The Friends of Johnson Hall are set to offer three workshops during the month of November, all to be held at Johnson Hall State Historic Site.
On Saturday, November 3 from 10 am to 2 pm, culinary historian Sara Evenson will present Open-Hearth Baking for the Holiday. Evenson, owner of Dunk Hill Drygoods, will lead this hands-on 18th century baking workshop in the slave quarters. Participants will prepare a small variety of delights that would have been enjoyed during a colonial Christmas. The workshop is limited to 4 participants – pre-registration and $75 pre-payment required, payable to the Friends of Johnson Hall.
On Saturday, November 10 from 10 am to 2 pm, Beverly Cornelius will conduct the Wheat Christmas Ornament Workshop. Cornelius will share her skill in creating ornaments from wheat and ash. Participants will make four ornaments including a wheat star, French knot, star tree-topper and ash reindeer. This workshop is limited to 10 participants – pre-registration and $50 pre-payment required, payable to the Friends of Johnson Hall.
These two workshops are fundraising efforts of The Friends of Johnson Hall, a not-for-profit support organization dedicated to the educational programs and ongoing historic restoration of Johnson Hall.
The third workshop, on Tuesday, November 20 from 10 am to 2 pm, will again feature Sara Evenson leading participants in a Thanksgiving Pie Baking Workshop, where they will prepare and bake their own Thanksgiving pie on the open hearth in the slaves quarter. Participants will need to bring a standard glass or ceramic pie plate. This workshop is limited to 6 participants – pre-registration and $75 pre-payment required, payable to Friends of Johnson Hall. Participants must specify their preference of apple or pumpkin pie at the time of registration.
To register for any or all of these workshops, call Johnson Hall at (518) 762-8712 during regular business hours.
The Friends of Johnson Hall also announced that the Holidays Spirits fundraiser, originally scheduled for December 1, has been cancelled.
Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located at 139 Hall Avenue in historic Johnstown, just off West State Street (State Highway 29 West). For more information on Johnson Hall and its 2018 events, email JohnsonHall@parks.ny.gov.