To Do and Try

All fired up

As part of Schoodic Institute’s Acadia Winter Festival Feb. 4-6, Schoodic Arts for All is offering a free “Raku Make and Take” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, outdoors on the institute’s campus in Winter Harbor. Schoodic Arts’ Program Development and Education Coordinator Anna Woolf and Neale LaSalle will provide participants with bisque-fired forms that they will watch burst into flame, smolder in a shroud of smoke, and then emerges from the ashes as a one-of-a-kind finished piece. To attend the free session, email the instructors at emailing [email protected].

As part of Schoodic Arts’ “Fire and Ice” class series, a free “Community Enameling” will be held indoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Schoodic Arts for All Schoolhouse (23 Harbor Road) in Winter Harbor. Lisa Salsbury will teach the class in which participants will try their hand at enameling pre-made copper leaves. They also can spend longer time there and learn how to make a copper leaf. Masks will be required. To sign up for the free class, email [email protected].

For folks who’d prefer to attend from home, artist Maureen Andrew will teach how to needle-felt a snowy owl via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. The cost is $35 to $45. Kits with materials can be picked up or mailed to participants. Local cooking teacher JoAnne Corley-Wood will teach how to make shrimp and cheesy grits ($25 per person) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10; while making firecracker salmon poke bowl is the focus of Corley-Wood’s other virtual class from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7. For more info, call 963-2569, email [email protected] or visit

Mind & body

“Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness” will be taught online free of charge by Healthy Acadia’s Community health and development coordinator, Julie Daigle, from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. The instructor brings more than 30 years of personal practice of mindfulness and movement and certification in mind-body-spirit modalities. Yoga Nidra, combining gentle movement with mindfulness, is beneficial for reducing anxiety and stress, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Pre-registration is required for this free event at: For more info, contact Ursula Hanson at [email protected].

Beginner beekeeping

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is offering an online “Beginner Beekeeping Series” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 30-Feb. 6. The three-part program will be taught by master beekeeper Karen Thurlow and costs $40 to $100. To sign up, go to

Crafting crusts

Who hasn’t seen those flower and star-patterned fancy pie crusts on glossy food magazines? Those techniques and more are the focus of “Pie Crusts and Decorations” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Regional School Unit 24 Adult Education in East Sullivan. Expert pie maker Sue Ligawiec Croteau will show how to make, handle and roll out pastry dough. She also will teach how to decorate a pie using techniques such as cutouts and edging styles.
Each student will take home an uncooked pie/crust plan and enough dough for cutouts to bake at home. Participants should bring a rolling pin and small up to 2-inch cookie cutters if they have them. Pie tins and ingredients will be provided. The cost is $32 per person. The class is limited to five people. To sign up, call 422-4794, email [email protected] or visit

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