Winter Community Craft Nights
Tue Jan 9 - Tue Apr 2, 2024
(13 days)
Winter Craft Nights are back!

Tuesdays at 6:00pm, January 9, 2024 through April 2, 2024
at the Kroka Farmhouse, 767 NH-123, Marlow 03456

We invite anyone in the community to join us each week for winter crafting, community and potluck! Either bring your own individual craft to work on, or participate in a rotation of sharing and teaching crafts with each other.

Potluck dinner begins at 6:00pm with crafting and socializing through 8:30pm each week.

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Wilderness Leadership Club
Sat Jan 20 - Sun Jun 9, 2024
(1 days)
Ages 15 - 18

This experiential program for high school students from the Monadnock Region will focus on developing skills to become wilderness leaders, practicing adventure sports, and having fun in nature and community. The group will meet one weekend day each month throughout the school year There is no charge for participation however some activities will require student contribution toward transportation, equipment, or food.

Please complete the registration form below to sign up for the club program:

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Alternative Spring Break Expedition on the Suwannee River
Sun Mar 17 - Sat Mar 23, 2024
(7 days)
Ages 18 - 24

Imagine a spring break adventure in the depths of southern wilderness where warm weather and favorable conditions provide the ideal late-winter getaway. Originating deep in the heart of the Okefenokee Swamp in Southern Georgia, the celebrated Suwannee River flows southeast across the border to Florida for 200 miles, eventually emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Its name, synonymous with Dixie and the Old South, stirs fanciful visions of stately moss draped Cypress, sultry Southern days, and a way of life long past. If the lifestyle has disappeared into history and imagination, the Suwanee remains substantially unchanged.

During this unique weeklong adventure we will escape winter in New England and form an expedition community that is bold, adventurous, and full of meaning. We will meet you at the airport in Jacksonville, FL and shuttle to the put-in where canoes await. Here we will leave the modern world (including our cell phones) behind and travel in the ways of old, the quiet stroke of the paddle and the crackle of the fire replacing our earbuds and ringers. 

The Upper Suwannee is characterized by low banks, frequent swampy areas, stately Cypress, and gnarled Tupelos often growing in the river as well as along the banks. Sometimes trees are so large that you can paddle a canoe through the roots! Gradually the river’s character changes with white sandbars around each bend, rocky shoals (small rapids) and small waterfalls created by the entry of tiny streams. Further down, the river flows through spectacular limestone walls and many springs empty into its tannin colored waters.

Our ambition is to paddle all the way to the ocean - and if we succeed we are rewarded with a lazy beach day before we shuttle back to where we started, say our goodbyes, and head back to the airport. 

This trip will run if 8 or more people register, so tell your friends!
Tuition is all inclusive but does not include airfare to and from Jacksonville, or incidentals.
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Black Ash Berry Baskets
Sun Apr 21, 2024
Ages 14 - 99
Join artisan basket weaver and alumni parent Penny Hewitt of Lazy Mill Hill Farm for a day of traditional Black Ash Basketry. Penny's work uses basketry to foster connections between people, the earth, and our ancestors. 
Make your own berry basket and in the process learn one of the oldest crafts in human history.

For thousands of years baskets served as indispensable objects in every culture. Carry on the tradition and take home a beautiful, durable and useful basket crafted from local and responsibly harvested, hand-pounded black ash logs. This workshop is a great introduction to the extraordinary qualities of the black ash tree. You will weave a square to round basket, approximately 6”x 6” with optional leather strap. Included is a discussion and demonstration on how the material is harvested and processed.

Workshop takes place Saturday  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Registration includes materials, expert instruction, and a simple lunch. 
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Black Ash Pack Baskets
Fri Oct 4 - Sun Oct 6, 2024
(3 days)
Join artisan basket weaver and alumni parent Penny Hewitt of Lazy Mill Hill Farm for a weekend of traditional Black Ash Basketry. Penny's work uses basketry to foster connections between people, the earth, and our ancestors.Wherever ash trees grow in abundance there has been a tradition of weaving it into baskets.

From the ecology of the Black Ash to pounding the strips that become the weave, participants will build a basket from start to finish and end the weekend with a beautiful pack-basket (approximately 18" tall) with cedar runners and base and adjustable webbing harness, made to last and to be used: ready to fill with wild herbs and fruits, school supplies, or the gear for your next canoe trip! 

Come Saturday and Sunday only and use material that has been pounded for you, OR, learn more! For the same fee, come for a half day on Friday, as well, and learn how to pound a log to release the splints we will weave with. This is an essential and large part of the making of black ash baskets and everyone is encouraged to participate. Friday's pounding workshop will take place from 12:30 - 5;00pm.

This Pack Basket workshop takes place Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM with an optional Friday session 12:30PM - 5PM. Registration includes materials, expert instruction, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. 

Rustic lodging and dinner/breakfast options are available at Kroka for an additional fee. 
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