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Weekend@Wilson 2014: June 27-29

 

Return to the Swannanoa Valley on June 27-29 for Weekend@Wilson, a weekend of camaraderie, laughter and learning that is open to alumni, friends and their families with an option of staying on campus in a residence hall. Online registration is available until Monday, June 23 at Noon. For more information, email querin@warren-wilson.edu.

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2014 Workshop Listing


Appalachian Basket Making
Asheville Brewery Tour
Basic Homebrewing
Blacksmithing
Children's Games
Collage Techniques and Creative Exploration
Crating with Felted Wool
Create a Terrarium
Creative Yoga
Decoupage on Glass
Design and Make Earrings and a Necklace
Designing a Container Garden
Druid Qigong
Effective Public Advocacy
Explore Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts
Exploring Natural Dyes
Farm and Animal Tour
Fermenting Food at Home
Fiber Crafts for Children
Foot Stool Caning
Fun on the Bryson Gym Climbing Wall
Fun with Backyard Chickens
Gardening for Kids
Goals and Resolutions for Success
Improve Your Carpentry Skills by Building a Birdhouse
Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique
Make a Cobweb Broom
Make a Unique Tile Coaster
Mobile Phone Photography
Munchkin Tennis
Painting for Kids
Painting on Canvas
Prevention and Treatmentof Exercise and Sports Injuries
   **This workshop has been canceled
Sewing Aprons
Sticks and Stones...Are So Much Fun!
   **This workshop has been canceled
Take a Walk Through the Farm & Farm School
Team Challenge Course
Tips to Become a Better Birder
Yoga for Beginners



Appalachian Basket Making
Joe Bruneau '86
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM (two part session)
Learn the basic construction techniques of a ribbed basket using vines, rattan and other materials. Materials fee: $15. Class limit: 15, ages 14 and older.

Asheville Brewery Tour
Jim Bailes '78
Friday from 1:00 -5:00 PM (two part session)
Come explore two of the reasons why Asheville was named Beer City USA in 2010! Get a behind the scenes glimpse into two of the area’s famous breweries. Transportation will be provided; nominal charge for tastings which are payable directly to breweries. Materials fee: $5. Class limit: 13, ages 21 and up.

Basic Homebrewing
Chris Smith-Naill '99
Saturday at 1:30 PM
This workshop will cover the basics of how to home brew beer. Participants will receive instruction on the equipment, handouts for the process and samples of home brew and extracts. Ages 21 and up.

Blacksmithing
Dale Morse '89
Friday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM (two part session) OR
Saturday at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (two part session)
Learn to play with fire! This class will introduce you to safety, fire management, and proper hammer techniques for blacksmithing. Students will make a simple hook with a leaf. Expect to get dirty, so wear appropriate clothing. Blacksmithing is a 2-part class (two sessions offered both on Friday and Saturday). Class limit: 6, ages 12 and up.

Children’s Games
Peggy Burke '56
Friday at 3:30 PM
Put away your electronic devices and enjoy playing Jacks, Hop-Scotch, String Games, Chalk Drawings, Pick-Up Sticks and Jump Rope.  Directions and coaching will be provided.  Ages 6 and up, 5 and under accompanied by an adult

Collage Techniques and Creative Exploration
 
Eric Singdahlsen '91
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM (two part session)
Pablo Picasso helped establish collage as a modern art form early in the 20th century, so, if you like Picasso, you’ll be in good company. The Collage Workshop is a four-hour event geared toward people interested in making art. No experience or artistic talent is necessary; just a willingness to experiment and perhaps get a little messy.  Following some instruction and demonstration on a wide variety of approaches to collage, participants will have ample opportunity to make collages to take home. Materials will be provided. Class limit: 12, ages 14 and up.

Crafting with Felted Wool
Dorothy Engelsman—WWC Alumni Parent
Friday at 1:00 PM
Participants will create felt projects out of old sweaters and will be able to choose their pattern.  Instructor will be providing all supplies as well as the felted sweaters. Everyone needs to bring scissors and a tape measure, and we will be using rotary cutters and mats as well so anyone who has one should bring it. Materials fee for adults only: $5. Class limit: 15, ages 8 and up, 7 and under accompanied by adult.

