: Wool Applique
Saturday, February 16 – 12pm @ Mabee Farm • $45 includes materials

Wool applique is an easy, relaxing and portable craft. Join our instructor, Paula Ross, for an intro to wool applique, penny rugs, hand dyeing and felting wool. Students will be provided with a kit for an 8×10″ wool applique piece, and will learn about needle choices, basic and decorative stitches, and where to purchase and collect materials.

Workshop: Delft Plates
Saturday, Feb 23 – 10am @ Mabee Farm • $30 includes materials
SCHS curator Suzy Fout will discuss the history of delft ceramics, using examples from the SCHS collection. Participants will decorate their own plates to take home.

Workshop: Basic Beading
Saturday, March 2 – 10am @ Mabee Farm • $55 includes materials
Learn how to make and finish a necklace, bracelet and earring set like a pro! In this five-hour workshop, taught by certified jeweler Tina Feather Souilliard, students will learn basic wire wrapping and beading, how to use a design board and tools, and will be introduced to design and crafting techniques. Materials will be provided in kits with a variety of choices and color schemes. Wire wrapping can take several practice attempts, and materials will be provided to ruin in this process until a nice wrap is established.

Tasting: Drink the Seasons: Ides of March
Friday, March 15 – 6pm @ Brouwer House • $25
It’s the Ides of March, a day celebrating the first full moon of the new year. And indeed, spring is on its way! Led by historian John Gearing, we’ll sample a variety of seasonal
libations, made with locally grown ingredients. Get cozy in Schenectady’s oldest home as we welcome spring! This workshop is offered seasonally, and you can register at a discounted rate of $80 for all four (June 27, October 3, December 12).

Workshop: Hooked on Blacksmithing
Sunday, April 28 – 9am @ Mabee Farm • $150 includes materials
Join our resident blacksmith John Ackner as we learn to make hooks and adjustable fireplace trammels.

Tasting: Tavern Night with Chef Dowd
Friday, April 5 – 5:30pm @ Brouwer House • $40
Enjoy a three-course meal in a traditional tavern setting! SCCC’s Chef Thomas Dowd returns to prepare a new, tavern-inspired menu, including seasoned pork chops, grilled vegetables, and a specialty dessert. Local beverages will accompany the fare.



Bus Trips

Bus Trip to the Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, Feb 23 • $70
Explore the diversity of the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibitions! Housing collections from many cultures, as well as visiting exhibitions from a wide variety of geographic locations and time periods, the Brooklyn Museum creates inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see the world. Enjoy the Brooklyn’s Museum outstanding decorative arts displays, as well as one of the finest Egyptian collections in the world!


– 7:30 AM: Board bus at Stockade (Union St + Church St)
– 8:00 AM: Board bus at Crossgates Mall (Macy’s lot)
– 11:00 AM: Explore the museum on your own
– 5:00 PM: Depart the museum
– 8:00 PM: Arrive back at Crossgates Mall
– 8:30 PM: Arrive back at Stockade


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