Events, Appearances & Important Dates

Whenever we schedule a Special Event or Road Trip we'll list it here so can join us at events, or take advantage of us being in your area to set up a Workshop or Mentoring Session.


2018 Events Schedule


Cancelled Due to Family Emergency. Rescheduled Date will be Announced

SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY -- WORK TRADE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Practical Primitive
Great Meadows, NJ

This Spring we are holding our first Spring Clean-Up Day and we need your help! There is a lot to do here at Practical Primitive to get ready for the Spring & Summer season, and we have set aside [a rescheduled date to be announced] to get as much of it done as we can. This will be a Work-Trade day, so anyone who comes to help will get a free one-day workshop as our thank you! We'll be starting up about 9am and working until between 5 and 6pm, and we'll even provide lunch -- just like a workshop! If you can come to help out, please call or e-mail to book your spot, and let us know if there is anything in particular with which you would like to help out.
Here are some of the projects we're expecting to work on during the Clean-Up. If there is anything in particular you would like to help out with please let us know:
- Clearing trails
- Cutting, hauling, splitting & stacking wood
- Dismantling shelters
- Taking down old wood structures
- Moving chicken coop
- Preparing garden beds
- Cutting old plants stalks
- Clearing up leaves and other debris
- Cleaning up the four Nor-easters
- Spreading tick tubes
- Re-building the compost pile
- Anything else we can think of!
We are looking forward to a great day, and will REALLY appreciate all the help we can round up. If you can join us please let us know, and we can't wait to see you here!

 

Spring Open House & Open Skills Night

Practical Primitive
Great Meadows, NJ
Wednesday May 16 — 7pm until Everyone is Gone

Spring is here, the Green-up is in full swing and it's time to celebrate! This Open Skills Night is our official "Welcome!" to the Spring Season and to the joys of being outdoors. We'll have a fire in the backyard, the archery target open for business, the knapping pit up and running and a couple of special Wild Edible Spring Treats for you to sample. Join us to celebrate to beginning of the Foraging Season!

This is a free and informal get together that all are welcome to attend. Bring along any type of skills project that you're working on (or would like to start), a plant identification book, a tracking field guide, or just come by to say hello and find out more of what we're all about.
We never know who's going to be here or what folks might be working on, but we do know that it's always a fun evening! People come and go throughout the evening, so come on by any time after 7pm and stick around until you have to leave!
You can find more information on our website, and check out our Locations page for directions. See you then!

 

Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (MAPS Meet)

FLOC Outdoor Education Center
Harpers Ferry, WV
May 25-28

We're heading back to the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering again this Memorial Day weekend, and we can't wait! Eddie & Julie are both teaching there again this year, along with dozens of other top-notch primitive skills instructors. If you haven't been, we highly recommend the MAPS Meet as a great way to kick off your summer!
With over 100 adult workshops to choose from, youth and children's programing, four days of camping, delicious breakfast & dinner all included at the amazing price of just $225, spaces go fast. Check out all the details on the MAPS website, and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Open Skills Night & Summer Solstice Celebration!

Practical Primitive
Great Meadows, NJ
June 20 — 7pm until Everyone is Gone

Join us to celebrate that special day; the Summer Solstice! Along with the usual outdor activities and skills practice, we hope you will join us in some early-Summer fun. There will be strawberry treats, marshmallows for roasting, and a beautiful backyard fire to hang out around! In celebration of the Summer Solstice we will be offering up a blessing of the water and the earth to ensure a year of good harvest. We look forward to seeing you then!

This is a free and informal get together that all are welcome to attend. Bring along any type of skills project that you're working on (or would like to start), a plant identification book, a tracking field guide, or just come by to say hello and find out more of what we're all about.
We never know who's going to be here or what folks might be working on, but we do know that it's always a fun evening! People come and go throughout the evening, so come on by any time after 7pm and stick around until you have to leave!
You can find more information on our website, and for directions, check out our Locations page. We look forward to having you!

 

Open Skills Night & Annual Summer Corn Roast!

Practical Primitive
Great Meadows, NJ
July 20 — 7pm until Everyone is Gone

It's our favorite day of the Summer! Every July we host our Annual Corn Roast — a feast for us all and everyone is welcome to come on out. The corn is all locally farmed, same-day picked, non-GMO, and we roast it right on the coals. Butter will be dripping off your elbows and you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face. Corn starts coming off the fire about 7:30 pm so don't miss it!
(Please RSVP to let us know you're coming. We don't want to run short on corn!)

This is a free and informal get together that all are welcome to attend. Bring along any type of skills project that you're working on (or would like to start), a plant identification book, a tracking field guide, or just come by to say hello and find out more of what we're all about.
We never know who's going to be here or what folks might be working on, but we do know that it's always a fun evening! People come and go throughout the evening, so come on by any time after 7pm and stick around until you have to leave!
You can find more information on our website, and for directions, check out our Locations page. We look forward to having you!

 

Stone Tool Technology Show

Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY
August 24-25

"Letchworth" is the largest Stone Tool show in the Northeast, and we can't wait to go again this year. This one is on the calendar of just about every serious flintknapper and rock purveyor in the eastern U.S., so only bring as much money as you can afford to spend because when you see all the pretty, pretty rock, self-control quickly goes straight out the window!
Set in the area of the Genesee River, take an hour to check out the fabulous falls and the 600 foot gorge that the New York State Park website calls "the Grand Canyon of the east".
For more information & directions, check out the New York State Parks & Recreation website.


NJ Wild Outdoor Expo

Colliers Mills WMA
Jackson Township, NJ
September 8 & 9
9am - 5pm, Rain or Shine

Our Practical Primitive Traveling Roadshow Booth will be set up September 8 & 9 at the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo in the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, NJ. This is a huge, FREE event showcasing every type of outdoor activity available here in New Jersey. Come on out 10am-5pm, rain or shine. We'll be demonstrating flintknapping and friction fire, and have all of our books, DVDs, schedules and information, and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Open Skills Night & Winter Solstice Celebration!

Practical Primitive
Great Meadows, NJ
December 20 — 7pm until Everyone is Gone

Every December we invite you to join us and celebrate the end of the year and return of the sun with our Winter Solstice celebration. It's completely voluntary but if you wish we would love for you to be a part of our Solstice Bonfire and Renewal Ceremony. We will be lighting the bonfire at 7:30 and starting the ceremony at 8pm. It will be a simple ceremony of renewal for the new year as we release the things that have held us back in the past, and welcome in that which we want to embrace for the future. Throughout the rest of night we'll enjoy an evening by the fire with mulled cider, egg nog, sugar cookies and other delicious treats as we release the old year and look forward to the future. This is our final Open Skills Night until the Spring, and we look forward to celebrating with you!

This is a free and informal get together that all are welcome to attend. Bring along any type of skills project that you're working on (or would like to start), a plant identification book, a tracking field guide, or just come by to say hello and find out more of what we're all about.
We never know who's going to be here or what folks might be working on, but we do know that it's always a fun evening! People come and go throughout the evening, so come on by any time after 7pm and stick around until you have to leave!
You can find more information on our website, and for directions, check out our Locations page. We look forward to having you!


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