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Candle Making Workshop
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Candle Making Workshop

Prepare your home for the long winter hours with handmade candles. Nichole Gerding, owner of Thankful Sage Farm School, lends her expertise at making beeswax candles. Learn about the different types of candles in the 18th century while creating your own. Participants will have several candles to take home at the end of the day. Payment and registration for the morning or afternoon session is due by October 5th, class size limited, rain or shine.

Ages: 10 & up; materials fee: $15 per person.

Call to register: 610-326-4014

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Candle Making Workshop
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

Candle Making Workshop

Prepare your home for the long winter hours with handmade candles. Nichole Gerding, owner of Thankful Sage Farm School, lends her expertise at making beeswax candles. Learn about the different types of candles in the 18th century while creating your own. Participants will have several candles to take home at the end of the day. Payment and registration for the morning or afternoon session is due by October 5th, class size limited, rain or shine.

Ages: 10 & up; materials fee: $15 per person.

Call to register: 610-326-4014

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Fire Cider Workshop
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Fire Cider Workshop

Registration Required. Fire Cider is a tonic that is traditionally made in the fall season, most notably used as a cold & flu preventative. It’s an old folk medicine, a digestive tonic, aiding in proper digestion and to promote circulation. This vinegar based infusion gets its name from it’s wild combination of ingredients that includes ginger, horseradish, jalapenos balanced with lemons, rosemary, turmeric and honey. This is a great time of year to gather the spicy roots, fruit and hardy herbs for this preparation so you can use them throughout the winter and spring. Makes a great gift too!

Everyone will get hands-on preparing the ingredients while our instructor, Nichole Gerding will discuss the simplicity and benefits of vinegar infusions and variations for your herbal medicine cabinet. You’ll make a quart of fire cider to take home along with the recipe.

Nichole’s background is in Early American Domestic skills. For most of her life, it has been Nichole’s goal to integrate the past into the present and educate the public on these skills. This lead to the creation of her business, Thankful Sage Farm School. For the past 7 years, Nichole has used her business to manufacture organic small batch soaps, heritage candles, and beeswax products using simple and time tested methods. You can find out more about Thankful Sage Farm School here.”

Fee: $35.00

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Hands-on Heritage: October- The Heirloom Apple (Monday Evening)
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage: October- The Heirloom Apple (Monday Evening)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

October

What:  “The Heirloom Apple”

We will be discussing heirloom apples, their propagation, history and early receipts (recipes). Our class hands-on activity will be pressing cider with local fresh apples. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 10/21  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 10/22  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

        Tuesday- Adults only please

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Hands-on Heritage: October- The Heirloom Apple (Tuesday Morning)
Oct
22
10:00 AM10:00

Hands-on Heritage: October- The Heirloom Apple (Tuesday Morning)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

October

What:  “The Heirloom Apple”

We will be discussing heirloom apples, their propagation, history and early receipts (recipes). Our class hands-on activity will be pressing cider with local fresh apples. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 10/21  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 10/22  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

        Tuesday- Adults only please



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Hands-on Heritage: October- The Heirloom Apple (Homeschool Edition)
Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-on Heritage: October- The Heirloom Apple (Homeschool Edition)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

October

What:  “The Heirloom Apple”

We will be discussing heirloom apples, their propagation, history and early receipts (recipes). Our class hands-on activity will be pressing cider with local fresh apples. All materials supplied.

When:  Tuesday, 10/22  1pm-2pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park

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Soap Making Workshop
Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Soap Making Workshop

Registration Required. Nichole Gerding from Thankful Sage Farm School will be here to teach you the recipes and techniques for both cold process (lye based) and pour-and-mold soaps! Nichole uses her knowledge of early American domestic skills and simple and time tested methods to make organic small batch soaps, heritage candles, and beeswax products. She enjoys integrating the past into the present and sharing her skills through her classes and products.

Everyone will get hands-on, making melt-and-pour soaps that you’ll be able to personalize with herbs, botanicals, and essential oils. Nichole will also demonstrate how to make a traditional lye based soap. You’ll get a bar of each to take home!

You can find out more about Thankful Sage Farm School here.

Fee: $35.00

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee. 



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Fire Cider: A Cold and Flu Tonic
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Fire Cider: A Cold and Flu Tonic

Fire cider is a digestive tonic traditionally made in the fall season and used as a cold and flu preventative. It derives its name from the combination of wild-collected natural ingredients, including spicy roots, fruit, and hardy herbs, balanced with lemons and honey. Get hands-on experience preparing the ingredients while Nichole discusses folk medicine in early America. Take home a quart of fire cider to keep you warm and well this winter.

