Discover the crafts and culture of Upstate New York through hands-on workshops. Master a historic trade, make new friends, and take home your own handmade craft. Unless noted, workshops take place at Mabee Farm Historic Site. Pre-registration is always required. For more information please email

Hooked on Blacksmithing
Sunday, October 21 – 9am to 5pm at Mabee Farm

Join our resident blacksmith John Ackner we we learn to make hooks and adjustable fireplace trammels. $150 includes materials.

Secrets of the Tarot
Monday, October 29 – 6:30pm to 9 pm at the Brouwer House (14 N Church St, Schenectady NY 12305)
Embrace the esoteric this Halloween and join us inside one of Schenectady’s oldest homes as instructor Jeannie Thomma returns to delve into the Secrets of Tarot.
What do you see when you look at the cards? The Tarot is full of imagery, symbolism, and secrets that can help you to find answers to your most pressing questions. When the Tarot’s secrets are revealed to us, we gain access to perspective.

Jeannie Thomma has been reading cards and teaching the ways of the tarot for more than a decade. Whether through her meditation classes, intuitive tarot readings, or art workshops, Jeannie gently re-connects students to their own deep wisdom and joy. She is currently at work on a book about using the Tarot as a tool for growth and self-reflection.

Traditional Corn Washing Basket
Saturday, November 3 – 9:00am to 5 pm at Mabee Farm

Indian Corn had to be boiled and rinsed three times before it could be cooked. This basket was used in the same way we would use a colander. Aside from washing corn, this Basket is great for storing yarn or magazines. Students will use a continuous twill weave to build this 8” tall, square to round basket. The only challenge if any in weaving this basket is the shaping. This reed basket will be hand shaped. Registration is $85 + material fee of $25 (paid in cash to instructor).

Tavern Night with Chef Thomas Dowd
Friday, November 2 – 5:30pm @ The Brouwer House

Enjoy a three-course meal in a traditional tavern setting! SCCC’s Chef Thomas Dowd will prepare cider cheddar soup, and heritage beef with ragout, served with fresh country bread and finished off with an apple dessert. Local beverages will accompany the fare. Tickets are $40.

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