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Flower Pounding

Friday, July 17  |  1 – 3pm  |  Instructor: Tiffany Knopow  |  $30 ($25 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $10

Flower pounding is a fun and easy way to create botanical prints. The flowers and leaves dye the surface of fabric or paper and leave a pretty, colorful imprint behind.



Felted Wreath

Friday, July 31  |  1 – 3:30pm  |  Instructor: Tiffany Knopow  |  $35 ($30 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $10

Transform simple felt into a gorgeous floral wreath that never wilts. Pick summer, fall, or winter colors and enjoy it for a season or all year long.



Suminagashi Japanese Paper Marbling

Thursday, August 13  |  6-7:30pm  |  Instructor: Anna Wolff  |  $25 ($20 FOM)

Finish a set of note cards to take home using Suminagashi – a fun and beautiful paper marbling technique that has been used for centuries.  (another session is available July 16)



Leaf Printed Tea Towel

Friday, August 21  |  1 – 3pm  |  Instructor: Tiffany Knopow  |  $30 ($25 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $10

Collect natural materials to use as printmaking tools in this easy to learn workshop. Be amazed at how simple leaves can turn a plain tea towel into something spectacular.



Candle Making

Thursday, September 10  |  6-8pm  |  Instructors: Anna Wolff and Jenn Edginton  |  $45 ($35 FOM)

Learn to make two of your own coconut wax candles with a variety of colors and fragrances to choose from.



Beginner Zentangle – Virtual Workshop

Saturday, September 12  |  10am – 1pm  |  Instructor: Dr. Sally Stanton  |  $30 ($25 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $15

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Learn to focus on enjoying each stroke and not worry about the end result. Supplies are yours to keep to continue to practice at home.


Hand-Dyed Silk Scarf

Friday, September 18  | 6 – 7pm  |  Instructor: Anna Wolff  |  $45 ($40 FOM)

Use Sumi inks and marbling techniques to create a one of a kind silk scarf.  All supplies provided.



Intro to Ikebana Japanese Floral Design

Saturday, September 26  |  1-2:30pm  |  Instructor: Laurie Wareham  |  $30 ($25 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $35

Japanese floral design (Ikebana), an artform practiced since the 7th Century, has thousands of methods and arrangements. Laurie Wareham, Junior Master for The Ichiyo School of Ikebana, will teach you to appreciate beauty that is often ignored: simplified shapes and lines, stages of life, seasonality and the connection of all living things.






Mondays, July 13 – August 17  |  10:30am – 1:30 pm  |  Instructor: Barbara Farrell  |  $105 ($90 FOM)

Designed for painters of all skill levels, each session begins with a demo showcasing the technique of the day. Learn about color mixing, application and removal, brush strokes, and various papers and mediums. Subjects include landscapes and still life.


Fused Glass


Fused Glass Garden Stake

Thursday, July 23  | 6 – 8:30pm  |  Instructor: Jayne Herring  |  $30 ($20 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $25




Fused Glass Small Square Dish and Jewelry Pendant

Thursday, August 20  | 6 – 8:30pm  |  Instructor: Jayne Herring  |  $30 ($20 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $25




Fused Glass Jewelry

Thursday, September 17  |  6 – 8:30pm  |  Instructor: Jayne Herring  |  $30 ($20 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $25






Lake Shore Fossil Hunting

Saturday, August 22  |  1 – 3pm  | For adults and families with an adult

Instructor: Nick Wiersum  |  Location: Meet at Kenosha Public Museum  |  $5 per person

Go on an exciting hunt for fossils along the shore of Lake Michigan where you will discover clues to Kenosha’s ancient past.  Meet outside the East entrance of the museum for a brief introduction before heading to the collection site.  Advance registration recommended. Day of registration is cash only.



Civil War

Civil War Media Club – Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North

Tuesday, July 21  |  6:30 – 8pm  |  Instructor:  Doug Dammann  |  $10 ($5 FOM)  |  Virtual Workshop  |  Register by July 19

In the popular imagination, Civil War disability is synonymous with amputation. But war affects the body in countless ways, many of them understudied by historians. In her book, Dr. Sarah Handley-Cousins expands the understanding of wartime disability by examining a variety of bodies and ailments, ranging from the temporary to the chronic, from disease to injury, and encompassing both physical and mental conditions. Participants are encouraged to read the book before the class and to share their thoughts with fellow attendees.  This workshop is being held virtually via Zoom. All registrants will receive an email with a private link to participate via Zoom.


The Great Lakes Civil War Forum: Command Decisions In-Person Attendance

Saturday, September 12  |  Program Begins 9:30am  |  $65 ($55 FOM)  |  Includes all programs, lunch, coffee and snacks

During this annual forum, four renowned Civil War historians will consider decisions made by Union and Confederate military leaders at several of the most important campaigns of the Civil War: Antietam, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Petersburg.

Presentations and Speakers

The Battle of Perryville

Chris Kolakowski

In 1861 Abraham Lincoln said “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.” Over ten weeks in the late summer and early fall of 1862, Confederate armies invaded the Bluegrass State in an effort to wrest it form Union control. They retired after a series of maneuvers and battles culminating in the Battle of Perryville on October 8. This talk will examine this critical campaign and battle through some of the key personalities and their decisions.


“Sir I Have No Division:” Command Decisions and Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg

Wayne Motts

Join historian and author Wayne E. Motts as he explores the command decisions surrounding Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. What options did Robert E. Lee have for Confederateforces for July 3? What was Lee’s original plan for the day? What led Lee to decide on a frontal assault? What support and planning did he envision and provide for the charge? What were the consequences of these actions? These questions answered and many more.


Negley on Horseshoe Ridge

Dave Powell

On September 20, 1863, Union General James S. Negley faced a difficult battlefield choice. Negley and two brigades of his decision occupied Horseshoe Ridge on the Chickamauga Battlefield. Though the fight had not yet come to Negley’s sector, much of the rest of the Army of the Cumberland appeared to be breaking and routing around him, fleeing the field. Confederates swarmed to the northand south, menacing both flanks. Worst of all, Negley could not communicate with his Corps Commander, George Thomas; and the only reply he received to a message sent to army commanderWilliam Rosecrans offered no help. Apparently abandoned by higher command, Negley struggled to choose: Should he retreat and save what he could, or stand and try and rally what forces he could. Negley chose to retreat. It was a fateful decision, made under the most trying of circumstances, which ended his career.


Grant, Lee, Butler and Beauregard at Petersburg: June 12-18, 1864

Will Greene

From June 12 through June 18, 1864 the Army of the Potomac and elements of the Army of the James moved to, along, and across the James River, and for four days engaged grossly outnumbered Confederate defenders. At the end of the fighting, Petersburg–Virginia’s second largest city and the key to the Confederate capital at Richmond–remained in Rebel hands. This period created some of the most enduring controversies in Civil War military history. Was Robert E. Lee completely baffled by Ulysses S. Grant’s movement to and across the James? Should Union forces have pushed into Petersburg on the night of June 15 after capturing two miles of the Confederate defense line? Why did Benjamin Butler fail to exploit his opportunity to cut communications between Richmond and Petersburg on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula? Was P.G.T. Beauregard’s generalship at Petersburg brilliant or flawed? A. Wilson Greene will address all of these topics and more in a talk based on his recent book, A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg.


The Great Lakes Civil War Forum: Command Decisions Virtual Attendance

Saturday, September 12  |  Program Begins 9:30am  |  $45 ($35 FOM)  | 

Includes all programs listed above streamed lived to your home computer/device via Zoom.