Fee: $35.00

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Hands-on Heritage: November- Early Folk Medicine (Monday Evening)
Nov
25
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage: November- Early Folk Medicine (Monday Evening)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

November

What: “Early Folk Medicine”

Find out the most common ways that early Pennsylvanians treated ailments while planning and building your own home apothecary. Each person will be given a booklet of common garden vegetables, herbs, and fruits listed with their medical uses.  Our hands-on activity will be working on a calendula salve to take home. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 11/25  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 11/26 10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

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Hands-on Heritage: November- Early Folk Medicine (Tuesday Morning)
Nov
26
10:00 AM10:00

Hands-on Heritage: November- Early Folk Medicine (Tuesday Morning)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

November

What: “Early Folk Medicine”

Find out the most common ways that early Pennsylvanians treated ailments while planning and building your own home apothecary. Each person will be given a booklet of common garden vegetables, herbs, and fruits listed with their medical uses.  Our hands-on activity will be working on a calendula salve to take home. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 11/25  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 11/26 10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please



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Hands-on Heritage: November- Early Folk Medicine (Homeschool Edition)
Nov
26
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-on Heritage: November- Early Folk Medicine (Homeschool Edition)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

November

What: “Early Folk Medicine”

Find out the most common ways that early Pennsylvanians treated ailments while planning and building your own home apothecary. Each person will be given a booklet of common garden vegetables, herbs, and fruits listed with their medical uses.  Our hands-on activity will be working on a calendula salve to take home. All materials supplied.

When:  Tuesday, 11/26 1pm-2pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 



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Hands-on Heritage: December- Gingerbread (Monday Evening)
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage: December- Gingerbread (Monday Evening)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

December

What: “Gingerbread”

Do you love gingerbread? So did early America! In this class, we will be looking at early gingerbread molds, English and American customs, and using 18th century receipts to make our own delicious spicy gingerbread! All materials supplied. (bring appetite.)

When: Monday, 12/9  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 12/10  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please



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Hands-on Heritage: December- Gingerbread (Tuesday Morning)
Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

Hands-on Heritage: December- Gingerbread (Tuesday Morning)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

December

What: “Gingerbread”

Do you love gingerbread? So did early America! In this class, we will be looking at early gingerbread molds, English and American customs, and using 18th century receipts to make our own delicious spicy gingerbread! All materials supplied. (bring appetite.)

When: Monday, 12/9  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 12/10  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

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Hands-on Heritage: December- Gingerbread (Homeschool Edition)
Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-on Heritage: December- Gingerbread (Homeschool Edition)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

December

What: “Gingerbread”

Do you love gingerbread? So did early America! In this class, we will be looking at early gingerbread molds, English and American customs, and using 18th century receipts to make our own delicious spicy gingerbread! All materials supplied. (bring appetite.)

When: Tuesday, 12/10  1pm-2pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 



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Handmade Bayberry Candles: Section A
Dec
14
10:00 AM10:00

Handmade Bayberry Candles: Section A

Candle making is a craft as old as civilization itself. Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School discusses the history, tools, and common early methods of candle making and demonstrates how to make small batch beeswax candles scented with our native bayberry. Carry on the early American custom of burning bayberry candles for prosperity with your own handcrafted pair.
Fee: $39.00

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Handmade Bayberry Candles: Section B
Dec
14
1:00 PM13:00

Handmade Bayberry Candles: Section B

Candle making is a craft as old as civilization itself. Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School discusses the history, tools, and common early methods of candle making and demonstrates how to make small batch beeswax candles scented with our native bayberry. Carry on the early American custom of burning bayberry candles for prosperity with your own handcrafted pair.

$39.00

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Hands-on Heritage: January- Summer Winters and Winter Summers (Monday Evening)
Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage: January- Summer Winters and Winter Summers (Monday Evening)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

January

What: “Summer Winters and Winter Summers”

Explore how early colonists prepared for, survived, and made merry during the dark cold months of winter! Receipts for early libations, games and handcrafts will also be discussed. Our hands-on activity will be making a pair of mittens, repurposed from old sweaters and woolens. All materials provided.