Create a Terrarium
Cait Coffey '11
Friday at 3:30 PM
Craft your very own miniature biome. Using recycled and native materials, you'll learn terrarium construction and maintenance. All participants will leave with their custom creation. Supplies and inspiration included. Materials fee: $5. Class limit: 12, ages 7 and up, 6 and under accompanied by an adult.

Creative Yoga
Sandy Lastein—WWC Alumni Parent
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Combining ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS (mind), with YOGA (body) and ART (soul). Explore the outdoors and take in the sights, sounds, feel of nature. Then bring that to the mat and through poses express with the body the awareness received while exploring the gardens. Participants will end the session with a creative art project. Class limit: 12, ages 10 and up.

Decoupage on Glass
Sabrina Reisinger '95
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM (two part session)
Learn the art of layering paper images under glass to create beautiful personalized decorative items for your home or as a gift. The instructor learned the craft from acclaimed decoupage artist John Derian (www.johnderian.com) in New York City while working for 5 years as a studio artist. Materials fee: $10. Class limit: 6, ages 12 and up.

Design and Make Earrings and a Necklace
Louise Noble '85
Friday at 1:00 PM
Learn the basics of simple jewelry design and assembly, including the loop and coil technique to make earrings. Each participant will make a necklace and pair of earrings to take home. All stones used are genuine (e.g., freshwater pearls, shells, semi-precious stones and Czech and India glass). The hardest part is picking your pattern so it may help to think about (or bring!) an outfit for which you need a necklace or a picture from a catalog of a simple necklace that you like. Materials fee: $12. Class limit: 18, ages 8 and up.

Designing a Container Garden
Jordana Chalnick '98
Saturday at 1:30 PM
Containers are a great way to explore gardening without the commitment and physical labor of landscaping or maintaining a home garden.  Container gardens are great for apartment dwellers with limited space or homeowners who want to complement their existing landscape.  This workshop will cover designing containers, choosing appropriate plant materials, color selection and plant care; as well as using containers for growing edible plants and herbs.

Druid Qigong
Jeremy Schewe '01
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Find calm in the center of the storm. Qigong combines breathing techniques with synchronized movements, focused intent, and meditation to facilitate excellence, open the pathways of the heartmind, and help practitioners drop into the zone. It is an integral component of Oriental medicine in conjunction with Shiatsu, acupuncture/pressure, diet, and other internal arts, often referred to as Chinese yoga. The instructor infuses elements of the Celtic mysteries into the practice. No experience is necessary; wear comfortable clothing.

Effective Public Advocacy
Jim Dedman '65 and Dan Redick '72
Saturday at 1:30 PM
This is a personal skill enrichment workshop that offers hands-on experience with effectively advocating issues from such varied locales as neighborhood associations, church matters, school issues, local and municipal matters, all the way up to national matters of interest.  The workshop is non-political and will focus on technique, strategy, tactics, and presentation.  Each attendee must bring an issue of interest which will be examined in the workshop.  Areas of discussion will include value-based issue analysis; theme development; the appeals to persuasion; incorporating commonality; organizational approaches; understanding how to frame effective questions and responses to questions; and creating understandable points.  Notepads and pens are encouraged. Ages 17 and up.

Explore Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts
David Burke—WWC Friend
Saturday at 10:00 AM
This workshop with visuals and handouts will explore nine Ancient Near Eastern artifacts which come from Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Persian, Moabite, and Canaanite sources.  These artifacts shed light on biblical history and provide significant confirmation of certain historical details in the Bible from sources outside the Bible.  Participants will be invited to analyze each of these artifacts and relate them to specific Bible passages.

Exploring Natural Dyes
Melanie Wilder—WWC Fiber Arts Staff
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM (two part session)
Humans have been dyeing their cloth with natural dyes for more than 5,000 years. Fibers can be dyed with color obtained from plants, lichens, minerals, and insects. In this workshop you will identify a few plants that you can harvest for natural dyeing, then you will dye a few cloth samples using a variety of dyes. The class will also explore the Japanese tradition of Shibori and obtain some beautiful color and designs in an Indigo Vat.  Participants should bring an old t-shirt or apron to wear during the indigo dyeing. You will take home 1 dyed silk scarf, as well as a variety of dyed fabric samples. Materials fee: $5. Class limit: 8.

