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Open Skills Night

Come out the 3rd Wednesday of each month (April – December) for our FREE Open Skills Night

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 December 21st — Year-end 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!

December 21 - Year End Solstice Celebration

We'd love to have you join us for these fun and informal evenings of working on projects, practicing skills, and hanging out with some great folks.
We look forward to seeing you!

 

Welcome Spring! Green-up Party — May 18

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!

Summer Solstice Celebration — June 22

We pushed our Open Skills evening back to the 4th Wednesday this month so that we could celebrate Mid-Summer much closer to the actual Summer Solstice! Along with the usual outdor activities and skills practice, we hope you will join us in some Mid-Summer fun. There will be picnic treats, a bonfire (weather permitting) and we will be holding a traditional-style blessing of the water and the earth to ensure a year of good harvest. We look forward to seeing you then!

Annual Summer Corn Roast — July 20

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!)

Arrowfest, Flintknapping & Fire-making Fun! — August 17

We always have the Archery targets, Fintknapping Pit and Fire-making equipment pit up and running on Open Skills Nights, but this evening we'll be holding special contests & friendly competitions around these three of our favorite skills -- Archery, Flintknapping and Friction Fire. Of course it will be all in good fun, and a great way to challenge yourself, try new skills and see how far / fast / flexible you can be! (And yes, there will be prizes in plenty of different categories, from first-time beginner to experienced enthusiast!)

Acorn Fest & Harvest Party — Our next AcornFest will be in 2017!

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 if you have a favorite fall treat that you would like to bring we'd love to share it with everyone too! 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 period of hibernation that is Winter. Food and tasty treats. will start being set out about 7:00 pm. Join us for this fun and delicious evening, along with a fire to sit around and good company to share it. Looking forward to seeing you then!

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