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Pi Day = Historic Bake Oven Hand Pie Workshop for Kids

Special Hands-On Historic Baking Experience For Students Ages 6-13

Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 10:00am—12:00pm

In-Person at Renfrew

$10 per student /$8 Renfrew Member

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Pre-Registration is Required. Limit 20 participants.

(Student must be accompanied by a responsible adult at no extra cost)

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March 14 = 3.14 = Pi

March 14th, also known as “Pi Day”, is a time to celebrate circles and tasty pastry!  The number π (/paɪ/; spelled out as “pi”) is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, approximately equal to 3.14159. In honor of this auspicious occasion, students will participate in a hands-on immersive farmstead adventure to make their very own fruit hand-pies and bake them in the Summer Kitchen bake oven. We’ll point out some circles around the farmstead, and calculate a circumference or two as we go.  Students will also learn about what it took for Early American families like the Royers and Fahnestocks to put a hot meal on the table by visiting the Royer House kitchen.

PROGRAM NOTES: Limit 20 students per session. Recommended for kids ages 6-13. Students may choose from apple or cherry pie filling in pre-made pie dough (sorry, we are unable to accommodate gluten free dietary needs). Due to the immersive nature of this program, students must be attentive and have the ability to listen and closely follow directions from museum staff. Younger children and/or siblings below the recommended age level are not eligible to participate. Students must be accompanied by a responsible adult, admitted at no charge, who will remain with their child at all times. Part of our lesson will take place outside and can get a little messy, so we advise dressing your child appropriately for activities and the weather. Aprons are encouraged. Please note that much of the farmstead is not accessible with uneven surfaces and stairs. Strollers are not permitted inside historic buildings, with the exception of the Visitors Center.

PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY PRIOR TO CLASS START TIME. Check in at the Visitors Center, located in the big white barn. Entrance is directly across from the flag pole. Parking is located in the gravel lot accessed from Main Street (Buchanan Trail/PA-16) or in the Lower Lot off of Welty Road. Restrooms with baby changing stations are located in the Visitors Center.

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WORKSHOP: Tinsel Painting

Historic Decorative Arts Experience For Adults

Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 9:00am—12:00pm

In-Person at Renfrew

$50 per person /$40 Renfrew Member

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Pre-Registration is Required. Limit 16 participants.

Learn the folk art of tinsel painting, a decorative art that was popular during the 1850’s through 1890’s and which adorned many homes in America throughout the period. These reverse paintings on glass are made with an applied metallic foil on reverse which, when viewed from the front, provide a depth an sheen to the glass painting. Discover the beauty and history of this traditional craft. Following an illustrated presentation about the history of tinsel painting and viewing several original examples from a private collection, you’ll create your own 5″ x 7″ framed tinsel painting using period techniques. Participants will be provided with all materials needed to create an authentic framed tinsel painting, including paint, foil, and stencils. Class size is limited to sixteen (16) so make your reservation today!

PROGRAM NOTES: Limit 16 participants. Recommended for adults ages 18 and over. Class will take place in the Wagon Shed Room of the Renfrew Visitors Center. For your comfort, we recommend bringing a cushion, and if desired, a water bottle or other non-alcoholic drink. Aprons are also encouraged. The Visitors Center is wheelchair accessible.

PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY PRIOR TO CLASS START TIME. Check in at the Visitors Center, located in the big white barn. Entrance is directly across from the flag pole. Parking is located in the gravel lot accessed from Main Street (Buchanan Trail/PA-16) or in the Lower Lot off of Welty Road. Restrooms with baby changing stations are located in the Visitors Center.