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Open Skills Nights : Open House & Celebrations!

Come out and join us for these spectial Open House and Celebration evenings throughout the year!

Working with Staffs

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), or a plant identification book, or tracking field guide, or just come by to say hello, enjoy time around the campfire, and find out more of what we're all about.

PLACE: Practical Primitive
DATE: Saturday December 21 — Final Winter Solstice Celebration!
BEGINS: Come by any time after 7pm.
ENDS: Whenever you have to leave.

People come and go throughout the evening, so come on by whenever you can get here and stick around until you have to leave! We never know who will be here, or what folks will be working on, but we do know that it's always a great time, and a fantastic way to meet new people who share your interests.

First Fire

It was this sort of gathering that Eddie found so helpful when he was learning to flintknap, and it's a great way for us to spend time just hanging out with old friends, and to get to know cool new people!

So if you're in the area we hope you'll drop by. Driving directions are available on our Locations page, but feel free to give us a call at 908-637-8137 or send an e-mail if you'd like more information.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Check out more photos of past Open Skills Nights on our Facebook page



Atlatls Making a net

Upcoming Open Skills Nights

at our main location in
Great Meadows, NJ!

March 20th
Spring Equinox Celebration

June 21st
Summer Solstice Celebration

July 26
Annual Summer Corn Roast

August 14
Final NJ Summer Open House
"Thanks for Everything" Evening

December 21
Winter Solstice Celebration!

We'd love to have you join us for this fun and informal evening of Celebration, as well as for the opportunity to work on projects, practice skills, and hang out with some great folks.
We look forward to seeing you!


Welcome Spring Equinox Party — March 20

Spring is here, the Equinox has come, and it's time to celebrate! This is our official "Welcome!" to the Spring Season and to the joys of being outdoors. We'll have a fire in the backyard, a special celebration and Ceremony of Thanksgiving, and a great time of hanging out with friends and colleagues. Join us to celebrate to beginning of this wonderful new season!


Summer Solstice Celebration — June 21 Summer Solstice

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 for some early-Summer fun. There will be strawberry treats, a backyard campfire with marshmallows for roasting, and the opportunity to try and to practice plenty of different summer skills. And of course, enjoy time with friends and neighbors around the fire! Just around sunset we will be offering up a Blessing of Thanksgiving for the water and the earth and all her creatures, to ensure a year of good harvest and the fulfillment of potential. We look forward to seeing you! (Solstice Ceremony begins around 9pm.)


Annual Summer Corn Roast — July 26

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 by e-mail or on our Facebook page to let us know you're coming. We don't want to run short on corn!)

Final NJ Summer Open House "Thanks for Everything" Evening — August 14

2019 is our last year in New Jersey, and tonight will be our last summer Open Skills Night here at the Hacienda. As we prepare to move on to our next phase of life and business, we want to thank you all for an amazing 12 years! There will be lots of food, friends and fun, and we look forward to sharing one last evening with you! Come by any time after 7pm to join us for this fun and delicious evening. There will be a fire to sit around, marshmallows to roast, S'Mores to eat and good company to share it all with. Looking forward to seeing you then!

Solstice Celebration


Winter Solstice Celebration — December 21

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!






Around the Fire Making Ice Cream Playing with clay Bowdrill success
Flintknapping Chain mail Bowdrill