Celebrate Americana: Art & Baking Workshops

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Discover the Sassafras Farm experience.
All retreats and workshops take place at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia, approximately 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV.



Celebrate Americana: Art & Baking Workshops

americanaArt in baking meets art on canvas! Artist Kelly Walker of Life of a Daily Painter joins me at the farm to lead painting workshops in which attendees will be guided step-by-step to create primitive style masterpieces, in the Americana theme, on canvas as well as two smaller projects. This is not your average art class. No Experience Required! We’ll provide everything you need: aprons, paint, canvas, brushes, and all other painting supplies.
Baking2In baking, cookies, cupcakes and cake pops retreat go Americana–learn the fun-filled art of decorating from simple to advanced with cookies, cupcakes, and cake balls, all in summer and patriotic themes. In cookies, learn the different types of royal icing and how to flood, flock, marble, quilt, and brush embroider with icing. In cupcakes, master piping techniques including swirls, ruffles, and rosettes as you practice with a variety of pastry tips. In cake pops, learn the secrets of shaping, dipping, and decorating to create unique treats. Take-homes include your art and baking creations. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Two-day workshop. $225.
Dates:
Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12, 2016

Spaces are limited! Sign up to hold yours!

The Sassafras Farm Experience

Learn! Find old-time skills and fresh, new methods with in-person mentorship, in-depth and hands-on, at a real working family farm. Take home fun and functional know-how for self-sufficient living and old-fashioned crafting–and take home what you make, too. Every retreat day includes three home-cooked meals plus all your instruction, supplies, and take-homes along with an opportunity to milk the cows or goats, visit the chickens, give treats to the animals, and rock on the porch while you watch the calves frolic. All you need to bring is an apron (optional), muck boots (recommended for forays to the barn), and your enthusiasm to learn! Every workshop is HANDS-ON with teacher and milk maid Suzanne McMinn, writer and creator of Chickens in the Road.
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Accommodations are not included. See the Suggested Accommodations page.

Kids are welcome. Sassafras Farm retreats are family-friendly events. Teens may sign up to attend this retreat accompanied by a parent/guardian. (Both teens and parents must be paid attendees. Please be a good judge of your child’s maturity, behavior, and interest in the subject matter.)

Location: All workshops take place at Sassafras Farm in Roane County, WV, about 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV near I-79.

Cost: Cost includes ALL instruction, supplies, three full meals per day plus snacks, and take-homes. Two-day retreats are $225 per person. A 50 percent downpayment will be required to reserve your place. The remaining balance will be due 30 days before your retreat. If you sign up, please plan to attend. Retreat reservations are nonrefundable. If you can’t attend for some reason, your reservation payment may be applied to another retreat of your choice where there are openings available. (Retreats also make great gifts to friends and family!) And yes, many men attend workshops here!

Sign up! Email Suzanne at [email protected] with the full name for each attendee to sign up. (You may sign up for a friend if you are coming together.) Payment information will be sent at that time. Directions to the farm and other information will be provided to attendees in advance of the retreat.

Private groups, corporate retreats, and school groups: See information here for Private Groups and Family Reunions or here for Corporate Retreats and Company Picnics or here for School and Camp Groups.

Looking forward to seeing you at the farm!



Other 2016 workshops at the farm open for registration–click the links for details:

Cookies, Cupcakes & Cake Pops
Soap Making
Goat Cheese, Soap, Fudge & Ice Cream
Taste of Sassafras Farm
Chicken Processing
Hard Cheese Made Easy





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