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Winter Workshop Full Series

January 11 @ 6:30 pm - March 8 @ 8:00 pm

Even while we’re stuck inside this winter, we can still learn new skills and practices to keep our hands busy and our mouths watering! In the second annual Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center winter workshop series, local practitioners will teach attendees how to make their own sauerkraut, sing songs of the Blue Ridge, and make home made paint and designs from pigments and flowers.

The series begins on Monday evening, January 11th with “Fermentation Made Easy” by Ishka Shir. Ishka will begin by discussing why humans ferment food (hint: flavor, preservation, & health), and explore some of the history and culture of different fermentations. She will then show attendees how to make a small batch of sauerkraut. Attendees can follow along from home if they have a head of cabbage, salt, knife & cutting board, and a quart sized glass jar. Ishka will finish by conducting a Q&A for troubleshooting home ferments.

On Monday, February 8th, musician Susan Pepper will raise voices and spirits with “Mountain Songs for the Soul.” Rooted in Southern Appalachian song traditions, Susan Pepper will pick from some of her favorites, explore where they come from —and teach them in this interactive and fun workshop. Those who feel shy as singers will feel right at home in this workshop, where each attendee can sing along via Zoom without the pressure of being heard by others.

Last, on Monday, March 8th, museum director LeAnne Johnson will teach “Art from your Yard- Natural Pigment Tempera Paint and Smash Flower Art.” LeAnne will explain how to make natural pigment tempera paint using egg yolk and pigments that can be created from plants and minerals. Then, in the second half of the workshop, she’ll show attendees how to practice the stress relieving craft of smashing flowers. LeAnne will demonstrate how pounding flowers into muslin can create a beautiful picture from natural dyes.

The workshop series takes place January thru March, on Monday evenings at 6:30pm. All workshop will be conducted over Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to each workshop a day ahead of time. Each workshop will provide an instructional PDF for attendees so that attendees can practice their crafts at home after the workshop.

Each workshop is $8 for museum members and $12 for non-members. The full series price is $20 for museum members, and $32 for non-members. All workshops will be recorded and available privately on YouTube for anyone who cannot attend a particular workshop. 

Register for the Full Series below, or go here to sign up for workshops individually.


January 11 @ 6:30 pm
March 8 @ 8:00 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center