When: Monday, 1/13  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 1/14  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

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Hands-on Heritage: January- Summer Winters and Winter Summers (Tuesday Morning)
Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

Hands-on Heritage: January- Summer Winters and Winter Summers (Tuesday Morning)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

January

What: “Summer Winters and Winter Summers”

Explore how early colonists prepared for, survived, and made merry during the dark cold months of winter! Receipts for early libations, games and handcrafts will also be discussed. Our hands-on activity will be making a pair of mittens, repurposed from old sweaters and woolens. All materials provided.

When: Monday, 1/13  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 1/14  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

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Hands-on Heritage: January- Summer Winters and Winter Summers (Homeschool Edition)
Jan
14
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-on Heritage: January- Summer Winters and Winter Summers (Homeschool Edition)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

January

What: “Summer Winters and Winter Summers”

Explore how early colonists prepared for, survived, and made merry during the dark cold months of winter! Receipts for early libations, games and handcrafts will also be discussed. Our hands-on activity will be making a pair of mittens, repurposed from old sweaters and woolens. All materials provided.

When: Tuesday, 1/14  1pm-2pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

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Hands-on Heritage: February- Sugarbush (Monday Evening)
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage: February- Sugarbush (Monday Evening)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

February

What: “Sugarbush”

Maple syrup has roots older than the colonies themselves. We will be discussing early lore, customs, and the process of making maple syrup AND try our hand at cooking down our own sap gathered in Tyler State Park. All materials supplied. Dress warm, as we will be cooking down the sap outdoors.

When: Monday, 2/10  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 2/11  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

Image by Phoebe Wahl, our favorite artist. You can find more of her work HERE.

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Hands-on Heritage: February- Sugarbush (Tuesday Morning)
Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

Hands-on Heritage: February- Sugarbush (Tuesday Morning)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

February

What: “Sugarbush”

Maple syrup has roots older than the colonies themselves. We will be discussing early lore, customs, and the process of making maple syrup AND try our hand at cooking down our own sap gathered in Tyler State Park. All materials supplied. Dress warm, as we will be cooking down the sap outdoors.

When: Monday, 2/10  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 2/11  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

Image by Phoebe Wahl, our favorite artist. You can find more of her work HERE.

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Hands-on Heritage: February- Sugarbush (Homeschool Edition)
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-on Heritage: February- Sugarbush (Homeschool Edition)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

February

What: “Sugarbush”

Maple syrup has roots older than the colonies themselves. We will be discussing early lore, customs, and the process of making maple syrup AND try our hand at cooking down our own sap gathered in Tyler State Park. All materials supplied. Dress warm, as we will be cooking down the sap outdoors.

When: Tuesday, 2/11  1pm-2pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Image by Phoebe Wahl, our favorite artist. You can find more of her work HERE.



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Hands-on Heritage: March- Planning the Natural Dye Garden (Monday Evening)
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage: March- Planning the Natural Dye Garden (Monday Evening)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

What: “Planning the Natural Dye Garden”

Hoping to get ahead and make a solid plan for your dye garden? We will be discussing the common plants, their colors, and their needs in a garden (or potted plant space). Our class hands-on activity will be charting out your small garden space and planting prepared seeds to take home. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 3/16  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 3/17  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

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Hands-on Heritage: March- Planning the Natural Dye Garden (Tuesday Morning)
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Hands-on Heritage: March- Planning the Natural Dye Garden (Tuesday Morning)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

We are offering two options for classes- a Monday evening session which allows older children (12 and up) to join their parent/guardian (please note, we cannot be responsible for your child) and an adults only Tuesday morning session. 

*PLEASE NOTE- there is now a Tuesday afternoon drop-off class option for homeschool teens (12 and up) in a separate listing

March

What: “Planning the Natural Dye Garden”

Hoping to get ahead and make a solid plan for your dye garden? We will be discussing the common plants, their colors, and their needs in a garden (or potted plant space). Our class hands-on activity will be charting out your small garden space and planting prepared seeds to take home. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 3/16  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 3/17  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

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Hands-on Heritage: March- Planning the Natural Dye Garden (Homeschool Edition)
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-on Heritage: March- Planning the Natural Dye Garden (Homeschool Edition)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

March

What: “Planning the Natural Dye Garden”

Hoping to get ahead and make a solid plan for your dye garden? We will be discussing the common plants, their colors, and their needs in a garden (or potted plant space). Our class hands-on activity will be charting out your small garden space and planting prepared seeds to take home. All materials supplied.

