Saturday, March 26, 2016

Soule Homestead Announces Spring Events

Rug Braiding Series at Soule Homestead: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 2, 9 and 16. All Levels welcome. New students must attend first workshop. Everyone should bring scissors, needles, thread, and wool materials (wool is available to purchase for a small donation). Each workshop: $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers; $5 for students returning from past workshops.
Rug Hooking Workshop at Soule Homestead: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3. All skill levels welcome. $5 donation is requested.
Spinners with Soule at Soule Homestead: 7 p.m. April 11. Members of the fiber arts group meet at the farm to work on projects for year-round events and participate in a short program each month. Contact Coordinator, Barbara Chadwick at 508-947-2679 for more information.
Quilting Workshop at Soule Homestead: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16. All levels welcome. Bring a portable sewing machine and supplies. Fabric requirements given upon registration. Cost: $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers.
Volunteer Clean Up Day at Soule Homestead: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16. Residents are welcome to join the homestead each month for a chance to pitch in around the farm, including projects to prepare for Sheep Day. All ages welcome. Any amount of time is appreciated.
April Vacation Camp Program at Soule Homestead: 9 a.m. to noon April 19-22. Residents can join Miss Laurie for a week full of hikes, games, crafts and more. Ages 4-7 years old. Cost for members is $17 per day or $65 for the week; for nonmembers is $20 per day or $78 for the week. Registration and payment is required by April 15.
Vernal Pool Exploration at Soule Homestead: 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 20. Residents are invited to join Middleborough's own conservation agent, Tricia Cassady on an adventure into the seasonal breeding ground of frogs, salamanders and more. Bring a net and prepare for mud. All ages welcome. Cost is $5 per person.
Open House at Soule Homestead: 1 to 4 p.m. April 23. The homestead is celebrating its 25th anniversary and residents are invited to drop in and see what's new.
Introduction to Organic Gardening at Soule Homestead: 10 a.m. to noon April 30. Local farmer Rory O'Dwyer will teach attendees how to grow healthy vegetables. Cost for members is $10 and nonmembers is $12.
Ready, Set, Grow at Soule Homestead: 10 a.m. to noon. April 30. Families welcome or adults can drop off children over age 4 and attend the Organic Gardening Workshop. Cost for members is $6 and nonmembers is $9.
Homemade Skincare on a Dime at Soule Homestead: 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 1. Learn how to use natural ingredients to make lip balm, lip scrub and body scrub to take home. Cost for members is $10 and nonmembers is $12.
Sheep Day/Earth Day Celebration at Soule Homestead: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7. Residents are invited to watch the sheep get shorn, the sheep-herding dogs in action and lots of crafts for kids will be available. Cost is $5 per adult, $2 per child younger than 12 and children younger than age 3 are free. One adult admission is free for current members or residents who join at the door.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes

Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack will present an adult (ages 18+) hands-on workshop titled, "Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes Like the Masters," on Wed., March 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This fun pastel painting workshop is designed for everyone from beginners to experienced artists.

Participants will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist's professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. All materials will be provided, and everyone who attends will get to take home their artwork.

Maichack is an experienced professional at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils. He demonstrates how anyone can paint a still life while utilizing techniques applied by masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Claude Monet.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required, as we have a limited number of seats. To register, call 508/946-2470, or email Libby Fox at
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Middleborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Support also is provided by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.