I heard back from the State College Area School District late last week, and they turned down our rental application for the teaching kitchens and sewing room because the district equipment is so old and fragile, it’s hard to keep it running for the kids, so they didn’t want to risk having it break down for a community group.
There’s been no funding for needed upgrades for a long time – which is a useful piece of information, and inspiration to talk to them more about upgrade budgets that Spring Creek Homesteading might be able to parlay into grant applications or a fundraising campaign. If we could partner with the school district to improve the facilities, the kids would have better equipment to work with during the school day, and the community would have good workshops for reskilling programs in the evenings and on weekends.
Anyway, we got our liability insurance last week and I filed an application yesterday to rent meeting rooms and the church kitchens at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on McCallister and hope to hear back soon.
I’d like to keep all but the sewing workshops in one downtown location, within easy walking & biking distance of downtown and university residents. If you’ve got suggestions for other churches or organizations that rent out kitchen and meeting space suitable for groups of about 20, please let me know. I’ll file a few more rental applications at a few more churches over the next few days.
For the sewing class with Peggy Sue Majewski, we’re going to keep it to eight or fewer participants and hold it at my house with loaned sewing machines. Jackie Bonomo and I are lending one machine each. If you’ve got a sewing machine you’re willing to lend for the week of Nov. 14 – 21, please let me know – 237-0996.
We may wind up postponing some of the planned workshops until the winter series in January and February, but that’s okay. We’re learning new stuff all the time.
Tentative Schedule, still pending a location:
- Wed., Oct. 26 – 7 – 9 p.m. – Knitting 1 of 2 (Anne Burgevin) – Classroom
- Tues., Nov. 1 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Household Composting (Alexa Schriempf) – Classroom
- Wed., Nov. 2 – 7 – 9 p.m. – Knitting 2 of 2 (Anne Burgevin) – Classroom
- Thurs., Nov. 3 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Baking Bread (Ruth Sauder) – Kitchen
- Mon., Nov. 7 – 7 – 9 p.m. – Canning Applesauce (Joshua Lambert) – Kitchen
- Wed., Nov. 9 – 6 – 9 p.m. – Cooking Seasonal Local Produce with grains and beans, Gujarati Indian-style (Sunil Patel) – Kitchen
- Thurs., Nov. 10 – 7 – 9 p.m. – Organic Beekeeping Intro 1 of 2 (Mary Jo Lenzing) – Classroom
- Mon., Nov. 14 – 7 – 9 p.m. – Sewing 1 of 2 – Making a Pillowcase/Basic Machine Skills (Peggy Sue Majewski) – Katherine’s house
- Thurs., Nov. 17 – 7 – 9 p.m. – Organic Beekeeping Intro 2 of 2 (Mary Jo Lenzing) – Classroom
- Mon., Nov. 21 – 7 – 9 p.m – Sewing 2 of 2 (Peggy Sue Majewski) – Katherine’s house