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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 anyone is 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 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!

PLACE: Practical Primitive
DATE: Wednesday March 20th — Spring Equinox 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 17
Annual Summer Corn Roast

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

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, a backyard campfire with marshmallows for roasting, and the opportunity to try and practice plenty of different summer skills. And of course, enjoy time with friends and neighbors around the fire! Just before sunset we will be offering up a blessing of the water and the earth to ensure a year of good harvest and the fulfillment of potential. We look forward to seeing you then!

Annual Summer Corn Roast — July 17

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!)

Autumnal Equinox Party — September 23

It's that time of year! Acorns are falling everywhere and it's time to share the amazing versitility of our favorite fall edible. We'll be offering up some of our favorite acorn treats from our Acorn: Recipes of the Forgotten Food book for you to sample, and copies of our brand new Acorn: Processing & Preparing the Forgotten Food DVD for you to preview. If you have a favorite fall treat that you would like to bring we'd love for you to share it with everyone! It can be home made or store bought, wild food or cultivated, sweet, savory, spicy or all of the above. It's not about the food, it's about sharing with each other and giving thanks for our friends and our community and the earth that sustains us as we transition into the Fall Season. Good food and tasty treats will start being set out about 7:30 pm so come by any time after 7pm to join us for this fun and delicious evening. If there weather cooperates we'll even have a fire to sit around and good company to share it. Looking forward to seeing you then!

Solstice Celebration — December 22

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