When: Tuesday, 3/17  1pm-2pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

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Hands-on Heritage: April- That's my Jam (Monday Evening)
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage: April- That's my Jam (Monday Evening)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

April

What: “That’s my Jam”

Imagine only eating what you set aside and preserved for the winter. Well, its time for our earliest garden crops to come to the rescue! We will be discussing the earliest foods of the year and try our own hand at making a sweet strawberry preserve- with the help of some the earliest cookbooks! All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 4/20  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 4/21  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

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Hands-on Heritage: April- That's my Jam (Tuesday Morning)
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Hands-on Heritage: April- That's my Jam (Tuesday Morning)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

April

What: “That’s my Jam”

Imagine only eating what you set aside and preserved for the winter. Well, its time for our earliest garden crops to come to the rescue! We will be discussing the earliest foods of the year and try our own hand at making a sweet strawberry preserve- with the help of some the earliest cookbooks! All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 4/20  6-7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 4/21  10-11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

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Hands-on Heritage: April- That's my Jam (Homeschool Edition)
Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

Hands-on Heritage: April- That's my Jam (Homeschool Edition)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

April

What: “That’s my Jam”

Imagine only eating what you set aside and preserved for the winter. Well, its time for our earliest garden crops to come to the rescue! We will be discussing the earliest foods of the year and try our own hand at making a sweet strawberry preserve- with the help of some the earliest cookbooks! All materials supplied.

When:   Tuesday, 4/21  1pm-2pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

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Making Handcrafted Soap: Session B
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Making Handcrafted Soap: Session B

Soap making has a fascinating history extending back to the founding of our country. Nichole Gerding, of Thankful Sage Farm School, shares her knowledge of both modern and ancient techniques, including the role of lye, saponification, and proper curing methods, and then demonstrates making cold process soap from start to finish. Everyone will get hands-on experience making a melt-and-pour soap that includes natural and local botanicals. Leave with a bar of cold process soap and some simple recipes you can try at home.

All materials are included in the registration fee.

Fee: $35.00

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Making Handcrafted Soap: Session A
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Making Handcrafted Soap: Session A

Soap making has a fascinating history extending back to the founding of our country. Nichole Gerding, of Thankful Sage Farm School, shares her knowledge of both modern and ancient techniques, including the role of lye, saponification, and proper curing methods, and then demonstrates making cold process soap from start to finish. Everyone will get hands-on experience making a melt-and-pour soap that includes natural and local botanicals. Leave with a bar of cold process soap and some simple recipes you can try at home.

All materials are included in the registration fee.

Fee: $35.00

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Handmade Bayberry Candles
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Handmade Bayberry Candles


35.00
Candle making is a craft as old as civilization itself. Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School discusses the history, tools, and common early methods of candle making and demonstrates how to make small batch beeswax candles scented with our native bayberry. Carry on the early American custom of burning bayberry candles for prosperity with your own handcrafted pair.

  

Registration fee includes all materials.

There are still openings remaining at this time.

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Fire Cider Workshop
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Fire Cider Workshop

35.00

Registration Required. Fire Cider is a tonic that is traditionally made in the fall season, most notably used as a cold & flu preventative. It’s an old folk medicine, a digestive tonic, aiding in proper digestion and to promote circulation. This vinegar based infusion gets its name from it’s wild combination of ingredients that includes ginger, horseradish, jalapenos balanced with lemons, rosemary, turmeric and honey. This is a great time of year to gather the spicy roots, fruit and hardy herbs for this preparation so you can use them throughout the winter and spring. Makes a great gift too!

Everyone will get hands-on preparing the ingredients while our instructor, Nichole Gerding will discuss the simplicity and benefits of vinegar infusions and variations for your herbal medicine cabinet. You’ll make a quart of fire cider to take home along with the recipe.

Nichole’s background is in Early American Domestic skills. For most of her life, it has been Nichole’s goal to integrate the past into the present and educate the public on these skills. This lead to the creation of her business, Thankful Sage Farm School. For the past 7 years, Nichole has used her business to manufacture organic small batch soaps, heritage candles, and beeswax products using simple and time tested methods.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Working with Natural Dyes
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Working with Natural Dyes


35.00
Decorate the harvest table this season with a runner or placemats made using natural dyes extracted from goldenrod and walnuts. Nichole Gerding discusses historic uses of dyes and how to identify and responsibly harvest local dye-producing plants. Preparation and dyeing techniques using natural mordants and modifiers are presented. Try your hand at these heritage skills and share them with your friends and family this year.

  

Registration fee includes all materials.