Farm and Animal Tour
WWC Farm Crew
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Take a tour of the WWC farm operations to meet the animals and learn about the sustainable practices implemented here in the Swannanoa Valley.

Fermenting Food at Home
Jennifer Cloke '10
Friday at 1:00 PM
Make safe, easy, and mess-free ferments in your kitchen using a special vessel called a fido jar that has a gasket in the lid and a wire bail to clamp it shut. Fermenting in a fido creates an anaerobic environment so that no mold can grow inside the jar, making it unnecessary to remove mold and scum off the top of your ferments--a daily requirement if you ferment in an open crock. Participants will get their own fido jar and learn how to pack and prepare their own ferments. They will also learn some of the microbiology around fermentation and some of science backing the powerful benefits of probiotics. Materials fee: $10. Class limit: 15, ages 14 and up.

Fiber Crafts for Children
Melanie Wilder—WWC Fiber Arts Staff
Friday at 3:30 PM
This workshop will be filled with education and hands on fun for all ages. You will learn about natural fibers and explore spinning with a drop spindle, making felted jewelry, and dyeing silk scarves. Class limit: 4, ages 5 and up.

Foot Stool Caning
David Grist '75
Friday at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM (two part session)
Come and learn to cane a foot stool in the traditional herringbone pattern. Materials fee: $15. Class limit: 6, ages 12 and up.

Fun on the Bryson Climbing Wall
Bruce Hills—WWC Director of Outdoor Programs
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Join this workshop for an enjoyable couple of hours on the Bryson Climbing Wall and receive instruction in a fun and friendly environment. This workshop is open to beginners and those experienced in climbing. Class limit: 12, ages 6 and up.

Fun with Backyard Chickens
Donna Kilpatrick '88
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Did you know that a chicken can run up to 9 mph? What determines the color of an egg's shell? Do you know how to tell if an egg is fertile? Why do some eggs have double yolks? If you find these questions interesting, then the Backyard Chicken class is for you! Learn the basic skills needed to start your own small flock of layers. Chickens are easy to raise, highly entertaining to watch and provide a simple, fun way for you and your family to raise delicious, beautiful, healthy eggs at home. Intrigued? Come to the class and you will never view a chicken, or an egg, the same way again!

Gardening for Kids
Erica Rawls '03 and Alexis Culver '03
Saturday at 1:30 PM
There are few things kids enjoy more than digging in the dirt, looking for worms, planting seeds and watching them grow. By cultivating their curiosity, you can help them develop a love for nature and gardening. In this hands-on workshop, kids will learn about planting seeds and enjoy their time in the garden with a garden tour, hands on activities and super-cool garden crafts!  All ages welcome.

Goals and Resolutions for Success

Mary Ellen Smith-Schiller—WWC Alumni Parent
Saturday at 10:00 AM
The year is not quite half over, it’s the perfect time to ask ourselves “2014 New Year’s Resolutions - how are they working for me?”  This lively group coaching session, led by an ICF (International Coach Federation) certified coach, will explore why our Resolutions often are forgotten and how to get 2014 back on track!  Get clear on what’s important, set powerful goals and design an action plan to achieve success.  Join in a free draw to win a copy of StrengthsFinder by Tom Rath. Class limit: 15, ages 18 and up.

Improve Your Carpentry Skills by Building a Birdhouse
Doug Bradley—WWC Special Projects Supervisor
Friday at 3:30 PM
Children will develop their carpentry skills by making a wooden bird house.  Class limit: 10, ages 10 and up, 9 and under with an adult.

Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique

Betsy Keller '87
Friday at 1:00 PM
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as the Tapping Solution, is a great way to release emotional stress and overcome phobias and fears.  This technique sets up a biofeedback link directly to the nervous system, creating a powerful opportunity to create life-long changes in habits and emotional patterns. Ages 14 and up.

Make a Cobweb Broom
Mickey Sizemore—WWC Friend & Tom Wilder '05
Friday at 3:30 PM
Learn how to make a simple cobweb broom. Wear long sleeves and long pants if you are allergic or sensitive to corn broom. Materials fee $10. Class limit: 10, ages 16 and up.