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Making Handmade Soap
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Making Handmade Soap

Soap making has a fascinating history extending back to the founding of our country. Nichole Gerding, of Thankful Sage Farm School, shares her knowledge of both modern and ancient techniques, including the role of lye, saponification, and proper curing methods, and then demonstrates making cold process soap from start to finish. Everyone will get hands-on experience making a melt-and-pour soap that includes natural and local botanicals. Leave with a bar of cold process soap and some simple recipes you can try at home.

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Hands-on Heritage March: Preparing for your Kitchen Garden
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage March: Preparing for your Kitchen Garden

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

We are offering two options for classes- a Monday evening session whichallows older children, 12 and up, to join their parent/guardian (please note, we cannot be responsible for your child) and an adults only Tuesday morning session. 

March

What:  Preparing for your Kitchen Garden

We will be discussing common layouts, herbs and seed starting methods for your at home kitchen garden. Our class hands-on activity will be making some herbal tea with homegrown organic kitchen garden herbs. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 3/12 6- 7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 3/13 10- 11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult  

          Tuesday- Adults only please

Cost: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of $12 per person materials fee

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Soap Making Two Ways
Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

Soap Making Two Ways

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Registration Required. Nichole Gerding from Thankful Sage Farm School will be here to teach you the recipes and techniques for both cold process (lye based) and pour-and-mold soaps! Nichole uses her knowledge of early American domestic skills and simple and time tested methods to make organic small batch soaps, heritage candles, and beeswax products. She enjoys integrating the past into the present and sharing her skills through her classes and products.

Everyone will get hands-on, making melt-and-pour soaps that you’ll be able to personalize with herbs, botanicals, and essential oils. Nichole will also demonstrate how to make a traditional lye based soap. You’ll get a bar of each to take home!

You can find out more about Thankful Sage Farm School here.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Hands-on Heritage February: Fire Cider
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage February: Fire Cider

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

We are offering two options for classes- a Monday evening session whichallows older children, 12 and up, to join their parent/guardian (please note, we cannot be responsible for your child) and an adults only Tuesday morning session. 

February

What: Fire Cider

We will be discussing the folk remedy called Fire Cider. This health tonic is made with apple cider vinegar, and we will discuss the origins and benefits. A demonstration will show how we can prepare this at home, and each class member will take home a pre made bottle of their own. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 2/12 6- 7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 2/13 10- 11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

          Tuesday- Adults only please

Cost: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of $12 per person materials fee

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Hands-on Heritage December:Candlelight: Bayberry, Beeswax and Fat (Oh my!)
Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage December:Candlelight: Bayberry, Beeswax and Fat (Oh my!)

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

We are offering two options for classes- a Monday evening session whichallows older children, 12 and up, to join their parent/guardian (please note, we cannot be responsible for your child) and an adults only Tuesday morning session. 

December 

What: Candlelight- Bayberry, Beeswax and Fat (Oh my!)

We will be discussing moon lore, lighting methods, and candle making in Early Pennsylvania. Our class hands-on activity will be making a small bayberry candle to burn at home to carry on the early custom of burning a bayberry candle for prosperity at the New Year. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 12/18 6- 7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 12/19 10- 11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

Cost: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of $12 per person materials fee

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Hands-on Heritage November: Natural Dyes
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage November: Natural Dyes

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

We are offering two options for classes- a Monday evening session whichallows older children, 12 and up, to join their parent/guardian (please note, we cannot be responsible for your child) and an adults only Tuesday morning session. 

November 

What: Natural Dyes

We will be discussing how to forage for and make natural heritage dyes. Our class hands-on activity will be dying table runners or placemats with goldenrod and walnuts for your own harvest table. All materials supplied. class hands-on activity will be dying table runners or placemats with natural dyes for your own harvest table. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 11/13 6- 7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 11/14 10- 11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

          Tuesday- Adults only please

Cost: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of $12 per person materials fee

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Hands-on Heritage October: Preserving Your Harvest
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Hands-on Heritage October: Preserving Your Harvest

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

We are offering two options for classes- a Monday evening session whichallows older children, 12 and up, to join their parent/guardian (please note, we cannot be responsible for your child) and an adults only Tuesday morning session. 

 

October 

What: Preserving our Harvest

We will be discussing common Early American methods of drying and preserving common late season fruits and vegetables. Our class hands-on activity will be preparing apples and beans to dry in our homes. All materials supplied.

When: Monday, 10/23 6- 7:30 pm

            Tuesday, 10/24 10- 11:30am

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: Monday- 12 and Up when accompanied by Adult

           Tuesday- Adults only please

Cost: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of $12 per person materials fee

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