Make a Unique Tile Coaster
Susan Leading Fox '84
Friday at 1:00 PM
Learn to make a unique set of 4 coasters using just a few simple materials. All materials are provided but feel free to bring scrapbook paper. Let your creative side shine in this simple DIY project. Materials fee: $10. Class limit: 8, ages 13 and up.

Mobile Phone Photography

Alexis Culver '03
Friday at 3:30 PM
Learn to take beautiful pictures with your smartphone for sharing or personal enjoyment. This workshop will begin indoors with a discussion on photo editing.  We will use device-specific software and editing apps to further familiarize ourselves with our equipment on hand. Discussion will continue while touching on social media networks such as Instagram and Facebook. The class then moves outdoors for hands-on photography and wraps-up in the classroom. Participants should bring a smart phone and a charger. No prior experience is necessary; just an interest in learning to take better pictures for sharing! Class limit: 15.

Munchkin Tennis
Logan Burke—WWC Friend
Friday at 1:00 PM
This outdoor, on the tennis courts workshop invites participants to enjoy drills, games, and skill building in a fun filled way.  All participants need to bring their own racket.  Tennis balls will be provided.  Class limit: 8, ages 5 through 10.

Painting for Kids
Ellen Zeman '80
Saturday at 1:30 PM
In this workshop you will create a mixed media art piece with bubbles, paint, paper and a turtle. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting paint on. Materials fee: $2. Class limit: 8, ages between 6 and 10 recommended.

Painting on Canvas

Ellen Zeman '80
Friday at 1:00pm and 3:30pm (two part session)
Let your creativity flow in this painting workshop. Students will use acrylic paint on canvas and all materials are provided. Class limit: 8.

Sewing Aprons
Laura Fults—WWC Friend
Saturday at 10:00 AM
Tired of sewing alone?  Bring your machine (or just yourself, a few machines will be available) and make an apron with pocket/s suitable for cooking, gardening, or the workshop. If you can sew a straight line, your sewing skills are sufficient – machines will be set up and ready to go! Folks with no sewing knowledge are welcome with a sewing friend.  Fabric, thread, and trim provided.  You are welcome to bring some of your own additional trim if you wish. Class limit: 10, all ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Take a Walk Through the Farm & Farm School
Diana Sanderson--WWC Archivist & Ernst Laursen '49
Friday at 3:30 PM
A conversation between Diana Sanderson, the College's archivist and Ernst Laursen '49, Farm Manager from 1959 to 1997.

Team Challenge Course
Bruce Hills—WWC Director of Outdoor Programs
Friday at 1:00 PM
This workshop introduces the low elements of the Team Challenge Course. No ropes or harnesses but plenty of fun and challenging problem solving activities for all. Especially fun for parents and children to experience together! Wear comfortable clothes to be active in the outdoors. Meet at DeVries Gym. Class limit: 15, ages 5 and up.

Tips to Become a Better Birder
Paddy Cunningham '80
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM (two part session)
Birding is the fastest growing leisure pursuit in the country. Learn a 10 step approach to improve your ability to identify birds through family groups, habitat, silhouette, behavior, birding by ear, field marks, seasonality, commonality, general impression and elimination. Hand-outs will be given to reinforce and support your birding journey. An easy hike along the river will follow the class. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the walk. If possible bring binoculars and a field guide. Paddy Cunningham'80 is the owner of Birding Adventures, a small eco-tourism company which takes birders through Florida and the Tropics. Class limit: 20, ages 12 and up.

Yoga for Beginners
Sabrina Reisinger '95
Friday at 3:30 PM (one hour workshop)
Whether you have never stepped foot on a yoga mat or are a seasoned yogi, join this all levels class for a gentle practice of the basic yoga postures (asanas) and breath work (pranayama) to stretch, strengthen, and energize the body, and to calm the mind. The instructor, whose Yoga Alliance Certification is currently pending, has been studying yoga for 5 years and recently completed a 230-hour teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center. Mats will be provided. Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes that you can move in easily (jeans and other restrictive clothing discouraged)